[Download] Kushiel's Dart By Jacqueline Carey

Kushiel's Dart

By: Jacqueline Carey
Narrated by: Anne Flosnik
Length: 31 hours
Release date: Feb 9, 2009
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The land of Terre d'Ange is a place of unsurpassing beauty and grace. It is said that angels found the land and saw it was good...and the ensuing race that rose from the seed of angels and men live by one simple rule: Love as thou wilt.

Phèdre nó Delaunay is a young woman who was born with a scarlet mote in her left eye. Sold into indentured servitude as a child, her bond is purchased by Anafiel Delaunay, a nobleman with very a special mission...and the first one to recognize who and what she is: one pricked by Kushiel's Dart, chosen to forever experience pain and pleasure as one.

Phèdre is trained equally in the courtly arts and the talents of the bedchamber but, above all, the ability to observe, remember, and analyze. Almost as talented a spy as she is courtesan, Phèdre stumbles upon a plot that threatens the very foundations of her homeland. Treachery sets her on her path; love and honor goad her further. And in the doing, it will take her to the edge of despair...and beyond. Hateful friend, loving enemy, beloved assassin; they can all wear the same glittering mask in this world, and Phèdre will get but one chance to save all that she holds dear.

Set in a world of cunning poets, deadly courtiers, heroic traitors, and a truly Machiavellian villainess, this is a novel of grandeur, luxuriance, sacrifice, betrayal, and deeply laid conspiracies. Not since Dune has there been an epic on the scale of Kushiel's Dart—a massive tale about the violent death of an old age and the birth of a new.


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70 Responses to “[Download] Kushiel’s Dart By Jacqueline Carey”

  1. Danae Tole

    Really good, memorable book after a slow start
    What did you love best about Kushiel’s Dart?

  2. Hank Burgdorf

    An Epic Adventure well read and engaging.
    Where does Kushiel’s Dart rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

  3. Leowahine

    Well worth the credit!
    Amazing. This read is one of my favs now. I was pleasantly surpirsed to listen to this one. The narrator is just right and the story comes to life as you listen. There’s no confusion in the story line, and though it is sexually explicit, it is done in such a way that it enhances the story and descriptions without detracting from the quality of the read. This is NOT gratuitous sexuality. This is artistry of verse and description. I can’t wait to find out if the writer stays true to style. If so, I’m a fan for life!

  4. Bryce Senter

    Nope. Not happening.
    I have tried to read this twice and got stuck around the same point. I was hoping listening to it would bring something more to the story. Nope. Got stuck around the same part again. Stopped and haven’t gone back yet. I kinda wish I could return it and get my credit back.

  5. Bugs and Puppies

    Character names were hard to follow
    This was a wonderful piece of epic fantasy, and stretches our acceptability of sexuality and sexual expression. The main character isn’t the easiest for me to relate to, but her story is great. My only complaint is that some of the minor characters, while also very important, had names that were very hard to remember/follow for those not accustomed to French! Great story, and highly recommended for those looking for epic fantasy with empowering feminine protagonists.

  6. Kristofer Aalbers

    Exceptional
    This has and will always be one of my favorite books. I can’t say how many times I have read it both in print and now on service.com. It has everything intrigue, danger, heroics, romance, battles with plenty of blood and gore and just a hint of historical meaning to make you think “may be”

  7. Nancie M.

    Wrong narrator
    I love this book but AF is a terrible choice for narrator. Phedre (pronounced Fairdra) is a god-touched courtesan of the highest quality. She is a sensual, poetic, delightful character, best summed up by the phrase “That which yields is not always weak.”

    The tale takes place in what we now call France but all other countries, near and far, are referred to by their ancient names: Arigonia, Bhodestan, Carthage and so on. It’s an alternative history, a “what if” Elua (son of Yeshua/Jesus and Mary Magdalene) walked the Earth and had a following of fallen angels, and together they bred with mortals and settled a country whose name would become Terre D’Ange.

