Dark Hunter, Book 3
By: Sherrilyn Kenyon
Narrated by: Fred Berman
11 hrs and 19 mins
Zarek's point of view:
"Dark-Hunter: a soulless guardian who stands between mankind and those who would see mankind destroyed. Yeah, right. The only part of that Code of Honor I got was eternity and solitude.
"Insanity: A condition many say I suffer from after being alone for so long. But I don't suffer from my insanity - I enjoy every minute of it.
"Trust: I can't trust anyone...not even myself. The only thing I trust in is my ability to do the wrong thing in any situation and to hurt anyone who gets in my way.
"Truth: I endured a lifetime as a Roman slave, and 900 years as an exiled Dark-Hunter. Now I'm tired of enduring. I want the truth about what happened the night I was exiled - I have nothing to lose and everything to gain.
"Astrid (Greek, meaning star): An exceptional woman who can see straight to the truth. Brave and strong, she is a point of light in the darkness. She touches me and I tremble. She smiles and my cold heart shatters.
"Zarek: They say even the most damned man can be forgiven. I never believed that until the night Astrid opened her door to me and made this feral beast want to be human again. Made me want to love and be loved. But how can an ex-slave whose soul is owned by a Greek goddess ever dream of touching, let alone holding, a fiery star?"
French Quarter of New Orleans to the isolated Alaska wilderness) and its focus on Zarek, the baddest of all the Dark-Hunters. Physically gorgeous but scarred psychologically thanks to his former life as a Greco-Roman slave, Zarek is bitter, feared and rejected by everyone, including the Greek goddess who transformed him. It's up to the emotionally detached nymph Astrid, sister to the three Fates, to judge whether 900 years of isolation has made Zarek too vicious to be redeemed. To accomplish this task, she tries to push Zarek "to the heights of his tolerance and beyond." Sasha, a werewolf posing as a mere pet, serves as her protector, and the witty telepathic banter between them is a nice counterpoint to the seriousness of Zarek and Astrid's relationship. Kenyon's slangy dialogue also leavens the story. In the midst of a heated battle, for instance, a disoriented Astrid asks Zarek what's happening, and his blasé reply is, "Not much.... Some invincible asshole is trying to kill me." Those who can't get enough of bad boy heroes and Buffy the Vampire Slayer reruns will relish this roguish tale.
This is the third book in the Dark hunter series, according to Mrs. Kenyon's website.
Some counted it as the fourth if they include Fantasy Lover as the first book in the series.
I’m really starting to get into this series; after listening to the first book and not being that impressed I kept putting it in the back burner. I’m so glad I picked it back up, I really enjoyed this one, and it could be that I’m a sucker for torture heroes, or just that I’m becoming more familiar with the characters. I see now why everyone loves Acheron, I already do, can’t wait to get to he’s book, I don’t know how I’m going to make it 12 more books.
This book drew me in immediately, I quickly became engrossed in the plot, and I felt all the character come to life with the help of Berman’s narration, he added so much emotion and depth that I found myself deeply caring and feeling for the characters.
Fred Berman was terrific he gave the right tone to all situations on this book, he also did a great job with the female character; they didn’t sound like “la cage aux folles”. (if you know what I mean).
I highly recommend this book; I do think you need to read the previous books to get the picture of the whole story, and assuming that you’re familiar with the high sexual content of this genre. (yes!! the sex is hot). Even though is not the main point of these books.
What others said:
This was my favorite Dark-Hunter book.....well besides ACHERON!! Zarek's story was moving and well.......I am not going to give the story away by saying anything about the plot. The reader, Fred Berman was really good. His voice, to me, is like Holter Graham's, is easy to listen to and I love that he gave Zarek the accent.I am a big fan of Sherrilyn Kenyon and I hope to see more of her book in the audio format on Audible.She is one of my "Escape" authors.You pretty much know there will be a happily ever after. It's the journey to that point that is the ride!!
Im a man and when i say a man im a tuff man. But even I could not stop the tears that escaped my eyes. it was beyond my control. It is a very good written book. And the narrated does a very good job with the accent and sincere heart he put in it. I really recomend it.
One of the most heartrending stories I've ever read. I simply could not stop listening. I found myself driving around aimlessly (since I listen in my car) only to keep the story going. I also sat in several parking lots, just listening. In printed form, it would have been one of those I couldn't put down until I finished.
By the way, Fred Berman brought the story alive with his excellent interpretation.
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Voices Behind the Books
Stage, television, and film actor Fred Berman has read a number of audiobooks for young listeners, including Judy Blume’sSoupy Saturdays with The Pain & The Great One and Andrew Clements’s The Last Holiday Concert. Please visit his web site at www.fredberman.net to learn more about him.