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Claiming Marcus

Lords of Discord, Book 1
Narrated by: Kenneth Obi
Series: Lords of Discord, Book 1
Length: 10 hrs and 38 mins
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Summary

Vampires slaughtered my family. No one believed me until I met some new friends, who promised to help me get justice. 

But nothing prepared me for Marcus Varik. Tall, dark, and mind-numbingly sexy. But he’s also shy, protective, and adorably eccentric.

Oh God, I should have never agreed to betray him. Hopefully, it's not too late to fix my mistake before I lose more people I love.

Claiming Marcus is the first book in an MM paranormal romance series that has vampires, betrayal, annoying brothers, music, heartbreak, hope, sexy times, and a raven named Ozzie.

©2019 Jocelynn Drake (P)2020 Jocelynn Drake

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🎧Kenneth's Audioslaves Reviewer🎧

Claiming Marcus (Lords of Discord Book 1) by Jocelynn Drake. I enjoyed this book A good start to the series. This story develops nicely. A good combination of world building and character development. Looking forward to the next book in the series.
The Narrator Kenneth Obi did a fantastic job bringing these characters and story to life.

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I LOVE KENNETH!

The story is always full stars, because if I wouldn't like the story as ebook, I wouldn't listen to the audiobook. I can't listen to an audiobook without knowing the book, that's not possible for me, maybe because I'm not a native English speaker.

The performance from the narrator is also very important for me. I can't listen to a lot, because my English as a non-native-speaker isn't so perfect to follow a whole story over hours, when the narrator speaks too fast or too sloppy. Normally I have to SEE the person, who is talking to me in English. Kenneth Obi is one of the top 5 narrators (so far) for me, I can listen without break and have no problems to follow. I'm just not yet finish with the book, but I listen enough to give a review. But as usual, Kenneth did a great job!

PLEASE READ MY RATING SYSTEM!!!

To my ratings:

5* - very very good
it's like an A+

4* - very good and will be often re-listening
it's like an A

3* - it's more then a one-time-listening.
it's like a B

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loooove

love this so much.. the narrator is perfect for this author.. the characters are on the head.. the emotions and personalities are amazing.. i loved it all

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great series starter

you ever read a book, enjoy the hell out of it, but know the next ones going to be better, and maybe the one after that ever more so? that's what this was like. A lot of it has to do with Marcus not being the most interesting brother, he's the glue that keeps them together, in line, and that's fine, the romance between Marcus and Eric was wonderfully beautiful and yet I want more. I want the other brothers.

the story had me hook from the moment I started it, and i came out wanting more. the world building up enough to know what's happening, which was a pretty simplistic with a politics that just wants to become more involved and complex though I'm not sure that's the direction we'll be going in. but who knows, one for sure I'm going to find out.

the audio was done nicely, there was only one moment where a characters voice changed when he got more air time (i guess) and one part where the tone changed greatly but overall i was able to sink into the story without a problem.

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Great Start to Vampire Series!

I thought this was a great start to Jocelynn's new vampire series. Marcus is so shy and unsure of himself that it's fun to see how he acts around Ethan! I can't wait to read Rafe's book next. Each story is about a different brother.

Kenneth nailed it with his great narration! I loved how distinct each voice was and the timing was perfect. Can't wait to listen to more from him. He does a great job at bringing the books and characters to life!

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Gripping story

This story gripped me from the beginning. I needed to find out where the journey would take Marcus and Ethan and couldn’t stop listening until the conclusion. Beautifully written by Jocelynn Drake and Kenneth Obi brought the characters to life (well,some of them!) amazingly as usual.

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Vampire Romance, Wonderful Performance by Mr. Obi!

The first book in Jocelynn Drake’s paranormal vampire series, Lords of Discord, starts with Claiming Marcus.

