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Publisher's Summary

Nalini Singh dives into a world torn apart by a powerful race with phenomenal powers of the mind - and none of the heart. Born a Psy, Sascha Duncan must hide the emotions that mark her as flawed. But a passionate Changeling will tempt her to reveal everything - and risk her very soul.

Mind over matter: listen to more in the Psy-Changeling series.
©2006 Nalini Singh (P)2011 Tantor

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"This book is a must even for those uninitiated in the paranormal genre." (Romantic Times)

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Fast and fun

What did you love best about Slave to Sensation?

This book sucked me in with the first chapter - very important to me! It kept my attention right away and I listened to the whole book in less than 48 hours - even with work interfering in my listening time!! Good story line and I love that there are 10 other books that follow this first one!

Who was your favorite character and why?

Both of the main characters - Sasha and Lucas - because it is the story of them!

Which character – as performed by Angela Dawe – was your favorite?

I think Lucas Hunter - even though it was performed by a female voice was my favorite because you could hear the genuine caring in the voice for Sasha.

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The plot was good, the premise not so much

First off, Ms. Dawe did a splendid reading, neither too fast nor too slow, with a strength to her voice that made it very pleasant to listen to.

Story wise, the premise is a little out there. The shifters, "Changelings" as they're called in the book, are satisfyingly themselves, but the Psys are rather freakishly outre. The changelings at least are a unique and distinct group, with diverse motives and individual natures in line with those one would find closer to the primitive aspects of nature.

The Psys, on the other hand, have been envisioned as a nearly robotic race, and that just doesn't mesh well with the concept of a psychic being, as entwined as "psychic" and "psyche" are.

Putting the premise aside, the plot developed well, the writing hit just that right tone between dramatic and melodrama, and, as I mentioned, Ms. Dawe made a very pleasant reader.

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Series is an Addiction

I started reading this series with "Caressed by Ice" because Audible was running a special for $4.95. I have to say Audible that is the best way to get someone hooked on a Author you've never read before.
Needless to say I loved that story so much that I just had to hear it from the beginning of the series.
NOW-On with my review of Slave to Sensation. WOW!!! this is the first book of this series and it was AWESOME. I love Lucas and Sasha's story. Nalini Singh is now one of my favorite authors, and as for Angela Dawe well let me just tell you this narrator is one of the best I have heard.
She is great telling these stories and making you feel like you are really part of it. I mean you cant help it's so addictive that you just have to know what happens next. The characters are fantastic and the voices she does are perfect. Makes you want to be part of the DarkRiver and SnowDancer pack/family. The characters all have their own voice Angela brings life to the character.
You get to know everyone by their own voice.
Well...HAPPY listening. I am ready to go onto Faith and Vaughn's story book #2 of this series.

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Good start to a good series

Would you consider the audio edition of Slave to Sensation to be better than the print version?

I've only listened to the audio version so I can't compare.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Slave to Sensation?

There were to many to choose..

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

She brings the characters to life!!

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

Yes

Any additional comments?

It really is a good start to a good series..each book keeps getting better

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Better Than I Thought

I wasn't sure about this book. I avoided like the plague for more than a year since. I finally gave in and thought it to be a really good story. I would have liked the characters to develop more and what the author lacked there she made up for it brilliantly by other aspects of the book. I liked learning about the psy world and how the psy network functioned. It was a pretty clever storyline. Keeping up with series just to meet new characters will be worth it in my opinion.

All in all a good story. Hopefully the rest of the books in the series will be as enjoyable.

Lastly, Angela Dawe-as I expected-gave a fine narration.

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Great start to a series

I really liked the world these characters live in. The background seems to be very well thought out and the characters themselves seem like fully formed people. The story line is great and I loved the main characters. I think this would be a book I would listen to again. Angela Dawe was an adequate narrator but really didn't make me want to go seek out other books she's read.

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I've listened to it twice already!

Would you listen to Slave to Sensation again? Why?

Well, I already have. It is the perfect mix of romance and adventure. I love that the heroine was always fantastic, even if she did not know it.

What other book might you compare Slave to Sensation to and why?

I can't really compare it to anything - and that is a great thing.

Which scene was your favorite?

I love the scene between a couple of the sentinels and the heroine towards the end. As someone who has wrestled with the question of identity and where one belongs, I had a great deal of empathy and love for that.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

Yes, the scene with the kiddos and the heroine.

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Interesting Paranormal Romance with a Sci-Fi twist

Where does Slave to Sensation rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

It was well paced, interesting characters, and good plot. Although it's not one my top ten . . . it's definitely on my top twenty.

Any additional comments?

The story is a refreshing twist to paranormal romantic fiction (to which I am an absoulte newby). From what I've noticed, the "popular" para-romances tend to sway toward vampires and werewolves (which is why I don't read and/or listen to a lot of them). . .Ms Singh's Psy-Changling series offers an interesting alternative. In "Slave to Sensation", you have two sets of people with differing perspectives . . . The Psy who were mandated to have the emotions suppressed (and almost stripped from them) until they are near cold unfeeling robots (although they are also ambitious and conniving--go figure). And then there's the Changlings who are all about feelings, connections, and raw emotions but have to overcome clan prejudices (e.g., Cats vs. Wolves). And in the middle of all this, you have Lucas (the panther Alpha with issues) and Sascha (the Psy with issues) who meet under very straining circumstances. Very interesting yarn . . . worth a listen.

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  • PLANT CITY, FL, United States
  • 07-01-12

Pretty good

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Yes, because the storyline and narration were both pretty good.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Slave to Sensation?

The "steamy" parts :)

What about Angela Dawe’s performance did you like?

She was good overall.

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

Not really

Any additional comments?

Author used the word "lethal" too many times. Otherwise, it was well done.

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Didn't really care for this...archangel better

What was most disappointing about Nalini Singh’s story?

Didn't care for the characters, seemed lacking. The plot seemed weak. Saw the ending from a mile away...

Any additional comments?

I prefer the Archangel series she has and was let down by this one. Not continuing the series. Can't put my finger on it, just didn't care for the plot. I really wanted to like it because I enjoyed her other series.