The Darkest Touch Audiobook by Gena Showalter (review)

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Review of: The Darkest Touch Audiobook
Gena Showalter

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The Darkest Touch Audiobook

By: Gena Showalter

Narrated by: Max Belmore

Published by: Recorded Book 11/25/14

The darkest Touch Audiobook


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Lords of the Underworld (Lotu) # 11

12 hrs and 51 mins

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Genre: Paranormal Romance logo

From New York Times best-selling author Gena Showalter comes the long-awaited story of Torin, the most dangerous Lord of the Underworld yet… Fierce immortal warrior. Host to the demon of Disease. Torin’s every touch causes sickness and death – and a worldwide plague. Carnal pleasure is utterly forbidden, and though he has always overcome temptation with an iron will, his control is about to shatter.

She is Keeleycael. The Red Queen. When the powerful beauty with shocking vulnerabilities escapes from a centuries-long imprisonment, the desire that simmers between her and Torin is scorching. His touch could mean her end, but resisting her is the hardest battle he’s ever fought – and the only battle he fears he can’t win.

©2014 Gena Showalter (P)2014 Recorded Books


Darkest Touch Audiobook Sample

Melanie S.

The Darkest Touch

This series is about a group of immortals who after having released demons from Pandora’s box, has been forced to house a demon inside themselves. Throughout the series we’ve seen how several of the lords have struggled with their demons. From the demon of Promiscuity who can’t have sex with the same person twice, demon of Defeat who suffers from severe pain anytime he loses even the smallest thing. The demon I always wanted to know more about was the demon of disease, Torin. If he touches a single human or immortal, he infects them with a fatal disease, while immortals may survive the disease, they are not a carrier and can start plagues themselves. Torin has forced himself to stay apart from everyone, even his closest friends.

We start this story pretty much where The Darkest Craving leaves off. Torin is being held in Cronus’s prison for immortals. He has been promised by the king of the Titans that he will be given a woman who can withstand his touch, but Torin quickly learns that this is not the case. It doesn’t take long into the story before Torin and our heroine, Keeley, aka The Red Queen, to escape from the prisons. The first part of the story is very slow as Keeley and Torin learn each other.

Keeley is also known as The Red Queen. She is the former fiance of Hades. She is also a new species to us called a Curator. She bonds to people and feeds from their lifeforce. I wouldn’t call it a succubus, but that is the closest that I can come to describing it. She is extremely powerful and this power does go to her head. She comes across as bratty and selfish. Part of this is due to her history, which is troubled at best. She has learned to not trust anyone but herself.

While I was not much of a fan of Torin and Keeley’s romance, which sucks because I’ve been waiting years for his story, there are parts of this story that I still enjoyed. We have a budding romance between Cameo and Lazarus (are they the next story?). We also have side stories about William, Baden, Pandora even Galen.

Overall, I did enjoy the story. I felt the story was a little drawn out and could’ve been shorter at the beginning. Once we get through the first third of the book, the story does pick up. I can’t wait to see where the series is going. I don’t know how many more stories are left in this series. As much as I’ve enjoyed it, all good things must come to an end and we are running out of lords and I think adding new ones at this point to keep the series going would be a disservice to the series.

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Darkest Touch Audiobook Narration

I’ve listened to most of the books in this series, though I started out reading these books. This is the first one that I went straight to audio instead of listening as a reread. I’ve always felt that Max Bellmore was a good narrator for this series.

His deep voice is perfect for the warrior of the gods. His women’s voices aren’t horrible, but aren’t the best women’s voices I’ve ever heard. He is a big slow when he talks, so I listened at an increased speed.

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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  1. One more series I need to read ! I know what you mean about this novella, I had the same feeling with a Chicagoland vampire novella about a character I really love and was kind of disappointed at what I read, I expected more 😉

    • I think sometimes when a book is so anticipated it is almost impossible to live up to that expectation. That was the case for me here.

