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  • Branded by Fire

  • Psy-Changeling, Book 6
  • By: Nalini Singh
  • Narrated by: Angela Dawe
  • Length: 11 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 45
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 43
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 42

Though Dark River sentinel Mercy is feeling the pressure to mate, she savagely resists when Riley Kincaid, a lieutenant from the Snow Dancer pack, tries to possess her. The problem is not simply that he pushes her buttons; the problem is that he's a wolf, she's a cat, and they're both used to being on top. But when a brilliant changeling researcher is kidnapped from Dark River territory, Mercy and Riley must work together to track the young man - before his shadowy captors decide he's no longer useful.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • More like it.

  • By Alaina Carroll on 30-01-18

More like it.

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 30-01-18

After hating the last book I was on the verge of giving up on this series. Only the fact that I absolutely loved book three made me progress. I’m so glad I did as I loved this book. Riley and Mercy were right up my street. I loved their story and the plot went from ok to very good in this instalment. The narrator is very good when she’s not narrating the psy women’s characters. Onto the next book now. Hopefully it’s as good as this one and book three.

  • Hostage to Pleasure

  • Psy-Changeling Series, Book 5
  • By: Nalini Singh
  • Narrated by: Angela Dawe
  • Length: 12 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 48
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 45
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 45

Separated from her son and forced to create a neural implant that will mean the effective enslavement of her psychically gifted race, Ashaya Aleine is the perfect Psy: cool, calm, emotionless...at least on the surface. Inside, she's fighting a desperate battle to save her son and escape the vicious cold of the PsyNet. Yet when escape comes, it leads not to safety but to the lethal danger of a sniper's embrace.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Shingles

  • By Alaina Carroll on 28-01-18

Shingles

Overall
2 out of 5 stars
Performance
2 out of 5 stars
Story
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 28-01-18

After absolutely loving book three, enjoying book four and taking two steps forward with this series I was looking forward to Dorian and Ashaya’s book. Unfortunately this book had me taking two steps, and two stars, back. I liked Dorian in the previous book but found he grated on me in this book. He was either angry, snarling or having a pity party the entire book. We were told by the heroine and supporting cast on many occasions that Dorian was intelligent and charming, but simply having characters state that doesn’t make it so. He did nothing to show intelligence or charm. In fact had I been Ashaya I’d of run screaming from him. He gave me whiplash with his mood swings. Once he told Ashaya he didn’t care if silence fell and the psy died or were harmed as a result. A few chapters before he fell apart when finding a dying psy family and had the psy traveler agree to avenge them. The one part at the end I was interested in, Dorian finally becoming whole, lasted a total of six minutes!! We had longer than that listening to the, “encrypted personal files of Ashaya Aleine,” that were inserted into practically every chapter. This was another thing that annoyed me. Ashaya was a good character and I quite liked her, but the way the narrator reads the psy women’s voices sets every one of my nerves on edge. She reads them as if they’re simpering, meek idiots. Plus I was treated to hearing her voice Sascha and Faith the same way, as they appeared a lot in this book. Not to mention I had to listen to Lucas call Sascha, “kitten” several times. AGAIN!, I thought that was over after the first book, but no. Hearing that term and having to listen to the narrator voice the psy females got on my nerves so badly that I honestly feel I have shingles. The story was ok, but there was no romance. Talking about sex, or having sex, isn’t romance in my opinion. The author has also brought the human alliance into the story. That’s fine, but the only people she’s portraying as good at the moment are the changelings. I hope that changes in the remaining books. I’m going to have to re listen to book number three before I carry on with this series else I would stop now. Please God let there be no more psy female main characters with this narrator. My ears are still bleeding!!

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  • Mine to Possess

  • Psy-Changeling, Book 4
  • By: Nalini Singh
  • Narrated by: Angela Dawe
  • Length: 11 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 50
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 48
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 47

Nalini Singh pulls away another dark layer of sheer desire, revealing passions unknown, in her latest audio booka bout the world of the Psy. A ghost returns from a leopard changeling's past, making him question everything - even his base animal instincts....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • excellent, you can't help but want more

  • By Amazon Customer on 17-05-17

Enjoyed it

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
3 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 26-01-18

This book was a million times better than the first two, but not as good as the third. I can’t see anything topping the third book with Judd and Brenna. I probably would of given this book three stars, but Judd made some appearances and so it’s four stars. The story finally had me interested in the third book, and now, after this, I find myself invested in it. Clay and Talin were great characters, and I found their story to be quite touching. What they had been through as children was awful and I loved seeing them overcome it together.
The narrator was good, her voice is really nice, but I still find it hard to distinguish characters as they all sound the same. I prefer characters to have individual voices but I am getting used to it. I must of heard her swallow after sentences at least a hundred times which drove me mad. I couldn’t hear it in the other books. Apart from that the narrator was good. On to book number five now.

