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Darkfever

Fever, Book 1
Lu par : Joyce Bean
Série : Fever, Volume 1
Durée : 8 h et 57 min
Catégories : Anglais - Romance, Fantasy
4.5 out of 5 stars (3 notations)

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MacKayla Lane's life is good. She has great friends, a decent job, and a car that breaks down only every other week or so. In other words, she's your perfectly ordinary 21st-century woman.

Or so she thinks...until something extraordinary happens.

When her sister is murdered, leaving a single clue to her death - a cryptic message on Mac's cell phone - Mac journeys to Ireland in search of answers.

The quest to find her sister's killer draws her into a shadowy realm where nothing is as it seems, where good and evil wear the same treacherously seductive mask. She is soon faced with an even greater challenge: staying alive long enough to learn how to handle a power she had no idea she possessed - a gift that allows her to see beyond the world of man, into the dangerous realm of the Fae.

As Mac delves deeper into the mystery of her sister's death, her every move is shadowed by the dark, mysterious Jericho, a man with no past and only mockery for a future. As she begins to close in on the truth, the ruthless Vlane - an alpha Fae who makes sex an addiction for human women - closes in on her. And as the boundary between worlds begins to crumble, Mac's true mission becomes clear: find the elusive Sinsar Dubh before someone else claims the all-powerful Dark Book - because whoever gets to it first holds nothing less than complete control of the very fabric of both worlds.

©2006 Karen Marie Moning (P)2006 Brilliance Audio

Commentaires

"It's a compelling world filled with mystery and vivid characters, and this, combined with the hint of sparks between Jericho and Mac, will stoke readers' fervor." ( Publishers Weekly)
"Joyce Bean captures the beauty, fear, and otherworldliness of Moning's characters." ( AudioFile)
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  • Global
    3 out of 5 stars
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  • Dana
  • 27/01/2011

Stick with it!

The narrator is completely wrong for this character and unfortunately she sticks around for the first 3 books. Mac, the lead character, is annoying in the beginning but really transforms into someone much more interesting. The real disappointment in this narrators representation of the story is Barrons, which she makes sound like an 80 year old man. Any chemistry that happens between Mac and Barrons comes across a little creepy, instead of hot. That being said, stick with the story. Read the first 3 if you can't handle this narrator but be sure to listen to Dreamfever and Shadowfever. You will be blown away by the 2 narrators and the way they interpret the story.

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    3 out of 5 stars
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  • AudioAddict
  • 26/05/2013

Who picked the cover for this book?

STORY - Darkfever is an interesting mystery with a supernatural twist. I enjoyed it very much, but the cover is completely misleading. It is NOT a romance and there is basically zero sex. The story is an "easy listen" but with a much better plot than most books I put in that category. It doesn't really come to a conclusion but sets the background for what should be a really good series.

Some reviewers have commented that Mac is a shallow heroine and is overly concerned about her outfits and appearance, but I disagree. She does have a girly aspect to her personality, but it's just character development and I don't think it detracted from the story at all.

NARRATOR - The narrator does a pretty good job but nothing awesome. She performs male voices, Irish and Southern accents convincingly enough.

OVERALL - You will enjoy this book if you are looking for a fairly light supernatural mystery, but you will have to continue hearing the series for a conclusion.

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    2 out of 5 stars
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  • C.C. Bryant
  • 15/02/2011

Narration ruins it.

I may have liked this book more if I had read it rather than listened to it. The narrator sounds much older than the protagonist and the southern accent in unbearable. That being said by a Southern girl. The writer takes a while to develop the main character with lackluster results. The heroine's personality seems to be modeled after Sookie Stackhouse of The Southern Vampire Series by Charlaine Harris. This is like trying to turn Andy Griffith into Elvis. The sound quality was poor and depressive. May read the next book, may not. Blah....

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  • Bernadette
  • 11/12/2013

Lazy writing, yet strangely addictive

What did you like best about Darkfever? What did you like least?

Hands down, the best thing about Darkfever is Barrons. JZB is one of the most compelling characters I've come across in a long time. What I liked least? Moning's lazy writing. Would it have killed her to invest in even a modicum of research? Irish people speaking in American English was jarring and it detracted from the story. I'm not talking about the narrator's accent, either. I'm talking about Americanisms that are rarely used in Ireland, and it happened so frequently that I'm not going to list them.

Would you be willing to try another book from Karen Marie Moning? Why or why not?

I was on the fence about this. The writing and so-so narration didn't exactly win me over, but I love Barrons so I continued with the series.

