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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

Critic Reviews

"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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Narrator killed this audiobook.

Would you try another book from Jennifer L. Armentrout and/or Justine Eyre?

This book seems good so far but Justine eyre voice is just insufferable! I keep trying to just push though it but I just can't. The worst part is she narrated all the books! Way to kills a great book series, with all the bad reviews she is getting you think they would have changed the narrator but nope. Justine eyre is killing this audiobook series sales.

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

Her voice is flat out insufferable, she sounds To old to be playing a teen and the voice she does for the guy "demon" as she pronounces it is flat out ridiculous. She ruined this audio book for me and many others.

Any additional comments?

Get a new narrator for this book series please!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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His name is NOT DEMON, ITS. DAEMON "DAY-MON"

Would you try another book from Jennifer L. Armentrout and/or Justine Eyre?

Love author, HATE narrator, if you cant pronounce an easy name, that your reading, ASK YOUR AUTHOR!!! Way to ruin it.

Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Justine Eyre?

anyone who knew how to pronounce his name correctly.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Glad this is my only purchase in this series...

I think this series is geared towards 15-year-old women. I'm not generally the eye rolling kind of listener, but this book definitely made me think otherwise. There were so many lines where I just couldn't take the writing. They were outlandish--very much the sort of things I would say/think as a young girl but now they just annoy me. I do understand why many are so drawn to this series but they are really not for me.

Justine Eyer's performance only made my listening experience worse. She has this scratchy voice throughout. It is so distracting. There were times where I was so caught up with how she sounded that I totally lost track of the story...I might have enjoyed the story a little bit more had I read the book on my own.

In conclusion, skip this audiobook and try reading it on your own if you're remotely interested in this series.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Book great, narrator was horrible!!

I have read this series several times and love it! I could not get through the first few chapters listening to that woman talk! She talks through her nose and at different volumes so i could not here her at times then wanted to gouge out my ear drums when i could hear her. I returned the audiobook because i could not listen to her anymore! Story is wonderful but get the book and dont waste ur money on the audio book

1 of 1 people found this review helpful