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World of the Lupi
1 : Tempting Danger

by Eileen Wilks
Jun 1, 2013
8 Hours
7
978-1-59950-980-8
Ages 18+
A bold new world where the magical and mundane co-exist in an uneasy alliance--and a cop balanced on her own knife-edged struggle is their only hope against a cold-blooded killer.

Lily Yu is a San Diego police detective investigating a series of grisly murders that appear to be the work of a werewolf. To hunt down the killer, she must infiltrate the clans. Only one man can help her--a were named Rule Turner, a prince of the lupi, whose charismatic presence disturbs Lily. Rule has his own reasons for helping the investigation--reasons he doesn't want to share with Lily. Logic and honor demand she keep her distance, but the attraction between them is immediate and devastating-and beyond human reason. Now, in a race to fend off evil, Lily finds herself in uncharted territory, tested as never before, and at her back a man who she's not sure she can trust.
 

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Director & Cast

Director Colleen Delany
Starring Colleen Delany, Nanette Savard, Danny Gavigan, Matthew Bassett, Michael Glenn, Michael John Casey, Nora Achrati, Tim Carlin, Katy Carkuff, David Jourdan, Elizabeth Jernigan, Terence Aselford, Tim Getman, Jeff Allin, Faith Potts, Lily Beacon, Gregory Gorton, Mort Shelby, David Harris, Evan Casey,Yasmin Tuazon, Drew Kopas, Tim Lynch, Nick Depinto and Kimberly Gilbert
Book Adapted for GraphicAudio by Timothy Lynch
Dialogue Editors Thomas Hogan
Sound Designers Thomas Hogan
Original Theme Music Thomas Hogan
Additional Original Music Thomas Hogan
Cover Illustrator Jahbulani Ori
Producers Richard Rohan and Duane Beeman
Executive Producer Anji Cornette

Reviews

Intriguing by Cassiopeia (Posted on 10/19/2016)
A far more mature version of Twilight with actual stakes and 'realistic' magical beings. As introductions go, Tempting Danger was a fun first dip into the shallow end of an extremely deep World Pool, just enough to get my feet wet and tempt me with questions, but not so much that I felt overwhelmed. The acting, as usual, was fantastic--though I'll admit to a heavy partiality for Danny Gavigan's sexy voice (does he star in anything else besides this and Elantris? Must research...)

The things that were not-so-great were story and writing related--skimping on the action, obvious yet unnecessary hold-outs on information a character is specifically thinking about (why couldn't we know that Grandma Changed into a tiger when it happened? We're told explicitly at the beginning of the second book like it was common knowledge so it's not like it was a secret, but I digress)--and so not a reflection on GraphicAudio who, I believe, did a fantastic adaptation.
World of the lupi Tempting Dangers by John (Posted on 10/17/2016)
Wow!! You never know what to expect next...keep it coming
Effing awesome by Amy (Posted on 9/30/2016)
Well damn, this was such a kickass urban fantasy/paranormal romance. I loved being in the world of the Lupi (Ha.) Well o listened to the short story Only Human before this, I felt like the world expanded a bit for me while listening to this. I basically inhaled this story in a day and a quarter, and am currently writing this review at almost 6 in the morning. That should tell you just how much I enjoyed this story.

Lily and Rule were great characters, separate and together. I loved Lily's take no shit attitude, and Rule just hits some of my usual "Book Boyfriend" criteria. I also loved Cullen, seeing him again was wonderful, despite what he goes through. Lily's grandmother fascinates me. I really hope we find out more soon.

The writing was on point, and Graphic Audio always turns out for their productions.
I was waiting for the graphic audio by Paul (Audiobook Reviewer) (Posted on 4/15/2016)
I remember reading this book a couple of years ago, and I recall that I liked it but it seemed to be missing something….I don’t recall what (stupid me did not do a review at the time) but that something that makes you want to devour every book in the series back to back seemed to be missing. I had every intention of continuing the series but as my TBR list got longer and longer this one just got set further and further back. Now I know why, I was waiting for the graphic audio so I would have that full cast narration that just adds so much more to the storytelling. I LOVED the graphic audio for this story. The narration was great and the voices really seemed to fit the characters. I found the story to be much more engaging with this then simply reading it and cannot wait to move on to the rest of the series.

