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Dark Desire

Dark Series, Book 2
Narrated by: Abby Craden
Series: Dark, Book 2
Length: 14 hrs and 49 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (28 ratings)

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Summary

They were masters of the darkness, searching through eternity for a mistress of the light....

The stranger silently summoned her from across the continents, across the seas, whispering of eternal torment, of endless hunger...of dark, dangerous desires. And somehow American surgeon Shea O'Halloran could feel his anguish, sense his haunting aloneness.

Drawn to the far Carpathian Mountains, Shea found a ravaged, raging man, a being like no other. And she trembled. For in his burning eyes she recognized the beloved stranger who'd already become part of her.

But was she to be his healer...or his prey?

©1999 Christine Feehan (P)2012 HarperColilns Publishers

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Dreadful!

Seriously, how does this book have such good reviews on here and Goodreads? First of all it is so slow and dragged out. Each scene is stretched to be at least 3 times longer than it should be which means the whole book is a slog to get through. It took me two years to read this book - literally. I listened to the first 5 hours and got sick of it so started something else ..and then another book, and then another. Years later I was struggling to find another book I wanted so thought I’d finish something in my library and pushed myself to get through the rest.

Another issue is the heroine isn’t particularly likeable so the whole life mate thing is the only thing seeming to push the relationship forward. Also, I’m all for masculine macho men but this book was pushing the whole male role/female role thing so much that I got completely bored of the embedded sexism and acceptance that it is the way of their people. Far too many overbearing men and damsel women who claim to be strong.

The human villains seemed to be so stereotypically evil with the details of what they do and their glee seeming to be a bit gratuitously written. It just made me roll my eyes.

The narrator annoyed me too. So all round, not good. I only gave it 2 stars rather than 1 because the plot line was a little more original than some ..just.

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  • LONDON SE3, United Kingdom
  • 29-08-15

Good read

What did you like most about Dark Desire?

Better than the first book this one drew me in

What other book might you compare Dark Desire to, and why?

I can think of no other book to compare this apart from the first int the series.

What aspect of Abby Craden’s performance might you have changed?

I don't think I would have change anything

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

Gregorie's imput into the story for him to find his life mate

Any additional comments?

none.

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  • Georgiamac
  • 18-09-12

Christine Feehan is Great!

If you could sum up Dark Desire in three words, what would they be?

Great sequel

What did you like best about this story?

The plot continues on from the Dark Prince. The Carpathian world gets bigger and more questions are answered.

Which scene was your favorite?

When Gregori and the prince come to help the second time. The dialogue is great.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

It really made me laugh to hear the byplay between the males.

Any additional comments?

Just a great read. All questions get answered and the story line is set for the next book. I like this narrator.

6 of 7 people found this review helpful

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  • Lisa
  • 23-09-13

Not as Good as the First in the Series

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

This is one of those series that I originally started mainly because of the dark overtones that is appeared to have. When it comes to vampire lore I love the more non-traditional version, grounded in more the history than the myth - but still with the dark and mysterious feel. So far this series has proven to be just that.

Grounded in the origins of the vampire legends -- namely the Carpathian mountains and the original asserted origins of vampires in general -- this book and series does a great job of incorporating the two.

Jacque, however, isn't quite as strong a character as his brother, Mikhil. And the story line, or at least the way this one was built, doesn't help that feel. The inability of the main character to have no memory of his life, or how his fractured mind got to be that way, made it hard to really connect with him as a character.

Shay was, however, a more well rounded character than Raven (Dark Prince). She is more grounded in medicine and science -- which makes it a more interesting approach to the concept of science confronting myth and fiction.

Overall -- the story was ok -- but it became a little burdensome by the end. It just started to feel exactly like the first one -- but much more removed from the historical references -- and more anchored in the romance. But I do enjoy the darker nature of the romance, and the Gothic feel overall.

What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

The ending a little cliche. The vampire was one that was interesting -- and it could have been figured out if you were familiar with the story line of the first in the series. Also, there was simply a feeling that too many story threads just weren't quite pulled together.

Which character – as performed by Abby Craden – was your favorite?

I didn't really have a favorite in this one. Although the dark nature of Jacque is very intriguing. Her rendering of most of the characters is along a mysterious vein -- and she does a good job of capturing and entrancing the reader.

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  • Marcheta
  • 29-08-12

Narrator a big improvement over previous version

I liked this narrator much better. She especially does a good job with the male voices. It's just a better dramatic reading. I've listened to all the books in this series, and I hope some of the other earlier books are rereleased with a different narrator.

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  • SarahM
  • 30-01-19

I want to like this more.

There is something about this book that I just can’t seem to get over. The author sometimes is very repetitive over certain words and phrases. It gets a little annoying. While the steamy scenes are steamy the rest of the book is a little bit lacking. Plot and story are good, character development is lacking.

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  • GoldieLocks
  • 13-02-18

Slow start

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

Not bad, just started really slow. Enjoyed more when it got about half way through the book.

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

Had to speed up the audio.

Could you see Dark Desire being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

No

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  • Paula
  • 08-10-17

Interesting, but...

Well, to be honest, this second book was a little disappointed. The story is good, but based on the first book I hope for something more. This book is too a adult romance, not so intense as the first, but has intense moments.For me, the problem is the passage of time. When the story begins, it is not possible to know how much time has passed. In the courseI
is a worthwhile book and introduces elements that will be use in the future.
In general, the story is interesting.
Regard the narrative, I think it was good.

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  • Jada
  • 08-08-17

Almost

It was a strong base story before the author modified the female character like the first book. Indecisive let me help, do not save me, do not kill, ...

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  • Emisee
  • 26-08-16

How to strong women become weak?

This was just an ok book, I'm still sticking with the series for now. Fingers crossed.

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  • Laurie
  • 11-03-16

Narrator = Females Whining

What would have made Dark Desire better?

A different narrator! I've listened to another book by this narrator; it wasn't good. I decided to give her another try. Her narrative female voice makes all of them whiny, weak, always questioning and afraid. I will not listen to this narrator again.

Would you ever listen to anything by Christine Feehan again?

Yes, if the narration is different.

Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Abby Craden?

There is a male who performed Elizabeth Hunter's Elemental series....I can't think of his name....but, he is wonderful.

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  • Phyllis
  • 06-08-12

Better version

Abby Craden does a much better job on this than Juanita Parker. Parker always sounds like she's reading to children.

7 of 10 people found this review helpful