    With angelic heritage still singing in their veins, the people of Terre D’Ange pursue wholesome lives filled with religion (love as thou wilt) and, for the more adventurous, the game of thrones.

    JC is a poetic writer, encompassing ever so much in such a short book. But it would best have been served by someone with a lustrous, rich voice. AF’s voice is too high pitched, she is terrible at men’s voices and she pronounces almost everything incorrectly. Seriously! Terre D’Ange becomes Terre D’ARnge, Phedre becomes Feddra, and … oh way too many to keep score on.

  8. Nestor Mceniry

    Not A Critic
    So it was great! The only thing I did not like was that at the end the narrator didn’t say, and now, here is a preview of Kushiel’s Dart 2. BUT THERE IS A PART TWO AND THEN SOME, SO GO BUY THEM.

    Plenty of S&M (most of it consensual) If youre into that.

  9. Amie Acuff

    A fascinating look in a new world!
    If you like immersing yourself in a new world- detailed descriptions and plots of religions, politics, cultures- this is a great book. The narrator is great for the most part, because her tone gives an ethereal ambiance. Her voice for male characters could be a little more varied; sometimes I lost track of which male character was talking, despite the accents. Kushiel’s Dart overall is a terrific story and great audiobook.

  10. Russel R.

    Fabulously narrated version of this fantasy classic
    Kushiel’s Dart is the first book in the 9 book series beautifully written. Jaqueline Carey captures your attention and you can’t help but feel a part of Terre D’Ange.

  11. Markita Donahoe

    One of my absolute favorite stories!!
    I’ve read and reread this book and tried listening to the audio version. It was beatifully read!! I’ll reread the book and now listen to the audio over and over…the voice was unique and hope it’s the same for the next book.

  12. Louis Ambers

    I do not know; I cannot say…
    If only I had known that this author was incapable of escaping the first person, past tense narrative; or that she possibly misplaced her thesaurus that day, would I have still read this novel? I do not know; I cannot say.

  13. Dominic S.

    Good book, bad audio performance
    The posh accent ruins this book. Hyacinthe sounds like a cockney. Quite disappointing. This narrator is much better suited for Austen, and should stay with what she’s good at.

  14. Erin Nilges

    Eh, not bad
    It wasn’t bad, most likely just wasn’t for me, the story overall was interesting enough, and they did spend a fair amount of time on character creation, but at times it was just somewhat dull to me.

  15. Polly Petrillose

    Hefty but Worth It
    I bought the audiobook of Kushiel’s Dart after having already read it once before, so I already knew that I was going to enjoy the experience. The book is loooong but it is well thought out and the details bring the story to life.

    I will admit that there are some parts that drag on, but I don’t think you can have a series with this much intricate lore and world-building without hitting a slow patch now and then. It is necessary to suffer through a few pages of slow-moving history in order to be able to enjoy the intricacies of the story later, and in Kushiel’s Dart it is worth it.

    I will admit that I bought the audiobook with the hope that I would be spurred on to continue reading the rest of the series, and I do plan to; however 30+ hours is daunting to say the least. The slow-build approach that these books tend to take means that I think I might have to come back and pick up the next volume after some time has passed.

    It is also a nice side note that the eroticism in these novels, although a major plot point, is tasteful as opposed to vulgar. I think that (considering the specific subject matter) this serves the story well as a vehicle without overwhelming it.

    Overall I would recommend this book to people who enjoy long, deep reads with rich worlds and characters. There is intrigue, intelligence and a little bit of indecency and the mixture of all of those creates a story that will make you want to read to the very end.

  16. Josef Schmidtke

    Just the beginning…. wonderful!
    I found Phedre and the beginning of Kushiel’s story years ago by chance. Another review calls this story “boring” because it seems to be only about sex, but there is much – much more to it. There are 6 books in total to this series and I found myself drawn back into it years later! The basis of culture in Terre D’Ange is very sexual, but it’s integral to understand this as you follow the characters through their paths of self-discovery, what love means to them and how they must find it on each of their own terms, to live by their own rules in their world.

