Against the Dark Audiobook by Carolyn Crane (REVIEW)

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Review of: Against the Dark Audiobook
Carolyn Crane

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On March 29, 2016
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Against the Dark Audiobook

By: Carolyn Crane

Narrated by: Romy Nordlinger

Published by: Tantor Media 10/21/14

Against the Dark Audiobook by Carolyn Crane

4 Hearts rating image Hot Listens

Undercover Associates #1

7 hrs and 31 mins

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Against the Dark Audiobook Sample

Against the Dark Audiobook

4 Hearts

I read the rest of this series a while ago. I started with book three, Into the Shadows, because that was the review that really peaked my interest in this author and series. I can’t for the life of me remember who it was that recommended this series to me. I finished the series off, bet for some reason, never got back to book one in the series. So, I picked up this book when it was a free Kindle purchase and then added the audible narration for for an additional $2.99 (always check for those Whispersync deals).

I really loved getting back into the world of the Associates. They are a group of people who work in deep cover to take down some pretty horrible people. Some of the guys have to do some not so great things to keep their cover, but it is for the greater good in the long run. It just may not seem that way to the women in their lives at the time. In this story, our heroine isn’t very clean herself. She has quite the past as a jewel thief, however she’s gone clean until her team really need her help to save a family member.

Angel Ramirez is one of only a handful of people who can break into a Fenton Furst safe. The problem is that she has retired from the thief life. She is now just an interior designer. That is until her old team asks for a favor to help save a family member, one who was like family to Angel too. She has no choice but to break into this safe at Walter Borgola’s mansion, who is quite the notorious crime boss. She is quickly spotted by one of the members of Borgola’s security team, a guy named Cole.

Cole Hawkins is quite the geek, but is in deep cover as security for Borgola. If his cover is blown he will not only die, but he will die slowly and painfully. He feels that the risk is worth it. Borgola has a ship of children coming from outside the country that he plans to use for his snuff films. Cole needs to find Borgola’s plans to find the ship before it makes landfall or he will never find all of these kids. When Angel and her team breaks into get the diamonds, he makes plans to recover the diamonds and use the diamonds to track to the even more secluded safe. He also give Angel an offer she can’t refuse to help him get the information he needs to save the kids.

I really enjoyed listening to this story. Cole was so calculating in persona to keep his cover. The ways he used his intelligence to keep the rest of the security team and Borgola from learning about the real Cole was fun to watch. Angel was another fun one. She wanted so badly not to get back into to the thief life, but at the same time she missed it so much. She missed her friends who had not left the life. She missed the thrill of the heist. But she didn’t want the rejection of her family for being a criminal. Not to mention the relationship between Cole and Angel was hot. Some of it starts of as a ruse to keep their cover for Borgola, but they love every minute of it in the end. If you’re looking for a fun romantic suspense series, this is great one where people are quite what they seem on the surface.

Against the Dark Narration

3 Hearts

Romy Nordlinger is a narrator that has grown on me the more I’ve listen to her. The first book that I listened to from her, I wasn’t a huge fan, but the more I listened, the more I got to where I liked her narration. I don’t think I will ever have her listed as a top narrator on my list, but I think she does an okay job. I never had a hard time understanding anything she said. She voices the different characters well, both male and female. I think she does a good job with her inflection, especially when you consider she has to voice some pretty horrible people in this series. This is the only series that I’ve listened to her narrate. I am sad to see that the four and final book in this series isn’t available on audio. I still need to read it, and I will tackle it, but I’m sad that I can’t tackle via audio.

Author Carolyn CraneCarolyn Crane has been published by Random House and Samhain; she also enjoys indie publishing. She lives in Minnesota with her husband and two cats and works a straight job as a freelance marketing writer. During rare moments when she’s not at her computer, she can be found reading in bed, running, or helping animals.

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Narrator Romy NordlingerNarrator Romy Nordlinger‘s Film and TV roles include leading and supporting roles in Law & Order – Criminal Intent (Officer Talbor), Real Life, All My Children, One Life to Live, and SynchroNYCity plus numerous indies, industrials and voice-overs.

Her and New York theatre credits include leading and supporting roles in such theatres as: Actor’s Theatre of Louisville, Kirk Theatre, The New York International Fringe Festival, Primary Stages, Circle Repertory, Fleetwood Stage, The Wilma Theatre, The Hudson Guild Theatre and the Shubert Theatre among others.

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Melanie Simmons
I’m Melanie and I live in Ohio. I have two horses and a dog. I’m an animal lover, avid book reader and audiobook listener. I like to live vicariously through fictional characters. I enjoy reading and listening to mostly fictional books in the paranormal genre, including Urban Fantasy, Paranormal Romance and Horror. My favorite paranormal creatures are shifters, doesn’t matter the flavor.


    • I’ve really enjoyed it. I still need to read book four, which isn’t available on audio. 🙁

  1. This is one I would totally love! Adding the series. Maybe I can watch for it for free and then grab the audio 🙂

    • It has been a great series. The first three books are available on audio. Book four is not. You can read out of order if you want to grab one of the other audios. I started with book three.

