Archangel’s Heart Audiobook by Nalini Singh (REVIEW)

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Review of: Archangel's Heart Audiobook
Nalini Singh

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On November 3, 2016
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Archangel’s Heart Audiobook

By: Nalini Singh

Narrated by: Justine Eyre

Published by: Tantor Media 11/01/2016

Archangel's Heart by Nalini Singh

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Guild Hunter Series #9

13 hrs and 20 mins

Genre: Paranormal Romance

Archangel’s Heart Audiobook Sample

Archangel’s Heart Audiobook

5 Hearts

This is a favorite series of mine. I just love it. It is a cross between a paranormal romance and an urban fantasy. The reason I say that is because the first few books all follow a single couple, Elena and Raphael. Then it starts having a different couple with each book, but still goes back to Elena and Raphael every now and then. In this book, we are back with our “main” couple of Elena and Raphael. They spend very little time in New York in this story, so we don’t see many of the other favorites from the book, but we do get some time with Blue Bell and Dimtri.

If you’re not familiar with this series, it features angels, archangels and vampires. There are usually 10 archangels that are alive and awake at any given time, but right now, there are 11 because of the Cascade which is increasing the power of angels and wreaking havoc. These archangels each have their own territory that they rule. Raphael is the archangel of New York and his territory is North America. There are angels underneath the archangel. Angels and Archangels can turn humans into vampires. These vampires have to sign a contract to serve their angel for at least 100 years. The Guild, for which this series is named, will track down vampires who try to skip out on their contract. They also help with rogue vampires and even angels if needed. They are humans. Some are “hunter born” which gives them extra senses to make them extraordinary trackers. Elena was in the Guild, but is now the consort to Raphael, but she still does some stuff with them.

In this story, Raphael and the Cadre, the group of archangels, have been summoned to meet by the only group that can summon the Cadre, the Luminata. Everyone is required to attend or they could lose their territory. Raphael is permitted to bring his consort and a guard. Aodhan, aka Sparkle for his beautifully sparkling wings, is the guard that is chosen to go with them.

This is the first time we’ve heard about the Luminata. They are a very secretive group. They were robes most of the time that even hide their wings. They are seeking perfect luminesces. From the description, they remind me of a group of monks. They are also the collector of the art for the angels. They have an extensive library and art gallery, but because they are so recluse, no one gets to appreciate these treasures.

This was a great addition to the series. I loved the story about Lumia (the stronghold of the Luminata that is located in Morocco). There is also a town outside of Lumia that had a great story with it. I love that we got to learn more about Elena’s ancestors, which we know little about until this point. We also learn more about Aodhan. There’s a reason that he is the way he is (I really hope that he might be the next story *pretty please*). This story was full of suspense, more than we are used to in this series, and lots of politics, which is more common. If I had read the book, I would call it a “page-turner”, but since I listened, I will just say that I was finding reasons to keep listening. I wanted to glue the earbuds into my ears.

I don’t know that I would say that this book had a cliffhanger, but I will say that it left you wanting more. There are some plot threads that are not wrapped up. It does make me wonder if the next book will be another Raphael/Elena book or where the story will go from here. No matter what comes next, I’m really excited to see where the series goes. I love Nalini Singh and the Guild Hunter series (Psy-Changeling too for that matter). If you haven’t tried this series, I highly recommend it.

Archangel’s Heart Narration

4.5 Hearts

This is a series that I started off reading and the eventually changed over to listening. Now, I’m a listener only. I just love Justine Eyre’s narration. She does a great job with all the voices. There are so many different personalities in this series and she nails all of them. I love the men and women’s voices, and there are a lot of men’s voices in this series. She does a great job with her pacing, speeding up or slowing down depending on what the scene needs. If you haven’t tried Justine Eyre, I highly recommend her.

Author Nalini Singh

Author Nalini Singh

Nalini Singh born in Fiji and raised in New Zealand. I also spent three years living and working in Japan, during which time I took the chance to travel around Asia. I’m back in New Zealand now, but I’m always plotting new trips. If you’d like to see some of my travel snapshots, have a look at the Travel Diary page (updated frequently).

So far, I’ve worked as a lawyer, a librarian, a candy factory general hand, a bank temp and an English teacher and not necessarily in that order. Some might call that inconsistency but I call it grist for the writer’s mill.

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Justine Eyre Audiobook Narrator

Justine Eyre

Justine Eyre is a classically trained actress who has narrated over two hundred audiobooks. With a prestigious Audie Award and four AudioFile Earphones Awards under her belt, Justine is multilingual and is known for her great facility with accents. She has appeared on stage in leading roles in King Lear and The Crucible, and has starring roles in four films on the indie circuit. Her recent television credits include Two and a Half Men and Mad Men.

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I like to thank Tantor Media for providing me with a copy of this audiobook in exchange for an honest review.

