Daylighters Audiobook by Rachel Caine (review)

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Review of: Daylighters Audiobook
Rachel Caine

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On November 20, 2013
Last modified:November 10, 2015


Daylighters Audiobook

By: Rachel Caine

Narrated by: Angela Dawe

Published by Tantor Audio 11/05/2013

Daylighters Audiobook Cover

Something drastic has happened in Morganville while Claire and her friends were away. The town looks cleaner and happier than they’ve ever seen it before, but when their incoming group is arrested and separated – vampires from humans – they realize that the changes definitely aren’t for the better. It seems that an organization called the Daylight Foundation has offered the population of Morganville something they’ve never had: Hope of a vampire-free future. And while it sounds like salvation – even for the vampires themselves – the truth is far more sinister and deadly. Now, Claire, Shane, and Eve need to find a way to break their friends out of Daylighter custody, before the vampires of Morganville meet their untimely end. ©2013 Roxanne Longstreet Conrad (P)2013 Tantor

Daylighters Audiobook Sample

My thoughts.

It’s time to say goodbye to one of my favorite YA series, but not without Ms. Caine taking us for a final thrilling, riveting, and dramatic ride throughout that dark and dangerous place that is, Morganville.

The gang is back in town, and what’s under Morganville’s new atmosphere of peace and bright colors is proving to be more sinister and dangerous than the vampires themselves.

The final battle between our friends and the Daylighters (an organization of humans formed to get rid, or in their leader’s words, “Rehabilitation of vampires”) takes center stage, and again it’s proven that power in the hands of the wrong being is evil regardless if they are human or not.

I loved how Ms. Caine has  managed  to grab my attention from page one of each installment, and hardly gives me time to take a breath until the very end, and  Daylighters is not the exception, although it’s not my favorite in the series, the drama of “who will survive this final chapter” was enough to keep me on the edge of my seat.

I loved how realistically the author fleshed out these characters. I feel as if this were a group of dear friends, and every time I picked up a book was like visiting old pals, some I adored to the very end, Myrnin my favorite. Claire, a valiant young girl, easy to root for. Her friend’s Michael and Eve, the perfect complement to the group.

Shane…. Oh Shane!  Claire’s love interest, and until the very end my most problematic character. Sometimes I liked him, but most of the time I just tolerated him, and that’s proof of how well developed and multidimensional these characters have been.

Don’t shoot me! I’ve always thought that Claire was too good for Shane.

If you have not had the chance to meet this awesome cast of characters, I highly recommend starting with Glass Houses (first book in the series). It won’t leave you disappointed, and you’ll gain a group of friends that will keep you on the edge of your seat throughout their peril.

If you are and old time fan, I think you will be pleased with the way Rachel Caine brings it all to a conclusion; the action, the drama and the exhilarating pace of the story deliver a perfect closing.

I like to thank Rachel Caine for all the years of fabulous entertainment, and for delivering a cohesive and most satisfying ending to the Morganville Vampire series.


The Author

Rachel Caine

Narration of Daylighters Audiobook



First I have to say that Angela Dawe is one of my favorite narrators, I’ve have always enjoyed all of her performances; unfortunately,  there’s something to be said about switching narrators in midstream when it comes to an audiobook series, in very few occasions this is viewed as an improvement, most of the time it’s  met with anger and disappointment from the long time listeners, and most of the time it is the narrator that is hold responsible, sometimes dismissing the quality of their performance.



I can’t say that I was angry, but I was definitely disappointed. I didn’t listen to the previous 3 novels in the series. I just couldn’t adjust to the new interpretation of the characters, the pronunciations, and the overall feeling I got from the story.



I thought I had let enough time pass, so I decided to try Angela’s Dawe’s performance of Daylighters audiobook; unfortunately  Cynthia Holloway’s voice (narrator of the first  12 novels in the series)  was cemented in my head, and I felt as if I were listening to a different series, and even Ms. Caine’s quality of writing didn’t have the same power; all in all, not even closely as enjoyable.



Like I said before, Angela Dawe is a very competent narrator, and maybe if you never listened to the first 12 books in the series, and you only have Ms. Dawe’s interpretation you might really enjoy the audiobook.



The writing, the twist and turns, and the fast tempo of the stories are definitely engaging enough to provide a good listening experience, but if you are a long time listener I’d  recommend just reading it.

Voices behind the books


Angela Dawe

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  1. I have yet to read a book by Rachel Caine. Horrible, I know! Glad to hear that this YA series is worthwhile but the 15 installments is a little discouraging. LOL

    Have a great weekend Loupe! 🙂

    • I know! I feel the same way when there are so many books already published in a series 🙁 . Maybe one day 🙂
      You have a great weekend too!

  2. I like both narrators but I would have a super hard time getting Cynthia’s voice out of my head to let Angela in. I read the last few just for that reason. I just couldn’t do it!

    I agree with the Shane perception though in the end I was like if Claire is willing to work through everything with him then it is good enough for me 🙂

    • I love Angela Dawe too, but you know how it is when they switch narrators in an already stablished series. The horror!!..LOL
      My biggest nightmare would be to wake up, and Jim Frangione is not longer reading the BDB series, I’d not care if the new narrator were Scott Brick himself!..LOL
      I was secretly in love with Myrnin 😉

  3. I used to like this series, but for some reason I stop reading after book ninth.

    • I listened religiously until book 12, and that’s when they switched narrators 🙁 I really enjoyed them because I felt these books were like a small dose of adrenaline, I knew I was going to get my shot twice a year..LOL

  4. I don’t think I’ll ever read this series, I have yet to finish Vamp Academy and it’s spin-off. But at 15 books, it looks like RCaine gave the series a fit ending. I’ve seen reviews for the last books leading up to this and it looks like this is a solid series overall. I wish it was shorter but at 15 books, man I don’t think I’ll be able to read the entire series while the blog is running. #woesofblogging

    • I totally understand, it’s hard to jump in a series when it has these many books already out, but remember that in reality the series only has one book for you, the first book. Because if you don’t like you don’t have to continue, but if you loved it, you’ll have the next book available in an instant 🙂
      I got to follow my own advice..LOL

  5. Grr … I’ve had the 1st book of this series for so damn long but haven’t read it. I listened to part of that sample, and I wasn’t feeling the narrator. So I’ll definitely be sticking with the book.

    • I hope you give it a chance, it’s an awesome series 🙂
      There was a different narrator for book 1 to 12, and then they switched. the first narrator IMO was more suited for the series. I wasn’t happy with the change 🙁

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