    The plots and twists throughout this series are fabulous – when you think it’s got to be almost over, you realize there’s still more! I have this book in hardback and then the next 2, but I’m patiently waiting for them all to finish narration. I have the audio for books 4, 5 & 6 already and for the past several months have been listening to them repeatedly while I wait for the others to come out! I haven’t listened to this audio version of the story yet, but I can’t wait to rejoin Phedre as a young girl again and start all over!

  17. Christena Kohnke

    Thought my player was broken
    I looked at my player and could not believe I had only been listening for seven hours. I thought I had been listening for seven days. I tried to get into this, the language is beautiful and it is about a whore and her pimp. The first four chapters were ok, when are little dart is coming of age, and she actually does things. After chapter four it is blah, blah , blah, blah. I wanted to throw my player out the window.

    If you like the movie Tess, you might like this. If you like George R. R. Martin, Robin Hobb or Orson Scott Card, you will be so disappointed.

    At one point the main character complains about having to study boring history and then she turns around explains the boring history to us!!!

    I don’t get it.

    Anne Flosnik is an excellent narrator. I did not give her five stars, because she is popular enough to pick her own material and she should have never agreed to this mind numbing dribble.

  18. Bertram Fouty

    Different, to say the least
    In my opinion, the audiobook was well worth the credit. At 31 hours, the story was long and immersive. The plot was elaborate, clever, and certainly very unique. The narrator was excellent. Still due to the somewhat taboo nature of the plot, my guess is it’s not for everyone. 

    In Carey’s imagined country of Terre d’Ange, prostitutes are “servants of naamah,” a religious / spiritual designation. The protagonist Phedre is sold into indentured servitude by her mother at the age of 4. Fortunately for her, she is purchased by a cunning but ultimately kindhearted nobleman who sculpts her into a first-class courtesan with espionage capabilities, and the ability to speak multiple languages.

    Phedre is unique among her kind in that she is marked by a god called Kushiel with a red mote in her eye. This mote essentially signifies that she enjoys being on the receiving end of s&m. Accordingly, her “patrons” tend to be on the more brooding and aggressive side. 

    Surprisingly, though, the book really is not that erotic. The sex scenes are glossed over and often all together omitted, serving mainly to move the plot and Phedre’s character development along.

    At times the story seemed a bit dull and drawn out. I felt there could have been more romance and that some of the characters like Hyacinth, Joscelin, and Melisande could have been more developed. They seemed a bit two-dimensional and I couldn’t get myself to care that much about them. I also noticed that Phedre continually (as in every 2 minutes or less) would say something like “whether it did any good I do not know,” or “what they thought of me I cannot say,” or “how much it grieved him I cannot guess.” I’m sure Carey, clearly a skilled and gifted writer, was aware of this tendency so I’m wondering if this was merely a literary crutch or intentional, as in that was the manner of speaking in Terre d’Ange. Either way, I found it distracting.

    All this being said, overall I thought it was a great audiobook and those who like historical fantasy novels with intricate plots, without the excess blood lust / testosterone of Game of Thrones, ought to give it a try.

  19. QueenofKrazy

    Read this!
    Superbly written, wonderfully voiced! This is a must read. Feels like you are really in Terre dAnge.

  20. Danelle Orji

    Compelling tale of intrigue, lust and deception.
    So much more than the cover and excerpt let it on to be. Beautiful story of a courtesan becoming a national hero using her brain to outsmart those who would misuse her.

  21. T. Trefan

    I don’t know if I can finish this
    After listening for 11 hours, I’ve had to switch to something else more fast paced. This book is so ploddingly slow, I just can’t endure it right now. It’s putting me to sleep at work while I listen to it. Who knows if I’ll ever come back to finish it. In my experience, if the first several hours have put you to sleep – it generally doesn’t get much better.