  • Visions of Heat

  • Psy-Changeling, Book 2
  • By: Nalini Singh
  • Narrated by: Angela Dawe
  • Length: 9 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 82
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 73
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 73

Used to cold silence, Faith Night Star is suddenly being tormented by dark visions of blood and murder. A bad sign for anyone, but worse for Faith, an F-Psy with the highly sought-after ability to predict the future. Then the visions show her something even more dangerous - aching need, exquisite pleasure. But so powerful is her sight, so fragile the state of her mind, that the very emotions she yearns to embrace could be the end of her.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Loved it

  • By Kindle Customer on 13-06-17

Still not sure

Overall
2 out of 5 stars
Performance
2 out of 5 stars
Story
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 21-01-18

This book is better than the first, but marginally. Not enough to go up to three stars. It’s Nalini Singh so the writing is good, but I’m just not connecting to the characters. In fact, I haven’t liked any of the main characters so far. I’ve purchased the whole series so hopefully it’ll get better as I am going to listen to them all. I’m looking forward to the next one as Judd and Brenna interest me.
The narrator has a lovely voice, but the way she narrates character speech isn’t the best. The characters don’t have individual voices, and I like individual character voices, and the way the women’s voices are narrated makes them sound like meek idiots. Maybe has something to do with the fact that I just can’t connect to any of them women, I don’t know. Onto book three.

  • Caressed by Ice

  • Psy-Changeling, Book 3
  • By: Nalini Singh
  • Narrated by: Angela Dawe
  • Length: 11 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 67
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 63
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 63

As an Arrow, an elite soldier in the Psy Council ranks, Judd Lauren was forced to do terrible things in the name of his people. Now a defector, his dark abilities have made him the most deadly of assassins - cold, pitiless, unfeeling. Until he meets Brenna.... Brenna Shane Kincaid was an innocent before she was abducted - and had her mind violated - by a serial killer. Her sense of evil runs so deep, she fears she could become a killer herself. Then the first dead body is found, victim of a familiar madness.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • really liked it

  • By Cliente Amazon on 24-02-18

Loved it

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 21-01-18

After not really liking the first two books in this series I expected to feel the same about this one. How wrong I was. I absolutely loved this book. The hero and heroine were perfect and for the first time in this series I connected to and liked the characters. Judd is way up there on my list of favourite fantasy men. I like the strong and silent lone wolf type. Brenna was my type of girl, too. Ballsy, determined, the complete opposite of the first two women in the series. I like that she went after her man and didn’t take no for an answer. For the first time I’m interested in this world and am looking forward to listening to more. After I re listen to this book at least another three times that is. The narrator has really grown on me. Her reading voice is lovely, only reason I haven’t given her five stars is because I still sometimes can’t tell which characters speech she’s narrating. They tend to sound the same. However, the female lead in this book had more spunk, and she narrated her that way. Roll on book number four.

  • Slave to Sensation

  • Psy-Changeling, Book 1
  • By: Nalini Singh
  • Narrated by: Angela Dawe
  • Length: 9 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 91
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 78
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 79

In a world that denies emotions, where the ruling Psy punish any sign of desire, Sascha Duncan must conceal the feelings that brand her as flawed. To reveal them would be to sentence herself to the horror of 'rehabilitation' - the complete psychic erasure of her personality.... Both human and animal, Lucas Hunter is a Changeling hungry for the very sensations the Psy disdain. After centuries of uneasy coexistence, these two races are now on the verge of war over the brutal murder of several Changeling women.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A joyous listening experience

  • By JVC555 on 30-04-17

Ok

Overall
2 out of 5 stars
Performance
2 out of 5 stars
Story
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-01-18

After listening to Nalini Singh’s Guild Hunter series and having it become one of my all time favourite series, I had high expectations for this series. But sadly this book just didn’t do it for me. There was hardly any world building and and I found the story rushed. The main couple fell in love and I just couldn’t see how. They talked a few times, had a few meetings and bam, they were mates. I swear, if I’d had to listen to him call her “kitten” or “darling” one more time I’d of screamed. Which brings me round to the narrator. Her speaking voice was actually quite nice, but her character voices were dreadful. I could hardly tell the heroines from the hero’s. Not to mention the fact that she sounded like an obscene phone call every time she narrated the character speech. I’ve already downloaded this whole series after loving the Guild Hunter one so I have to continue listening to them, but if I hadn’t of done so I wouldn’t of continued with it.

