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Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Audiobook Review: Dark Peril

By Christine Feehan: Dark Peril: A Carpathian Novel [Audiobook]Title: Dark Peril
Author: Christine Feehan
Length: 13 hours, 54 minutes
Publisher: Brilliance Audio
Genre: paranormal romance
Copy for review compliments of the public library

Dominic, of the Dragonseeker lineage - one of the most powerful of the Carpathian lines - is desperate to go to the very heart of the enemy camp and learn their plans. There's only one way to do so: ingest the parasitic blood of a vampire. He knows that it is a mission from which there is no return. With little time before the blood takes effect, he'll get the information he needs, relay it to the leader of the Carpathians, and go out fighting. There is no more honorable way to end his life.

Solange Sangria is one of the last of the jaguar people, a royal pureblood, a dying species that cannot recover from bad decisions made over hundreds of years. She has long been alone, fighting to save the remaining shapeshifters from the hands of Brodrick the Terrible: her own father, who slaughtered her family and everyone she loved. Wounded and weary, she plans one last battle, hoping to stop the man who has made an alliance with the vampires, accepting that she will not come out alive.

They are two warriors who have lived their lives alone. Now, at the end of their time, they find each other - an obstacle neither saw coming, and which neither can hope to ignore.

I'm probably devouring Dark Predator right now, but this reading of the previous book in the series was a great way to get me ready for the release of the new volume.  This series is so long-running at this point that it's easy to forget things that have happened in previous installments, and upon listening and revisiting this story I experienced the story in a new and different way.

I have a weird quirk when it comes to audiobooks.  I can't listen to audiobooks until I've read the book myself.  I think this is so I can relax into the pace of the story being read (I'm a fast reader with control issues) but it means that typically I come into audiobooks knowing that I already like the story and the characters.  Saves time and money but the books I listen to are pretty much automatically rereads as a result.

Dominic and Solange are among my favorite Carpathian couples and the primary reason why is the relative equality that exists between them.  Both are fighters, both didn't think they'd ever be able to have a relationship with anyone, and both were resigned to die in service to their cause.  Meeting each other was the last thing either of them expected, and both of them grow and develop as a result of knowing the other.  It was a definite break from the pattern that many of the other books in the series followed when it came to the romance between the lead characters.

This book is read by Natalie Ross and Phil Gigante, and it was nice to have male voices for the male characters and female voices for the female characters, which wasn't something I'd encountered with audiobooks before (usually there's only one narrator.) The accents were a little goofy at times but I appreciated the detail.  The storytelling was dynamic and it held my interest even when I was driving, doing chores, or working on other projects.

Story Grade: (from previous review:) B+
Audiobook Grade: A-

I definitely want to work more audiobooks into my rotation, and with my shiny new Audible membership I can make that happen!  What are your favorite audiobooks?

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