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When Darkness Comes

Guardians of Eternity, Book 1
Narrated by: Arika Rapson
Series: Guardians of Eternity, Book 1
Length: 9 hrs and 21 mins
Categories: Romance, Fantasy
4 out of 5 stars (478 ratings)
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This Story Is Seductive

Publisher's Summary

It's been a hell of a day for Abby Barlow. In just a few hours, she's survived an explosion, watched her employer die, had a startling dream, and now she finds herself in a seedy Chicago hotel with the sexy, unearthly Dante, a man she both desires and fears.

For 341 years, Dante has stood as guardian to The Chalice, a mortal woman chosen to hold back the darkness. A terrible twist of fate has now made Abby that woman. Three hours ago, Dante would have used all his charms to seduce her. Now she is his to protect. And he will do so until his very death.

A terrifying plan has been set in motion, one that will plunge Dante and Abby into an epic battle between good and evil - and a desperate race to save their love.

©2006 Debbie Raleigh (P)2013 Tantor

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This Book was a pleasant surprise

i was not sure if I would like this book based on the reviews to it. But this was a very enjoyable book; I like the reader and the story line very engaging. To think I may have missed this book because of the reviews. If you like paranormal romances take a chance on this one.

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  • Steph
  • Watertown, NY, United States
  • 10-09-13

Is this a book or a college lecture?

What disappointed you about When Darkness Comes?

Well I only made it halfway through this book before I finally gave up and am calling audible today to get my credit back. The narration was terrible. I feel bad for the author cuz the book has potential but when read by Rapson the cute quirky humor just sounded well cheesy. Her voice was monotone to where I had a hard time distinguishing between the two main characters. This is my 1st review and I have listen to several hundred books. I just wanted to warn you to save your credit. I do think the print version would be worth the time because there is a good story here. But the narrator just ruined it for me.

Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Arika Rapson?

I can think of atleast 10.

15 of 16 people found this review helpful

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HE WAS SEX ON LEGS & SHE WAS CHAINED TO HIM - Mmmm

Good start to a new paranormal series filled with all sorts of supernatural creatures - vampires, zombies, wizards, witches, demons and magic.

What a yummy vampire he is and to quote Abby - handsome with black biker boots, black jeans, black silk shirt, big muscles bad boy Dante was quite simply sex on legs (and I agree) along with tender, thoughtful, kind and besotted with Abby. The h/h were supernaturally hooked up nearly from the start and they finally went from being pursued to being the persuers when they decided to take their fate in their own hands. Along the way the pair meet different entities, had a few near misses, became closer and then, early in the book, they became lovers.

It was a slight 'Mills & Boon' type listen - nothing was ever too dark, too violent, too evil, too exciting, too sexy (well you get the picture) so if you like your vamp stories on the dark side this may disappoint you. But don't get me wrong, it was still a very enjoyable listen.

Worth a credit? Yes and I'm looking forward to the next instalment as this book was written in 2007 and the series is up to book 13 now so I hope Audible will continue to add this series to it's impressive library.

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  • Teresa
  • NAMPA, ID, United States
  • 12-02-14

Not the Lover I would have hoped for.

A mediocre book, I couldn't really get into the story, it was a bit slow and didn't keep my attention well. There wasn't much build up for the characters either. I felt like this book skipped the getting to know you part and went right in for the "I know you better than you know yourself" story line. So to me the romance was rushed and I felt like the relationship was missing that spark because they might have felt it but I surely didn't. Another thing that annoyed me was that the supposedly super sweet Dante often called Abby a shrew, a nag, ill-tempered or something similar but at the same time was sooooo fascinated with her. I just didn't get why because she was all of those things. I rolled my eyes every time he called her lover, it was just lame sounding. There was also a weird cadence to the story where something would happen and then later they would talk about it as if it hadn't happened yet. I thought it would have been better to bring it up at the time. Plus Abby would question things that made her sound ignorant of everything, but when she got the answer she would question it again making her sound like she knows better. The narrator was a bit monotone but overall she wasn't too bad. I won't be continuing with this series.

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An ok story

This wasn’t the greatest paranormal romances I’ve ever listened to but, it was entertaining, overall. It just seemed to have some slow spots, in the plot, and I found my mind drifting. The narration was ok except the male voices weren’t very masculine. I’m not sure if I will continue the series or not, I’m going to think on it a bit.
-V from Kansas

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Darkness

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

It was hard finishing this audio book. I have read and reread it over and over in eBook and loved it. However, I didn't I liked the narrator.

What was one of the most memorable moments of When Darkness Comes?

In the book when she became the Phoenix. Audio I don't know.

What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

She was okay, not horrible but I seem to have to keep making myself listen to it.

If this book were a movie would you go see it?

Going by the eBook then yes.

Any additional comments?

Not sure if it was worth using a credit on it.

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Spectacular book!!

Wow, this book was really good. It has lots of suspense and even more steam. It is full of witches that try to use good for evil and get exactly what they deserve. I highly recommend it. Arika Rapson did an amazing job with the narration and I can't wait to listen to the next in the series.

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Couldn’t finish

Painfully horrible story. Don’t know why this author chose to make her lead female such an idiot and overall pain. I stopped after that fool read a spell and didn’t know better. This book insulted my sense of even the most minute intelligence.

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Needs development

The authors story is a good one but there are areas that need to be developed in the story line. There also was a cornyness to the verbage used. It read more like an amateur literature student's first romance assignment. Use less "Upons" and more conjunctions to make it sound more like real people are talking.

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Wonderful!

I love this story and have listened to it over and over. I read the book first then decided to get the audio. Arika Rapson does a wonderful job reading this. The story is fun and sexy and we meet some crazy characters. I loved it!