  22. Lou Tolve

    Amazing when I read it years ago . . .
    Even better as an audio book! I have always promised myself to go back and read this series again, but I’ve never found the time. BUT! As an audio book, the Kushiel series is AWESOME! I highly recommend it for adult readers who like their fantasy on the spicy side. (I also LOVE the narrator!) Be smart — buy this one, and prepare to be amazed!

  23. Julian Sumlin

    Loved it in print, loved listening to it again
    The narrator seemed hesitant with some of the names/places, but not enough to stop me.

  24. Erin

    Breathtaking
    I can’t give enough praise to Jacqueline Carey and her unforgettable heroine Phedre. The writing is gorgeous, the scenery lush, and the characters are complex and believable. It was slow at first and I wasn’t sure if I’d be able to get into the story. But stick with it. After a few hours, you’ll be hooked. Anne Flosnik is a talented, talented narrator. She really brought the beautiful prose-like quality of the author’s writing to life and her emotional reading made the audiobook fly by so fast I was ready to cry when it was over. I didn’t want it to end.

  25. Gracia Meshell

    I’m going to dig out my eardrums
    What would have made Kushiel’s Dart better?

  26. Lindsey Nichols

    Is it too much to ask for a duo of narrators?
    I have read these books more times than I can count and was excited to have them available on audio. If I had not first read the books, I would immediately have been put-off by Annes voicing and requested refunds on all three titles; the narrator’s voice took much adjustment as she sounds like a bougie Brit, and this is NOT how I’ve heard Phedre’s voice in my mind these long years [though it’s a great deal better than the male narrator for Imriel’s story – now THAT was a HORRIBLE choice of narrator]. She does a fair job of threading emotion into the dialogue, despair and heartache mingled with joy and pleasure – But there are several instances where a poignant pause would be well placed but she just continues to barrel on over the emotional mood created. Perhaps that has to do with editing? I feel much of the context is lost due to the speed and intonation of Anne’s narration. Anne’s attempt at male character voicing sounds stretched and strangled at the best of times. We would all have been better served had service employed a male AND female for the narration of these books – just as they did for the Wheel of Time epic.

  27. Myles Strouse

    loved it
    I’ve read this book/series more than a dozen times.. I fall in love with the characters and story every time. this was the first time hearing it read aloud and I loved it! will definitely be listening again one day. now for book 2

  28. Bertha Nehls

    Overall Very Satisfying
    Who was your favorite character and why?

  29. hillary brooks

    Great book, meh narration
    The story is brilliant, I would go back and forth reading on my kindle and listening when my hands weren’t free. The narrator tried to have this erotic persona that made the book feel like smut, when in reality it wasn’t as much so. I personally felt like it was too much and kinda cringed when listening to it. The story was so good though that I bared through it when I had to.

  30. Zane Harkin

    Listed as SF
    Sexy narration of a wisps and bondage book. Was a fun listen. The narrator has a very pleasing slightly British accent. Would recommend the narrator on any book. Picked the book out of a list for SF was a bit surprised but have enjoyed the book so far. This is not SF this is 50 shades of gray with a bit more roughness.

  31. Jerri Sancrant

    Loved this book on tape
    This is a really good listen. The narrator is very good and I loved the story. It’s sexy and very creative.

  32. Robbie Beattie

    Enchanting
    This story is amazingly told and full. You will clamor for the next. Never will you be sad that you listened until the very end.

  33. Margit Manker

    Meh
    I wanted to like this book, I really did. I’ve heard so many good things about it for years. I tried to read the written book a few times and quickly lost interest. After reading all the glowing reviews here I thought I’d give it another try. Ok so now I’m about 20 chapters in (of 96) and the author still hasn’t given me any reason to care if the main characters live or die. Not off to a good start. I have been listening to exciting and action packed stories lately and after them? This is as dull as watching golf on TV with my grandfather. At this point I don’t care that I wasted a credit on it. I just don’t want to listen anymore. Very disappointing.

