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Dorina Basarab is a dhampir - half-human, half-vampire. Subject to uncontrollable rages, most dhampirs live very short, very violent lives. So far, Dory has managed to maintain her sanity by unleashing her anger on those demons and vampires who deserve killing.

Back home in Brooklyn, after the demise of her insane uncle Dracula, Dory is hoping her life is about to calm down. But then she gets some visitors. A friend wants Dory's help in finding a magical Fey relic, and the gorgeous vampire, Louis-Cesare, is desperate to find his former mistress Christine.

Dory and Louis-Cesare quickly discover that the same master vampire Christine is bound to is also rumored to be in possession of the relic. But when the master vampire turns up dead, they realize that there's more at stake than a missing mistress. Someone is killing vampire Senate members, and if Dory and Louis-Cesare can't stop the murderer, they may be next.

©2010 Karen Chance (P)2010 Tantor

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loved it!

Where does Death's Mistress rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

The narrator does a good job keeping voices steady throughout there are a few slip ups but well done. The plot is winding and makes you pay attention. The book makes you think which few do.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Dorina is a great leading lady. She doesn't fit any mould and is strong but still vulnerable.

What about Joyce Bean’s performance did you like?

I really love her interpretation of Ray. The only voice that I don't care for is Mircea. Her overall performance is really good. She stays steady for everything but a few slips.

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

yes.

Any additional comments?

This book is part of a series and is parallel to another series you need to listen to them all to really appreciate the author she is amazing and the plot is ever twisting.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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Highly recommended

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

I read this book a couple of years ago, and liked it. But the writing pace was almost frantic, and I found that I missed details (I read fast).<br/><br/>As an audiobook, I LOVED this book. I picked up a lot of small details that I missed when reading the book. The book is by turns funny, dramatic and suspenseful.<br/><br/>The narrator did an excellent job of bringing the characters to life

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  • Bonnie
  • Bellmore, NY, United States
  • 10-19-10

Second in Mignight's Daughter series

The first book was pretty good for an urban fantasy. I liked the narrator as well. I always listen to the free listen before I purchase a title, especially if I don't know the narrator. I enjoyed this book more than the first, possibly because I already had a background of some of the characters and this had more twists and turns in the story line. Like I've said not a Loral Hamilton, nor Kim Harrison, but something enjoyable and different none the less.

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  • Deanna
  • Kenly, NC, United States
  • 04-25-12

Love the Book, Hate the Narrator

How could the performance have been better?

This narrator doesn't know simple words, for example, she insists on using the word "fort" for "forte" which should be pronounced for-tay for heavens sake. That drives me insane and there are others. She didn't even try to sound similar to the characters from the Cassie Palmer books. I hadn't planned to listen again but I love the story so much, I had to buy it and then fussed at myself all the way through for having done so. I wish I had bought the nook version.

3 of 5 people found this review helpful

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Great Read!

Narrator does a great job bringing this book to life! The story in itself is wonderful and the fully fleshed characters are loveable. A wonderful read that flows smoothly from start to finish!

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superb on every level.

I've always enjoyed her books and Dorian is my favorite, the voice actress rocks the role and nails it.

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Dorina is back and straight to the PUNCH!

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

Hell Yes. If you like funny, action, great narration, romance and surprise plots, this is the series for you.

What other book might you compare Death's Mistress to and why?

Laurel K. Hamilton's series of Juanita Blake. I pray that the author writes more to this series and keeps this narrator.

Which character – as performed by Joyce Bean – was your favorite?

Dorina and Lez-Cezar. Even in the arguing, going from shouting to whispering, she makes it feel like they are right there with you.

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

Yes!! The first chapter jumps you right in. Love the way it is written to give Dorina's response to the self defense and Lez-Cezar's problem of trying to rescue a girlfriend that don't remember you but she might kick your butt.

Any additional comments?

Read or listen to in order. This series I listen to and loved it. This is one I would say that I will keep and am checking her other series in audible. I was really disappointed that there are only 3 books but they are longer. I really hope the author writes more and uses the same narrator. She just makes it all work.

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  • Joie
  • California
  • 12-10-12

Great Series

This series is captivating but this book is extra special because the author put in a scene that made me laugh so hard I cried. She did it at the perfect moment when the situation was hopeless and lots of entities, vampires, faeries and humans are dying so the "reader" is all tensed up waiting for disaster to strike and then she drops in this amazingly hilarious scene. I hope that she meant it to be funny otherwise I have a skewed sense of humor. It would be terrific if she put at least one funny scene in each of her books. The humor is much like Janet Evanovich whose Stephanie Plum books I love.

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  • john
  • United States
  • 07-09-12

slooooowwww but good story, hated narrator

Would you consider the audio edition of Death's Mistress to be better than the print version?

no the book would go on forever to much tiny detail not needed

What did you like best about this story?

Dory and Caesar

Would you be willing to try another one of Joyce Bean’s performances?

yes

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

no

Any additional comments?

narrator was terrible

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Another winner!

I really enjoy both this series and Chance's Cassie Palmer series. This was really good. Great plot, characters and narration. Can't wait for the next one in Oct. Hope it comes to Audible.