The Darkest Torment Audiobook by Gena Showalter (REVIEW)

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Review of: The Darkest Torment Audiobook
Gena Showalter

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The Darkest Torment Audiobook

By: Gena Showalter

Narrated by: Max Belmore

Published by: Recorded Books 05/31/16

The Darkest Torment Audiobook by Gena Showalter

Rating: 3 hearts

Lords of the Underworld #12

13 hrs and 40 mins

Paranormal Romance

The Darkest Torment Audiobook Sample

The Darkest Torment Audiobook

4 Hearts

Lords of the Underworld is a series that I’ve a bit of a love/hate relationship with. Okay, hate is a strong word. I won’t say that I have ever hated one of the books, but I’m very up and down with them. I feel like I never know if I’m going to like the book before diving into it. Most of the time, I really like the female and really dislike the males. That is pretty much the case here.

Baden, the original keeper of Distrust, is a character that we don’t know a lot of about. He “died” before the first book. He lost his demon and lived in Purgatory for a very long time. He is now working for Hades, along with Pandora. He has also working on building back his relationship with the other lords.

Hades sends Baden off to collect a golden coin from a human. He stumbles into a wedding. He takes the bride as a hostage. At first, he treats Katarina Joelle pretty crappy. He is sure that she was marrying this horrible human for his money. LIttle does he realize, she was marrying because of blackmail. She was trying to protect her poor, adopted pit bulls. They’ve known nothing but pain and misery before she got them. She wanted prevent them ever knowing that kind of misery ever again, even if she had to be misery to protect them.

Rina is a famous dog trainer. She takes in dogs that appear to be “broken” and turns them into great security dogs. Her dogs are her life. When this guy comes to her about buying some of her dogs, she can tell right off the bat that he is not a nice guy and won’t treat her dogs the way they should be treated so, she refuses to sell to him. That is when he starts his plan to take over her life. Which ends in the wedding that I mentioned and Rina is kidnapped by Baden.

Baden and Rina don’t start off well. He is very alpha male. She doesn’t want to take crap from him. She even starts to use her dog training techniques on him.

Surviving a feral, rule one: Never show fear. Basically, fake it till you make it.
Two: Use a soft but assertive tone. Anything else could rouse hostility.
Three: Remember you get what you reinforce, not necessarily what you expect.
In this case, she ignored rule number four: Place the dog’s needs first. And skipped to number five: Find out what will work best with each individual dog.

She also ends up with some new dogs that some of the other women of the series brought to her. She names them Biscuit and Gravy. This annoyed me. Who names dogs that? I’m sure some found it cute, but I didn’t. I just found it absurd. It annoyed me every time their name came up.

While I wasn’t a huge fan of the romance in this book, we do continue to learn more about universe and the characters involved. I know that many were very upset at the hero choice for this book. I know that many wanted to see William or Cameo or even Lazarus. I did think it was interesting to learn more about Baden.

Here is the real issue for me, i think. When a character “dies”, I expect them to stay dead. I’m not a fan of how we spent the first several books thinking he was dead and now he is not. I know he didn’t come back in this book, but in a previous one, but it still annoys me.

The Darkest Torment Audiobook Narration

4 Hearts

Max Belmore does a great job with the narration of this series. I’ve listened to most of the books in this series. I think he does a great job with that extremely alpha male that exists in the Lords of the Underworld. I don’t think he does a bad job at female voices. He isn’t one of my favorites at females, but I think he does a decent job of it. I do have to listen to him on an increased speed, but that is pretty normal for me.

Gena Showalter

Author Gena Showalter

Gena Showalter is the New York Times and USA Today best-selling author of the wildly popular White Rabbit Chronicles, the Angels of the Dark, the Lords of the Underworld, and the Otherworld Assassins series. In addition to being a National Reader’s Choice and RITA nominee, her romance novels have appeared in Cosmopolitan and Seventeen magazine, and have been translated in multiple languages. She lives in Oklahoma with her family and menagerie of dogs, and truly believes love conquers all.

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Max Bellmore

Narrator Max Bellmore

I haven’t been able to find any info about Max Bellmore, I’m pretty sure this a Pseudonymous. I think I’ve listened to him in other books (in fact I’m pretty sure), but I’m going to just live as is and respect his privacy.

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I like to thank Recorded Books 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. Great review Melanie. I too have a love/dislike relationship with these characters too. But you know what Showalter does a great job of portraying these once Gods who fell from heaven. Thanks for reminding me i need to get back to them!

  2. Even though I usually don’t read Paranormal Romance, you always describe the books in such a way that makes me want to just stop whatever it is that I’m doing and read what you reviewed! 🙂 I have to give this a try out now. And haha! As far as the names of the dogs teehee! I’m one of those that think it’s kind of cute. (Don’t kill me!) teehee!

    Lovely review as always, Mels! <3 MUAH!

    • I read a ton of paranormal romances, especially if they have action in them. I read an M/M series about FBI agents that cat sat for two cats for a CIA agent on the run. The cats names were Smith and Wesson. Those names I liked. I just didn’t like Biscuit and Gravy. I don’t know why.

  3. Just finished the ebook of this one. Not to be too harsh, because I really did like the book, but I found Baden a bit immature and I really didn’t like how she kept treating him like a dog. I know her approach was what worked with him, it just kind of annoyed me. I looking forward to the next book, which I think someone said was Cameo? That one will be interesting!

    • Yeah, it was weird and hard to describe, hence my love/hate issue with this series.

  4. I love this series and this book is in my wish list on Amazon with a whole bunch of others that I’m waiting to buy. lol

    • It is a fun series overall. This book is not high on my favorites of the series. I hope you enjoy it.

  5. I’m a fan of a character staying dead as well :/ The dog training techniques on him however made me laugh just thinking about it! I’ll try to grab a few of the beginning ones from the library if they have them. Not sure if I’ll have the same issues as you did liking the lady but not the male.

    • I like the earlier ones better. The males tend to be overly alpha, which I don’t mind a lot of the time, but is a little overdone in some of these books.

  6. Great review. I think I’m done with the series. I just wanted William’s book. And she’s gone and really f’ed that storyline. Ugh.

    • I keep going back and forth about this series. I almost didn’t grab this one, but decided to give it a try. Cameo’s is next and I would like to see her story, so I might try it. I do agree that she messed up William’s storyline.

  7. I’ve only read a few books in this series (not in order) and I want to start at the beginning and read them through. You did peak my interest with the dog trainer… and using the techniques on Baden. LOL Need to get to this one now.

    • I think you can read this series without reading in order, completely, but it helps if you read them in order. There are things that are carried through from one book to the next.

  8. Biscuit and Gravy, you are right, what stupid names for dogs. I haven’t tried this series, I keep thinking I should, but knowing that you have such a love hate relationship with it, may indicate it won’t work for me.

    • I think this series is a bit like BDB. I enjoyed the early books a lot and then as the series has gone on, it has gotten to where I don’t like the stories as much as I used to. I’m debating if I want to try the next one. I do like the female character of the next book. She has been around since the beginning and is the keeper of Despair.

  9. LOL on the dog training techniques! So funny… btw, do you want some biscuit and gravy?

    • Hahaha 😛

      I did think the dog training techniques were interesting. Maybe I should try them with DH. LOL

  10. I’m so far behind on this series it’s not even funny. So far I’ve had good luck with them and liked the characters. It is crazy hard when you’re meh on them and have the hit or miss happening.

    • Yeah, this is a series that I don’t love, but I’m having a hard time walking away from too.

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