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Obsidian Audiobook

Obsidian: Lux, Book 1

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Publisher's Summary

When 17-year-old Katy Swartz moved to West Virginia right before her senior year, she'd pretty much resigned herself to thick accents, dodgy Internet access, and a whole lot of boring, but then she spotted her hot neighbor, with his looming height and eerie green eyes. Things were looking up...until he opened his mouth.

Daemon Black is infuriating. Arrogant. Stab-worthy. It's hate at first sight, but when a stranger attacks her and Daemon literally freezes time with a wave of his hand, well, something...unexpected happens. The hot guy next door? Well, he's an alien.

Turns out that Daemon and his sister have a galaxy of enemies wanting to steal their abilities and Katy is caught in the crosshairs. Daemon's touch has lit her up like the Vegas Strip and the only way she's getting out of this alive is by sticking close to him until her alien mojo fades. That is, if she doesn't kill him first.

©2011 Jennifer L. Armentrout (P)2013 Tantor

What the Critics Say

"The beginning of Armentrout's new Lux series is a thrilling ride from start to finish. A cross between Roswell and Dawson's Creek, this series is guaranteed to hold your attention and have you begging for more." (Romantic Times)

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    Book Lover D 02-08-16 Member Since 2014
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    "Great Story! Didn't like narrator."
    What made the experience of listening to Obsidian the most enjoyable?

    The story. I loved the story that Jennifer L Armentrout wrote.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    She had a very nasally voice. In this story, it is difficult to enjoy, especially when she performs a male voice. She also pronounces the male lead character's name wrong. The author has said the name is pronounced Day-mon not Demon. It should really be rectified.


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

    I love Katy and Daemon's first kiss.


    Any additional comments?

    Narrators should check name pronunciation before they start the story because now you have six books with an incredibly annoying mispronunciation where if they would have emailed the author, it could have been corrected immediately.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Katheryne MD, United States 01-21-14
    Katheryne MD, United States 01-21-14 Member Since 2015
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    "Holy Alien Hotness"

    This book has been described as "Twilight with aliens", which didn't sound appealing to me at all. However, based on all the 5 star reviews and hype for this book I went ahead and gave it a try. WOW did this book surprise me. It's witty, fast-paced, full of action and mystery and some very swoon-worthy scenes. I am a huge fan of YA romance books and this one is quickly rising to the top of my favorites list. This series is so addictive and fun that I've already downloaded books 2, 3 and 4. I'm going to be in listener heaven now.

    5 stars!!

    13 of 16 people found this review helpful
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    K. parkinson 10-11-14 Member Since 2015
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    "Narrator was terrible!"

    The narrator ruined this book for me! I might buy it in print to see how it ends. I just couldn't handle her whiny voice any longer!

    10 of 12 people found this review helpful
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    M. Hebnes GA 10-20-15
    M. Hebnes GA 10-20-15 Member Since 2016
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    "Great story annoying voice."

    This story was good, but I didn't care for the feminine girl talking for the guy - it was awful.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Holly H. Florida 06-15-15
    Holly H. Florida 06-15-15 Member Since 2013
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    "Enjoyed the story but not the narrator."
    If you could sum up Obsidian in three words, what would they be?

    Aliens are hot!


    What did you like best about this story?

    Daemon Black


    What didn’t you like about Justine Eyre’s performance?

    I've listened to easily over a hundred audiobooks, so I'm pretty easy to please when it comes to narrators. I've only had a few who completely turned me off to the audio version of a book; Justine Eyre happens to be one of them. I've listened to many books that Justine Eyre has narrated and every time debated whether I should suffer through her voice or just eventually read the book later sometime in my spare time. I haven't been able to finish at least three of the audiobooks that she has narrated. All of the female main characters sound nasally, whinny and I guess the best word to explain it is...constipated. I sincerely wish that the publisher would update the audiobooks with a new narrator for this series, because I will more than likely not be continuing this series in audio format.


    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Leslie Akins 02-27-15 Member Since 2017
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    "Good Read Bad Listen"
    Would you try another book from Jennifer L. Armentrout and/or Justine Eyre?

    I would try another book from this author...But so help me, if they all have the same narrator I might gouge my eardrums out through my eye sockets. I can hardly handle the narration.


    What other book might you compare Obsidian to and why?

