Brighter Than the Sun Audiobook by Darynda Jones (Review) #BTTS #Daryndajones

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Review of: Brighter Than the Sun Audiobook
Darynda Jones

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On October 6, 2015
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Brighter Than the Sun Audiobook

by Darynda Jones

Narrated by Lorelei King

Published by Macmillan Audio 10/06/2015

Brighter Than the Sun Audiobook

Brighter Than the Sun Audiobook Sample

Brighter Than the Sun is completely different from any Charley Davidson book you’ve ever read/listened to. For one, it is told from the point of view of one, Alexander Reyes Farrow. Two, it doesn’t have all the snark and laugh out loud moments we have come to associate with the Charley Davidson series. This story is a prequel of sorts of Reyes as a child going through his time in prison.

It was interesting seeing his side of things as he grows up. How he sees Charley and everything he does to protect Kim. You also see how he becomes such close friends with Amadore. From the time he is little, he can tell if a person is going to hell or not from just one look and what is the first action that causes them to take that path. I can’t imagine what that could do to a kid. Add on to that what Earl Walker was doing, and you can see how Reyes ends up the way he does. It is actually really amazing that he is as good as he is.

Listening to this story, told entirely from Reyes’ POV, really adds to the Charley Davidson series and I feel is a must read/listen to any person in the series. If you are new to this series, this is not a place to start. It will not give you a good feel of series at all. The actions that take place go through First Grave on the Right, so you could read it anywhere after that book and not be lost.

Brighter Than the Sun Audiobook Narration


I’m really glad that they decided to stay with Lorelei King for this narration. I know some people might have decided to get a male narration, since it is told entirely from a male POV. King’s voice of Reyes is so engrained in my head, it would’ve been really weird to have someone else do the narration. She did a great job as usual, but then I think she is one of my favorite narrators. I mean, she pulls off this book with ease, and it is a mostly male cast. I started out listening to this series, actually because she was the narrator. I will always go straight to audio. I can’t recommend it enough.

Darynda Jones

Author Darynda Jones

NYTimes and USA Today Bestselling Author Darynda Jones has won numerous awards for her work, including a prestigious RITA, a Golden Heart, and a Daphne du Maurier. As a born storyteller, Darynda grew up spinning tales of dashing damsels and heroes in distress for any unfortunate soul who happened by, annoying man and beast alike, and she is ever so grateful for the opportunity to carry on that tradition. She currently has two series with St. Martin’s Press: The Charley Davidson Series and the Darklight Trilogy. She lives in the Land of Enchantment, also known as New Mexico, with her husband of almost 30 years and two beautiful sons, the Mighty, Mighty Jones Boys. She can be found at

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Narrator Lorelei King

Narrator Lorelei King

Once described as ‘the best known American voice on radio 4,’ Lorelei King has recorded more than 200 programs for the BBC, including the Marx Brothers tribute, ‘Flywheel, Shyster and Flywheel,’ super-hero ‘audio movies’ including ‘Superman,’ ‘Batman’ and ‘Judge Dredd and classic American drama such as ‘East of Eden,’ ‘Ethan Frome’ and ‘A Thousand Acres.’ She appears regularly as a panellist on shows such as ‘Where in the World’ and ‘Wordly Wise’ and has hosted her own talk show, ‘All About Eve.’
Lorelei is a multi- award-winning narrator of audiobooks, recording the works of best-selling authors Janet Evanovich, Sue Grafton and Patricia Cornwell among others.
Her work in animation is extensive, and in America she provides the voices for ‘Wendy’ and ‘Packer’ (among others) in Bob the Builder.
Born in Pennsylvania and raised in Los Angeles, Lorelei now makes her home in London, where she lives with her husband, actor Vincent Marzello.



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I’d like to thank MACMILLAN AUDIO for the advanced copy of BRIGHTER THAN THE SUN in exchange for an honest review.

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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 am pretty sure my favorite would be book 3 or 4 but this sounds interesting. It would be weird to see things from his POV but maybe I need it.

  2. I love this series. I didn’t know this was from Reyes POV and I didn’t know they were releasing it on audiobook. I love Lorelei as the narrator as well. Thanks for the heads up on this one. I will have to get a copy. Hmm…. fav book in the series. I still think it is Third Grave.

    • I loved this book from Reyes’ POV. I’m so glad that they released it on audio. Novellas often are not.

  3. I can’t wait to get my hands on this one! I’m so glad you rated it so high 🙂

    • It was so good, but it is darker and much different than hearing the from Charley’s POV.

  4. I’m on book three right now I need to get around to rereading it before I can move on to the next. I enjoyed book three probably the best, that might be because I started with that book though then backtracked lol

    And oohhh I didn’t know there was a book with his POV. I’ll have to grab this one 😀 Thanks!!

    • I couldn’t tell you my favorite without revisiting. If you’ve read through book three, you can pick this one up anytime. This story is a prequel through some of First Grave.

  5. First Grave on the Right is my favorite book in the series, but I love all of them!

    • I couldn’t pick without relistening to all of them again, and then it would still be tough.

  6. My favorite is always the last one I read – Eighth Grave after Dark. I love this series.

  7. Thanks for the review! I never would have known that they made an audio version if you hadn’t.

    • I love that they did an audio for this. So often, novellas don’t get audios unless it is part of an anthology.

  8. I imagine this one was quite the intense story if it was Reyes early life. Still, definitely want it.

    That is neat that they stuck with the same narrator. I’ve listened to the seventh book on audio and she really brought something extra to the story.

    I’m really not sure which one is my favorite. I will say the first one b/c that really took me by surprise in a good way.

    • Lorelei King did a great job with the narration. I loved hearing Reyes’ story, even if it was dark.

    • I love Cookie and Charlie’s interactions. They are great together.

  9. Oh wow… favorite?? I would have to go back and look. I know it was definitely NOT 8!

  10. Interesting… I already knew it was a prequel from Reyes POV, but I didn’t realize it went this far back. Glad I’ll be listening rather than reading.

    • It is so good seeing Reyes as a child and a young child at that. Lorelei King rocks it.

  11. While I love the snark from the Charley Davidson series, it *can* get old. I love that it is told from Reyes POV!!! I love that man. 😀

    • There is almost no snark in this book, but then I expected that from Reyes’ POV. He does mention a t-hirt that Charley is wearing and a few other things. Mostly no snark though.

  12. I own the book and hope to read it this sounds so good. I plan to do the re-read of the series on audio!

    • You won’t regret it. It is one of my favorite series on audio. Lorelei King does a great job.

  13. Oh great I was curious! I haven’t tried it yet but I love the series so I can’t wait to get into it as well!

    • I hope you enjoy it. I found it very intriguing seeing things from Reyes’ POV.

  14. I’ve only read the first two books in this series, and I enjoyed both of them – don’t think either is a favorite though. I guess I could say the first, as it introduced me to the series 🙂
    It sounds very interesting to get Reyes’ point of view, and to see everything he went through both as a child and while he was in prison…

    • I really enjoyed seeing his POV. This one didn’t have the snark that I’m used to in the series.

  15. Love this series and would have too hard of a time to choose a favorite one. Looking forward to this book.

    • I hope you enjoy it as much as I did. I found it really interesting to see Reyes’ POV.

  16. Second Grave on the Left is my favorite book

    • I would have to revisit all of them before I could choose. It has been so long since I listened to them.


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