Mark of the Demon

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4 out of 5 stars
By Farnham_red on 03-20-17

Mediocre start to a series that becomes stunning

In itself this is almost a fairly standard crime book with a demonic twist. In this book the emphasis is more on the work of our feisty detective as she tries track a serial killer with a little help from another realm.
This book is OK but nothing particularly special, however....

So far I have listened to the first 6 books and can say the series just gets better and better so its worth starting at the beginning and then working through the books.
From book 3 on wards I have immediately downloaded the next as it becomes really gripping and you need to know what happens next!

There is a bit of bedroom action, as seems the norm in most books of this type but I don't think its overdone, though Diana Rowland isn't at her best here as some of the dialogue is a bit cringe-worthy. Dianna's talents lie much more in the storytelling which in my opinion is far more important.

The Narrator Liv Anderson does a very good job - her voice is easy to listen to and she manages to give distinct voices to the major characters which makes it easy to follow.

I'd say this is the worst book of the series but its really essential to start here as too much background would be lost without, and its not by any means a bad book, just not in the same league as the later books in the series. I'd still say its well worth the credit though.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Sharon on 07-14-13

A delight!

I have read all of this series and I am a huge fan, I was well chuffed to see that it was now in audio format, the premise is what grabbed me at first a conjurer of demons a cop who does not really relate to everyday life, she prefers the company and challenge of summoning demons.
Gruesome ritualistic murders, an enigmatic FBI agent who does not add up and a very ancient demon you can see from the off set this series is going to be a corker, though I will say it now I am biased.

It's police procedural, mixed with an insidious evil, likeable characters including the manipulative powerful demon that you can't quite trust, it's multi-layered with a convoluted plot that sprinkles clues along the way that takes on to future plots.

Get it if you like your urban fantasy dark and gritty, and a series that just gets better and better with each book.

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5 out of 5 stars
By bettyandjohn on 03-11-15

Awesomely well written, a great enjoyable read

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Very much so, I enjoy such books and Diana Rowland has a rare gift like few others, only authors like Ann Rice, Chris Fieldwater, especially his new up and coming book Eternally in Love. sensual, sexy and O my why a book, Kim Woods is another great author in the class of Diana Rowland, Truly a great book to listen to.

Who was your favorite character and why?

very much the lady detective Kara and the way she became entwined in the story.

What does Liv Anderson bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

She is a great narrater and has a sensual voice, and carries the story extremely well

If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

Passions of the demon

Any additional comments?

A great read, I have only recently discovered this authors books and am the process of adding all her novels to over 370 plus audio books in my collection.

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4 out of 5 stars
By Linda Cooper on 12-28-14

Great story! A strong female cop and sexy demons!

Where does Mark of the Demon rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

One of the best stories I have listened too.

What did you like best about this story?

Loved the supernatural mixed with a (gruesome) murder mystery. Great concept of demons not being creatures of hell but more like 'aliens' living in another dimension. The plot and characters are very interesting and i will certainly read the next in series. (The narrator ruined it for me which is why I will read the next one!)

Did Liv Anderson do a good job differentiating each of the characters? How?

Erm, really hate to be negative but the narrator ruined it for me. Not great at differentiating the characters so I found I had to play close attention to which character was talking. She could have changed pitch and used a different accent for the characters...

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2 out of 5 stars
By Ozzymandias on 10-06-14

Too sleazy but with a glimmer of a story


I have just listened to the 6th book in the series having been though a period where I have the opportunity to simply keep listening straight through. Interestingly this is a book series that gets better towards the end of the series - some authors start off strong and the story fades but this is the opposite. The series starts off cheesy, each book in the beginning of the series has just enough of a story to persuade me to try the next one. My opinion of the first book:

The Bad:

Too smutty and sleazy: Given the relatively small size of the book too much of it is taken up with erotic scenes where moving the story along would be more entertaining. I just ended up scrubbing through to the next scene - boring! If nothing else this book reveals that men are not nearly shallow enough.

The Good:

The writing is entertaining, the interplay between the characters is funny, there is good scene description. The irony is that fantasy authors tend to have decent scene description which is good but science fiction authors - where the story takes place in the far future and/or different worlds where scene setting is more important often don't bother. Lazy buggers.

The book is not boring, I know that doesn't sound like much but if you want to invest money/credits on books the last thing you want is a story that simply drags on and on where the writer can not engage the reader. This author does at least that.

The Narrator:

The narrator reads slowly and clearly, this is a good thing but I ended up listening to this book at x3 speed. She also manages to give each character enough of a unique voice that story comes alive.


I gave this book two stars over all, it has a glimmer of a kernel of a story to it, which is why I kept going through the series. The last two/three books in the series are worth reading, readers can skip though the first lot of novels without loosing much since you get caught up in each novel anyway.

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4 out of 5 stars
By Judy on 10-29-13

Original and wierd!

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

I assumed that this was going to be another detective and was in for big surprise!! More like Tolkein on acid. Certainly makes you reassess what is real... Stralings? Great

How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?


What about Liv Anderson’s performance did you like?

I was so into the story that I didn't notice her ... this is a good thing

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?


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