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ML Simmons Reviewer

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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.


  1. I really want to read this author’s books. Justine is a favorite narrator of mine as well.

    • I love this series and her other PNR series, Psy-Changeling, which is narrated by Angela Dawe. She also has a Rock Star series that I haven’t tried yet.

  2. I have long wanted to try this series, and I think next year is going to be my year. I have been struggling so much with reading lately and the books that continue to please are the UFs so I want to read this series, Dresden Files and Elemental Assassin. I want to do this on audio so I am going to start checking Overdrive for them. I like that it continues to go back to the original couple. Glad this was another win for you.

    • All three of the series you have there are great on audio. I’m still working my way through The Dresden Files. I just started it last year and I’m still several books behind. 🙂

  3. I really need to pick this series back up. I think I left off on book 5 😀 So glad to see you enjoyed it!

    • It has been such a fun series. Sorry for the late response. Your comment got hung up in spam 🙁

      • No worries!! Mine seems to do that on a few blogs, not sure why lol! Hope you have a great weekend Melanie <3

  4. I am in love with this series, too. I enjoy getting each story of Raphael’s seven and his and Elena’s ongoing story mixed in. The Luminata reveal was interesting and I loved the mystery style story for this one though yes, it was good to see the ominous clouds forming over the China situation.

    I will hopefully try these as narrated stories at some point and enjoy getting good recs from you to keep in mind.

    Nice review, Melanie!

    • Thanks Sophia. I’ve enjoyed going back and forth between Elena/Raphael and the others. It will be interesting to see what happens next. 🙂

  5. I’m so jealous you got to read/listen to this story. I can’t wait to get to this story myself, I have missed Raphael and Elena

    • I so love this story. I love Nalini Singh. She has such great characters.

  6. I’m currently listening. Now I’m worried about a slight cliffhanger. Now I need to go listen. I don’t think I can wait for the car ride tomorrow! Loving this so far. I’m glad you had so much fun with it too!

    • I’ll be interested to hear what you think. I’m definitely interested in the next book. Sorry for the late response, you comment fell into spam. 🙁

  7. I’m so late! I think I have only read book 1 but I have book 2 & 3 if I’m not mistaken

    • I feel the same way about other series. So many great authors. Not a bad problem for us readers to have. 🙂

  8. I just saw this reviewed in print Melanie, I’m glad to see the audible version is great too. And wow what a difference in the two covers. This author is on my want to read list. Thanks

    • This author has two great series that I love. She also has a rock star series that many love, but I haven’t tried it yet. I have no idea why they create a different cover for audio, sometimes. I love the print cover. This one is meh.

  9. Wonderful review for this! I seriously need to get my butt in gear and try this author.

    • She is so much fun. I love both of her paranormal series. I’ve heard great things about the rock star series too.

  10. Great review (and summary of the series!!). At first I was a little put off by the introduction of this never-heard-of secret group, but Ms. Singh did it in such a way that it never felt like a plot device. And the stuff we learn about the Cadre… I love this series!!

    • When I was listening, I was wondering why there is a group we’ve never heard of before. I agree that she pulled it off, but then I’m not surprised. I’m convinced that she can pull off just about anything. 🙂

  11. Oh I’m glad you enjoyed this one! I still need to start it and I do have the first few on my tbr. Just need the time now. 🙂

    • Don’t we all need more time. 🙂 I know that I have several series I’ve yet to start because of lack of time. So many great authors out there. Not a bad problem for us readers to have.

  12. *sighs* I couldn’t read your review, Melanie, as I’m reading this right now. And I also have the audioARC… I’m really happy you loved it, though! Raphael and Elena are so swoonworthy!
    Have a fantastic weekend!

    • I was glad to have time back with them again. I hope you’re enjoying this story as much as I did. Sorry for the late response, you comment fell into spam. 🙁

  13. I’m not a fan of cliffhangers or having plot holes left open but I have read a couple of her books and they were good.

    • I’m not a big fan of cliffhangers either. This was more building for the next book that a true cliffhanger.

  14. thats an interesting take that the angels can turn humans into vampires. It’s been a while since I read a UF with angels in it, aside from Dresden, so I am loving the sound of this world.

    • This is a really fun series. I love the take of angels and vampires.

  15. I loved Archangel’s Heart, too, Melanie! I loved that we were back with Elena and Raphael, and I really enjoyed the fact that we got to visit Morocco with them, too.
    Plus, of course, the mystery and the overall storyline moved forward very well.
    Great review 🙂

    • Thanks. It has been a great series. I loved this trip to Morocco. I would love to visit there one day.

  16. I think this series might suit me a bit more than her psychangeling ones. That’s awesome it’s still so good this far into the series 😀

    • I love both series. When I listen to one, it becomes my favorite until I listen to the other series. LOL

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