Did Joyce Bean do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

I was surprised that I didn't hate Joyce Bean's narration. After reading the reviews, I braced myself for terrible narration. That wasn't the case. It wasn't great, but it wasn't horrible. The Southern accent was slightly over-the-top, Scarlett O'Hara-esque, and the Irish accent was that fake Irish Spring/Lucky Charms commercial kind of accent, but it wasn't as bad as I'd feared. I actually wish she had continued narrating Mac's parts in the later books, because I didn't like the female narrator for the last few books.

Was Darkfever worth the listening time?

A qualified yes. I rolled my eyes quite a bit and the writing was so inconsistent, but it was a relatively quick listen and it introduced Barrons. Mmm...Barrons....

Any additional comments?

I think categorizing this as "Romance" is a stretch. There is very little romance in it. I also think that Mac comes off as Sookie-Lite, and Karen Marie Moning wasn't successful in developing Mac into an endearing character in the same vein as Charlaine Harris's Sookie Stackhouse.

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    2 out of 5 stars
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  • Kim-Marie
  • 08/04/2010

Geez She's Shallow

I have liked the author's Highlander series, but I don't know if I'm going to be able to stand the Fever series if all the heroines are this annoying. She's surround by death and creatures of terror but all the girl can do is go on and on about her nail polish, pink capris and strappy sandals. (How did she fit all this clothing into her suitcase??) Almost everyone she comes into contact with is dangerous, but she just can't see it. Somehow, I think, if you watch someone being killed you will probably experience enough anxiety to stop caring if your panties and bra match. Unless, of course, you are shallow and clueless. I was disappointed that another reviewer put in spoilers, but at least now I don't have to finish it. The narrator does a good job not mixing accents between characters, but the main male character sounds like an 80 year old Irish emphysema victim and the heroine's southern accent was just this side of painful. I hope someone can convince me once again that this is a good series because I don't know if I can spend another eight hours listening to the fashion report.

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  • Global
    3 out of 5 stars
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  • Candice
  • 17/08/2009

Great light read.

I was in the mood for something light and steamy when I downloaded this and it definently delivered. I don't usually find things to do so I can listen to more of the story but this time I found myself doing just that. This isn't very romantic in the normal sense of the genre, but there is plenty of sexual tension. The main character did take some getting used to, but she eventually developed into a heroine that I'm dying to know what happened to.
Unfortunately I read some of the other reviews so part of the story was ruined for me, but I'm still downloading the next edition.
If you want something you don't have to pay strict attention to, but still contains a mystery, I would recommend this title.

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    2 out of 5 stars
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  • Sharon
  • 27/01/2010

Poor narrator, weak lead character.

I think my main problem with this book was the narrator. I wish Audible would let you rate the story and the narrator separately. This narrator's voice was way too old to be a 22 year old girl and yet she made the main male character sound like a leprechaun who had smoked for 30 years. It was so awful. Here was a guy who was supposed to be attractive, and his voice was totally irritating.

The main character was also annoying in that you had to continually hear about every thing she wore, including her underwear, her nail polish, etc, again and again. I've heard that it was supposed to show us in the following books how her character matures, but give me a break. I'm not even sure I'll make it to the further books, although the premise of this one was pretty good. I know there are some real devotees of the series, so maybe I'll read book 2 rather than listen to this narrator again. I notice that for book 4, they have new narrators, a man and a woman. I think that the man/woman combination could work well and I hope they are better.

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  • Susan S.
  • 05/01/2010

Interesting Story

I found the story to be an interesting one, but the narrator was extremely weak. Her attempt at different accents was painful, and greatly detracted from my enjoyment of the audiobook. I'd like to listen to other books in this series, but will probably pass if this narrator is attached.

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  • tiffany
  • 28/03/2012

narrator is horrible

Is there anything you would change about this book?

The narrator for this book is horrible. It's hard to get into a story when you can't get passed horrible accents. Every body in this book sounds either like a leprachaun or an idiot.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Darkfever?

this is an awesome series and I revisit it frequently (reading my copies) Although the last few books are read by a really good narrator...the first few are not!

How did the narrator detract from the book?

hugely

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  • bluestategirl
  • 14/10/2017

What's with the antebellum southern accent?


Geez. I was pretty underwhelmed by this series when I first listened to it about 5 years ago -- but now? This is in first person, and since it's the narrator's caricature of a pre-Civil War southern accent -- for the main character -- the books just make me cringe. (I can't stand it, and I'm a Yankee.)

If you ARE from the south, you'll hate it.

(Isn't there a Looney Tunes character that sounds like this? *I say, I say . . . * Rochester somebody?)


NOT Recommended: I do recommend that if you HAVE to read this dated series, read the first three books on Kindle and escape the bad narration. (I've heard the new narrators do a better job with the next few, which I own, but I never thought the story was worth listening to after the first three, so who knows.)

