• Night Play

  • A Dark-Hunter Novel
  • By: Sherrilyn Kenyon
  • Narrated by: Fred Berman
  • Length: 10 hrs and 6 mins
  • 4.7 out of 5 stars (2,280 ratings)

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Night Play

By: Sherrilyn Kenyon
Narrated by: Fred Berman
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Publisher's Summary

Bride McTierney has had it with men. They're cheap, self-centered, and never love her for who she is. But though she prides herself on being independent, deep down, she still yearns for a knight in shining armor. She just never expected her knight in shining armor to have a shiny coat of fur.

Deadly and tortured, Vane Kattalakis isn't what he seems. Most women lament that their boyfriends are dogs. In Bride's case, hers is a wolf. A Were-Hunter wolf. Wanted dead by his enemies, Vane isn't looking for a mate. But the Fates have marked Bride as his. Now he has three weeks to either convince Bride that the supernatural is real or he will spend the rest of his life neutered - something no self-respecting wolf can accept. But how does a wolf convince a human to trust him with her life when his enemies are out to end his? In the world of the Were-Hunters, it really is dog-eat-dog. And only one alpha male can win.

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©2004 Sherrilyn Kenyon (P)2010 Macmillan Audio

Critic Reviews

"More character driven than her previous Dark-Hunter novels, Kenyon's latest is a nice change of pace yet still chock-full of the quirky humor, complex fantasy, and searing passion that her readers love. This book's success, however, appropriately lies with Bride and Vane. It's been said of Kenyon that she knows men, but she really knows women and all our secret fears and hidden desires." ( Booklist)

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Was expecting fluff and got substance! Good story.

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

Yes. Interesting and fun.

What did you like best about this story?

The story felt real. Complex characterization.

Which character – as performed by Fred Berman – was your favorite?

I had to like Furry. Her veterinarian father was intriguing. Snotty sister a close third. Come to think of it many of the secondary characters were interesting.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

It was sweet, straightforward and endearing. I'm not a sentimentalist and often roll my eyes over sappy story lines.

Any additional comments?

My first book by this author. Bought it on sale because it looked light and fun. it was that but more. It's a "feel good" book without being sugary or simplistic. Story had a few twists and turns. Characters were developed and dimensional. Delivered a solid good story that was well written. Don't overlook this one if you like a straightforward story that does not leave you feeling depressed or icky. The whole fantasy supernatural thing supported the plot and was not the main feature. It was a simple and charming love story with a bit of adventure and intrigue tossed in. Really good for driving or doing chores. I liked it and you don't need to enjoy this genre to find the story charming.

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Good Boy!

What made the experience of listening to Night Play the most enjoyable?

I can't stress enough how good a job Fred Berman does reading these books. I especially love the way he reads Simi and Ash and I hope to hear from them in every book. He does a great job bringing every character to life.

What did you like best about this story?

I really enjoyed the fact that this novel involved a wolf instead of a dark hunter in the lead role. I also enjoyed how the author found another non-typical but completely unique female lead. When I know a series has 20 plus books in it I worry that at some point the new creative ideas will give out and it will become reading the same book over and over again. With this author I don't have to worry about that I am blown away by each book.

Have you listened to any of Fred Berman’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

Yes, he is awesome. I can't stand that someone else narrated the first couple books in this series but I am so grateful that someone made the switch to Mr. Berman.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

Vane meeting Bride's family.

Any additional comments?

Since I wasn't specifically asked I will just say that yes, this book is worth a credit.

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VANE! VANE! VANE!! Need I say more?

What made the experience of listening to Night Play the most enjoyable?
Narrater Fred Berman did a wonderful job with the character Vane. His voice really became the character and the emotional level was right on the money.

Who was your favorite character and why?
Vane! Such a strong man and when he meets Bride...oh my gosh! What woman wouldn't want someone like Vane to walk into her life and be a real hero! I Love him as much as I love Asheron and Zerek!

Have you listened to any of Fred Berman’s other performances before? How does this one compare?
Oh yes! He does a great job each time. He is one of my favorite narraters.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?
Yes and that's just what I did! I spent all day in front of my computer with this book! Also put this one to disk and mp3 to take with me!

Any additional comments?
I love the whole Dark-Hunters series! Sherrilyn Kenyon does a wonderful job with each story. You will find yourself cheering for one character or another, but that is to be expected! These are books worth buying!

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Not my thing

I love Ms Kenyon’s books but this didn’t do it for me. There was a lot of focus on Bride’s size 18 body that just slapped me into reality. It was a constant mention and I had to stop the book and return it. It was fine at first, but Bride constantly harped about it it and Vane constantly reassured her. Don’t know why but it made me annoyed.

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I'm Tired from all the love

First of all, i'm reading these books because they have a good plot, i like the idea of having all these gods around, it makes a good story.

Each book i read, including this one, was a good book.... but i'm just freaking tired from all the sex scenes in these books... i know that i'm at book 4 and still more than 10 to go.. but still.. having each book talking primarily about how incredibly sexy someone is or how hot the other is... its just boring afterwards.

so ya, i'm reading tese books for the plot and to know what wil happen in the future for all o these characters including Acheron.

This book what i liked about it is that it showed and dove into the life of one of the characters who was there in the 2nd book and is not a dark hunter who will ask for his soul back in the end of the book.


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Fun

I've read this series before and loved it. This audio reread was almost like reading it again for the first time and I enjoyed it immensely. I love Vane and Bride!

