ReRead Audiobook Review: Darkfever by Karen Marie Moning

Posted October 9, 2014 by Felicia S in 2014 Read, 4.00 Wine Glasses, Audiobook, Reviews / 19 Comments

ReRead Audiobook Review: Darkfever by Karen Marie MoningSource: Audiobook Purchase, Kindle Purchase

Format: Audiobook

Darkfever by Karen Marie Moning
Narrator: Joyce Bean
Length: 8 hrs and 57 mins

Date Read: August 2014

Genre: Fantasy, Urban Fantasy

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 twenty-first-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 in their hands…

More Information:
Publisher: Brilliance Audio, Delacorte Press
Series: Fever Series #1

Also by this author: Iced, Burned


ReRead Review

Re-Read Thoughts Aug 22 2014
Read/Listened for Fun (Audible/Kindle)
Overall Rating: 4.00
Story Rating: 4.50
Character Rating: 3.50

Audio Rating: 4.00 (much better the 2nd time around even though I know the narrators are going to change)

Overall Darkfever by Karen Marie Moning is part of one of those series that I love in spite of not liking Mac. I remember why I liked her in the beginning (which was nice) and it was nice to revisit “likable” Mac. I know most people adore her but she really annoys me. That being said, I love this series enough to re-read it. The action is fantastic. The world-building is great. Barrons is *swoon-worthy*.

Original Thoughts Jan 1 2011
Bought on Audible

What I Loved: This is going to sound odd but this book was nothing like I expected. The story is interestingly twisty and while I could understand what was going on, I never could get ahead of the story. I really enjoyed that aspect of not knowing was coming. Mac is a strong female lead but not overbearingly so. She makes mistakes, she is scared, and she seems very much like a 22 yr old thrown into a situation that she had very little control over. At first when she was described as a 22 yr old barbie looking type of gal, I was set to hate her. By midway through the book, I was rooting for her.

What I Liked: Mac and Jericho’s very complicated sarcastic relationship. Jericho is still a character that I am warming up too as I can’t quite figure out exactly how he fits in with everything. I don’t know if I trust him or not. That being said he was great to read. Vlane wasn’t in the story enough but his effect on Mac was astonishing *blush*.

Complaints: None that I won’t address in the Audio Review

Audio specific review: The narrator took some getting used too. She made Mac sound older and Jericho sound very grouchy. As I got used to her reading though, I noticed that the pacing was fantastic and the nuances were dead on. So stick with it past the first couple of chapters, you will get used to the voice and tone she uses.

Why I gave it a 4: I would listen/read this book again. This is a great launch to the series and can’t wait to read the next one.


FTC Disclosure


Overall Rating
4 / 5
Story Rating
4.5 / 5
Character Rating
3.5 / 5
Narrator Rating
4 / 5
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19 responses to “ReRead Audiobook Review: Darkfever by Karen Marie Moning

  1. This is the same rating I gave this book too, and like you, it took me a little to get used to Joyce Bean, but not for long, before I knew it I set quite comfortable into the story and I end it up really enjoying it 🙂 I think I got hooked with the next book if I remember correctly – Ah maybe it’s time to take a listen …Again…LOL

  2. I remember not being 100% sold on the first book (I listened on Audible, didn’t read), but loving the series from there on out. There were pieces of the first one that didn’t sit well with me (not the least of which was Mac and some of her more annoying and naive tendencies). But once we really got into the more involved fae plots later in the books I really liked the series.

    I liked Danni in the Fever series (even though I really didn’t care for the voice the narrator used for her), but something about her got seriously on my nerves in Iced. I could never put my finger on it. Hoping that, like with the Fever series, Danni’s series gets better from here on out.

    • You may luck out there because Burned (if rumors are true) is going to be Mac back in the forefront which is going to annoy me but alas I think it is overall what her fans want.

      I like Danni but I know I am in the minority. I thought she was well written in that moment between young woman and forced grown up. I actually expected more angst from her. The future romance is a little creepy but hopefully she is older before they go there.

  3. I really want to reread this whole story though I’m with you– Mac is a pain in the ass. And Barrons is such a douche. But I love this series!! A little sick in the head, I’d say…

  4. Krista

    I didn’t love the audio version of this series. Sitting through all of Mac’s internal dialogue was just too tedious for me. Especially in the later books.

    • You probably hit the nail on the head! I think it is because i have always listened to these that Mac’s annoying things were amplified. Had I read it, I probably would have skimmed her internal dialogue.

  5. Would you believe I own this series and have never opened them. Seriously. April @My Shelf Confessions would kill me. Not sure the audio version would work for me. Great review Felicia.

  6. I’ve checked this book out from the library at least two times, but every time I’ve returned it unread-I may have a bit of a problem checking out too many books at once, lol. Some day I’ll get to it 🙂

    • I have done that with a few books. I keep returning them and rechecking them out. The top of that list: The Odd series by Dean Koontz. I want to read it I just never get to it LOL

      I always check out more than I can read 🙂

  7. I enjoyed Joyce Bean’s narration a lot more than you did, but I didn’t read the book before I listened, so I her interpretation worked for me for young Mac 1.0, even though, I can understand why you thought she sound it older. This was only the beginning to one of all time favorite series… And I’m really nervous about Burned being about Mac..In MHO their story has been told, but I have to trust Ms. Moning and see where she takes Mac Next.

    • I am super worried about that! I am one of the few full-on fans of Dani–I liked her in Mac’s stories and I liked her in ICED. I am not a Mac Fan (still) so I am worried that Burned will be mostly her *sigh* I have heard rumors that is the case.

  8. I liked this one on the second go around. I kept hearing how everyone loved this series and while I was reading Darkfever the first time I thought what’s the big deal then I got it when I was reading book 2.

    • I had forgotten by the time I got around to the end of that series that I ever liked Mac. It was nice revisiting that LOL It is funny how a book can be totally different the second time around 🙂