In all his 400 years, Rayven never met a woman like Rhianna McLeod. She is a vision of light, of warmth, of everything he is not - nor can ever be. Doomed to live forever in darkness and solitude, he knows all too well the risk in getting close to her, yet he hungers for her with a fierce passion he swears he will never allow himself to feel.
Rhianna's father sold her to Rayven to put food on the table so she had no choice but to go with the dark stranger. To her surprise, he gives her everything she wants: the finest clothes, education, and the run of the castle - everything, that is, except his touch. For although she senses danger beneath the soft-spoken manner, although even Rayven himself warns her to stay away, she is drawn to this creature of the night, and loves him as she will no other.
Amanda Ashley is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author. She is the winner of numerous awards, including a Romantic Times Career Achievement Award. She has published more than 40 novels in a 25 year writing career. Writing as both Amanda Ashley and MadelineBaker, she has been published by Signet, NAL, Dorchester, Kensington and Zebra Books.
©1997 Madeline Baker (P)2012 Audio Realms
"Amanda Ashley is a masterful storyteller. This novel is so rich in sensuality and imagery that readers will be entranced by this haunting tale of a vampire who finds love too late and the woman who may savehim from the darkness. This is one keeper..." (Romantic Times)
I have listened to lots of audio books but never have i wanted the main character to die so the book would stop, i have tried to overcome to robotic style of reading and the insipid story but have had to give in as its sending me to sleep, DO NOT SPEND YOUR MONEY ON THIS!!!
"I jus needed something..."
The story was well written and I didn't find myself bored with a lot of unnecessary fluff
This book is very similar to every other vamp book you've ever read.
Yes and that's about all she did properly. Her cadence was all wrong and the voice she used for the leading male was awful... didn't appeal or give any desirability
Just an ordinary vamp falling for an ordinary girl…
This is a good read if you're bored and just need something..
"A positive surprise"
This book was a positive surprise.
I bought it on an impulse and I was quite surprised to find that this is quite good.
It's not the best book But it is still it's okay,
"Beautifully written and sensually narrated story"
The narrator's sensuous way of telling the story. Not sure why some of the listener comments hate her 'cadence' - this is a story taking place in a different country and era, and she fitted her voice to the author's writing style, characters and timeframe perfectly.
Hearing the different accents (Irish, French/Russian? and Italian) was enjoyable too. Not always perfect, but nicely done and distinctive.
Yes, it is beautifully written prose, but the back and forth between the two main characters (he wants her; he pushes her away; he begs her to stay; she is scared, then changes her mind, stands her ground, etc.) was a little much sometimes.
I think this story would be even nicer in an abridged version. And it was nice to listen to a vampire story that took place in another time (1840's Ireland) versus a lot of the modern day vampire stories floating around these days.
Rhianna as the woman who loved the vampire Rayven so much, she was willing to become a vampire to be with him forever. Then her mom was another favorite :-)
Toward the end with Ravyen's ancient vampire friend, Salvatore in the chapel - but if I have say exactly what it is, it will spoil the wonderful ending for new listeners of Amanda Ashley!
Nice to see this award winning author's older best sellers come into audio form.
In the middle
If I say it will spoil the story for others
I had previously read the paperback and loved it. The audio version seems too slow for the first half of the story. I almost quit, but am very glad I didn't, the second half more than made up for the first half.
"Story ok but performance.........."
The story may have been good but I couldn't listen to more than a few hours. Sorry.....
"AMANDA ..... WHAT HAS HAPPENED TO YOU ?"
I love AA's work USUALLY but, although the storyline was good, it seemed to be repetitive and slow. In my opinion it should have been a much shorter book.
Then there's the bad narration - PAY ATTENTION PUBLISHERS - read the reviews of the people who buy and actually try to listen to these books 'cause the narrator WILL make or break a book and this one nearly broke it so be warned.
Worth a credit? What can I say, I listened on double speed and even then it seemed to drag on but I liked the storyline - so it's 50/50.
"Badly written, appallingly read.Couldn't finish it"
Nothing could salvage this
Narrator sounded like Ralphie from The Simpsons,faking (badly) an Irish accent. Wildly wrong for a story set in the south of England. Giving the heroine a child-like voice made it even more annoying.
I'd have found a 'phone-book more entertaining.
"Worst Audio performance!"
A different narrator.
The performance was overly dramatized, the voices and accents were awlful. The candance was really off.
Normally I am a big Amanda Ashley fan, but the performance of this book was so bad that I am afraid to purchase other Amanda Ashley books.
"Narrator ruined this from the very first sentence"
I was really looking forward to listening to this book. The narrator's horrible reading ability and embarrassing attempts at accents makes you almost feel sorry for her.....almost. At least she got paid for the job. I actually paid to listen to her. Now that's embarrassing!
"Narrator detracts from story line"
Love this author and I have enjoyed everyone of her books but this narrator attempts multiple accents which are horrible. The voice she imparts for the lead character invokes images of the hunch back of Noterdame not the sexy-masculine gorgeous leading men typical for this author. It is so distracting that the book is barely tolerable. It will help if you increase the speed to 1.5 x. But if you haven't purchased the audio version yet, skip it and get the written version.
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