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Narcissus in Chains: Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter, Book 10
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Narcissus in Chains: Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter, Book 10 [Abridged] [Audible Audio Edition]

by Laurell K Hamilton (Author), Cynthia Holloway (Narrator)
3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (691 customer reviews)

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With the highly acclaimed Obsidian Butterfly, Laurell K. Hamilton's vampire hunter, Anita Blake, came into her own. She survived a supernatural onslaught unlike any she had ever faced before - and she did it without the two men in her life.

Now, six months have passed since Anita has seen either Jean-Claude or Richard. Six months of celibacy. Six months of indecision. Six months of danger. For her body carries the marks of both vampire and werewolf, and until the triumvirate is consummated, all three remain vulnerable.

But when a kidnapper targets innocents that Anita has sworn to protect, she needs all the help she can get. In an earth-shattering union, Anita, Jean-Claude, and Richard merge the marks - and melt into one another. Suddenly, Anita can harness both their powers. She can feel their hearts...hear their thoughts...know their hungers....

Nothing can save Anita from the twist of fate that draws her ever closer to the brink of humanity - to finally surrendering to the bloodlust, the beast, and the desire transforming her body and consuming her soul.

©2002 Laurell K. Hamilton; (P)2006 Brilliance Audio, Inc.

Product Details

  • Audible Audio Edition
  • Listening Length: 6 hours and 23 minutes
  • Program Type: Audiobook
  • Version: Abridged
  • Publisher: Brilliance Audio
  • Release Date: December 25, 2006
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0044X4S20
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (691 customer reviews)
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308 of 351 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars The last straw October 22, 2001
This book represents, for me, just about the final nail in the coffin of what began as one of the neatest series ever. All the things that made me love the series to being with, and kept me buying them (with increasing reluctance) as they came out, are now pretty much dead.
Great plots/suspense/humor? There almost isn't any. All of the fascinating and funny stuff in the early books, attempting to integrate monsters into modern American life with all the questions about the legal rights of the undead, etc.., have been pretty much forgotten.
Great action? What made the early books so tense and exciting was watching the gutsy little human woman go up against awesome evil creatures with vast superhuman powers, and somehow come out on top. Now Anita is the mighty Queen of werewolves AND wereleopards, Master of Vampires, the greatest necromancer of all time, always right, all-powerful, and everybody, but everybody wants her hot bod <yawn>! I find myself almost rooting for her poor victims/enemies, especially now that the distinction between Anita and the "bad monsters" isn't that clear anymore.
Great support characters? The terrific Jean-Claude is now Anita's faithful little pet; merely one of her many lovers, he dutifully shows up to explain stuff and help out a little when needed, and then scampers back to his coffin at daybreak with a pat on his head. What a waste! Richard, who showed signs in Blue Moon of finally coming to grips with his bad furry self, is once again the self-loathing bleeding-heart trapped in a predator's body.... another waste! The only thing left to wish for, for those of us who cared about the Richard character, is to see him get the first cure for lycanthropy, marry the nice scientist from Blue Moon, and get the heck away from the Executioner.
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102 of 115 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing drivel November 3, 2001
I was one of the fans waiting anxiously to read NIC. I heard the opening chapters read in Dallas, and, if I remember correctly, asked for a cigarette when it was over. It was that viscerally gripping.
The drivel that it devolved into in the finished work was a complete disappointment. I found it barely readable.
A few of the highlights (or would that be lowlights?):
1) The atrocious grammar, spelling and foreign language errors that have plagued the series from Day 1 were SO pronounced that, unlike in most of the earlier books (which also abounded with sloppy mechanics/editing), I couldn't ignore them. There was no story going on to distract me from them
2) Major characters exhibited illogical and contradictory behavior reeking of plot device (not only contradictory to their behavior in previous books, but from chapter to chapter in this book).
3) A new major character was introduced, apparently as a continuing romantic interest for Our Heroine. However, this is one of the creepiest "romantic" characters (if he can be dignified by the term character) I have ever encountered. From his description, he sounds more like a sideshow attraction than a romantic leading man. And I DON'T mean tentacles! (Now THEY were sexy.)
4) The endless tedious, joyless, loveless carnal acts.

