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Once Burned Audiobook

Once Burned: A Night Prince Novel, Book 1

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Publisher's Summary

She's a mortal cursed with dark power....

After a tragic accident scarred her body and destroyed her dreams, Leila never imagined that the worst was still to come: a terrifying ability to channel electricity and to see a person's darkest secrets through a single touch. Leila is doomed to a life of solitude ... until creatures of the night kidnap her, forcing her to reach out with a telepathic distress call to the world's most infamous vampire.

He's the Prince of Night....

Vlad Tepesh inspired the greatest vampire legend of all - but whatever you do, don't call him Dracula. Vlad's ability to control fire makes him one of the most feared vampires in existence, but his enemies have found a new weapon against him: a beautiful mortal with powers to match his own. When Vlad and Leila meet, passion ignites, threatening to consume them. It will take everything they have to stop an enemy intent on bringing them down in flames.

©2012 Jeaniene Frost (P)2012 HarperCollins Publishers

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    K 07-05-12
    K 07-05-12
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    "Classic Frost"

    You can't help but love the story of Vlad!! We loved him in the Cat and Bones books and the Night Huntress World duo and now he's having his own adventure with the perfect gal for him.

    THE ONE DISAPPOINTMENT
    This is not a man meets woman and romance ensues story, but the start of more..
    You get to the end of the book and there is yet more to come but we have to wait. I personally think this one could have been a bit longer but it's length means it's basically all action with no boring recaps.

    Can't wait for the next one!!!

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Joy Annapolis MD United States 07-02-12
    Joy Annapolis MD United States 07-02-12 Member Since 2017
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    "Lot's of fun"

    I bought this book from the positive reviews despite the fact I am really tired of vampire stories and have begun to ignore a book just because it's about vampires. I enjoyed the story as well as the narration. If you're as tired pf the deluge of vampire stories, you'll enjoy this one. Even though the basic formula is there, hunky men, strong women, a dash of lust - this is a fun story presented well.

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    lufftocraft 06-29-12
    lufftocraft 06-29-12 Member Since 2017
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    "Another Sexy Hit"
    What made the experience of listening to Once Burned the most enjoyable?

    I loved Tavia's clear and consistent portrayal of one of my favorite characters and some new ones I fell in love with.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Vlad is so fun sexy and dark he's the perfect male lead for a urban fantasy/romance novel.


    Have you listened to any of Tavia Gilbert’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Perfect and up to the standards of all her readings. She is able to make you forget it is just one person reading.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I giggle and smiled even though It made me look silly as I listened. It has the perfect blend of suspense and victory while keeping the realistic feel of the characters. All supernatural elements aside each and every character is deep and individual.


    Any additional comments?

    My only complaint is it just wasn't long enough. I can't wait till the next book.

    3 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Malinda 08-19-12
    Malinda 08-19-12 Member Since 2011

    I love books and love to get lost in the fantasy. I'm always looking for a new good story to bury myself in. :)

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    "Great book! I luv Vlad!!"

    I've always liked Vlad from the Night Huntress series and wished I could learn more about him so I was really happy when this book came out. I really like this book and was happy I bought it. The only complaint is that it kinda ends with the story in a bit of a cliffhanger that makes me really wish the next book was coming out sooner.... Other than that I loved it!

    2 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Kristi Caro, MI, United States 07-08-12
    Kristi Caro, MI, United States 07-08-12 Listener Since 2009
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    "Beyond Excellent!"
    Where does Once Burned rank among all the audiobooks you???ve listened to so far?

    As much as I love Cat and Bones, I have to say that Vlad's story has me hooked! This is one of my favorites now!


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Once Burned?

    There were so many, and I really don't want to give away any of the great moments in this book, but I will just say that I loved how Vlad showed Leila that she didn't react to other men the way she did to him.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Is it wrong to answer the whole book? To narrow it down to just one, I would have to say it was when Leila's first vision of Vlad's future came true.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I love this book! It covered all of the emotions. I love Vlad's confidence and sense of humor. Leila's honesty with herself is refreshing and uplifting. The two go great together.


    Any additional comments?

