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Jocelynn Drake makes her stunning debut with thisparanormal tale of vampires, evil elves, and a kick-butt heroine with a sizzling—and deadly—ability. Nightwalker Mira has survived centuries, in part owing to her elemental control of fire. But when the long-imprisoned naturi threaten to destroy vampire and human alike, Mira finds herself turning to a most unexpected ally—the vampire hunter Danaus.

©2008 Joscelynn Drake (P)2010 Recorded Books, LLC

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Ok read, not so good to listen to.

I think this book would have been a lot more interesting had I read it instead of listened to it. The narrator was just plain irritating and her exaggerated voices were a distraction and completely unnecessary.
I don't think I will purchase another audio book narrated by Celeste Ciulla.

7 of 8 people found this review helpful

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Great Book, Narrator not a good match

I started out with the audio and while the narrator is good, the voice is just not right for the characters especially MIra. Once I switched over to the book I flew through it, and I was going to skip the audio's on the rest of the series but it looks like they changed narrators for the next two. Hopefully the voice is a better match.

Loved the book and thought it was a great start to an interesting series.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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  • diana
  • Bunnlevel, NC, United States
  • 07-17-12

Book 1 needs a new Narrator

I wish I had read this book instead have getting it on Audio.. Narrator is Blan in her reading..... didn't even finish it. could get past an hour.

3 of 4 people found this review helpful

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Didn't really like anything about this book....


This is the first book in the Dark Days series by Drake. There are six books in this series. This is a pretty typical vampire urban fantasy read. I listened to the first 80% of the book on audiobook and then realized I was dreading listening to it each time I got in the car so I decided to stop.

I listened to this on audiobook and the narration was okay but not great. The narrator did a good job on women’s voices, but male characters sounded awkward and over-characterized. In general the narrator was a bit stiff sounding as well. This is one I wouldn’t necessarily recommend listening to on audiobook.

The premise of the story is that Mira, a Nightwalker/vampire, runs into a Hunter named Danaus in her territory. However, Danaus isn’t the real issue here...the real problem is the the Naturi, a centuries old race that uses nature magic that was supposed to be extinct. Suddenly Mira is drawn back into an age old war between the Nightwalkers and the Naturi.

I didn't like the characters all that much, thought the plot was overly simplistic and boring, and also thought the dialogue was poorly done. There really wasn’t anything I liked in this book.

Mira’s character bothered me, she is supposed to be 600 years old but she acts really immature and short-sighted a lot of the time. Danaus is kind of intriguing but mostly just seems to follow Mira from place to place. The side characters were single dimensional and not well done.

The plot was very straight-forward and predictable. I kept waiting for some more interesting plot elements to be added but they never were.

Overall this wasn’t the worst vampire based UF I have ever read; however I liked it even less than I liked the first book in Drake's “Asylum Tales” (Angel's Ink). I have learned that Drake just isn't an author I like reading; for me there are much better UF authors out there.

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I'm having to switch back to the Kindle edition. I'm sorry; the voice doesn't seem to fit the tone or characters, and the reading just sounded too choppy. I'll give the book itself another chance.