  34. Fabian B.

    Great Story, Somewhat Awkward Reader
    I’ve read the physical copy of this book several times, so I knew I would love the story. For me, the reader was somewhat awkward to listen to at first. I don’t know how I would have felt about this story if I didn’t know the story so intimately because the reader threw me off a lot in the beginning. It sounds as though she’s pausing at commas and such instead of reading naturally. I think when the reader does the main character’s voice is when she’s most awkward. I think her voicing of the other characters is really well-done. The difference in performance confused me, but I love this story, and listening to it read made me emotional, so the reader is not too bad.

  35. Palmer B.

    Not to my reading taste
    Would you try another book from Jacqueline Carey and/or Anne Flosnik?

  36. Mickey Driesenga

    just… too…. slow…
    7 hours in, and couldn’t keep my interest. I think it was well written, just not for me.

  37. Glinda H.

    brilliant!!!
    One of my most favorite books brought to full-color, immensely profound detailed life. Gripping, heartrending, beautiful, perfect!

  38. Benjamin

    About What Happened, I Will Not Speak…
    What disappointed you about Kushiel’s Dart?

  39. Antone Nuber

    amazing
    loved it. I’ve read this book before and was worried I wouldn’t get through the narration in another voice than what I imagined in my mind. I was surprised to find the story and characters just as engaging.

  40. Lucien Beberwyk

    great book
    The narrator has a much older voice than Phedra, however the storr is told looking back from the present, so it does work well, and she does make Phedra sound younger when actually quoting her. as always the story is excellent, one of the few stories I read over and over.

  41. Reagan Rathel

    Beautiful Story, Horrifying Narration
    Would you consider the audio edition of Kushiel’s Dart to be better than the print version?

  42. Bradly Fazzone

    Great listen!
    This is a great book, and the narrator is one of the best I’ve listened to. I generally only listen to audiobooks while I’m cleaning house, working out, ect, but I was so captivated by this series that I found myself staying up late to listen and my house sparkled! At first I thought it might be better to read it to help keep all the intricate details straight, but ended up preferring to listen because I enjoyed the narrator so much (I also would have driven myself crazy trying to figure out all the correct pronunciations). Although I would not recommend this to someone who is easily offended by graphic sex scenes or someone looking for a “light read”, it is definitely right up my alley and I very much enjoyed it.

  43. Owen Larbi

    A beautiful read (or listen)!
    This book is amazing in its scope, detail and complexity. It is also beautifully and intelligently written and researched. Carey’s alternate world is detailed and believable, with clear parallels to our world. Anne Flosnik also does a fantastic job of narrating it. While it has sexual content of the more adventurous variety and is clearly not a book for those uptight about sexuality, the sex is never gratutious. I highly recommend it to anyone who likes fanstasy, or just good literature.

  44. Risa Sloter

    Best read in awhile.
    Great character development, story progression, intrigue. Nice imagining of an alternative to historical societies.

  45. Man Eakes

    A story you do not want to miss!
    I absolutely love these series and the audio version did not disappoint! The Kushiel series are extremely well written, and you cannot help but fall in love with the main characters.

  46. Joanie A.

    Complexly delicious
    What did you like best about this story?

  47. Asha Mckevitt

    Slow but builds
    The book started off kind of slow and I almost stopped it, but when it picked up, it really went! It’s a very exciting read with all the twists and turns I like to see in a novel.

  48. Nickolas Startin

    Fantastic epic
    I love this first Trilogy by Carey. Great world building and elegant writing. Her characters have depth and don’t follow the shallow lines of good and evil which many stories use.

  49. Abel Stinemetz

    Wow…
    Would you consider the audio edition of Kushiel’s Dart to be better than the print version?

  50. Lou Volmink

    BORING.
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

  51. Rickie Dade

    Brits in Terra D’Ange?
    I love this book. I loved it on paper and I love it in my ears. It’s rich and dark, like good chocolate. And the reader is very good, with a nice set of voices for the characters. However, I was unable to get over having a British accent in the voice of the narrator, Phaedra, because the novel is very clearly set in an alternate version of France. It was very jarring, and the pronunciation of some words and names was different from what I expected. Still, an excellent version of an excellent book. Recommended highly.

