Regular price: $24.95

Free with 30-day trial
Membership details Membership details
  • A 30-day trial plus your first audiobook, free
  • 1 credit/month after trial – good for any book, any price
  • Easy exchanges – swap any book you don’t love
  • Keep your audiobooks, even if you cancel
  • After your trial, Audible is just $14.95/month
OR
In Cart

Publisher's Summary

Samantha Martin is an imp, enjoying an extended vacation from Hel. All she wants to do is drink beer by the pool, play mischievous pranks on the humans, and get her hot neighbor in the sack. It's a relaxing break from her infernal home as long as she manages to avoid the angels, who won't hesitate to execute her on sight.

But when her naughty hellhound lands her in trouble with the local werewolf pack, Sam is blackmailed into helping track and catch a killer. The steps she must take to appease the werewolves will put her right in the crosshairs of the angels. And with angels, there is no second chance.

©2012 Debra Dunbar (P)2014 Debra Dunbar

What members say

Average Customer Ratings

Overall

  • 4.2 out of 5.0
  • 5 Stars
    368
  • 4 Stars
    221
  • 3 Stars
    88
  • 2 Stars
    23
  • 1 Stars
    25

Performance

  • 4.1 out of 5.0
  • 5 Stars
    311
  • 4 Stars
    192
  • 3 Stars
    92
  • 2 Stars
    43
  • 1 Stars
    33

Story

  • 4.3 out of 5.0
  • 5 Stars
    368
  • 4 Stars
    186
  • 3 Stars
    76
  • 2 Stars
    20
  • 1 Stars
    19
Sort by:
  • Overall
  • Performance
  • Story

Slow narrator

Any additional comments?

Good bones but I couldn't get past the pacing. The narrator was just too slow and it kept me from being able to invest in the story.

15 of 16 people found this review helpful

  • Overall
  • Performance
  • Story
  • Sharon
  • OK, United States
  • 04-16-14

Can't Wait for the Next One!!!!

I was really impressed with this debut novel. It's a really great paranormal/urban fantasy story and I can't wait for the next one to be released on audible. In this series, the main protagonist is a demon, but she's not as evil as most literary demons are. She's struggling to live a normal human life, while causing just enough mischief to keep her the boredom at bay and staying under the radar of the angels that police the human world.

This book had some pretty funny moments and I found myself laughing out loud. It reminded me of the Charlie Daniels series, and if you like those books I think you'll really enjoy this one. I highly recommend it.

7 of 7 people found this review helpful

  • Overall
  • Performance
  • Story

excellent new author /series

I got the book based on an audible customer service recommendation and I'm glad I took the chance. I love the irreverence of the heroine and the twist on preconceived good vs. Bad.
Performance was a bit frustrating at first, but soon got used to it.
The blurb already gives you an idea of the content (which I don't think did the book much justice!) But I would add: prepare for an amazingly good journey. Already looking to get the next book (TGIF!)

7 of 7 people found this review helpful

  • Overall
  • Performance
  • Story

Good story

Who was your favorite character and why?

The angel, even though my heart ached over his choices and the consequences.

Any additional comments?

This book turned out to be much better than I expected. At first I felt that the narrators voice was too young for the character. As the story went on I didn't even notice it any longer. Angela Rysk does a great job with the various voices. The men sound like men. I highly recommend this book to any reader who enjoys PRN, or angel/demon books.You will not be disappointed. I am looking forward to Debra Dunbar's next book.

6 of 6 people found this review helpful

  • Overall
  • Performance
  • Story

HORRIBlLE MONOTONOUS NARRATION!!!!

I have no comment on the story in this review. I'm not qualified to give one. I'd have to listen to the book to do so.

I have just turned off this audiobook in the second chapter. IT WAS EXCRUCIATING.

The narrator uses NO inflection what so ever in the reading. Even would-be exciting moments are dull. How do you do that? People in conversation have more inflection!

I may be spoiled by better narrators, or perhaps I expect a PROFESSIONAL!
I'd just finished with a Jim Butcher book, and James Marsters is hard to beat.

No, she's just Plodding, and Flat, and Trying, and Awful!

Spare yourself..... Credit and headache.