Four stars for the wonderful performance by Kenneth Obi. It’s clear to me over and over again how much fun he’s having bringing Claiming Marcus to life! Infusing each character with their own personalities (and there’s an extensive variety in this series), Mr. Obi shows no end to his range. I especially enjoyed the sweetness he brings to Marcus’ character. Old, a bit jaded, and resigned to his fate, Marcus’ gradual realization that he can have a life filled with love comes across beautifully in the audio version of Claiming Marcus.

Believing his desires for men is wrong, Marcus is a complete innocent in the ways of love. Even after several centuries, he’s resisted his urges. But when he meets Ethan, who is completely upfront and comfortable being gay, Marcus opens himself up and these two fall in love.

Jocelynn Drake does a wonderful job with the relationship between Ethan and Marcus, and their love story is the highlight of Claiming Marcus. The second part of the story is of Ethan seeking revenge for his family’s death, and the set-up for the political aspects of the different vampire factions vie for power.

Marcus is the eldest of four brothers, and this tight-knit family of musicians have an interesting rapport. I’m sure Ms. Drake is going to have a wonderful time with the next three novels in the series, and I hope we’ll get to see more of Ethan and Marcus in the upcoming episodes.

an audiobook copy of Claiming Marcus was provided to me for the purpose of my honest review

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Great start

A great start to a new series.

I do like a good vampire story, and this is definitely in that category. Ethan faced horror at the age of ten so was obviously going to be sucked in by new friends with an anti vampire agenda. After meeting Marcus and falling for him very quickly, he saw through the preconceptions and lies he'd been told, and aligned himself firmly with the Variks.

There is a perfect blend of romance, heat and danger in this book. Marcus' three brothers play a large part in helping with the latter. They are all fascinating characters, but I am pleased that Rafe's story is next.

The narration by Kenneth Obi is excellent. He had a lot of characters to find voices for; they are all different and suit personalities exactly. I particularly loved Minerva and when it is written that she "cackles", she actually cackles!

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This is good!

I like Kenneth Obi but this must be his best performance ever. It is easy to follow every character as usual but when he does the creepy old vampire lady... chills.
This is a good story that is exciting, sweet and sexy. A HFN that can end there but also a start on a new series about family and politics.

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Sweet and Deadly Vampires

I really liked this one the only issue I had was I felt like our MC was a little to quick to give up his revenge and not quick enough in his confessions when he did decide but otherwise a great fun story and look forward to other books about these brothers :) great narration :)

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  • Sweet Amy D
  • 13-03-20

Vampires Win

Going in I wasn't sure of this listen since vampires aren't my usual favorite. However given a chance I figured it was worth a listen. I was immediately drawn into a world where one main character, Ethan had his whole family slaughtered by vampires when he was a kid. He gets a job working for a vampire to help an overly zealous anti vampire group kill vampires for revenge. Marcus is a vampire who opted to be turned over with his brother to take care of his mother who was a mentally ill vampire. This story follows Ethan who falls for Marcus and realizes not all vampires are evil and there are redeeming qualities. He seeks to escape the league, and Marcus who falls for Ethan not knowing his history. There story is a wild story that was masterfully told. It left me no longer a sceptic and needing to hear the brothers stories and find out the rest of this family's journey. I can't wait to listen to the next installment.

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  • Vania
  • 11-03-20

The only word that comes to mind is: perfect!

I love vampire stories, and this book is the perfect start to a family saga that promises to be just amazing!
Marcus is the oldest of the four Varik brothers, turned into vampires almost 200 years ago. Just as he and his human assistant start to fall in love, secrets start to unravel and dangers come at his family from many sides.
I loved the bond between the brothers, and I especially loved the deep bond between Marcus and Ethan.
Kenneth Obi's narration is just perfect, his voice for Marcus is exactly what I envisioned for the strong, brooding elder Varik.
Can't wait for book 2!

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  • W.F.
  • 24-03-20

New and Fascinating Legends for the Vampire Folklore

In Claiming Marcus , Jocelynn Drake is expanding in the known Vampire Folklore by creating her own MM, brand of lore and vampires.

I loved the world building , the fresh and intriguing plot , the heroes , the hot AF sexy times, low angst and the exciting action adventure aspects of the story.