  52. Maryanne Zane

    Seriously hit that buy button now
    Without a doubt it is a fantastically spun tale of love, intrigue, politics, adventure, and loss. The beautifully woven words of majestic lands and secret assignations matched perfectly by the narrators performance. For truly this audiobook could be dubbed as nothing less. A flawless performance that sinks you deep into a story that refuses to let you go even as the last words sound through the speakers.

  53. Vergie M.

    a masterpiece of feminine fantasy
    Think a more feminine version of Game of Thrones, less bloody but just as Grand a scale. The massive plot tucks neatly into nice tidy and pleasant endings. Carrey does a fantastic job of creating a world that is subtle and exciting. The gods are real but play a subtle and small background roll compared to the human struggles. The Love Story from this Saga is one of my all-time favorites. So if you want a fantasy series with a Vivid new world, massive plot with many twists, a touch of feminine details, and an epic love story filled with Adventure, Peril and War this is the series for you.

  54. Bok Golson

    great book, horrible narrator
    I absolutely love the actual books, but the narrator is beyond irritating to listen to

  55. Lacresha Lincoln

    You must finish the tale before you judge
    From reading the reviews it appears that the people who did not like this book did not finish it. I will admit the first section is dry but I feel the author sets the stage for the second half and the next two books. Basically, if you can survive the first section of the first book you will mostly likely grow to love this story.

  56. Deveny

    I have read and re-read and will continue to do so
    This series is one of my favorites the first time having been when I picked it up as a young adult off one of those dime store novel racks. Years later while browsing books on services I came upon it and was delighted to find it was a series. I have them all and listen to the entire legacy over and over again. If there are dull moments it is only because the author has taken great care in depicting each character and the lands in which they journey as they are so very important, even the most minor of character. Is it erotic, yes in some ways, but to me it exhilarates the mind far more in webs woven and the adventures to each destiny. Beautifully narrated the entire series. I was taken aback when it was time to move on from our heroine to the next protagonist and heard not the soothing voice of Anne Flosnik, but rather that of a man. It was so strange I almost did not continue with the series. However, I did and I urge you to do the same for as you will find, Jacqueline Carey writes for the story to continue on through generations. Dark at time and merry at others, erotic and somber, the series she has created is an ebb and flow of emotions written in such a way that it is easy to become lost in the world of Terre D’Ange.

  57. Barton Dauge

    Long and slow, but ultimately worth the wait.
    This story is definitely something else. Unexpected and full of intrigue. It starts off very slowly, I mean it will make you contemplate giving up and moving into a new story. But just when you’re about to give in, things start to happen. There are so many obscure names tossed about, so many details to keep up with, it’s almost like a well thought-out version of the Game of Thrones, but told from the 1st person, so the author can’t really kill the protagonist off. As for the sexual stuff, there really isn’t much, so if you’re in it for that, it would be disappointing. What stuff is in there is just enough to supplement the interesting story that unfolds. Overall, I would recommend this to anyone with enough time and maturity to appreciate it. I might even call it a hidden gem.

  58. Enda Schmitt

    I almost gave up…
    The first 4 hours is primarily focused on masochistic sex.. so much so that I almost gave up.. but hung in there because I was slowly becoming attached to the main character.. My other pet peeve was the unmanageable number of complicated character names to keep track of… other than that the story was very engaging and after the initial 4 hours I was HOOKED. I’m very glad I hung in there because the story was super.

  59. Mariko Durrant

    Dull and predictive
    The story was dull and predictive. Narration is unengaging. This book is probably the exception to the saying that “sex sells”.