7 of 8 people found this review helpful

  • Overall
  • Performance
  • Story

I couldn't put it down

I even woke my husband up at night while he was sleeping because I couldn't stop laughing at the author's dark humor. I will caution other readers that main character is a demon, and the writer doesn't hold back on descriptions. It is hilarious I can promise you that.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Overall
  • Performance
  • Story
  • Meghan
  • Beaver Dams, NY, United States
  • 06-16-14

Grrrr Audible

Just as a warning as of right now (6/15/2014) audible only has the first two books. It is really frustrating when they do this because I do not have time to actually read a book. So I start to like a series, and then can't finish it because the rest of the series is never made into an audio book (that may have been a run on sentence but grrrr)

I liked the idea and execution of this book a lot. So lets be straight here she is a demon. She is a slum lord. She has killed humans before. She probably would never have gotten involved in the whole ware wolf thing if she did not have to. She is not meant to be your good at heart girl who is just miss understood. She is who she is and is not sorry for it.. I thought the whole idea of Sam being a demon would bother me I normally do not like my main characters bad. Surprisingly though I thought there was just enough humanity" in her character to keep me satisfied. I like the relationship she, and Wyatt have. This is really the only part of her life that you see any of what we would call human feelings. I love how she pulls on Candy's tail with her sexuality. It is quite entertaining.

I thought that there was going to be a lot of sex scenes and there were not any. There were a couple of frustratingly close calls.

The one thing I am worried about is that I fear this may go into another love triangle. What can I say I am just kind of over the whole triangle thing. Fingers crossed though, maybe Sam and Wyatt will end up dating, and Gregory becomes a teacher/friend of some sort.

6 of 7 people found this review helpful

  • Overall
  • Performance
  • Story
  • Debbie
  • BENTON CITY, WA, United States
  • 02-05-15

Uneven Results

I had to keep checking to see if I had ended up with a YA selection. The narrator was very slow and precise, except during conversations among the characters. The steamy scenes frequently seemed contrived and disconnected; as if they were thrown in because an editor reminded the author "sex sells". The gratuitous vulgar language was off-putting to me. Yet the story had sufficient potential that I slogged my way through to the inevitable happy ending.

Won't read further entries in this series.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Overall
  • Performance
  • Story

Bland narration

The narrator was so awful I had to stop the book and mark it finished. The story seemed to be promising and something I may have enjoyed if I could have been able to listen any longer

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Overall
  • Performance
  • Story
  • Berit
  • Baltimore, MD, United States
  • 01-29-16

Cliché overflow

I listened for about 10 minutes and returned it. One cliché after another, and "suck" or some form of it, every other sentence. Stupidly written and so s l o w l y narrated... Dreadful

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

Sort by:
  • Overall
  • Performance
  • Story
  • Ozzymandias
  • 01-05-16

Needs a re-write

The Good

The premise for this story is great. It is a common theme of a demon/devil from hell in human disguise living in the world.

The Bad

This story read like a first draft basic manuscript. As if the writer has just puked their basic story outline down and then published it with no editor etc going over it. Everything from the writing, the plot, logic of the events needs to revisited and re-written.

As the story proceeds, I got more and more annoyed with the plot-holes and the logical inconsistencies. Also just how powerful is the main character? First she's just an imp, a bit of a nobody then she's some lord and wielding huge amounts of power. How strong/weak are the angles? First they could destroy her with barely an effort next she's trading blows with the strongest of them. These things occur for no apparent reason. The writer simply changed the nature of the character part way though the story and didn't bother to go to the beginning and re-write.

The demon's age does not work for the story. First she's 1000 years old - which we are told is young for a demon but if you were a thousand year's old, you'd would behave like a creature 1000 years old not 14.

The prose is technically poor, partially as a result of the unfinished state of the book and partially because the writer has poor skill.

Too lurid, every male character either wants to kill or have sex with her or both.

Poor use of swear words. I'm not averse to swears in books but they need to be used well or realistically or they loose their point. The use of profanity here diminishes the quality of the story rather than elevating it.

The Narrator

Terrible from the outset. Not so bad if you speed it up but not good either. Sounds like this is the first time that this narrator has read anything out loud.

Summary

Someone needs to take this book idea, develop the mythos behind it, do some decent world, character, and plot building and write a decent story. The author has turned a potential master-piece idea into a terrible soap opera.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Overall
  • Performance
  • Story
  • Farnham_red
  • 10-26-15

Decent book dreadful narration

What did you like best about A Demon Bound? What did you like least?

I really liked the original storyline in particular the main character Sam<br/>I really disliked the performance of the narrator who did her best to ruin the book with the worst narration I have ever heard.

How could the performance have been better?