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Victoria

How romantic! Can't wait to find out who Furry's mate is. I listened to Bad Moon Rising and this fell right in line with it. Loved the narrator. Looking forward to more. Enjoy, I did.

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  • DJ
  • 11-28-22

One of my favorites or if the whole series

The story line is so heart rending, it leaves you cheering for them at the end.

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WORST OF SERIES h is uber dramatic & TSTL


So I’ve read the entire DH series and a few are in my re-listen rotation. This is 1 I’ve put off. I’ve been in a book slump so figured I’d try it. REGRET IT. It’s so bad!!



Firstly, instead of allowing the H to stand on his own and showing us how amazing he is by his actions, we’re just reminded EVERY OTHER SENTENCE of how absolutely horrid her ex is on every single level a person can suck. I mean it was so OTT and drug out. Imagine something a partner can do wrong and her ex did it. Made fun of her weight, embarrassed to be seen with her, mean to her EVEN as far as broke off their FIVE year relationship in a letter which he “charged to her companies account”. FIRSTLY WTF kind of charge is associated with a damn letter outside of postage!? Like it’s not that hard to come up with ways to make a partner suck. Making sh*t up literally out of thin air is just…not good. It's like someone sat down and wrote a list of "all the worst traits a bf could have" and threw each and every single one of them in here. We get it. He was a total douchebag.

The h cries. All the time. Over EVERYTHING! It’s not cutesy “awe she tears up, how cute” no, literally every situation she is in she ends up crying. Real f**king tears. Their very first H/h encounter, her first on page scene and like 2 paragraphs in and she already cried TWICE. Within 5 sentences of them speaking, she cried. He compliments her, she cries. He carries her, she cries. He asks her on a date... You guessed it..she f**king cries!!! You could play a drinking game for everytime the sentence "Brides eyes teared up" and you'd be plastered halfway through. It was so overused it had to be a C/P error. No one would deliberately do it. That's what I'm going with.

Also, it’s great to have characters who all women can relate to and great when characters aren’t super thing super model perfect, but it’s also ANNOYING as hell when the H is described as some kind of god with the face of an angel and wash board abs, while the h is heavy set and not considered as attractive. I hate when authors do this. make the H perfect beautiful and the h frumpy or overweight. The BIGGEST issue here though is that the author made her weight the main focal point of her character. Like it defeats the purpose and isn’t body positive when you’re constantly reminding us of her weight. There was not a SINGLE time in which the h was described without focusing on her weight and simultaneously pointing out how absolutely rock hard the H is body was. "Didn't have a single ounce of fat anywhere" Except his massive magical c**k or course because duh..perfect.

Authors do this all the time and they ALWAYS act as the fact that the H actually finds h attractive makes him a damn hero. Like you can't say "look he's such a good man he is super attracted to this overweight frumpy plain jane" while also saying "body positivity all day b**ches" . How about him being portrayed as the lucky one to landed such a damn bombshell?

The main reason I avoided this book is because I KNEW it would be like this because every single time this couple appeared in other books the literal highlight of any other characters interactions with them was Bride's weight. Don't believe me? Go back and listen to/read other books that feature them after this. every single one that these 2 have a scene in the primary description is her weight . You have a thick FMC that's awesome. You constantly making sure we're aware of that fact the entire book just feels so lazy and dumb.

My point is, a characters weight should not be their defining feature. That is the opposite of being body positive. Her weight is not her entire identity. She's a whole ass person homie. At least, she should be. But no, we've learned Bride is a heavyset, TSTL Cryer.

I just wish I would’ve followed through on my gut instinct with this book and kept on keeping on when scrolling for a new book.

Also, she acts utterly absurd once she sees their palm marks and LITERALLY believes he's a f**king serial killer (yes, she jumped straight to that conclusion. Serial killer) who is going to murder her. Like not haha he might kill me (which would still be ridiculous) but literally locks him out and...cries of course while calling Tabitha to come over because she's completely convinced he's going to kill her. Because she saw they had matching marks on their palms. I promise I'm not leaving out context. There was absolutely NOTHING outside of the norm beyond their palm marks. By this point I was rooting for the bad guys to murder her. TSTL
After that scene I thought to myself "this dumb ass b***h is going to do something really f**king stupid when she finds out he's a shifter like call the cops" GUESS WHAT HER FIRST THOUGHT was after finding out he was a shifter "I'm definitely gonna call the cops". Yes. Human law enforcement would also be my go-to after seeing 2 men transform into wolves in front of my eyes, 1 man blink out of existence, while my besties sis is blasting magic and their toddler daughter telekinetically collects her sippy cup. The police.

Also, I love Tabitha in her book, but she's atrocious in this one. Obnoxious and not the endearing way that she is in her own book, but seriously someone lay her the f**k out Obnoxious. Once again, I'm glad I skipped this for so long because if I had read this before Sieze the Night, I would've never read it because of how Tabitha is in this book.

The ONLY redeeming things here were that; 1) Bride does take real time to consider whether or not to mate him and bind her life to his and live for hundreds of years. That's rare. Normally there is zero thought put into this choice nor do characters even weigh their choices when its a big damn choice. 2) Valerius. I just adore him and the accent Berman used for him in this book makes me so sad he didn't use it in Seize the Night because it was everything. 3) Fred Berman made this story tolerable because he's fu**ing phenomenal.

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2 narrators please

Wish there was a female narration for those voices. I lost focus at the voices for Vanes mom and Simi.