I’m not going to go into the details of what the book is about, if your reading this review you have most likely read the blurb on the book above so I’m not going to try to reword it. One thing that really stood out for me with this is the main character, Lily Yu. I have not read to many books (Urban Fantasy or others) with the heroine being Asian American and since it is not something I see/read often I found it very refreshing. I liked Rule as well, when I initially read the book the whole “chosen” one did not really work for me but having the story narrated seemed to make a difference for me. There were a lot of secondary characters and some of it was hard to keep track of….like what happened to the two magic users Cullen was with that the church group was looking for when they found him? Probably not important but that lack of follow up on them stands out to me. I enjoyed following Lily’s process to solve the murders and come to grips with “being a chosen” and watching Rule try to give Lily the space and time she needed to come to grips with who they were to each other. I really want to know more about Grandmother…..hopefully we get to see more of her and learn some of her secrets in future books.

One of my favorite lines from the story is while Rule is speeding from Clan home back into the City

“Lily cursed under her breath. He glanced at her, and pleasure fled. “I’ll slow down. You’re pale.” “I turn Caucasian at ninety miles an hour and up. Pay no attention.”

I know this type of narration would not work for all stories….but after listening to this, part of me wishes that all books could have this type of full cast narration…it just gives some much more “oomph” to the storytelling. So go on and get the graphic audio….you know you want too

Audiobook was provided for review by the publisher.
Awesome by Heather (Posted on 3/6/2016)
I really am enjoying this book
Good acting sound effects over done by Michelle (Posted on 12/31/2015)
I wanted to love this soooo bad. But I couldn't. There's too much sound. The music, the sound effects, & dialogue is overwhelming and exhausting. I love the books. I own all of the paperbacks, so I know the story is awesome. But this production sounds like a singer who over embellishes a note and feels like an action movie with too much CGI; so focused on flash that it overpowers what makes the story great. It forgets that sometimes silence and simplicity conveys more...
Only Graphic Audio Could Pull This Out by Gévaudan (Posted on 10/23/2015)
I've been picking up Graphic Audio CDs for several years now. Most of what I gravitated toward has been the DC and Marvel titles. I was thrilled to see my long time favorite Wolf's Hour.

When I saw another werewolf series, I couldn't resist.

I give the cast, crew, and production 5 stars. Graphic Audio has always been my first choice over the usual audio books read by a single person. Much more fun with multiple cast members and sound effects.

The story itself was almost painful to someone who has slogged through dozens of books almost exactly like this one. I love werewolves, so I've read a lot of urban fantasy and paranormal romance / mysteries.

If this is your first foray into the genre, then this isn't a bad place to start. Graphic Audio delivers in their usual spectacular way.

I really liked the fact Lily was Chinese instead of the usual blond, blue eyed, large chested female lead. She's a likable character but there was nothing that really made her stand out. A few quirks here and there gave her a little substance, but for the most part she could have been swapped with a half dozen female leads I can think of off the top of my head. The same could be said for the supporting characters and world itself.

Protagonist has a tragic back story involving childhood trauma
Female werewolves are either rare or non existent
She has one supernatural power
Protagonist is a cop/detective/consultant for law enforcement
Werewolves are intensely attractive
Something happens to single her out that the most important and most attractive werewolf falls for her.
He has the typical Alpha Male Wolf protectiveness
World building and system for how magic works in that world is underdeveloped and weak
The social structure of the werewolves, aside from being Clans rather than Packs has been done to death
Story and mystery were very weak and hardly gripping material

Other series in this genera make their protagonists and characters really stand out. This group just came across as a boring mash up of tropes. They also made very few mistakes. When they did, it all turned to their favor. Thus boring.

A+ to graphic audio for making it good because I'd have buried it in the back yard had it been a regular audio book.
Review by Wade (Posted on 7/30/2015)
The cast was excellent. Lily's voice drew me in the story.
Full Cast Makes It Better by Jennifer (Posted on 5/19/2015)
Read the full review at onebooktwo.com | one book, two reviews.

I picked up this book many years after it was first published. I was interested in some of the later books in the series that were listed as Urban Fantasy, but of course wanted to start at the beginning. The review I read for Tempting Danger said that, despite the cover and marketing, this book was more UF than PNR. I’m not sure I totally agree with that statement, but since the protagonists weren’t trying to make out WHILE being chased by monsters, I’ll let it go. ;)

Main characters: ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ I found the character of Lily Yu easy to like. She’s not only a woman in a “man’s” job; she’s a strong-willed woman from an Asian family. Yes, both of these statements play to a stereotype – just remember the book is at least 11 years old. Lily is working on her first big case as lead detective and desperately wants to prove her abilities. During the investigation, she gets sideswiped by a mystical mating bond to the city’s most famous playboy werewolf. Like her, I’d be furious at what’d I’d perceive as a forced pairing with someone she’s not even sure she likes, especially when it’s a distraction from a big career break. To top it all off, she can’t even get away from the guy she’s supposedly bonded to without terrible physical pain, so he’s hanging around all the time. Lily has plenty of family telling her what to do with her life; she doesn’t need the cosmos doing it as well.

