Desert Isle Keeper
A Hunger Like No Other (#95 on AAR's Top 100 Romances)
An AAR Top 100 Romance
originally published on October 31, 2011
A Hunger Like No Other is the first book in Kresley Cole’s very popular Immortals After Dark series. Simon and Schuster recently released the audiobook version which I had really been looking forward to. The tenth book in the series, Lothaire, will be released in hardback and audio January 10th, 2012.
This was my first experience listening to narrator Robert Petkoff and I sincerely hope it won’t be my last. His skill at creating distinct voices for a large cast of characters is impressive. The accents, including a delicious Scottish brogue for the hero, his brother, and a cousin are a pleasure to hear as were the pleasing female voices. Add to this his impeccable delivery of emotion, the humor, desperation, fear, passion, happiness … and one could assume that Petkoff is a long standing fan of this series. More likely he has done a lot of homework. He was perfect!
As with most paranormal romance, the fated mate theme appears, though it is one sided in this case. Lykae clan leader, Lachlain MacRieve, has been held prisoner and tortured by the Vampire hoard for the past 150 years, but when he scents his one true mate there is nothing that will stop him from claiming her. Emmaline Troy is one of a kind, half valkyrie/half vampire. She is an odd mix of easily frightened vulnerability and underlying strength due to the upbringing the Valkyrie gave her.
Cole took a page from the early bodice rippers with hero Lachlain’s opening attitude, I want – I’ll take. The narrator really showcases that caveman approach, along with so perfectly portraying Emma’s initial fright that it almost put Lachlain beyond the pale. But later the narration also makes Lachlain’s regret over his actions nearly palpable, while you also hear Emma getting even in her own way.
I found humor in the fierce and deadly Valkyrie proving that you’re only as old as you feel. Their use of the latest slang in conversation as well as their love of video games, nail polish and a good party added a fun aspect to the story. Hearing Emma dig out her strength to become someone that willingly faces off with werewolves and vampires alike was a significant part of what made this book work for me.
Whether the overall story works for you, or not, hearing Robert Petkoff’s outstanding narration would never be regretted.
Breakdown of Grade – Narration A- and Book Content A
Unabridged. Length – 11 hours 33 minutes. This review was written for the 10/31/11 Speaking of Audiobooks column.