    It has some of the feel you get with Unearthly and Alienated but the most obvious straight up comparison would be Twilight.


    How could the performance have been better?

    By choosing a narrator that sounds like the characters. Not so whiney, bar room seductive'ish. It sort of ruins the story when you can't stop picturing the person performing. I like to be able to have that "movie in my head" where I can imagine the characters with each nuance in the performance. Virtually impossible.


    Could you see Obsidian being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    Yes. To be honest I kept picturing Ian Somerhalder as Daemon. I could be biased due to how well he plays the I love you I hate you I'll kill you all rolled into one type roles.


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Kyahgirl Alberta 12-28-14
    Kyahgirl Alberta 12-28-14
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    "Potentially good series. This one isn't great."

    I have been meaning to check out this series so when I saw book 1 on sale at Audible last month I picked it up. I am not sure why the ratings are so high for this ho-hum teen angst sci fi. Armentrout is a decent writer so there weren't any annoyances in terms of POV, style, or general writing. The story was just weak.

    I think there is enough potential there to make it worth checking out the next book but if its more of the same I will abandon the series. This has very strong overtones of Twilight crossed with mid-80s Harlequin. I don't care for Justine Eyre as a narrator so that was another mark against this audiobook.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Kindle Customer NAMPA, ID, United States 04-26-13
    Kindle Customer NAMPA, ID, United States 04-26-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Not original story; Narrator takes time to like."

    PARENTS, be warned. There are scenes in this book that should not be in YA books, including Daemon feeling between Katy's legs with his hands while both his and Katy's shirts are off. The scene was not too detailed, other than what I mentioned, and it lasted less than a minute, but it was enough for me to throw a caution out there. There is also very little parental involvement with any of the kids in the story. They all kinda roam free, and sleep over at each others houses (including guy/girl). That said, here is the rest of my review.

    I struggled to get into this story, and it wasn't because of the story. The narrator simply did not seem to fit the story! She sounds too grown up to be playing a whiny, lonely 17 year old. Not to mention that, for the first 1/3 of the book, her normal narrative tone was nearly a whisper. I had my volume up kinda high, just to hear the narratives, only to be hit with high octaves when she spoke in character. It was frustrating, but she did get better as the book went along. Even from the beginning, she was flawless about switching between character voices, and switching from character to narrative tone, despite the volume difference. I didn't care for the voice she gave Dee. Sure, Dee is a little unsure of herself, but she sounds unsure and hesitant with everything she said. It wasn't the way the story was written, it was the way the voice was portrayed. The tones used made normal statements sound like questions, or that Dee was simply very insecure. I noticed even in scenes where Dee had a chance to shine with confidence, the tone made it fall short of that.

    As for the story itself, well, it kept my attention, although I was rolling my eyes how very similar this is to the Twilight series, which meant much of this story was predictable. However, the author writes well, builds the characters well and maintains their personalities in difficult scenes. I'm confident she'll take the series her own way in the coming books. I'll continue on with book 2.

    5 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Hay Hay 03-20-13
    Hay Hay 03-20-13
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    "Eagerly awaited on Audible!"
    Any additional comments?

    I stumbled upon this book looking while looking for an entertaining read for my kindle and it was one of those "wow... I'm so glad I found this!" moments. As soon as I read it, I immediately went to Audible and was broken hearted when I found it wasn't available for download yet. I've been stalking Audible since then, eagerly awaiting this book's release and at last! The day has arrived! Why did I like this book so much? The main characters tend to bring out the worst in each other and that made for an entertaining read. And though there is romanitc interest, neither character wants it... nothing about their relationship is easy and they fight their attraction tooth and nail. Not that I have anything against love at first sight, but this was a nice change of pace. The sarcastic banter really makes this story. I would recommend this book to anyone who likes YA romance series. I think, like me, you'll find it's well worth your time and you'll join the ranks of those of us eagerly awaiting the next release in July.

    7 of 10 people found this review helpful
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    Lisa United States 04-18-13
    Lisa United States 04-18-13 Member Since 2014
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    "Needs a new narrator"

    It's too bad that the narrator ruined this book for me. It's a pretty good story but I can't get past her whiny voice. I don't think the banter between them came across as realistic, her voice just sounded forced and fake.

    12 of 18 people found this review helpful

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