  2. I love this series Melanie! This was a 4 for me, which means we liked it about the
    I love Max Bellmore for these books, but again, there’s a lot peeps that don’t, some times you get to become a big fan of narrator after listening to a couple books in a series.
    Good job!

    • I’ve listened to several of these as a reread, and I agree. I think he is one that grows on you the more you listen. I think my biggest issue with this book was that my expectations were so high, they were just too hard to live up to.

      • That happened to me with Paris’ book, my expectation were through the roof and I ended up just liking the book a lot, but not loving it, so I know exactly how you feel.

  3. I’m so behind in this series, I think I’ve only read the first two (don’t judge me!) but I really liked the stories. Seeing this is #11 is making me kick myself, I definitely need to catch up! Great review Melanie, glad it was a good listen.

    • I know the feeling. There are plenty of series that I’m way behind on as well.

  4. I am so behind on this series. It has been an uneven listen for me (some I have liked and some have been meh). I haven’t gotten to this one but will keep my expectations in check when I get there.

    • I felt the same way. This isn’t a series that I’ve loved every book. I really enjoy the over all series, but each book has been hit or miss. I hope you enjoy. I’ve seen reviews that liked it more and some that like it less.

  5. Grrr, I try not to listen to all the hype about a new book I’m waiting on because sometimes thats all it takes to make the enjoyment lessen. I think I’m going to give this one a try anyway
    Thanks for the great review!

    • I think that is what happened to me. My expectations were not achievable or realistic. I’ve been waiting for Torin’s book for so many years, so that when I finally got it, it just wasn’t as big as it was in my head.

  6. I felt about the same as you did on this one – I read the series, not listen too, but it doesn’t seem that the narrator makes or breaks the book. This series used to be one I couldn’t wait to read, but it’s been very up and down over the past several books. Yet, I’ll keep reading!

    PS – love the new little photo of you!

    • I know. I still love the series, but each book is either up or down. Always hard to say.

      About the picture. Thanks. That is a picture of me and my old horse that I’ve had since high school.

  7. I’m glad you enjoyed this latest installment from LotU series. I’m behind but it’s good to know the narration is good. I liked the deep voice of Max Bellmore. I just started listening to the audio of Some Girls Bite (first audio listening) and think I’m going to get the hang of this. It takes a bit of getting use to, but Ethan and Merit make great partners for walking : )

    • I’m glad you are trying out audios. They do take a little bit to get used to. I’ve listened to several of the Chicagoland Vamp books, but I’m a little behind on the series. I thought the narration was good on them. I hope you enjoy.

  8. Sounds good! I haven’t started this series, but I’ll keep it in mind. I’ve been trying to start and catch up on a bunch of series that already have many books out.

    • I do enjoy this series. It is different from anything else out there. It also has some Greek mythology in it.

  9. Oh, I love the premise of these books! I’m sorry this one wasn’t as great as you had hoped though, since you were so excited.


    • Thanks. That’s how is seems to be sometimes, I’ve built up something so big in my mind, that nothing can live up to it. I hope you get a chance to try them. It is a fun series.

  10. Aw bummer it wasn’t quite as good as you’d hope for. Glad to see though that there were still enjoyable bits for you 🙂 I enjoy the series too but holy cow I’m a good bit behind at the moment. One day I’ll get caught up. lol

    • There are so many series it is hard to keep up with them all. I’m behind on a bunch too. I’m going to try to get caught up on some other series this year.

  11. Mel! First, lemme say–I’VE MISSED YOU. Now that that’s out of the way, I’m sorry this one was a bit of a disappointment–when a long awaited installment doesn’t live up to your expectations, it’s the worst. I’ve been wanting to start this series for a looong time (especially b/c Kresley Cole and Gena Showalter are BFFs, and you know how I feel about Cole), but I’ve tried to read book 1 a couple of times, and just felt . . . meh.