Personally, I would not buy this series today. There are much better books out there now.

Also:

And while I'm here -- why can't Audible address the *quotation mark problem?* How hard of a fix could it be? It's pretty hard to review books without QUOTING THEM!

Have a nice day!

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  • Global
    3 out of 5 stars
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  • Sunne
  • 11/04/2011

Okaaaay - nice to listen

This series had been highly recommended to me by friends and I must say - was a bit dissapointed so far.
It is entertaining to listen - no question - but after the fifth time you are lectured about nail polish you can't help to find that someone should smack Mac on the head. And despite a lot friends told me, that the male hero Jerrico Barrons ís upper hot - I was dissapointed. I only caught glimpses of future hotness and he was interpreted like an old woman by the narrator.
Nonetheless - the story itself was interesting enough to keep me listening - the ideas funny enough and even the "clothing" lectures entertaining enough to make me finish it. It had the light touch of chick lit - which I hadn't expected.
I've been told that I should not regard it as a book but a chapter to the whole story and Mac's naivite would cease so I'm willing to try the next books - as soon as they are available on audible.de

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    5 out of 5 stars
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  • Püppi88
  • 26/02/2013

Karen Marie Moning rocks!

Ich bin ein großer Fan von Karen Marie Moning und liebe ihre Bücher.
Ich war nicht nur begeistert das Audiobook von Darkfever hier zu finden, sonder ich war beinahe euphorisch! Es ist so schwer dieses Audiobook zu bekommen.

Gern hätte ich mir zwar gewünscht, dass Phil Gigante mit spricht, aber Joyce macht das auch alleine sehr gut!

Danke Audible für eure große Auswahl!

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    4 out of 5 stars
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  • Maria Scheib
  • 18/07/2019

Anfang einer wirklich guten Serie

Das ist der erste Teil einer Fantasy Reihe.
(Leider hat Audible die folgenden Teile nicht, was ich einfach sinnfrei finde.)

Auch das Cover ist irreführend. Man denkt eher an eine erotische Geschichte wenn man es sieht und das ist hier nicht der Fall. Jedenfalls nicht vordergründig.
Man muss auch erst in die Geschichte hineinfinden, mit den ganzen Fantasy Figuren. Aber dann wird die Geschichte richtig gut.
Leider hat jedes der 4 Bücher einen Aufhänger, bis schließlich Teil 5 ein Ende hat. (wobei die Story weiter geht in Teil 6)

Die Vorleserin macht ihre Arbeit in Teil 1 okay, aber sie wird immer besser.
Ich denke ab Teil 4 spricht männliche Stimme ein Mann, was eine deutliche Verbesserung ist.

Alles in allem eine absolute Empfehlung, wenn man die Fortsetzungen wo anders besorgen kann.
Ansonsten Finger weg.

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    3 out of 5 stars
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    2 out of 5 stars
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    4 out of 5 stars
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  • Sena
  • 05/06/2019

Die Stimmung kommt nicht rüber

Die Story hätte eigentlich einen erotischen Touch. Da die Sprecherin aber die Männer mit einer dunklen Stimme nachspricht, tönen diese wie alte Grossmütter. Da kommt definitiv keine Stimmung auf. Das Hörbuch hätte durch zwei Sprecher massiv gewonnen.

  • Global
    3 out of 5 stars
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  • Amazon Kunde
  • 29/01/2019

Unbedingt Hörprobe vorher hören !

Das Buch ist gut und nachvollziehbar geschrieben and strukturiert. Gelegentlich wird man überrascht wenn Dinge welche eine Weile zurückliegen wieder augegriffen werden. Insgesamt war Ich überrascht von dem spontanen Ende des Buches.

Unbedingt vorher Hörprobe hören! Zu Beginn habe Ich die Stimme der Sprecherin als schrecklich empfunden ... Leidend ... Ist das einzige Wort was mir dazu wirklich einfällt. Die Betonung ändert sich etwas mit den Emotionen Der Protagonistin, but Allen gegen Ende. Persönlich fand Ich es anstrengend der Dame zuzuhören obwohl die Geschichte till geschrieben ist.

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    3 out of 5 stars
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    1 out of 5 stars
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    3 out of 5 stars
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  • Victoria
  • 29/08/2018

Horrible voice and language!

The speaker distroied the book to me. I didn't like the accent and the way of speaking.

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    5 out of 5 stars
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  • MoneyPenny
  • 27/02/2013

I've got the fever!!!

Habe durch Audible die Fever-Saga entdeckt. Musste dann leider aus Suchtgründen die weiteren Hörbücher als Hardware bestellen, weil ich beim besten Willen nicht warten konnte. :-)

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