Demon from the Dark Audiobook by Kresley Cole (review)

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Review of: Demon from the Dark
Kresley Cole

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Demon from the Dark Audiobook

By: Kresley Cole

Narrated by: Robert Petkoff

Published by: Simon & Schuster Audio 03/04/2014

Demon from the Dark Audiobook


4.5 stars ratingImmortals After Dark series, book  10

12 hrs and 55 mins

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Reviewed by Ml Simmons

I’ve been a huge fan of the Immortals After Dark series since I started reading years ago.  I was so excited when I first started seeing some of the books on audio.  I was even more excited when I listened to the first book.  The narration is wonderful.  This series, if you are not familiar, includes a wide variety of supernatural creatures that are all coming together for the Accession, a battle for supremacy that also helps keep the immortals numbers in check, and the Hie, a supernatural and extremely dangerous contest that happens every 500 years.  Creatures includes Valkyries, Fey, Witches, Furies, Lykae, Vampires (both Forbearers who don’t drink from directly from anyone, and Horde who not only drink directly but kill and have red eyes and can see the memories of the person who they drink from.  This is not the case if you don’t drink directly from the person.) and lastly several kinds of Demons.

In Demon from the Dark, we have Carrow, who is a witch whose power is derived from people’s happiness.  The happier people around her, the more power she is able to siphon.  She has been captured by a group of humans, known as the Order, bent on ridding the world of immortals.  To do that, these humans must study and learn the weaknesses of the many different kinds of immortals.  They have these magical collars that when put on the immortals, it limits or nulls their powers and strength. When Carrow learns that the Order has captured a seven-year-old, Ruby, who is Carrow’s cousin who is now an orphan, Carrow is forced to go to a demonic realm to bring back a very rare immortal. Ruby is an extremely important part to this story. l’m not a big kid person, but you can’t help but love Ruby.  She is so full of life, even in the face of everything that she is going through.

Malkom is a “vemon”.  He is a demon that was forced to drink vampire blood and turned half vampire.  Malkom has lead a horrible life.  He never met or even knew who his father was.  His mother was a whore, literally, and she sold him as a blood slave who was also used for sex as a small boy.  When he got too old for the vamp’s tastes, he was thrown out and forced to live on the streets as a teenager and eat food out of the garbage.  When he finally meets Kellan, his only friend, and learns that he is not worthless, they are both captured and turned into these “Scarba” or half-demon and half-vampire.  These two were locked in a cell together until only one remained.  Malkom had to kill his only friend to survive.  You can see how he would have trust issues.

When Carrow and Malkom first meet, Malkom instantly recognizes Carrow as his mate because he heart starts to beat again for the first time since he was turned.  The biggest issue between them at the beginning is language.  Malkom knew English at one point in his life, as that was the language of the vampires who turned him.  He hates the language and has done everything to try to forget it.  Carrow doesn’t speak Demonish and every little Latin, which Malkom also speaks.  It is great to watch how they learn to communicate with each other.  The funny thing to me, is that I don’t know that they had that much more difficulty communicating that any other couple.  The difference is that they have an excuse for the lack of communication.  How many couples do you read about (or even know) that have issues because they don’t talk to each other about the things that matter.

As always with this series, you have a great combination of sexy times, action, romance, humor and great pop culture.  There is a great reference to South Park’s Man-Bear-Pig, just to name one.  The only downside that I can say about this story, is that there isn’t much Nucking Futs Nix in this book.  She is always going to liven up the party.  This book, while a complete story, I highly recommend that you read the entire series from the start, or you will miss the back story to some of the secondary characters.  The one thing with this series, is that a lot of the stories overlap in the timeframe.  You will read about several characters that find their other half while in this compound.  So, that is to say, this series isn’t exactly in chronological order because of this overlap.  That is something that took me a little bit to get used to, but not much.  I’ve just never read anything like it before this series.

The Author

Kresley Cole


Demon from the Dark Audiobook Narration

Narrator Robert Petkoff

Robert Petkoff Narrator

Robert Petkoff


The narration is phenomenal.  I’ve read this entire series before they started recording this series.  After listening to one book, I started gathering up the books as soon as they came out on audio.  As new books have come out, I’ve started listening, but I’m still get the backlist as they come as too, as I did with this one.  It has be a great joy revisiting this series, not only because it is a great series, but Petkoff’s narration adds so much to the story.  This is only of my top ten series on audio, because not only is the story great, but the narration is perfect.  He is great with the snark and emotion in the stories.

Robert Petkoff talks about Demon from the Dark

I like to thank Simon & Schuster Audio for proving me with a copy of this audiobook in exchange for an honest review.

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ML Simmons

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  1. Well said Melanie! I loved it too!! These two have become one my favorites audio teams! I love the way Robert Petkoff elevates these novels to new level. All these titles deserve to be nominated for an Audie, they should let us vote..LOL He’s totally awesome! Both of them are 🙂

    • I agree. These two are in a top five author/narrator pairing for me. I can’t wait for the new book to come out in August.