  60. Blake Delinois

    Compellingly written and beautifully preformed.
    The first several chapters are an incredible work of world creation, followed by brilliant and engaging character development. The story that ensues is truly ensnaring. If you want a book that will make you laugh, cry, and even rant at the characters this is it.
    The beautiful expose into the intricate world of sex work, pansexuality, desire, BDSM, and the advanced and fully explored concept of consent is woven into achingly gorgeous tapestry of fantasy, romance, adventure, intrigue, and creative alternate historical fiction.
    If you’re looking for steamy romance, heroic action, epic fantasy, or are any kind of history or religions buff, then read or listen to this novel. I’ve loved it for over a decade and am ecstatic to have found it in audio form, told by such a brilliant preformer.

  61. Robbie Beattie

    So worth the listen!
    I read this book quite a few years ago and saw it on sale so decided to listen to it. All I can say is that it’s a fantastically complex tale with wonderfully written heros and villains. When I started listening I wasn’t sure I would like the narrator, but I changed the play speed just a fraction faster and loved her! I’ve only don’t that on one other book so if you find you’re having a problem with the reader try speeding up or slowing down just a hint! This joke was sure worth a second go round and I’ll definitely continue the series even though I’ve read all the books before.

  62. MyticalC

    Beautifully written and a wonderful story
    This is one of my favorite book series. The writing is exquisite and the story engaging. If you are interested in a book that is an excellent story that explores deep themes while still having hot kinky love making I heartily recommend it!

  63. Hoyt Kingshott

    this narrator nearly destroyed this story.
    Mispronunciation, poor vernacular, bad use of sentance6 structure. A French accent would have been more fitting. This narrator was a proficiant narrator but an exceedingly poor voice Actor. So much that the voice acting nearly destroyed the story for me.

  64. Loyd S.

    amazing book, ok narrator
    I don’t know how many times I have read kushiels dart, and loved it every time. I decided to give the audiobook a try, since I wear headphones all day at work and knew I already loved the story. what I will say is that it’s a hard book to read aloud, and Anne gave it a good try. however, I feel that her accents and pronunciations for those characters and places outside of the Terre D’ange left a bit to be desired.

  65. Palmira T.

    phenomenal story and characters
    I love the world building that went into this nivel. I could read and listen to it over and over again a learn something new and get lost all.over again.

  66. Amy B-D

    Not just a romance, by any means
    Ok, so when people say a book is life changing, this must be what they mean. I first listened to this about 8 years ago, and was so moved I got the next five in the series without even reading the blurbs. I didn’t need to. I tried reading the paper book a few years before that, but my brain wasn’t ready for all the names and intrigue, so the audio book was absolutely perfect. I am so in love with the characters and feel like I have taken part in their struggles. I’ve cried with them, laughed with them, and wished them all the best. The narrator did a phenomenal job! I will listen to this and the whole series again and again!

  67. Jennifer Rackers

    Absolutely AMAZING!!!!!
    Firstly, the narrator is the best performer I’ve EVER heard. She brought this story to life in such a vivid way, I’ve never been so emotional over a fictional book before. This story was rich, the world felt real, the characters incredible, the language intricate and beautiful. Can’t even say enough about this book, or its performer, and I’m off RIGHT NOW to buy the rest of the series!!!! Wow, just WOW.

  68. Lyndsey Garrigus

    Foreshadowing
    Any additional comments?

  69. Dan

    Can you say BORING?
    I gave 5 and a half hours of this book, trying to give it a chance. There were 30 minute blocks I had to relisten to because I literally faded off. I read some reviews that likened it to Dune. Really? I’ve read the Dune series and this couldn’t hold a leaf to it. I suppose if you like hearing a constant droning, on how a girl gets off on pain and can’t wait to be raped, then get the book. In 5 and a half hours there was nothing of the summary, “Hateful friend, loving enemy, beloved assassin.”
    The one highlight was the Anne Flosnik. She at least made you feel she wanted the story to work.

  70. Chanda M.

    Utter greatness
    Everything about this audiobook is greatness. I will buy everyone of her books. Hours of enjoyment that has actually changed my life and marriage. All from within a book of fiction.

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