  2. Sounds like this is another series I need to try. I think sometimes it just takes awhile for a narrator to grow on you. I had that experience recently while listening to Omens by Kelley Armstrong.

    • I agree. This is a narrator that grew on me. I love this series though.

  3. This sounds good!! I think I’ll skip the audio and just get the ebook 😀

    • This is a fun series. I hope you enjoy. I still have to read book four, which isn’t available on audio.

  4. I’ve read this book and am looking forward to continuing the series. I hadn’t considered the audio version but will check out the narrator and see how she sounds.

    • You could listen to books two and three, but would have to go back to reading for book four, which isn’t available on audio. 🙁 I hope you enjoy them. Book three was probably my favorite, but they were all good.

  5. Romy is one of my favorite narrators! 🙂 Sounds like a good one. 🙂

    • This is the only series that I’ve listened to with her. She has grown on me. This has been a great series. I hope you give it a try.

  6. Totally unrelated to this book…

    Do you follow her on social media? Coz my first Crane is Mr. Real, loved it, but the sequel is nowhere to be found! Last I check there’s two more books after but now I think there’ll be none. 🙁

    Anyway, I have to try this series at some point.

    • I do follow her on Twitter. I haven’t tried anything but this series and some of her stuff as Annika Martin. I need to try more of her stuff. I really enjoy her writing.

  7. Oh, this does sound good and I think I might have it on Kindle, too. I need to start snagging the cheaper audio versions when I get the ebooks.

  8. Nice grab with that deal, I love finding those. This sounds like a good series overall.

    • It is a great series. I’ve enjoyed all the books. I still need to pick up book four, which isn’t available on audio. 🙁

  9. Thanks Melanie this looks good and its book one in a series yay!! 🙂

    • Yeah, I read them completely out of order, but that wasn’t a problem with this series. I literally read book three, then two then one and I still need to read four. LOL

  10. This sounds exciting! I love undercover guys who appear to be the bad guy but turn out to be the good guy. That gets me every time. Blackmail the girl, do it!!! 🙂

    It totally shocked me that you started in at the third book, though! I had no idea that you “swung that way” 😉 I get yelled at by Christy ever time I do that 😀

    • I don’t do it often. I asked a few people who were reviewing the ebooks if I could do it. I was able to get the audiobook for review, so I went for it. I think I’ve only done it with maybe two or three series ever.

  11. Mmmm this book sounds like a lot of fun! I’ve never been a huge fan of audiobooks but my mom loves them… so I guess I need to try one for old time’s sake? Teehee!

    • I’m a huge fan of audiobooks. It helps me to get through so many more books than I would be able to get through without them. I listened today for several hours while I cleaned. A good narrator can also add to the story. I hope you get a chance to try one sometime.

  12. Whew that is one I need to get to. Her books are SO good! Love that she’s a thief turned interior designer and he’s a spot geeky 😀

    • I know. I’m so behind. She has another series I need to read. Plus she has another pen name too, Annika Martin.

  13. I think I’ve tried this one but I don’t remember that well, I should continue the series one day!

    • I hope you get a chance to, because I love this series. I still need to read the fourth book. I completely forgot about it. I had been waiting for the audio, which never came. 🙁 I guess I’ll be reading.

  14. I’m always up for fun romantic suspense. This sounds exciting! I love those Whispersync deals too. Lovely review!

    • I’ve gotten some great deals with Whispersync. This is a fun romantic suspense. One of my favorites.

  15. Hopefully down the line they’ll get to putting this book on audio so that you can continue the series in the same format. I know what I bounce back and forth between book formats it kind of throws me off on the story.
    Your review has me looking at this book, this series, in a way that my TBR pile might just be getting a little bigger lol.

    • I’ve had several series where the last book in the series isn’t put on audio. I’ve yet to read any of them. It is frustrating. I don’t know why publishers do that. Well, yeah I do. Money. I guess the audio sales weren’t as much as they wanted. I know that audiobooks are expensive to produce. Two that did that two me last year were trilogies. First two books on audio, but not the last one. Grrrr.

  16. Wait… book 4 is the final book in the series?! *dies*

    • I could be wrong. I haven’t heard anything about a book five. I would love for there to be more. I love this series.

  17. That’s interesting reading book one as the latest book in the series. I prefer to read a series in order, but sometimes when a later book catches my attention and the first doesn’t I will jump into the middle sometimes. The deep cover thing sounds interesting and like it will bring the characters in some tough situations to keep their cover.

    • I rarely read books out of order. I took book three because I was able to get it for audio review and I was see so many great ebook reviews for it. I asked around before grabbing it to be sure I could read out of order. I love the deep cover thing too. It allows the dark story lines that I like, while still allowing the characters to be the good guys, even if some of the things they do are questionable at times to keep their cover.

  18. This sounds good, Melanie. I like that Angel is no ‘angel’ and that Cole seems to be willing to use that to his advantage. 😉 I need to check out this series. I’ve not read anything from her.

    • This is the only series that I’ve read by Carolyn Crane, though I’ve read some stuff from her other pen name, Annika Martin. I need to read more by her.

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