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The Dark Messiah

The Second Dark Ages, Book 1
Narrated by: Chris Abernathy
Length: 8 hrs and 47 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (291 ratings)

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Michael returns to fulfill a promise to his love, but the world isn't the same place.

Michael, the Archangel himself, has returned after 150 years rejuvenating in the Etheric Dimension.

Now, the most powerful male vampire the world had ever known is back.

The problem? The world went through an apocalypse, and what little honor and justice that previously existed is gone. Further, his love has left to the stars somewhere, fighting for those on Earth.

Now, Michael has to figure out where he is, where he needs to go, help those who need help, and figure out how to follow in his love's path. Because if there is one thing that honor demands, it is that he make good on his promise to Bethany Anne.

Those feeding themselves on the backs of others have very little time to realize an important fact.

This Dark Messiah has little compunction about killing.

As noted in other series set in the Kurtherian Universe, there is cursing in this book, occasionally, it's funny, too.

©2016 Michael Anderle (P)2017 LMBPN Publishing

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great story, iffy on the narrator

This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

I wouldn't say the book was not for me. I am a fan of audiobooks and beyond the story, the narrator brings a lot to the story. But I still loved the story, enough, I can forgive the narrator some.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Character? maybe Characters is the right word.

What didn’t you like about Chris Abernathy’s performance?

he has a great voice, but not enough range to accommodate the female parts, imo. And a lot of the parts sound the same.

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

hope?

Any additional comments?

keep them coming.

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Narrator is so bad hes bringing down a good story

What did you love best about The Dark Messiah?

MA is a great writer and I love the main story this side story is almost as good.

How could the performance have been better?

The inconstant performance is astounding. At times it isn't so bad but the voice for Michael is ... bad most of the time and unintelligible at others. Oh and a big pet peev of mine is Jean Dukes is FEMALE, he keeps saying John or pronouncing it like "Jean Claude Van Damme" so he couldn't of ever read or listened to the main series.

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

Irritation at narrator couldn't even finish the book

Any additional comments?

Read the book since it's good but skip the Audiobook.

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What an amazing "Series Beginning",......

I am @ a loss 2 Express Awesomeness of D.M.
in 15 words or less.

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please release more

Thank you for giving us a great novel to listen to keep up the good work. I'm looking forward to seeing more novels written by you.

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Missing essential elements

This story can be summaried as “Super powerful vampires kills wimpy bad guys”. There isn’t and character arc - none of the character evolve throught the storytelling. There isn’t any real excitement because you know that super powerful vampire is never in any real danger. The setting isn’t interesting enough to draw you in and want to learn more of - it doesn’t make you think “I wonder what it would be like to live in such a world” It didn’t even really have a climax or proper ending...... or maybe it did and I just quit before it was over. Either way, I would advise passing on this one

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Loved it!

I have been waiting for a long time for Michael to be back! The story did not disappoint. Michael is fierce, loyal, and his unwavering sense of honor is still present even after being gone for 150 years! His rag tag crew are interesting characters with complex pasts! The fight scenes are enthralling and satisfying. Looking forward to the next book in the series.

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I know the reader tried his best

The story is great. Chris just read the book he definitely is not into the book. But I love this series well enough to over look Chris' lack of enthusiasm. Michael Anderle what were you thinking????

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  • HILTON HEAD ISLAND, SC, United States
  • 03-27-19

Woot!! Michael's Back!

Thanks for sharing your skills as a storyteller, You brought us a Michael that is a bit more mellow, with a great sense of humor. Naming his Mount Tabby was priceless.

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Love the story, but the narrator is limited.

First, the story is great and I love the way this series is starting--I just finished the main/BA storyline, so I'm getting into the Michael storyline since they reconnected at the end there and I need to know the middle. The author does not disappoint, his writing style persists with occasional editing shortfalls but a generally fantastic concept and great personality projected through the book. The Michael storyline even reads slightly differently from the BA story, like the author put himself in a different frame of mind for it.

However... the narrator isn't so great in my opinion. I like his standard narration tone, and some of the characters sound great, but as one who enjoyed Emily Beresford's enthusiasm and vocal range in the main series (and how she thought to try and catch up to Michael Anderle's crazy writing pace), Chris Abernathy's limited range shows a lot. He struggles with most female characters (enough that it's almost unpleasant to listen to) and while many male characters sound fine, I'm not a fan of the Michael portrayal, which is a shame since Michael's the main character. With some things you also get a feeling that the narrator hadn't actually read The Kurtherian Gambit before narrating this book, but that's something that isn't a problem in itself.

I wanted to enjoy this at first given the reading tone, but his struggle to give life to characters through their speech is... disappointing. I'll probably give Chris Abernathy's narration a chance again with the next book in this series, but that's more because of the convenience than really hoping he improves. Some voices just aren't that flexible, and some listeners will be more accepting of that. I'm not saying Chris was a bad narrator choice, but I'm not a fan.

EDIT: Yes, Chris doesn't feel right for the book at first, and his female speech isn't pleasant, but stick with it because he grows into this wonderful world. By the start of book 2, things feel a lot less forced and awkward, and his Michael portrayal comes more naturally, though still different from the Michael we are used to. Give Chris Abernathy that chance to improve beyond the first impression and he does. Do I feel he's the best narrator? No. Does listening to his reading become enjoyable overall? Indeed it does. Don't turn away from the rest based only on this impression as I nearly did.

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Love that i found this!

I am so glad I looked this series up!! Not going to lie I was so mad while reading the Kurtherian Gambit series I almost wrote the rest of them off!! Thank the Arch Angel I didn't 😉😉 Love everything so far I the Kurtherian Universe so far!! Keep doing what you are doing Mr. Anderle and friends!!

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  • andrew larcombe
  • 01-20-18

A great book, great listen

It's great go see Michael back and dishing out pain and death to those who deserve it. The book it self is full of action, another book I listened to from start to finish. The narrator did a great job maintaining the quality of the character's and the over all atmosphere. looking forward to listening to the next one, probably tommow.

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  • john
  • 12-28-17

terrible narrator

totally ruined by an inept narrator, I do wonder why these people are used when they just can't handle a range of voices

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  • Captain Skurvy
  • 01-13-18

Michael is BACK

BA's bad arsed lover has returned and those that don't follow BA's creed better dig a deep hole and hide. Whats not to like . the Authors and narrator are excellent . . . its pure escapism at its best . . . enjoy