  2. Ooo the audio sounds good and the series is one I have not on to my audio wishlist is goes 🙂

    • This is a great series. It has some really great action, sexy times and tons of humor, everything you could want in a good PNR. There are tons of different species to suit everyone’s palate, but the Valkyrie are my favorite. I hope you enjoy.

  3. I’m so gonna have to re-read these. I love the series but it’s been so long I’ve totally forgotten bits and pieces. What a terrible awful horrid thing to have to re-read such fun books 😉

    • I know, I’ve been listening to these as they release the older books. There is only one more to go and the entire series will be on audio. I think it comes out soon, so if you start now, by the time you get to book 11 (the only one that isn’t on audio yet), it will be on audio too.

    • He is great, isn’t he. My favorite male narrator. 🙂

  4. Great review, I’ve been seriously thinking of getting more into audio books

    • Thanks. I really like audiobooks because it gives me more time to read than I would have without them. I listen during a commute, while cleaning house, even at work (depending on the project). Also, depending on the narrator, I think they can make the story better than just reading it. This combo is one of those. 🙂 I hope you are able to give it a try and enjoy it.

  5. I really want to go back and listen to these. I am having trouble downloading my S&S audios though so I haven’t gotten to listen. I definitely miss when Nix doesn’t play a role!

    • I downloaded with an old version of Java. I know they are working hard to fix it. I’ve had other issues with Java 7 and other programs I’ve used besides their download. Keep trying, I’m sure they’ll have it fixed soon.

      Yes, Nix is always the life of the party.

  6. Okay I read this book LONG LONG LONG ago and Malkolm has been my #1 IAD male SINCE. I LOVE LOVE LOVE him. I’ve read this one several times and I recently got the audio. I haven’t audio’d this series yet, I hope I like it. 🙂

    • I think you’ll like the audio. Robert Petkoff is wonderful and perfect for this series. I agree, I loved this book, the only thing that could’ve made it better would have been adding in some Nixy. 🙂

  7. I don’t know how this compares to Dark Hunters but that series has a lot of creatures too and unfortunately, my enthusiasm for Kenyon’s series is dwindling, although I have yet to read Styxx. I’ve enjoyed some of KCole’s books, I have a feeling I’ll love this one as well.

    • I can’t compare toe Kenyon because I’ve never read her. She is one of those I’ve looked at and never picked up. I still have a ton of those. I think the series length scares me off a little. Isn’t there like 20+ books in it. It would take me forever to get caught up. I’m already so far behind on TBR, I’m avoiding long series at the moment.

      This series is great because it has sexiness, humor and kickass in every story. You add in the diversity of all the species, there isn’t much more a PNR lover could ask for. 🙂

      • I will most definitely make time for this. I’ll start dabbling this year, make my way through the books slowly.

  8. I love this series, I guess I missed this one though. Haven’t read it. Adding to my TBR 🙂

    • I love this one, it might be my favorite. Malkom is such a sweety. Carrow is fun and there is Ruby, the adopted daughter. The nice thing with all the timing of the books overlapping is that it isn’t as big of an issue if you read out of order as some other series.

  9. I have this as an eBook, but haven’t gotten to it yet. You make me want to go get the audio 😀

    • If it is a kindle ebook, I believe you can get a discount at audible because this had Whispersync. I think you will enjoy no matter which method you partake.

  10. Man-bear-pig lol! Gotta love South Park. I know, I need to read this series. It seems like a lot of people have had PNR on there blogs lately, and it’s amping me up to read some.

    • This would be a great series to do the switch from UF to PNR. There is still a ton of action and the overall story arc carries over the entire series really well like UF.

      There was another great pop culture reference, but I couldn’t remember it off the top of my head. I couldn’t forget man-bear-pig. I’m a huge South Park fan. I hope you get a chance to try this series out.

  11. I just left a comment on this review on your BookLikes page, and now I find out that Loupe also loves this narrator duo. You girls sure don’t make this whole resisting thing very easy. LOL

    • I’m telling you, this series has sexy Scottish werewolves that are right up your alley. 🙂

      • OMG if you say sexy Scottish werewolves one more times I am totally gonna start listening to this series! But, I’m not going to come back and read your reply (just in case). LOL You’ll have to harass me on Twitter. 😉

  12. I hope you enjoy it. He is one of my top five favorite narrators. He is perfect for this series. I hope you enjoy.

  13. YASSS!! You know I love this series! And I so tried to get Carmel to read IAD (it’s a reread for me), and she passed. I even said Sexy Scottish Werewolves, LOL. We’ll get her one day . . . when she’s least expecting it 😉

    • Book two is a sexy Scottish werewolf. I highly recommend you listen to it. You’ll love Petkoff’s Scottish accent.

      Yes, we will get Carmel to read it. Between you, me, Jennifer and Loupe, we can make it happen. She won’t know what hit her. 🙂

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