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They soar through the night, unearthly creatures of legends and lore. Three masters of urban fantasy and paranormal romance explore the rapture of the heavens above, and the darkness below in three all-new stories of angels and guardians, and good and evil. Best-selling author Nalini Singh returns to her Guild Hunter universe to tell the story of vampire Noel, and Sharon Shinn returns to her Samaria series to tell the story of a blind angel and the woman helps him---even though she hates and fears angels. Hear these stories and an all-new novella from New York Times best-selling author Ilona Andrews in this exciting collection sure to delight fans of the paranormal.

©2011 Penguin Group (USA), Inc., Andrew Gordon, Ilona Gordon, Nalini Singh, and Sharon Shinn (P)2011 Tantor

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3 audios of 4 printed stories

The paper copy of this book has an additional story by Meljean Brook. Amazon has such a poor description that we don’t know any story titles; and I’m not going to hunt it down right now. As for this audio copy:

CHAPTER 1-10: Angel’s Wolf by Nalini Singh; narrated by Justine Eyre.
Also featured in Singh’s compilation Angel’s Flight, I believe this story slots in at 2.5 or 3.5 in the Guild Hunter series arc.
Having recovered from a nearly lethal beating, Vampire Noel believes he has been sent to Louisiana because Raphael and those in the Tower have lost confidence in him. He finds more than he ever imagined in protecting the Angel Nimra.
I think Eyre has the best voice for this series.

CHAPTER 11-19: Alphas: Origins by Ilona Andrews; narrated by Renee Raudman.
Karina Tucker takes a detour for a bathroom break while supervising her daughter Emily’s field trip and finds herself in an ongoing inter dimensional conflict. Nothing like finding out you’re a Donor and becoming food for Subspecies 30, a massive monster. Raudman is one of my favorite narrators.

CHAPTER 20-26: Nocturne by Sharon Shinn; narrated by Coleen Marlo.
Set approximately 70 years after Archangel; this would be book 3.75 if you’re reading the series in chronological order: Angelica; Archangel; Angel-Seeker; novellas Fallen Angel, then Nocturne; etc.
Mariah’s curiosity drives her to meet with the wounded angel hiding out at the house on the hill. When she pushes Corbin for his story, the contrary Mariah must give up her own.
I love her line: “Sweet Jovah singing himself into laughing hysteria!”
Marlo does a decent job of narration and her voice sounds like Mariah to me.

Good anthology.

Additional note: Audible has started jamming paragraphs together. Since March2020 some management moron has used COVID as an excuse to let their techies ruin a formerly really good listening app and a good audio company. I USED TO recommend Audible to everyone I spoke with. I can no longer do so.

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FUN!!!

I haunt the web looking for anything with Ilona Andrews writings, I'm a definite fan! Her stories are always, always full of fun, adventure and romance! She never lets her fans down and I mean Never!

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Warning no Meljean story included

Meljean's story is not included. I did notice audible doesn't have her listed as an author but I thought it was an over-site like not listing Renee Raudman as the reader for Ilona's story, which she is BTW.

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A fun read to tide you over to the next full book

I loved the Nalini Singh and Ilona Andrews stories. Nalini Singh's story, "Angel's Wolf", is a fun addition to her Guild Hunter series, and Justine Eyre is her usual narrator, which makes it fit right in with the readings of the rest of the Guild Hunter series. Ilona Andrews' story "Alphas: Origins" narrated by Renee Raudman (also her usual narrator) was wonderful: while the Alphas world was new to me, the story drew me in right away. The Sharon Shinn story dragged on for me a bit, but that could just be because I'm less familiar with her Samaria series. I don't know if Coleen Marlo is the usual reader for the Samara books, but she's the usual reader for the Wishcraft cozy series, and she's very consistent. All three narrators are good, really, with good quality recordings.

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Can't stand the narrator's voice

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Good book, but Justine Eyre's voice makes it impossible to listen to - I bought a hard copy.

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Good stories, mostly good narration

The narrator for Nalini Singh’s story was awful. Her inflection and tone wee so repulsive that I almost quit the story.
The narrators for Ilona Andrews and Sharon Shinn were wonderful.
All of the stories were well thought out, well paced, and complex even though they are novellas or (in the case of Sharon Shinn’s) short stories. I really enjoyed them even though I generally avoid stories with angels or demons. All of the authors were able incorporate backstory without slowing the current plot. Ilona Andrew’s romance felt a bit quick but it was such a great action story with such a natural heroine that the hurried romantic progression is easily forgiven. (It was a reread for me and I enjoyed every bit of it)
They are all a bit hurried because of the length of the stories. The Shinn story felt the most natural.

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I loved all the stories, but I wish it could have included Ascension by Meljean Brook as the printed version does.

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I thought all the stories were good and

Where does Angels of Darkness rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

this was a collection of short stories, brilliantly done by Nalini Gingh, Sharon Shinn and especially IIona Andrews....I love to read anthologies and collected short stories for reasons that I can listen to some authors I haven't heard before. I was impressed with the two I was not familiar with (Nalini Singh and Sharon Shinn) I especially loved the Ilona Andrews story, she is amazing, I don't know how she comes up with her story lines but in this book I was totally floored and pleased by what she put together for this collection.

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I love collections like this, again because it offers a chance to listen to authors I wouldn't normally listen to if they were not in the collection. I will now be looking at books by these authors.

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I couldn't stand one of the voices

I don't want to name names because I don't remember for sure which narrator it was, but the narrator of the Nalini Singh story has the most unpleasant voice it has been my misfortune to hear. I can not imagine how she has established a career as a narrator with such a grating and unpleasant voice. The stories were good, and the other narrators were fine. Just skip the Nalini Singh story.

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great intro to authors

I read this some time ago while binging paranormal romance books and I've returned to it several times over the years, because i like the short stories enough to go look up some of the authors and read full books of theirs.

It's a great sampler of interesting worlds with female protagonists that discover demons, angels, etc and form bonds in crazy circumstances.

the voice acting is good.

comes with spice. 🌶️