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  • Archangel's Storm

  • Guild Hunter Series, Book 5
  • By: Nalini Singh
  • Narrated by: Justine Eyre
  • Length: 11 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 57
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 51
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 51

Rich, dark, sumptuous and evocative... Best-selling author Nalini Singh is back with a stunning new tale in her deadly, beautiful world where angels rule and vampires serve. With wings of midnight and an affinity for shadows, Jason courts darkness. But now, with the Archangel Neha's consort lying murdered and her rage threatening cataclysmic devastation, Jason steps into the light, knowing he must unearth the murderer before it is too late.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Stunning

  • By Alaina Carroll on 14-09-17

Stunning

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 14-09-17

This book is without a doubt my favourite of the whole series. I loved the leads, Jason and Mahiya. Jason has intrigued me from the first mention of him so I couldn't wait to hear this book. Boy did it not disappoint. Jason is strong, loyal and fascinating. His back story heartbreaking. Mayhiya is kind and has in incredible strength of spirit despite everything she's been through. It was refreshing. Both endured so much and were perfect for each other. I actually cried at the end and let me tell you that does not happen often.

We also get to see bits of Dmitri and Honor, which I loved, as well as all the other characters I've come to adore. Venom's book should be fun, our glimpse of him was enticing. It was also nice to see into another court. I'm loving this world and can't wait to hear the rest of the audiobooks.

As usual the narrator, Justine Eyre was phenomenal. I just adore her tone and the way she reads. Her voice for Jason was perfect. I honestly don't think that I could read these books better myself. Love her.

  • Archangel's Blade

  • Guild Hunter Series, Book 4
  • By: Nalini Singh
  • Narrated by: Justine Eyre
  • Length: 11 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 74
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 66
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 66

New York Times best-selling author Nalini Singh is back in the shadows of a deadly, beautiful world where angels rule, vampires serve, and one female hunter must crawl out of the darkness to survive.... The severed head marked by a distinctive tattoo on its cheek should have been a Guild case, but dark instincts honed over hundreds of years of life compel the vampire Dmitri to take control. There is something twisted about this death, something that whispers of centuries long past....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Amazing story

  • By Mrs Z Greenshields on 23-01-19

Loved it

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-09-17

I have to admit that whilst I loved Honour from the beginning, Dmitri took a long time to grow on me. He was a jerk for the longest time. Hearing more about his back story softened me to him though and I ended up loving him. So much so I'm actually going to listen to it again before I listen to the next book.

The narrator, as usual, was flawless. I just love her tone and the way she narrates is perfect. Especially male voices. She's fantastic. I couldn't read it better myself.

  • Archangel's Consort

  • The Guild Hunter Series, Book 3
  • By: Nalini Singh
  • Narrated by: Justine Eyre
  • Length: 10 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 173
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 117
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 117

Nalini Singh steps back into the shadows of her heartbreakingly original world where angels rule, vampires serve, and the innocent can pay the greatest price of all . . . Vampire hunter Elena Deveraux and her lover, the lethally beautiful archangel Raphael, have returned home to New York only to face an uncompromising new evil. A vampire has attacked a girls' school - the assault one of sheer, vicious madness - and it is only the first act.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent

  • By Me on 28-04-18

Good third book

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-09-17

I enjoyed this book, not as much as the first two, as the plot wasn't as interesting. It felt very much the same old. It was still good though.
I love Elena and Raphael and their continuing story but am looking forward to listening to the other characters stories.

The narrator was one again fabulous. I love her tone. I'm so glad she narrates the entire series.

  • Archangel's Kiss

  • The Guild Hunter Series, Book 2
  • By: Nalini Singh
  • Narrated by: Justine Eyre
  • Length: 9 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 223
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 153
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 152

Welcome to a dark new world where lethal, beautiful archangels hold sway over immortals and mortals both, with the Guild Hunters caught in between, tasked with retrieving those vampires who break their contracts with their angelic masters. Elena Deveraux is a Guild Hunter. She was hired to do the impossible - to hunt down a rogue Archangel - and she suceeded where none had believed she could. But in the process, she fell in love. And not just with anyone: with the Archangel Raphael.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • hooked

  • By angeleyesmodel on 21-02-18

Very good second in the series

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 29-08-17

I thoroughly enjoyed this book. It takes off exactly where the first left off. I loved the existing characters even more and fell in love with the new characters. Can't wait to hear the seven's individual stories. Especially Illium's. I just love him.
The narrator was fabulous, again. I love her tone and the fact that every character is given a distinctive, believable voice. I usually loathe women narrating male voices, but Justine Eyre is amazing. It seems to be almost effortless for her. I can't wait for book 3.