- Audible Audio Edition
- Listening Length: 13 hours and 11 minutes
- Program Type: Audiobook
- Version: Unabridged
- Publisher: Harlequin Books S.A.
- Audible.com Release Date: May 1, 2008
- Whispersync for Voice: Ready
- Language: English
- ASIN: B0018SCBPU
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The Darkest Night: Lords of the Underworld, Book 1 Audiobook – Unabridged
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Have you ever read a book that made you go >:[
I was pretty excited to find this series-- interesting premise, interesting world, highly rated... what I got were two individuals who could barely speak in full sentences while in each others' presences. The female lead, Ashlyn, is a wounded virgin dove whose lines consisted primarily of "M-Maddox?" and 'Ashlyn whimpered'. Maddox's most outstanding quality is the super hot giant butterfly tattoo across his back (really...?) and he generally came out in my head sounding like a cross between Captain Kirk (oh no, not the Chris Pine interpretation. We're talking Bill Shatner) and our stereotypical cartoon idea of a caveman (or Tarzan. Whatever.).
It's hard to get into the action or the "action" (if you know what I mean) when you can barely stand the characters. Ashlyn is a woman with a curse of a gift who hears conversations going back as far as man could speak that took place in whatever location she's standing. This seems to make her an incoherent mess. Which would make sense, since I can see it being distressing to never be able to hear yourself think, but as the story progresses, you find she's certainly been coherent enough to read lots of romance novels and buy fetish costumes and fantasize about being cuddled in them. Once she finds Maddox, the voices shut up, and so she belligerently latches onto him like a barnacle and he ends up dragging her home. His friends are pissed, he's pissed, the voice in his head, who you'd think would be featured more prominently, rants and makes lewd suggestions that sometimes include stabbing. So he talks with the voice in his head about how hard he's going to bang her, and then other times, about how much he loves just talking with her. "Talking". More like grunting single syllabic words while she whines. And then he decides she's the love of his life. She sort of does the same thing, but waffles between wanting to snuggle/jump him, and suddenly being overcome with extreme distrust for the man she insisted on following home and staying with, while offering zero explanation for her behavior. And everybody's got some kind of a middle school idea of "flirting" and they all have inferiority complexes. "Why are you following me?" "I like you." "No, you don't." "But I like you?" "You could never like me. Nobody could ever like me." [lots of thinking about how other character said they like them, but must be lying and it can't be true].
Story wise, there's no real reason why (a common theme), in the middle of Budapest, the one batshit crazy American chick stumbling around in the backyard is suddenly "the one" after x thousand years. Maybe it's because she's attached herself to him like a growth. The voice in Maddox's head eventually flips a switch and starts liking her. The story kind of gets fuzzy after that. Reading was starting to feel like a punishment so I started skimming.
The "talking" scenes have a lot of Caveman Kirk grunting out semi sentences and demands. Eventually you forget what the hell they were talking about, since following any question, there are about 3 pages of purple prose introspection. Then Ashlyn contemplates the shamefulness of sex, but gosh darnit, really wanting that cuddle, so propriety be darned, she's going to go for it. Whenever it is she stops talking to herself about her virginity.
So I tried reading The Darkest Fire to check my sarcasm. Unfortunately, it sounded like mostly the same story, even up to [SPOILER] the ending where the chick repeats about 5 times, while staring soulfully into her mate's eyes, "I love you". While being disemboweled/cut in half.
Overall, I wanted to light myself on fire by the end of the book (or like, 25% of the way in.). The characters were 2 dimensional, the story and dialogue (dialogue? What dialogue?) were lazy, there was zero chemistry between any of the characters (even though all these guys have been living in the same house for the last x thousand years. And yes, like siblings, sometimes you want to kill each other, but you still have deep human relationships with them.). The hot scenes were mediocre at best (tepid like day old coffee). And the heroine made me roll my eyes with how ridiculous she was. I'm absolutely in the minority, so take my word for what you will! But if you need some basic plot integrity (or logic) to suspend disbelief (or a heroine with a freaking spine), maybe keep looking.
This was my first book by Gena Showalter, and it was very well written. However, the storyline was just not my forte. It was all about physical and mental torment. Despondent Warriors that were dammed/cursed to suffering. Definitely not a joyful or laugh out loud tail. By chapter 9, I thought this is all about cruelty, insanity, and horror; I'm going to stop reading.... Nope, not me I kept going. At chapter 19 the suspense kicked in. While reading chapter 23 my emotions kicked in. At chapter 24 the crying kicked in. So not my kind of story!
I listened to the audio while reading, and I thought it odd that the story started off with a very low melody playing. I thought wow that's different. When I got to chapter 12, just before I thought there would be a coupling, music starts with a triumphant melody that lasted for about 20 seconds. It was different and likable. There was a lot of things in the story that I didn't think made any sense, and I did a lot of shaking my head. There was also a lot of twists and turns to the story, maybe not confusing, but definitely nonsensical.
Moral to the story, (as always), all it takes is a good woman to break down a man, and his demon.
3 stars because I really appreciated the author’s written word. Yes, there was a happily ever after, but, I will not be moving onto the rest of the series. I will, however, look for other stories by the author. And, hope there isn’t so much dependency in the story. For me this was an okay read, for others I believe it would be considered an awesome read.
I can't anymore! The dialogue is pathetic (mine, yours, mine, yours, always, wh-what, Mm-Madox, beauty, need, need, yes, love, love you, yours, mine, always), bladdy hell! Think I vomitted a bit in my mouth with this rubbish.
There's not much background about these "Lords of the underworld" and their characters lack well character and depth and well everything!!!
And, and let me not get started on the love scenes (eye roll) - what a load of crap! I think I did more eye rolling and huffing than they did talking coherent sentences.... I found it excruciating (note to author: perhaps this is the word you were looking for and not excoriating....?)
I want to pull my eyeballs out, they're straining from all my eye rolling at the ridiculousness of this crap, and I'm left feeling real empty and so irritated. Waiting for it to get better was such a bladdy waste of time!!!! And yet I seem to be one of a few that found this book annoying and irritating amongst the hundreds that seem to find this 'amazing!' (another eye roll).
Any hoo, need to carry on looking for a series that'll curl my toes and get me all flustered like the first 9 books of The Black Dagger Brotherhood series, because this just ain't gonna cut it!
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