Claiming Marcus is an entertaining and awesome read . It kept me engaged and invested in it's outcome from the first page to the last.

Highly recommended to anyone looking for a fresh and fun take into the world of vampires.

I enjoyed Kenneth Obi narration. He did a great job .

#Audible #ListenedOn2020 #ReadOn2019 #KU #BooksILike #ClaimmingMarcus #KennethObi #JocelynnDrake

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  • MCV
  • 22-03-20

low angst, great read, perfectly narrated

loved this story of a vampire finding his forever love. the story was written well and the narration was great! the voices really gave the book something extra and much better than what I could have produced in my own head.

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  • Jessica Kennedy
  • 16-03-20

Amazing

Marcus and Ethan are wonderful in print, but to have them brought to life was beyond great! Kenneth does such an amazing job with bringing our favorite characters to life, I cant wait for book 2

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  • Rachel R.
  • 16-03-20

Awesome

AMAZING!!!!!! Marcus and Ethan are my new favorite couple! I loved this unique world built here and only want to know more and more. Kenneth Obi does a fantastic job bringing all these different personalities to life. These two together are HOT! Intense chemistry mixed with sweetness that had me smiling he whole time. Hilarious moments, action and has you guessing what could happen next. Great side characters like the bothers, Aiden, Julianna, Carl, Cain, Meryl, and Minerva too. Can't wait for the next.

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  • Anna Lynn Y. Torres
  • 15-03-20

Family is everything!

Marcus has been alive for more than a century and a half! He and his brothers all became vampires because of their mother!

Ethan’s whole family was murdered by vampires, or so he thought! He wants to know who killed them hence the quest for revenge! He allied himself with a group that he thought would help him exact his revenge, but he was very wrong.

Will Ethan learn that not all vampires are out to kill humans? Marcus and his brothers are a different clan of vampires. They are peaceful, respectful and protective of their family.

This is an amazing start of a new series. It is full of action, fun and sexy times. I love Marcus and Ethan, they are both sweet and beautiful! But I also love Rafe, Bel and Winter. I can’t wait for their stories!

With the voice of Mr. Kenneth Obi bringing the characters to life has given the story a whole new level of reality, it has given it life! Voicing the different characters takes a lot of art and diverseness, you have to be confident enough to use different voices for the different characters in the story and Mr. Obi was able to accomplish that and so much more! Congratulations Ms. Jocelynn Drake and Mr. Kenneth Obi for another amazing story!


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  • SweetMama2
  • 15-03-20

Absolutely Fantastic

Kenneth Obi does a fantastic narration of this book!! I enjoyed reading it, but listening to Obi’s audio version, I was able to “see” so much more. Little details that I’m sure I must have missed while reading it.

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  • JKS
  • 14-03-20

Vampire justice

This is an enjoyable vampire story. Ethan's family is killed by vampires while he hides. Ethan grows up only to work for a vampire, Marcus, as he searches for those that killed his family. Little does Ethen know his adventure is just beginning.
Narrator Kenneth Obi does an amazing job in bringing these characters to life. I'll never be able to hear "Come out, come out wherever you are." without hearing Kenneth's voice in my head.

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  • OnMyShelf
  • 14-03-20

Come Out, Come Out, Wherever You Are

This is a fantastic start to a new series. Ethan's life was destroyed by vampires and he holds on to hope that one day he will get justice for his family. The Varik brothers were turned almost two centuries ago in order to protect their mother. Marcus, the oldest, has spent his years keeping his family safe. In his quest for justice, Ethan joins a humans against vampire group who send him in to work for Marcus and gather information to destroy the Variks. But Marcus isn't anything like Ethan was led to believe, and he begins to realize that not all vampires are evil. Marcus and Ethan are perfect together. The Varik brothers are wonderful and I can't wait for the brothers books.

Kenneth Obi had outdone himself with this narration. His evil vampire voice was enjoyably creepy. I will definitely be listening again. I can't wait for book 2.