Young Savannah Dubrinsky was a mistress of illusion, a world-famous magician capable of mesmerizing millions. But there was one - Gregori, the Dark One - who held her in terrifying thrall. Whose cold silver eyes and heated sensuality sent shivers of danger, of desire, down her slender spine.
With a dark magic all his own, Gregori - the implacable hunter, the legendary healer, the most powerful of Carpathian males - whispered in Savannah's mind that he was her destiny. That she had been born to save his immortal soul. And now, here in New Orleans, the hour had finally come to claim her. To make her completely his. In a ritual as old as time...and as inescapable as eternity.
©2000 Christine Feehan (P)2013 HarperCollins Publishers
"IMHO...I ENJOYED THIS NARRATOR MORE THAN ORIGINAL"
I love this series. My only complaint...Gregori...should br pronounced...European Greg-OR-ee...not American Gregory...GREG-er-y. Anyone else agree?
"Same old, same."
I've read all the books in the series, so far and they're starting to run together. Although the writing is good, the storyline has become more than monotonous. Carpathian meets life mate, life mate wants no part of being tied down and losing her independence, life mate reluctantly falls in love and gives into Carpathian male who tells her what she can and cannot do, blah, blah, blah! I mean, come on already?? Write a story line where the life mate actually wants the male and the male is reluctant. Or that they equally want each other and are torn apart, SOMETHING! ANYTHING, except the same old, worn out story line.
The main character, The Dark One, Gregori, is intense, in total control of his world and is fascinating for the reader. As his world goes from grey to color, from unfeeling to feeling, the reader is taken through an intense, thrilling story laced with love and humor.
The Dark One
I know most readers would think his performance was too monotone but he is telling the story of a creature who has walked the earth for over a 1000 years and is in full control of everything and everyone around him. He has not really been challenged to be anything else until his lifemate demands otherwise, then the humor begins.
Not able to do that but yes I could sit and listen to the whole story in one sitting if given the chance.
The Dark series is not dark, rather the series tell of a struggle among a species to survive, to protect, one with honor and integrity. I am thoroughly enjoying the whole series.
"Great Book, Abysmal Performance"
The performance. This is a dramatic, intense book, where even a simply 'good' narrator would be greatly challenged. This is NOT a good narrator. Not for romance, and probably not for any kind of fiction, which requires being part actor.
Glancing at my bookshelf, I'd say the closest by another author, at least in tone, is Karen Marie Moning's THE DARK HIGHLANDER. Both stories revolve around a dark a hero, who hasn't always made the best choices in the past, and is now struggling to hold onto the remains of their honor despite terrible circumstances.
At about 3 hours in I can safely say this: The reading tempo is repetitive and irritating. The emotional tempo is a constant, sleepy monotone. The characterization, while it receives +1 for differentiating between characters, gets a big -10 for how poorly they're handled. Listening to it is a real struggle - I end up bouncing between utter boredom and disgusted irritation. I will be returning this audiobook and its sequel by the same narrator. I will not be purchasing any others by this narrator unless a sample shows dramatic improvement.
Don't waste your money/credits.
Loved it laughed my head off cant wait till i listen to the next book in the series.
Loved the book, exciting more action in this one. pleasant voice and changes with character not as good as some of the others but did well.
I loved how Gregori was so different from what I had learned from the previous books.
The Name of The Wind the plot is nothing close to similar, however both books had me enthralled.
all of them
No I am sure it could be if you had hours on your hands. I however did not listen to it all in one go.
"Love Christine Feehan!"
I have read all her books before but am enjoying reliving them through audible. This narrator was one of the best I've heard.
"Great book......except the narrator needs help"
Dark Magic is a wonderful story, rich with the imagination you'ld expect from Ms. Feehan . The narrator however needs help. Mr.Chrisden has a pleasant voice but needs help with pronunciation. The main character's name is pronounced Gregg-gor-ry not Greggery. Also Savahana is not a "valley girl" and it is doubtful that she would whine the way Mr. Chrisden read so much of her dialogue.
"After 1,000 years to add another 24?"
When you are a hunter of the undead, no colors of emotions linger. To wait till it's almost to late to save your soul. What a rear gift to finally see colors and have emotions flood back in a moment. Biggest problem are 21st century women. These poor hunters have their handsful, and still have to fight vampires. Poor babies......haha.
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