At the same time, Rule Turner, highly visible representative of his werewolf pack, acknowledged heir, and socialite playboy, is experiencing one of the most honored experiences in his culture – that of having a Chosen. Yet, he can hardly enjoy the experience when his chosen is angry, doesn’t think much of him, and doesn’t believe in the blessings of his goddess. If that wasn’t enough, Rule has to help his Chosen solve a series of murders that seem to indicate that werewolves are killing humans before the backlash begins. Rule tries hard to be patient with Lily and does a pretty good job; but, at the same time he’s holding things back from her and that complicates the relationship. The two may be Chosen for each other, but they neither know nor trust each other quite yet.

Other characters: ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ Rule’s friend Cullen, is a werewolf disowned by his clan because of his talent for sorcery. He is quite the smart-ass and like to appear to have flexible morals, but he comes through in the end. Max, the goblin who owns the nightclub Rule frequents, is vulgar but loyal. My favorite secondary character is Lily’s grandmother. Though Grandmother’s nature isn’t revealed in this book, we do know she is something … more.

World: ♥ ♥ ♥ The world is full of the supernatural, though normal humans may not notice. Werewolves have just recently announced their existence; but, there is still fear and prejudice. It’s not quite clear if other types of supernaturals are common knowledge, but I don’t think so. There are also powerful, inter-dimensional beings labeled as demons or gods. One of these gods, along with a few humans, is trying to break into our world. I don’t think I cared much for the villains of the book. There were stereotypical and didn’t interest me much. Hopefully as the series progresses, the villain will change.

Story: ♥ ♥ ♥ Everyone’s world is getting tossed upside down! Part of the story is how Lily and Rule deal with the mate bond; part is how they deal with the murders and the underlying cause of the murders. The story keeps moving and there are enough mysteries solved to make the ending satisfying.

Narrator: ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ Again, the GraphicAudio full cast recording with background sounds made the story rich.

Overall: ♥ ♥ ♥ I like Rule and Lily and Cullen, but this first book didn’t quite suck me in as much as I would have thought. I think when I originally started reading the series, I read the first two or three books, and then trailed off. I kept buying the novels and even short stories, mind you, believing I’d get back to it. So there was enough there to make me want to continue – probably the promise of a good urban fantasy in the future.
Thumbs up by Victor (Posted on 4/27/2015)
I am NOT either a romance or a muder mystery read fan. So why do I have 11 in this series now, it's that good! Romance, mystery, magic, and werewolves all entange in a entertaining story(ies).
great story. by Samuel (Posted on 4/13/2015)
Loved the concept and the story line. Definitely recommend it if you are into the paranormal, especially wear wolves
Not my usual cup of Tea by Jermane (Posted on 1/4/2015)
I don't usually listen to paranormal romance novels much; the last time I did so was with the Dante Valentine series but I have to say I enjoyed this book.
Tempting Danger by Kathleen (Posted on 1/4/2015)
I liked it a lot and I'll listen to the rest of Lili and Rule's adventures
WORLD OF THE LUPI 1 : Tempting Danger by Hannah (Posted on 11/22/2014)
This was my first full length Graphic Audio production and I really enjoyed the experience. Excellent production, fun and fast paced book that kept my attention and made it hard to turn off. Looking forward to hearing the next in the series.
Tempting Danger by Jacob (Posted on 11/5/2014)
Loved this book
tempting danger by Daria (Posted on 9/25/2014)
Love this series!!!!
More Addictive than Chocolate by Michelle (Posted on 8/20/2014)
I was given this series to try out by a man who knows me so well. He said he thought I would like it. "THAT is an understatement. I LOVE it. I can't get enough of it. After listening to the first book I searched and searched every Pilot station in my state till I found the second. Then a friend told me about this web site and I'm like a kid in a candy store. With my job, having these books available is very helpful and this series is SOOOO awesome

