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Keystone

Crossbreed Series, Book 1
Narrated by: Nicole Poole
Series: Crossbreed, Book 1
Length: 10 hrs and 15 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (148 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

When the road forks, how do you know which path is the right one? Raven Black hunts evildoers for fun, but her vigilante justice isn't the only reason she's hiding from the law. Half vampire, half mage, she's spent years living as a rogue to stay alive. When a Russian shifter offers her a job in his covert organization hunting outlaws, dignity and a respectable career are finally within her grasp. The catch? Her new partner is Christian Poe - a smug, handsome vampire whom she'd rather stake than go on a stakeout with. They're hot on the trail of a human killer who will stop at nothing to get what he wants. One misstep during her probationary period could jeopardize Raven's chance at redemption, and her partner would love nothing more than to see her fail. Dark secrets, unexpected twists, and a blurred line between good and evil will keep you on the edge of your seat. Will Raven find the courage to succeed, or will she give in to her dark nature?

©2017 Dannika Dark (P)2017 Tantor

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Great story

This was a great story with the narrator jumping between character's voices/accents seamlessly. It was interesting and although the pace felt a little slow at times (perhaps because it is the first book and the author was setting up the world and all the characters - which she did a fantastic job of) it was very enjoyable.

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Promising series

Crossbreed is the story of Raven Black a former human turned half mage half vampire, she is a rogue vigilante who dished out justice to those supernatural (breed) who hurt humans and now a member of the keystone group head by Victor and other breeds (supernatural/immortals) i love a heroine who kick ass and can defend herself without waiting or depending on a man, the chemistry between her and Christian is sizzling and i do hope they will get together eventually (sighs) Nicole Poole your narrative is excellent, your accent is incredible and you can differentiate between characters so not to be confusing for listeners. You are amazing thanks.

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Terrible mc

She has zero control over herself it seems just a snarky person with really nothing to back it up.

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Fantastic

Loved it, The story line is so easy to follow. Dannika Dark is a great writer, I highly recommend.

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enjoyed the narration

Keystone was a great audiobook to listen to - the female narrator managed all the different characters voices really well, the male characters actually sounded more male than female (which isn't always successfully done with female narrators).

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such a pity

This is very well written and the narrator is excellent. however, almost everything about the story made me uncomfortable and dissatisfied.

This is quite possibly a personal taste thing.
I did my best to push through but at the last quarter of the book I finally couldn't take it any more. I hated almost every new development and since I read for pleasure, decided to give up.

I really do like the world building and the writing style. I just hate the storyline.

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Couldn't even...

...stomach the first chapter. Just not my thing. Struggled to even get started, never mind actually finish.

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Entertaining, but could be better.

I found the story entertaining, but there were quite a few places where I thought “that’s kinda silly” or “that’s a bit of a stretch.”

The narration was fine, although I struggled at times to tell who was speaking. A lot of the male voices were a weird monotone.

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You will be hooked!

I have listened to every story in Dannika Dark's series and love them all. This is my second turn through them now! Raven Black is my favorite heroine and Christian Poe my favorite male companion. The narrator is excellent, the voices she does for each individual character is the best I have heard from a book series.

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fantastic book

I loved this book...well written and well read...the narrator did an exceptional job with the characters...

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  • Makida
  • 17-02-2017

What a wonderful beginning!

I loved this book. It is a great start to a new series! Dannika has don't it again! I loved Raven and how she was able to accept who she is as a crossbreed. The chemistry between her and Christian was so electric! It was also full of humor! I can't wait to read the next book and see what happens! ❤❤❤❤❤

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  • Gracie
  • 08-02-2017

And she did it again! Another fantastic book.

What I really loved about this book is the fact that it dove more into the world around the characters. I got the chance to get to know a little about each breed and their characteristics, even listening to some I've never heard of before. I believe this book would be a good first book to read going into the series blind. And as for the narrator Nicole Poole is my absolute favorite narrator ever!

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  • Cheri
  • 02-02-2017

Keystone Was A Decent Spin Off But.....

.....I didn't feel it was a solid follow up to the original series.

Dannika Dark has a created a unique world of mages, vampires and interesting characters; however, I was a little disappointed with this spin off. The story is dialogue driven, slow to develop, and it felt more like a YA story. The romance between Raven and Christian Poe was lacking, and I really didn't feel like it was going anywhere. I was hoping for more romance, chemistry and attraction between the character, but instead there was a lot of dialogue and drama. I really liked her other series Seven Years, and absolutely loved Risk. For Dannika Dark fans, this is probably a must listen, but I'm on the fence if I will be continuing the series.

As usual, Nicole Poole does an excellent job narrating. I loved all the different accents she gave the characters.

I used my credit for this story, and kinda wished I had waited to see if it would have been offered as a whispersync deal or on sale.

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  • Marisa Brown
  • 18-03-2019

Great Story and Exceptional Voice Work

I am very picky about my books and audiobooks even more so. Nicole Poole did such great accents. Most people fail miserably doing different accents. She nailed them beautifully. The story was good and I was happy that it was not another story about a character that is all powerful and perfect with no training. Everything doesn't go perfect all the time and it seems more realistic to how life usually works for people. As realistic as it can be with supernaturals in the story anyways. I was impressed and would recommend this story without a second thought.

