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Death's Mistress

A Midnight's Daughter Novel
Written by: Karen Chance
Narrated by: Joyce Bean
Series: Midnight's Daughter, Book 2
Length: 13 hrs and 44 mins
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Dorina Basarab is a dhampir - half-human, half-vampire. Subject to uncontrollable rages, most dhampirs live very short, very violent lives. So far, Dory has managed to maintain her sanity by unleashing her anger on those demons and vampires who deserve killing.

Back home in Brooklyn, after the demise of her insane uncle Dracula, Dory is hoping her life is about to calm down. But then she gets some visitors. A friend wants Dory's help in finding a magical Fey relic, and the gorgeous vampire, Louis-Cesare, is desperate to find his former mistress Christine.

Dory and Louis-Cesare quickly discover that the same master vampire Christine is bound to is also rumored to be in possession of the relic. But when the master vampire turns up dead, they realize that there's more at stake than a missing mistress. Someone is killing vampire Senate members, and if Dory and Louis-Cesare can't stop the murderer, they may be next.

©2010 Karen Chance (P)2010 Tantor

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Better than the 1st

This book was amazing, it was better than the 1st in the series and that's saying something because the first book was fantastic. The characters are well written and funny, the story has a pretty fast pace and the narrator does a wonderful job.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 2013-08-02

Engaging

Another great work! Characters building and developing plot. This story has great dialogue and truly hilarious moments. My favorite characters meet and their story really starts to develop in this book! A must read! Enjoy as I have over and over!

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  • Diane I
  • 2013-03-10

Highly recommended

What does Joyce Bean bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

I read this book a couple of years ago, and liked it. But the writing pace was almost frantic, and I found that I missed details (I read fast).

As an audiobook, I LOVED this book. I picked up a lot of small details that I missed when reading the book. The book is by turns funny, dramatic and suspenseful.

The narrator did an excellent job of bringing the characters to life

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  • Bonnie
  • 2010-10-19

Second in Mignight's Daughter series

The first book was pretty good for an urban fantasy. I liked the narrator as well. I always listen to the free listen before I purchase a title, especially if I don't know the narrator. I enjoyed this book more than the first, possibly because I already had a background of some of the characters and this had more twists and turns in the story line. Like I've said not a Loral Hamilton, nor Kim Harrison, but something enjoyable and different none the less.

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  • Deanna
  • 2012-04-25

Love the Book, Hate the Narrator

How could the performance have been better?

This narrator doesn't know simple words, for example, she insists on using the word "fort" for "forte" which should be pronounced for-tay for heavens sake. That drives me insane and there are others. She didn't even try to sound similar to the characters from the Cassie Palmer books. I hadn't planned to listen again but I love the story so much, I had to buy it and then fussed at myself all the way through for having done so. I wish I had bought the nook version.

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  • Life's A Beach
  • 2019-09-09

Ray + Joyce Bean = Hilarious!!!

***SPOILER ALERT**** Well, maybe.
In book 1, Dory discovered that Fae wine helped control her 'fits' but it also damaged the mental barrier separating her from her vampire half. In book 2, the broken barrier allows Dory to begin to recover memories of her mother and her childhood. She begins to realize how much her estranged father, Mircea, actually loves her and fought to keep her alive. Her kind doesn't usually survive too long.

Now Dory is working for Mircea and the vampire Senate. Usually she kills problem vampires, but Mircea wants a particular vamp brought in alive for questioning. Dory opts for the portable version to make him easier to carry. A number of hilarious scenes ensue as she carries Ray's talking head around in her duffel bag pursued by her various others who want him back. Everyone seems to want Ray, including Louis-Cesare. Ray instantly became one of my favorite characters!

The way Louis-Cesare and Dory's relationship continues to develop is also rather entertaining. As always, Ms Chance delights us with her humor, chaotic action scenes, romance and engaging characters. She is one of the most creative, inventive writers I have encountered.

Joyce Bean is perfect for this series! Each character has a distinctive voice or accent and she does humor really well!

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  • Curly's Ramblings
  • 2019-03-30

Excellent

I really enjoyed this audiobook. Non-stop action from the beginning, the witty banter, likable characters, unexpected twists, the intimate scenes, and tough as nails heroine provide hours of entertainment! The narrator did an awesome job!!

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  • Leslie PJ
  • 2018-08-05

Great book, horrible narration

I didn’t really think it made much of a difference who narrated a book. This taught me differently, in a bad way. The narrator tries to give multiple characters accents and they are awful. For one character I thought at first she was trying and failing for a Jersey accent, then I thought maybe she was trying for Chinese. IDK, maybe she was going for Brooklyn Gollum. It was terrible, and just one of many such awful and distracting accent attempts. Completely cringeworthy.

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  • Kaleigh
  • 2017-10-18

Great Read!

Narrator does a great job bringing this book to life! The story in itself is wonderful and the fully fleshed characters are loveable. A wonderful read that flows smoothly from start to finish!

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 2017-06-24

superb on every level.

I've always enjoyed her books and Dorian is my favorite, the voice actress rocks the role and nails it.

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  • Mistress Lilly
  • 2014-02-27

Dorina is back and straight to the PUNCH!

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

Hell Yes. If you like funny, action, great narration, romance and surprise plots, this is the series for you.

What other book might you compare Death's Mistress to and why?

Laurel K. Hamilton's series of Juanita Blake. I pray that the author writes more to this series and keeps this narrator.

Which character – as performed by Joyce Bean – was your favorite?

Dorina and Lez-Cezar. Even in the arguing, going from shouting to whispering, she makes it feel like they are right there with you.

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

Yes!! The first chapter jumps you right in. Love the way it is written to give Dorina's response to the self defense and Lez-Cezar's problem of trying to rescue a girlfriend that don't remember you but she might kick your butt.

Any additional comments?

Read or listen to in order. This series I listen to and loved it. This is one I would say that I will keep and am checking her other series in audible. I was really disappointed that there are only 3 books but they are longer. I really hope the author writes more and uses the same narrator. She just makes it all work.