It couldnt be any worse - - but reading without misplaced pauses, differentiating between different voices and putting some expression into the narration would be a good start

If this book were a film would you go see it?

yes

Any additional comments?

worth sticking with it - its really quite amusing and has a good original storyline and if you can stick it out the second book in the series is even better - even the narration though not great is much better

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Overall
  • Performance
  • Story
  • bettyandjohn
  • 04-13-15

Great Read Great audio Book

Would you consider the audio edition of A Demon Bound to be better than the print version?

The audio is always better than the print version, in the narrator been able to put in tonal reflections and when the timing is delivered correctly, it becomes alive and is by far more enjoyable.

What was one of the most memorable moments of A Demon Bound?

The imp ending in trouble so many times, especially with the dark angel

What does Angela Rysk bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

very much the tonal perspective, timing and pauses, and listening to her great delivery in narration.

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

A good few times I felt the character, although very unusual, interesting in the way her feelings were expressed

Any additional comments?

I have purchased the first 4 volumes and soon to get the 5th, I compare Debra to such writers as Diana Rowland, Chris Fieldwater, Kelly Meding and Kevin Hearn who all write up similar type characters, but have their own writing style, D Rowlings and Chris Fieldwater, are very good authors. Debra is in their class and highly recommended.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Overall
  • Performance
  • Story
  • G. S. Donohoe
  • 11-09-17

Story not brought alive

Obviously this is a subjective view, so your milage may vary. It's also only based on the first 1.5hrs of the book - I gave up at that point...

I found the narration of this excellent book to be a let-down - although *not* monotone, it often seemed that way. For me at least, none of the main charcter's 'quirkyness' was brought to life, whereas when you read the book if fairly leaps off the page.

  • Overall
  • Story
  • r Hopkins
  • 01-24-17

gave up and want a refund. read by a robot

worst narrator ever. like listening to a robot. had to speed up just to listen.

  • Overall
  • Performance
  • Story
  • Rebel
  • 12-25-16

Could have been good?

The overall story has potential but the writing and performance needs a lot of work. Feels very amateurish.

  • Overall
  • Performance
  • Story
  • Daniel
  • 12-13-16

Crazy

Couldnt stand more then 5 min... Is Angela Rysk a computer program? It sounds like she has recorded word for word and then edetid it together.

  • Overall
  • Performance
  • Story
  • Joanne
  • 08-23-16

Slow burner which picked up pace

Struggled with the narrator initially as I found her lacking in intonation. So much so that I stopped listening. I finally decided to try again and found myself warming to her more subtle style. Once past this sticky point, I found the book engaging and threaded with humour. So much so that I finished it in super quick time!

  • Overall
  • Performance
  • Story
  • Voyager
  • 04-01-16

Did not even get through chapter 1,

Bad narration, very slow story and bored me to death, almost.
All in all I was disappointed with what could and should have been a really good book.

  • Overall
  • Performance
  • Story
  • Janine
  • 03-29-16

Good start to the series

What a great character! Our heroine is a smart mouthed imp who has set up a comfortable life, away from the unpleasantness of hell. All she really wants is to remain under the radar, play with her horses who hate her and lust after her neighbour. Unfortunately, fate has other ideas, and an obligation to a werewolf sees her comfortable life shot out from under her.

With her trademark sarcasm and penchant for trouble, she finds herself having to ally with an angel, whose job it is to send her back to the fiery pits, to track down a rogue angel who's gone batty. Another twist of fate ends up linking them, an unpleasant experience for both.

The narrator speaks so slowly that I had to increase the speed t listen to it. Very strange. Once I did this, the narration was bearable and the story was fantastic.

Sort by:
  • Overall
  • Performance
  • Story
  • Drax17
  • 06-15-17

Needs better narrator

Would you be willing to try another book from Debra Dunbar? Why or why not?

Was a good start to this series. Samantha was a great naughty character, but would read the book next in the series instead of audio book if has same narrator.

Would you be willing to try another one of Angela Rysk’s performances?

I would be cautious based on this book. Narration was slow & monotone in parts. Had to speed it up just to make the narration bearable.

  • Overall
  • Performance
  • Story
  • JaniceO
  • 02-23-16

Unique voice for a different story

An enjoyable plot with an imp as the heroine? Different and well written. The major character demonstrates the desire for the wrong behaviour but has allowed her nature to be harnessed to remain living on Earth.
The reader has a voice that is very well suited to the character and is reasonably good at differentiating her characters.
The writing is and plot line is quite good.