    I can not wait for the rest of the books in this series. The Night Huntress World is one of my favorite places to visit! I can't wait to see where the relationship between Vlad and Leila goes from here!

    2 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Cyndy California 07-01-12
    Cyndy California 07-01-12 Member Since 2011

    Love a good romance

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    "Too short, hoping the next will be soon"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Once Burned to be better than the print version?

    Love Tavia Gilbert. I have listened to all of her books all narrated by Tavia she makes the book even more exciting with her ability to put inflection to meaning.Some of them I felt she should have won awards. I have laughed, cried with the different parts she has played.


    What other book might you compare Once Burned to and why?

    You should read all of the books if you read them in order you know about the main vampires back round from previous books


    What does Tavia Gilbert bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    As stated above I think she is just unbelievable, I have listened to a lot of books over the last year and the person reading the book can make or break a book. I have listened to other series just because Tavia read them.


    Any additional comments?

    Can't wait for the next just hope it is longer hate waiting for the next

    2 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    The Elf in the Kitchen Madison, MS USA 04-02-13
    The Elf in the Kitchen Madison, MS USA 04-02-13 Member Since 2012

    passionate reader and vegan

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    "VLAD!! VLAD!! and well VLAD!!"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Once Burned to be better than the print version?

    Actually, yes...the animation and performance by Ms Gilbert added so many dimensions and excitement to the book.


    What other book might you compare Once Burned to and why?

    The first two Chicagoland Vamp books were pretty awesome.


    Which character – as performed by Tavia Gilbert – was your favorite?

    Are you kidding!! VLAD!! Although her performance, which we'll get to further in this review, was outstanding as always. I liked her Marty a lot and Maximus too. But VLAD and Leila are the best performances.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    I almost did--heck, I had it in my ears in the gym, in the car, at night in bed and preparing meals! It's the equivalent of a 'can't put it down' book.


    Any additional comments?

    Ms Gilbert is such a terrific performer; she brings such life to the text, has great voices and accents which lend to the 'validity' of the book and characters. The best thing I think you can say about such a performer is that your forget the book is being narrated/read to you by a person...instead, you are listening to these people and their stories in their OWN words. In other words, the narrator becomes invisible and the characters take center stage.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    CAC 08-03-12
    CAC 08-03-12

    Make no mistake between my personality and my attitude. My personality is who I am, my attitude depends on who you are.........

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    "Good read......"

    It's a interesting read and I'm always a sucker for a romantic story line. But, I'm not a syfy buff, so was too far-fetched in some areas.

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    vivian Orlando, FL, United States 07-24-12
    vivian Orlando, FL, United States 07-24-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Great book"
    Which character – as performed by Tavia Gilbert – was your favorite?

    Tavia Gilbert is a very good narrator I will listen to anything she narrates


    Any additional comments?

    This is a great addition to the series by Jeanine Frost, I recommend it 100%
    Vivian from Florida

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    Karen Reynella, Australia 07-13-12
    Karen Reynella, Australia 07-13-12 Listener Since 2008
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    "Vintage Frost"

    This is vintage Jeaniene Frost and it is nice to see a character from the Night Huntress series getting his own story. As usual, Ms Frost is witty and charming, with plenty of sensuality and adventure. Tavia Gilbert is terrific as always, and has a great partnership going with voicing Frost's books. The new character of Lara is enjoyable and I look forward to seeing where this story goes. Its good to see this familiar world branch off into a different direction and I hope the next one is not too far away.

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    Newton Abbot, United Kingdom
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    "really good story"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Once Burned to be better than the print version?

    I would as the performance is excellent and enhances the story and strengthens the characters.


    Any additional comments?

    As I have read the Huntress series and Vlad was a strong support character in those books - this book develops his story line. The book is free standing and is not affected if you have not read the Huntress series. LOVED this book will read it again without a doubt.

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  • Payana
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    "Another great book form Jeanine Frost"
    What made the experience of listening to Once Burned the most enjoyable?

