City of Eternal Night Audiobook by Kristen Painter (Review)

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Review of: City of Eternal Night Audiobook
Kristen Painter

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On January 7, 2015
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City of Eternal Night Audiobook

By: Kristen Painter

Narrated by: Elijah Alexander

Published by: Hachette Audio 12/02/2014

City of Eternal Night Audiobook


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Crescent City Series #2

12 hrs and 25 mins

Genre: Urban Fantasy

Still coming to terms with their unexpected partnership, Augustine and Harlow have a tentative truce. Although with Harlow slowly working to accept being fae, Augustine still learning how to be Guardian, and feelings growing on both sides, they do not have an easy road ahead.

But when a young girl is stolen from the Mardi Gras Exemplar Ball – the biggest fae event of the year – Harlow and Augustine must put all their issues aside to bring her home alive. Harlow’s father, Branzino, is of course their number one suspect, but evil lurks in every corner of the city and time is running out. Their only choices: Either find a way to rescue the girl, or Augustine must die.

©2014 Kristen Painter (P)2014 Hachette Audio


City of Eternal Night Audiobook Sample

City of Eternal Night

My Thoughts

I really was excited to get this audiobook after finishing House of the Rising Sun earlier this year. I love the world that this series is set in. I love the fae characters, especially Augustine. They are different from some of the other fae books that I’ve read in the past. We continue to learn more about the fae in this world of New Orleans of the future. Because it is the future, there is some pretty nifty technology, including contacts that have facial recognition software.

When I listened to House of the Rising Sun, I really disliked Harlow. She was a selfish brat. While she is trying hard to be a better person in City of Eternal Night, I still had a hard time liking her in this book. She wants to help with the case that Augustine is working on, and I admire her for overcoming her fear of being fae and accepting her gifts. But she makes some really stupid decisions that are going to affect others around her. She is still very naive when it comes to the fae world, but does show promise. At least she wants to learn and come to terms with the fact that she is fae.

Augustine. *sigh* I just love him. Normally I tend to lean towards bad boys or the very alpha men, but with Augustine, he is just such a good guy. As guardian, he is always putting everyone else first. The only downside to this is he didn’t pay enough attention to Harlow. While the issues that had his attention were very important, Harlow, being new to the fae world, also needed his help. I think if he had be paying more attention to her, he might have been able to prevent some of Harlow’s bad decisions.

This series continues to deliver a unique world with intriguing characters. We also get to spend some time with the villains POV. That brought some really interesting aspects to the plot. We have many of the same characters from book one and some new ones that add a lot to the plot. We even get to see a little bit of Chrysabelle and Mal from House of Comarré series, but don’t worry if you haven’t read that series, this series is less spin off and more just set in the same world with a few cameo appearances. Slight warning about this book, it does end with a cliffhanger. Luckily, the next book, Garden of Dreams and Desires, comes out in April.

City of Eternal Night Audibook Narration

My review
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After listening to House of the Rising Sun, I knew what to expect with the narration for City of Eternal Night audiobok. While I don’t think Elijah Alexander will ever be one of my favorite narrators, I’m getting used to him for this series. He does like to do accents and they really don’t match the characters, but it does make each character very distinct.

His male and female voices are very distinct, though once again, the accents leave something to be desired. I always know which character is talking, which is really important to me. He has become the voices of these characters for me. This will be an audio only series for me with this narrator.

Author Kristen Painter

kristen Painter

Kristen Painter

A little about me: I’m a former college English teacher, but I’ve held a crazy mix of other jobs including maitre’d for Wolfgang Puck, personal trainer, and sales for Christian Dior Bijoux. On the writing side of things, I’m a two-time Golden Heart finalist and have been on the board of three different RWA chapters. What can I say? I like getting involved. I’m not adverse to bossing people around either.

I have a *slight* shoe addiction and occasionally indulge in an unnecessary handbag. Hah! That was a joke. There is no such thing as an unnecessary handbag. I love make up and jewelry and spa days. Yes, I’m a girly girl. But don’t think that makes me weak. I can (and do) kill off characters with the best of them. Speaking of which…

My forays into writing have been as varied as the jobs I’ve held. I’ve written poetry, articles for magazines, short stories, paranormal romances (that include fantasy, contemporary and steampunk genres) and now I’ve found a home with urban fantasy. I love worldbuilding and few genres give you the kind of license urban fantasy does.

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Narrator Elijah Alexander


Elijah Alexander

Elijah started his career, now 17 years in the making, as an actor in New York, where he performed in numerous productions including the Tony Award winning Broadway show, Metamorphoses at Circle in the Square, Shopping and Fucking at NYTW and Throne of Blood at BAM. He worked with the Royal Shakespeare Company for 2 years traveling with Tantalus, written by John Barton and directed by Sir Peter Hall. This production opened in Denver and toured throughout the U.K., finishing its run at The Barbican in London.


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

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  1. I just started this myself and I have to say I’m enjoying it so far. I have a soft spot for Augustine as well, and while Harlow is more than a bit difficult to like, seeing her through his eyes changes things a bit. I love this series, and especially the setting.
    Wonderful detailed review.