    Did it take you awhile to get into them, or did you love it from the beginning? B/c I can force myself to read a few mediocre books, if the series really picks up later on . . . *crosses fingers b/c I have like the first 8 books (at least) in paperback* . . .

    • I’ve missed you too. Glad to have you back around. I hope you real life is a little less crazy for a while.

      I’ve been reading these books for so many years, it is really hard to remember my thoughts on the first book in the series and how long it took me to get into it. I don’t think they were out of this world, binge reading, but I did read through the first few pretty quickly. I will say that I don’t think I’ve ever thought of any of these books as more than four stars.

  12. Great review, Melanie! I thought the narrator was a little slow, too, so if I decided to listen to The Darkest Touch, I would probably do it on increased speed as well.
    I have to admit I’m a little weirded out when I listen to hot romances, though, I prefer reading them myself… Having someone describe the sex to me out loud just makes me feel awkward 😀
    Have a fantastic Friday!

    • There are a lot of people who don’t like to listen to romances on audio. It has never bothered me. I always listen with earbuds in or in the car while I’m driving by myself.

  13. I’ve never read this author. 🙂

    • The world that she has built here is really interesting. While I didn’t love the romance in this one, the world is great.

  14. Gena Showalter is another big name PNR author that I haven’t yet had the pleasure of discovering. Eleven installments though, eessh! And, a disappointing one at that. I’m thinking I’ll most likely start with her Alice in Zombieland YA first.

    • I’ve thought really hard about trying that series, but you know my aversion to YA. I haven’t had the right person tell me I have to try it.

  15. I have a few books by the author but I haven’t read them, I’ve only tried her YA series and I liked the first one (one day I’ll have to buy the sequel). But this one sounds interesting. Will have to keep an eye on it. thanks for the review!

    • It is a very interesting world. Some of the romances have been hit or miss for me, but I love the world she has built. I also think that the anticipation for this book made it bigger in my mind and it would be hard to live up to what I wanted.

  16. I’ve always loved the premise of this series and have had so many rec this series to me, but alas, I have not started it! Great review, Melanie! I hope the next one will be better for you.

    • Some of these books have been better than others, but the overall world is great. I think I’ve just be waiting on this particular character for so long that I wanted it to be better.

  17. I haven’t read Showalter before, I thought of starting with her YA zombie series but this one sounds very interesting. I love her take on demons, quite the conflict right away.

    • I’ve thought about trying her YA series, but I’m so picky about YA that I decided to wait until someone who knows me recommends it to me. I do like this world. Even when I’m not a fan of the romance, the overall story is still good.

  18. I’m still exploring GShowalter’s books, haven’t read this one yet. Great review 🙂

    • Thanks. This is the only series I’ve really tried by Showalter. It is an interesting world.

  19. I was actually scared to read this one b/c I wanted it so bad. It wasn’t as splendid as I wanted, but like you I think I set the bar too high. It was still good.

    And yes….I vote for Cameo and Laz too!

    • I think I set the bar too high also. I’m going to try really hard not to do that with Cameo and Laz. 🙂

  20. Been looking forward to Torin’s story too. Well at least you enjoyed it 🙂 Still a great review!

    • Thanks. I think if you go into this book with your expectations in check, you will enjoy it more.

  21. I’ve heard Max Belmore is an awesome narrator. I really enjoyed this book. I loved Keeley, but then, I love most of the characters in this series.

    • I like his narration if I speed it up a little bit. I’ve really enjoyed this series. Anya is still my favorite. Seeing her interact with Keeley was great.

  22. Torin is one of the Lords I wanted to get my hands on, but sadly I’m still on my PNR slump. I could have forced myself to read this book, but after reading many not too favorable reviews I decided to wait. Your review made me validate my decision even more.

    • I think part of my problem was that my expectations were too high. I’ve seen 5 star reviews and 3 star reviews. They seem to be all over the place. I would wait until you are out of your PNR slump before trying it.


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