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  • Nancy
  • 02-02-2017

Another AMAZING story

I have not been disappointed by anything I have read by Dannika Dark. this one is no exception. I cannot wait to see what happens next. I also love how all of her series have a tiein in some way.

Nicole Poole is phenomenal!

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  • Jessie A
  • 26-06-2019

WOW ❤❤❤❤

I loved this book. It was exciting and surprisingly relatable, if you grew up on the streets. so yeah I could relate and it was a awesome supernatural adventure. i love romance stories that have more depth than just sex scenes that never seem to end. I definitely recommend this series. I can't wait to start the next book, witch is right now❤❤❤❤

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  • Minischn
  • 07-02-2017

Another great Dannika Dark book!!

I have read every book by Dannika Dark and this one was just as good!! I love the characters! The only bad part is having to wait for the next book in the series to come out.

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  • Esther BLacker
  • 07-02-2017

another win for Dannika Dark

so excited to start this new series!
great character development, plot and pace!
loved it

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  • Nadia
  • 24-07-2019

omg I didnt know it would be like that

the performance by the speaker is spot on and she does the voices nicely.
the story is so intriguing I cannot stop listening. at first I thought the book might be boring but than I after a few hrs it got very interesting with the different plot twist and the characters build up.
I am very excited to listen/read the rest of this series.
u should really listen to it

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  • Lee Anne Martes
  • 18-07-2019

good overall

i enjoyed this story. i waffled on it for a while and read reviews and recommendations. i wasnt as impressed as some but thought the story was well written and worth the listen.

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  • I OFarrell
  • 11-02-2017

strong start

What about Nicole Poole’s performance did you like?

The Irish accents are charming.

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Raven is a crossbreed who kills her own kind, but she only kills those who hurt humans. She’s kept herself hidden from the authorities for so long that she’s gotten used to being on her own and when someone asks her to put her talents to use, she can’t seem to be the person they are looking for.
This is a brilliant start to a new series, and it has all my favourite elements in starting with romance. This paranormal romance incudes many strong characters and a storyline that pulls on the heartstrings as well as making the reader laugh. Of course, I’ve come to expect nothing less from Dark and I look forward to reading the next book in the series. If you get the opportunity to listen to the audio version you won’t be disappointed.

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  • kim
  • 19-02-2018

great book

I loved all the main characters in this book and I am so looking forward to starting the second book. I kept switching from audio to reading and there was no difference or mistakes in either I found the the woman reading the book has a calm soothing voice

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  • Jessica Wolfe
  • 17-08-2017

Light, fun supernatural story

This is a little reminiscent of X men: a group of powerful supernatural beings lead by one man cross paths with Raven, struggling to come to terms with her identity. The story has pace and scope. However I do not think the reader's tone suits the material. Though the sample shows that she is good at voices, the mangling of a key characters Irish accent would make the cast of Far and Away cringe. I didn't think I could get past it, but the story did eventually suck me in anyway.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 01-08-2019

This is Bad

The narrator is doing a poor job with all the accents. It was a torcher to listen. The story is compilation of all possible cliches ever known. :(

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  • Rebel
  • 04-04-2018

Below Average

I'm very disappointed with this book. Nicole Poole narration was spot on as usual however the story itself was frankly boring. The dynamic between the main character and love interested felt disingenuous. The attempt at humour was poor. I have just finished KF Breene fire and ice series. Her wit, skill, ability to develop characters and interesting plots makes dannika dark seem like an amateur.

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  • Quinn8
  • 04-12-2017

loved it!

really enjoyed the book, the reader was good too, although you need to overlook the Irish accent!

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  • MELANIE
  • 02-09-2017

Excellent

Really enjoyed this book and cannot wait for the next in the series also brilliantly narrated

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 05-08-2017

Great way to escape.

I've thoroughly enjoyed this story, particularly the narration.

Ive found that the narration can make or break an audio book and this one is aldantastic to enjoy. Each character has their own distinct voice and Raven's tone of voice stays badass. (So many narrators use weak tone of voice with a strong character - not this one!!)

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 08-07-2017

Awesome!! She never fails to deliver!

Great story that has you hooked and gasping for the story that just keeps you reeled in.
Can't wait to see how the story continues.

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  • Rara
  • 29-04-2017

I LOVE THIS BOOK

This book is definitely the best audiobook I have listened to in a while, it kept me hooked and the narrator has a really nice reading voice with lovely tones that expose more of the story that you might have thought possible! I am a big fan of jeanine frost but this writer is going to be one of my new favourites.
This book has a whole new take on the supernatural world ... From vampires, mages through to grave walkers. The characters are endearing and some are troublesome but you soon change your way of thinking as the book progresses.
Raven is a lost half-breed who finds trouble and exterminates it but is later discovered by the supernatural non-official group called Keystone and that's when the fun really starts!
THIS IS A MUST FOR THOSE INTO THE SUPERNATURAL (I have discovered a whole new version of the supernatural in this book and I love it)