    I have been a fan of Jeaniene Frost’s Night Huntress World books for years and Once Burned did not disappoint.
    It is only recently that I have begun to listen to audiobooks, as I do not have the time to read books as much as I used to or want to.
    Not only does the story draw you into the world Jeaniene has created, but Tavia Gilbert does an excellent job as a narrator with her natural flow, pleasant voice, her ability to express specific feelings in a single sentence as well as using different voices and accents for each character. There are a few accents/voices I think could use a little improving, but overall I love Tavia Gilbert's work.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Definitely, I have read the book in one sitting and have listened to the audiobook quite a few times so far.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Carol Aslett
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    "Book one"

    Enjoyed book one enough to insure my getting book two. Hope it's as good and develops the story and characters.

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  • Nikki
    5/6/17
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    "awesome"

    I was actually introduced to this author through this knight Prince series with Vlad and Leyla. I loved it so much I went off to find out what else she'd written, realised these books sit within the whole other story arc of the knight huntress world with cat and bones and promptly started working my way through that series.

    firstly if you too didn't realise these books are stories within a larger story I highly recommend reading the whole series in order. I've seriously enjoyed it.

    secondly this is my second read/listen to Vlad and layla's story, because I wanted to listen again knowing the fuller context of the wider story arc, along with all the other characters, and I'm really glad I did. you by no means have to, I loved these books the first time before I realised the bigger story existed, but I'm really glad I have read them again within the bigger story arc because there are little references to things that have happened previously that I now understand this time round, because ' I was there' in a previous book, which, for me, just makes the stories a little richer, but as I said by no means necessary.


    the vlad and Leyla story arc within the night huntress world is really great and this book doesn't let that good rep down, even on my second read/listen I enjoyed it immensely. there's a real wicked sense of humour that runs through the V & L storyline that I love, but aside from that this story has yet another really intersting twist on what can happen within the supernatural world that Jeaniene Frost is so good at. loved it.

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  • Jaci Littlewood
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    "Downloads"

    Great story and good narrator. Poor quality download. Keeps skipping the odd words especially at the end of the chapter. Will return it. Happened in all in this series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • linda warren
    9/30/15
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    "Once burned"

    I could not stop listening to this book ,it kept me hooked all the way through.great listening

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  • The Toy Cupboard
    Kettering, Northants, UK
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    "My favourite"

    I absolutely Love this story my fourth time of listening it's still exciting ...now for book 2😍

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Helen
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    2/18/15
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    "Really good read"

    I'm really enjoying fantasy novels at the moment (guild hunter, daughter of smoke and bone, angel fall etc) really enjoyed the narrators style the story was pretty good. On to book 2 of the series next :)

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Harlequin864
    8/25/14
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    "An enjoyable read... Or listen!"
    What made the experience of listening to Once Burned the most enjoyable?

    I enjoyed the take on the age old Vlad the Impaler legend.


    Did Tavia Gilbert do a good job differentiating each of the characters? How?

    I think it's important to note that the male main character in this book has a Romanian accent. Tavia Gilbert managed to do an okay job with this, better than most attempts at accents in audiobooks, and as the story goes on you get used to it a bit more. However, if I'm honest, I could only *just* stand it. If the story hadn't been as compelling, I would not have been able to listen to it. There are a couple of other accents attempted which were terrible. In particular, what was supposed to be an English accent was unbearable. As an English woman, it was cringeworthy to hear our accent butchered. Thankfully that particular character is only in it for a short scene. Although be aware that the spin-off of this series features the same character as it's main protagonist.
    I would like the sample to have included a section with Tavia speaking with the "Romanian" accent. It is an important factor to many listeners.


    Any additional comments?

    The actual story is great. It's a nice, laid back, easy listen and I throughly enjoyed the storyline. I perfect balance of action and romance, with some great passion.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Anna Luscombe
    6/1/14
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    "An enjoyable listen"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Once Burned to be better than the print version?

    Not really, it was good enough but I just couldn't get past the narrators awful British accents.


    What aspect of Tavia Gilbert’s performance might you have changed?

    It would have been far better if she had never tried to do an English or Irish accent, the two simply made me cringe, not good at all.


    Any additional comments?

    All in all though the narrator was good at the Romanian accent and she had a smooth tone, some narrators, especially American ones do this thing where they pause better words which I find jarring, she didn't. And she put the right inflections on words.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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