I would totally recommend this series to my friends and I love how Graphic Audio does the performance its not just one voice droaning on and on in your mind it actually makes you feel like you are living it.
world of the Lupi 1 Tempting Danger by Gregory (Posted on 8/15/2014)
We were pleasantly surprised we enjoyed this book very much and looked forward to the next installment.
lupi series by Linda (Posted on 8/14/2014)
I like that it's about werewolves
WORLD OF THE LUPI 1 : Tempting Danger by Lisa (Posted on 7/10/2014)
Whether you have read the books or not, this series is addicting! The full cast brings the story to life!! Great Job!
Great Listen! by Lisa (Posted on 5/11/2014)
Love the book series, and once you get over your preconceived character images, the series if a great listen... I do love the sound effects in all graphic audio titles, as it certainly keeps you alert when driving long hours!!
world of the lupi by Laurel (Posted on 4/21/2014)
I enjoyed this serious a lot, however I found the person playing Lily to be a "stone" when it comes to bringing across any emotion into the character. I loved Nanette in Vattas War, but not so much in this one. (I also enjoyed Nanettes narration in Goblins). I very much enjoyed Cullens character.
Okay by Cynthia (Posted on 12/19/2013)
I had a hard time with the editing and the actor that plays Lily is too animated. I'll listen to them all because this is my favorite series, but I will be cringing a lot.
Good but suffers in comparison to original by Kimberly (Posted on 12/13/2013)
I am torn about this work. As a huge fan of the World of the Lupi series, I have been waiting hopefully for an unabridged audiobook version. I tried listening to the dramatized samples and, with reluctance, purchased the first four books of this series.

NEUTRAL

It took part of this first book to become accustomed to the voice actors - to both distinguish between the different male voices and to replace my preconceptions about how each character would sound. (Oddly, I have never had this problem with a single narrator audiobook - maybe because the written work has more cues to distinguish between speakers and this carries over to an unabridged audiobook.) Fortunately, this adjustment period wasn't repeated when listening to the other books in the series.

I could do without the sound effects. For me, they don't add anything to the story and seem loud and intrusive - more comic than natural sounding. But this is mostly minor and a matter of personal taste.

GOOD

The voice actors do an excellent job and match the characters well. I especially appreciate how the actors bring the minor characters to life.

Since this is a dramatized work, some of the scenes have been removed and others slightly altered. Fortunately, this is handle very well from a plot perspective.

BAD

Unfortunately, characterization suffers significantly from the editing. This is especially true in the many instances when actions and speech are attributed to a different character than the one in the original book. (I had several "huh?" moments when I paused the audio to check with the original.) I also greatly missed a lot of the thoughts, perceptions and revealed motivations of the point of view characters.
Wasn't sure by Vickie (Posted on 12/11/2013)
I wasn't sure that I would like this type of audio book but once I got used to it I really liked the format. I can't wait for book 5 and 6 to come out.
Tempting Danger by Natalie (Posted on 9/24/2013)
It's good enough for the long hauls but doesn't hold my attention as well as others do. It seems to be missing something in the whole effects of story lines.
World of Lupi Tempting Danger by Barry (Posted on 9/12/2013)
Great story, well done, well directed characters are very well fleshed out.....addictively leading in format and style.
Loved It! by Jordan (Posted on 8/30/2013)
I've been a big fan of this series for a long time and have been hoping for an audiobook version for years now. This is so much better than I ever could have hoped! The graphic audio format captures the complexity of the characters and the worldbuilding. I especially love the narrator's voice. I can't wait to start the second book - I'm trying to pace myself since there are only 3 books available right now!
Good first book of great series by Vicki (Posted on 8/27/2013)
I have been very outspoken against audio effects and music in my audiobooks on other audiobook blogs/forums. Imagine my surprise when I couldn't resist trying this book in the GraphicAudio style and for the most part, enjoyed it. This is one of my favorite UF series so I've been trying to get an audio publisher like Tantor to pick this up. Once I learned that GA had gotten it, I had to at least give it a try. For someone who is mostly anti-effect/music audiobook addict, the first hour or so was a bit challenging with the public crowd scene followed by the bar scene. Since I've read and re-read this series more than a few times, I was able to keep up with the story. I found this style of audio production takes more concentration than a straight forward voice actor performance because you are getting much more audio input to process. (i.e., Opera music in background when character put on some opera...) I think GA does this sort of production MUCH better than a normal audio production company (Penguin is ESPECIALLY bad IMO) who adds in a few effects or music at certain points because it seems the effects or music is so much louder than the narration, it's a struggle to follow the actual scene after listening to the rest of the book without those distractions. The romance scenes are a bit distracting in this style I must admit. Luckily Ms. Wilks is mostly a "fade to black" on the romance (so far as I'm remembering).

I enjoy this series so much, I am looking forward to getting the whole series in audio. If you enjoy UF, namely series like Mercy Thompson/Kate Daniels I think you'll enjoy this. If you're worried about the audio effects, you might be surprised by what you become accustomed to when listening to the whole thing as a "movie in your mind".
Entertaining Story by Todd (Posted on 8/24/2013)
This story was very entertaining to me. It helped me pass the long miles on the road. Lets just say that I enjoyed it well enough to by book 2. Now I am waiting for the 3rd book to come out. The only problem i had with the book was there were times that the narrator was speaking over the actors so you missed some of the dialog. I give it 4 1/2 stars out of 5 for this reason.

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