AUDIO BOOK REVIEW: THE LAST VAMPIRE by R A STEFFAN & JAELYN WOOLF NARRATED by GWENDOLYN DRUYOR @RA_Steffan

Posted on August 5, 2019 by Nadene @ Totally Addicted to Reading in 2019 Audio Book Challenge, Audio Book Reviews, Jaelynn Woolf, Narrator 2 stars, R A Steffan, story rating 3 stars, Urban Fantasy / 23 Comments

Title: The Last Vampire
Series:The Last Vampire #1
Author: R. A. Steffan, Jaelynn Woolf
Narrator (s): Gwendolyn Druyor
Publisher: R. A. Steffan
Source: Audiobook Boom in exchange for a honest review/KU
Format: Audio Book/ebook
Release Date: December 7, 2018
Length : 6hrs and 21mins
Speed: 1.4x
Purchase:  AudibleAmazon

The Last Vampire, Book 1 is the start of a potentially good series.
The story began on an interesting note. I met a 26-year-old Zorah Bright who found herself plunged into the supernatural world when she encountered Rans, a vampire in her garden shed. My interest was further piqued when the said vampire’s attempt to glamour her failed. She remembered every detail of the encounter. Just when she thought things could get no worse, she lost her job, and the police is looking to arrest her. Then she discovers she is succubus hybrid i.e. half human, half succubus.  How much more can she handle?
Now I went into the story expecting to be reading about a vampire. Who wouldn’t, given the title of the book? A vampire made an appearance, however the focus of the story was on Zorah.  I found her to be an interesting character, although sometimes I found her actions annoying.  I learnt that Rans is a centuries old vampire and the last of his kind. He also took it up on himself to be Zorah’s protector.  However, I wished the authors had provided more about him, so I could understand what drove him. 
Zorah and Rans had lots of chemistry.  I sensed instantly that they would share intimate moments.
The secondary characters are an interesting bunch. I am curious to learn more about them, especially Zorah’s father. 
The authors went into so many details, which led to the story moving at a slow pace. Despite the slowness, I found the storyline interesting. I was curious to know how the events would unfold.
Given the circumstances, I was happy that romance was not the focal point of the story. There were some passionate moments, but it did not take over the story.  I thought this aspect was well done, and fitted the story perfectly.
Everything was going so well until that cliffhanger of an ending, which left me with so many unanswered questions.
Narration
I am not a big fan of the narrator. Her male voices were fine, but she made the heroine sound like a whining and bratty teenager. 
Conclusion/Recommendation
Overall, not a bad story. I will read the next book as I need answers, but I am not sure if I will continue with the audio version.
STORY
NARRATION

There’s a smokin’ hot dead guy locked in my garden shed.
That part’s bad enough. But now, he’s trying to get out.

Growing up, my father always told me that I’d come to a bad end, just like my mom did when I was a kid. Hearing that kind of shit when you’re little eventually gets to a girl, but I can’t say I ever expected my ‘bad end’ to involve an angry vampire with a severe case of iron deficiency and a panty-melting English accent.

Maybe I shouldn’t be surprised. Ever since my mother was assassinated, I’ve felt like there was something vast and frightening hidden beneath the fabric of the world. Something none of us are supposed to know about.

So far, finding out I was right hasn’t been nearly as satisfying as I’d hoped. I guess the trick will be staying alive long enough to shout ‘I told you so’ from the rooftops.

But before I can do that, I really need to figure out if the vampire who just bit me is one of the good guys or not.

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23 responses to “AUDIO BOOK REVIEW: THE LAST VAMPIRE by R A STEFFAN & JAELYN WOOLF NARRATED by GWENDOLYN DRUYOR @RA_Steffan

  1. Robin Taylor

    Great review. I have always reviewed audiobooks over the years – except for two.

  2. RO

    You already know I don’t listen to audio reads because I fall asleep(lol), but I love a good vampire story, or what I think is a vampire story. The cliffhanger thing is a big no. I remember reading this really good thriller years ago,and was expecting the next book in the series in the next two months. It’s 5 years later, and I’m still waiting(lol) Hugs, RO

  3. Lindy Gomez

    This story sounds like it didn’t give you enough answers and background info. Cliffhanger endings are brutal too. I’m glad that the storyline was interesting!

    Lindy@ A Bookish Escape

  4. Debbie Haupt

    more info on the characters is always a good thing, thanks for sharing Nadene

  5. Katiria Rodriguez

    Great honest review, this book looks and sounds really great I might need to check it out myself one day. I am really glad you overall enjoyed this book, thank you so much for sharing your awesome post and for putting this book on my radar.

  6. One of the reasons I can’t stand audio books as I don’t like others reading them. I prefer to hear my own thoughts – hope that made sense. I also can’t concentrate on them. Great honest review.

  7. kindlemom1

    Sorry the audio version of this wasn’t great at all. I hope if you pick up the next book, it is much better for you!