    • Thanks. I do love this series. It is set in such a interesting world. I do like Harlow better in this book, at least she is trying, even if her decisions aren’t always the right ones. I mean, no body is right all the time.

  2. I don’t think I would like the heroin, that’s too bad because the world building is interesting… and so is Augustine 😉 Great review !

    • Harlow got much better in book two. I think we will see her continue to grow throughout the series, at least that is what I’m hoping for. She is really the only character I don’t like, besides the villains, but you aren’t supposed to like them anyway. I didn’t go into great detail on this review, but this series does have wonderful secondary characters.

  3. I loveThe twist in this one! I saw it coming but it’s hard to be truly be ready for something as crazy as what happened here. I want the next one!

    • I know, I was the same way. Luckily, we only have to wait until April. 🙂

  4. Looks like it’s time to add this to my TBL. I wasn’t impress with the reviews of the first book, but it does look sound it’s getting better.
    Thanks Melanie 🙂

    • Harlow was not the best character in book one, but she is really trying to become a less selfish person and come to terms with the fact that she is fae. Narration isn’t great, but not bad either.

  5. I haven’t read any of Kristen P’s books, and have contemplated trying this series. But if the audio is so-so, I may wait and read instead. Thanks for the review!

    • If you can deal with the fact that his accents aren’t great, the rest isn’t too bad. Each character has a very distinct voice, but the accents are just not right. To quote Jennifer (TBN), Augustine sounds like Sebastian from the Little Mermaid and not like a Cajun, but you always know when he is the character talking. 🙂

  6. This series is on my TBR! I need to read/listen to book one though. Hopefully Harlow matures a bit and is more likable for you in the next book. Also, those covers, ahhh I always love her covers.

    • It seems like Harlow is a character that will grow and mature throughout the series, at least that is what I’m hoping. I liked her more in this book than in the first one. I do love the covers. I saw this one on several of the Best Covers list for 2014.

  7. I am considering this series as I know that Maja@Nocturnal Library is a big fan of it and she and I have similar tastes. I am on the hunt for some terrific new UF for 2015 so I think I will jump in with this one, but I am leaning toward reading it. The cover is so gorgeous!

    • The cover is gorgeous. I hope you enjoy. It is a very unique and interesting world.

  8. This is a series I’ve been interested in. The covers drew me in, but I just love the fae, so that’s what really has me interested. I think I’ll read it because even though you’re growing used to the narrator, I think the accents that don’t belong would bug me. Great review – thanks for sharing!

    • I know you shouldn’t judge a book by it’s cover, but you can help but be drawn in by a beautiful cover or pass over one that has a bland cover. It makes a difference. I hope you enjoy.

  9. Hi Melissa, great review. This sounds like my kind of series and I think I’ll start w/book one. Thanks!

    • oop I meant Melanie :] sorry

      • Not a problem. I’ll go by pretty much anything 🙂

        This is a series you would want to start with book one. I hope you enjoy. I love Augustine and all the secondary characters. Harlow is even growing on me.

  10. I feel the same way about the narration. His choice of accents makes me giggle but he does a great job even though the accents aren’t correct and I wonder where he gets is cues for some of them. LOL But he is now the voice for the series for me too. I’ll continue the series on audio.

    • I do like that I’m always able to tell who is talking by the different accents.

  11. Goodness I feel like I always say this but she’s one I want to try. I’m really hoping one of these days it’ll happen. lol I think print for me though. I like his voices are very distinct but not sure if he’d be the narrator for me.

    • He is narrator that took me a bit to get used to listening to before I liked him. Even now, I’m not a fan of the accents that he chose for the characters, but at least I can tell who is speaking. I hope you at least get a chance to read, it is a unique series.

  12. not a fan of cliffhangers, but I do have the first book in her Comarré series on my shelf. Great review Melanie 🙂

    • Thanks Sharonda. I’m not a big fan of cliffhangers either, but I know some books will have them. I loved the Comarre series, too. I flew through those books in less than a few months, and since they are all out, you don’t have to worry about cliffhangers. 🙂

  13. Oh I still need to finish the House of Comarré series and then I will tackle this one. So glad to see how connected they are! This sounds like it will be a great addition to my wishlist! 😀

    • There is a connection, but you can read one without the other. They are set in the same world and the Comarre character do make cameo appearances. I loved that series too. I think I read the entire series within a few months. I hope you enjoy.

  14. oooh, I have been wanting to get to this series!!!! Glad to know I can jump in this spin offs.
    but does the heroine fall in to tstl?

    • I don’t know that Harlow is TSTL. She is a computer genius. She has shunned her fae ancestry her whole life, so she is very naive in that part of life. She at least tries to learn in this book, which is more than I can say for book one. I hope you enjoy.

  15. This definitely sounds like a series I might enjoy, Melanie. I’m a little confused by the series name, though, because I love a series called Crescent City Fae by Deanna Chase… so just Crescent City is very close.
    I’m gonna check out the first book, too, and see if I’ll add this one to my TBR or not. Great review.

    • Thanks. I haven’t tried the series by Deanna Chase, but I love fae, so I’ll have to check that out. I hope you enjoy.

  16. I know. That ending was maddening. Luckily, the next book is in April, as you said. I do love Auggie, Lally and Dulcinea.


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