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The Darkest Night Audiobook

The Darkest Night: Lords of the Underworld, Book 1

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Publisher's Summary

His powers - inhuman; His passion - beyond immortal. All her life, Ashlyn Darrow has been tormented by voices from the past. To end the nightmare, she has come to Budapest seeking help from men rumored to have supernatural abilities, not knowing she'll be swept into the arms of Maddox, their most dangerous member - a man trapped in a hell of his own. Neither can resist the instant hunger that calms their torments...and ignites an irresistible passion. But every heated touch and burning kiss will edge them closer to destruction - and a soul-shattering test of love.

Don't miss the other books in the Lords of the Underworld series.

©2008 Gena Showalter; (P)2008 Audible, Inc.
All rights reserved including the right of reproduction in whole or in part in any form. This edition is published by arrangement with Harlequin Books S.A. All characters in this book are fictitious. Any resemblance to actual persons, living or dead, is purely coincidental.

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    Heather Forest Hill, MD, United States 05-05-08
    Heather Forest Hill, MD, United States 05-05-08 Member Since 2005
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    "loved this book"

    I must say I can not tell you how much i enjoyed this book.... I thought it would be a fun book but did not expect to not be able to put it down.. this book is steamy in places and it is not very realistic with the time line of falling in love but this is very fun and it was all that i would want it to be and will lesson to this book again I hope you enjoy this book I loved it,, it is very different than I had expected much better.....
    Heather

    17 of 22 people found this review helpful
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    Brande Malden, MA, USA 05-12-08
    Brande Malden, MA, USA 05-12-08
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    "FANTASTIC!!!!"

    I am not one to normally read fantasy type romance. Bought this on a whim! All I can say is WOW!!! I AM HOOKED!! The first 15 min I was sucked into the story and the characters while I couldn't just get enough. The devotion and love story and friendships brought me to tears actually. I can't wait for the remaining books to be released!

    7 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    Beckie 03-24-16
    Beckie 03-24-16
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    "A bunch of Cavemen"

    This book could have been so much better. I liked the idea of the story, and was even able to get past a number of mental obstacles...their love at first sight encounter and her special ability. But I just couldn't get past how all of the lords sounded like a bunch of uneducated cavemen. They barely spoke in full sentences, and seemed to be pretty ignorant about the world they lived in. You would think for being hundreds of years old that they would be more refined and worldly. They order furniture online, but don't know what aspirin is. For me, it was a major turn off. This is the first and last book I will purchase in this series. Too bad...the story was actually pretty interesting.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    CRAZY4PEANUTBUTTER 01-13-15 Member Since 2016
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    "Series shows promise.....but....."

    As the first book of a series this book wasn't bad. The characters were strong and captured the interest of the reader. I plan on reading more of the series. The only thing that I didn't like about the book was the fact that there was way to many characters in the book. And since each character shared another character (demon) inside them that made it even more confusing. I think if the narrator had been better at giving each character a distinct voice and/or personality it would have helped a lot. Also I think the explanation surrounding the curse could have been written a little clearer. I hope that it will be more clear as the series goes on.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    eclectic_pet New Caney, TX, United States 08-23-14
    eclectic_pet New Caney, TX, United States 08-23-14 Member Since 2010
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    "Possibly good, with bad narrator, hard to tell"
    What did you like best about The Darkest Night? What did you like least?

    I liked the character of Ashlyn, vulnerable and fiesty at the same time.

    I hated the conversation between the Lords.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Darkest Night?

    The sacrifice by Ashlyn. No spoilers here.


    How could the performance have been better?

    Too often the male voices failed to match the character, or the narrator spoke with a different characters voice. Was confusing and bad


    Was The Darkest Night worth the listening time?

    Not particularly.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer 06-02-14
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    "Disappointed"
    What disappointed you about The Darkest Night?

    Was hoping to find another great series.... not so much. Consistently found myself rolling my eyes.


    What was most disappointing about Gena Showalter’s story?

    The story line had potential but did not come close to reaching it. I might have been able to enjoy it a little if I had not just finished reading all of Kresley Coles books. Kresley Cole is a genius. Read all of her books instead... skip this one.


    Did Max Bellmore do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    Yes... But the writing was so bad you couldn't really enjoy it.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    No


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Candateshia Pafford Fort Meade 04-27-14
    Candateshia Pafford Fort Meade 04-27-14 Member Since 2015

    I really enjoy the world of books! Narration just add layers to that world... don't u think? :)

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    "I totally love these books!"

    OMG!!! I forgot how awesome these "Lords" truly are....

    "We'll give you Tylenol"... the sweetest, saddest, and most gut wrenching phrase I have ever listen to in an audio book... Tears... I tell you... tears (drip, drip, drop).

    When Ash gave her life for Maddox... OMG! Best scene ever...

    Now I know why I keep re-listening to these books... On to book 2! Listen to the prequel before the this book, really does add a level of (I know what's going on).... in the beginning...

    Bellmore is one great narrator... especially during the gut wrenching moments...

    Well worth a credit...buy or sale...

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    DKAero 08-17-13
    DKAero 08-17-13 Member Since 2011

    wabi-sabi

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    "Agonizing....."
    What disappointed you about The Darkest Night?

    Slow plot movement....VERY SLOW....and sluggish dialogue. Could only think...."Move faster" Maybe by the end of the series this gets faster paced.


    What was most disappointing about Gena Showalter’s story?

    SLOW...torturously SLOW.


    What three words best describe Max Bellmore’s voice?

    He was trying. Arduous material. There could have been greater distiction between the men.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    BluBumbleB 08-10-13
    BluBumbleB 08-10-13 Member Since 2017

    Audible OBSESSED!

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    "YES LORDS!!!!"

    Where have I been??? Under a rock apparently! Lords of the underworld....awesomely fantastic! I purchased book one several months ago and sadly it's been catching dust on my bookshelf. Finally I am in the know with this series. I LOVED this first book and plan to buy the entire series so I can catch up with the rest of the listeners that have given such rave reviews. I totally concur whole-heartedly. If you're a fan of paranormal romances this is definitely one to get. I adore the lead characters Maddox and Ashlyn. Their romance really spoke to me and of course I'm a sucker for a hunky guy that falls head over heels and isn't ashamed to shout it to the world! The other Lords are equally as interesting and my ears are burning to hear the remaining stories. Looks like I won't be getting any sleep or working very hard...oh well! :-) highly recommend this book as a credit purchase.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Elizabeth 07-08-13
    Elizabeth 07-08-13
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    "could have been great"

    I listened a few weeks ago and am still struck by how annoyed I was that the story could have been great, but instead, I felt cheated by multiple poorly written sex scenes. I enjoy a little passion, but after a while it just felt raunchy. And I really did want the story to be better, but now I won't follow up on the series.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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