5) The Anita-who-isn't-really-Anita. Plot device, again. It has been maintained, in various discussion fora, that, in NIC, Anita has "come to terms" with her sexuality. This is not in evidence on the page, as she continues to indulge in juvenile "THAT wasn't sex" arguments throughout the book.
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32 of 34 people found the following review helpful
I WAS a huge Anita Blake fan - I loved the strong fiesty female character, the snappy dialogue and the original plot lines of earlier books. However, I found this book unsatisfying and shallow. It seemed to be a bunch of loosly linked erotic sex scenes. Don't get me wrong, I'm not a prude - if Anita sleeps with everything (and it seems only a matter of time!) thats fine by me. I was dissapointed in the poorly developed plot and the lack of meaningful interaction between the major characters and also the complete lack of a convincing, or even a mildly interesting, antagonist.
LKH's convenient creation of Narcissus and his bunch of merry werehyenas was just so unconvincing. The ultimate bad guy, who is anti-climatically revealed, comes across as if it was a last minute insertion in the book. I get the feeling LKH's editor said -'Hey Laurell, this book is really flat and lacks suspense, graft on a mysterious bad guy and give it a lift!'
One redeeming feature of this book is 10-12 pages of interaction between Anita, Dolph and Zebrowski. It reveals the reasons for Dolph's antivampire views and also reveals something of Anita's feelings and priorites to Zebrowski. This type of character conflict - where the ideologys and firmly held views clash - is what I have previously found so interesting in LKH's novels, and is so absent in this one. (The scene about Jean-Claude's long-term imprisonment/torture of Gretal and his justification to Anita is another such example.)
The book's ending was convinient and anticlimatic. There was no sense of surprise or suspense in the revelation of the ulimate bad guy. You just knew that the ever more powerful Anita (whats next - she will leap tall buildings in a single bound?) was in no danger.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
2.0 out of 5 stars The book is uncomfortably close to sex and violence porn.
I have read several earlier books in this series and when I encountered this book I found the amount and type of sex and the amount of violence was multiplied from previous books... Read more
Published 19 days ago by M. R. Firth
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
more for my collection
Published 21 days ago by Terrie
5.0 out of 5 stars I love Laurell K
Can't say it enough. I love Laurell K. Hamilton and her books.
Published 23 days ago by Donna
4.0 out of 5 stars Wish it was Audible!
This is my second time READING this book! I enjoyed it just as much as I did the first time, however I am a slow reader and can't stay focused. I like listening so much better! Read more
Published 28 days ago by Carol E. Montgomery
5.0 out of 5 stars I love Anita Blake
I love this book it just kept moving. I did not what to put it down. I am rereading n buying them in kindle. I know a new book will be out soon. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Kindle Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars Anita Blake's were-world with vampires and her necromaniacal powers
Anita Blake's most interesting life experience yet, with depth into the werepanthers and werewolves, and a plot that keeps me guessing until the very end.
Published 1 month ago by stimpy
5.0 out of 5 stars Love this book as it sets the foundation for the ...
Love this book as it sets the foundation for the rest of the series. I have been re-reading the series and can see how Anita grows and stretches and becomes an adult instead of... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Elyzabeth A. Hampton
5.0 out of 5 stars I LOVE this series!
I have read this far in only a little over a month, I am completely addicted. Thank you Laurell Hamilton, keep them coming! Read more
Published 1 month ago by GNU
2.0 out of 5 stars Sad to see this happen.
Compared to some of the earlier books, this is not a great crime story and far less interesting. It's more focused on the "ardeur" and de-evolves into S&M and... Read more
Published 1 month ago by M. Loft
2.0 out of 5 stars disappointing
I think the sex was so overpowering in this book that it was hard to determine any plot. Too many species introduced in too short amount of time without letting any of the new... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Carol P. Mills
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