Thursday, May 10, 2012

PNR Audio Review: Slave to Sensation

Slave to Sensation (Psy-Changeling, #1)Slave to Sensation
by Nalini Singh 
(Psy-Changeling #1)
Angela Dawe (Narrator)
Audiobook, Unabridged
Published April 28th 2011 by Tantor Audio
Nalini Singh dives into a world torn apart by a powerful race with phenomenal powers of the mind—and none of the heart. Born a Psy, Sascha Duncan must hide the emotions which mark her as flawed. But a passionate Changeling will tempt her to reveal everything—and risk her very soul.


I’ve had this series on my TBR list for a long time. So when was having a sale I grabbed books 1, 2 and 4, 5 (yes I don’t have 3 in audio but I have it in ebook). I really wish I had only used one of my credits on this series. I didn’t love the narrator. IMO she didn’t change her voice enough for the male characters and I found myself a little confused from time to time about who was speaking or thinking. But since I have the others I will continue to listen to them. But I can’t help but think I would have enjoyed reading Slave to Sensation more than I did listening to it.

While I didn’t love the narration of the book I did enjoy the story and the idea behind the world that Nalini Singh built. It felt like a mix between Lora Leigh’s Breeds Series and the Matrix.

Within the Psy-Changeling world you have three races; human, Changeling (weres/shifters) and the Psy. The Psy are engineered beings that have over the years learned to live without any emotions. They only live by what is logical. (Think Vulcans from Star Trek)

PsyNet made me think of the Matrix where people plugged into each other but as where a person that dies in the Matrix will die in real life; a Psy will die without being connected to the PsyNet. Their brain will not work without.

So when Sascha starts feeling emotions she is afraid that her shields in her mind that she has made over the years will break and the rest of the Psy will learn that she is “broken”. And because the Psy believe they cannot leave the Net, she knows that her days are numbered.

After Sascha is paired with a Lucas, the alpha of a Changeling Leopard pack, her emotions really start to take off. Lucas shows Sascha the ways of lust and passion. After she learns what it’s like enjoy the feel of Lucas’ touch she learns what it means to be pack and to get a different kind of touch through the other Changelings.

Over all the plot and characters were descent, I’m hoping that Slave to Sensation just fell into the first book in a series trap and that I will enjoy book two, Visions of Heat, more.

 Slave to Sensation is available at:

I bought my copy at


  1. i love this series! not sure what the audio is like but i love the books. like with any long running series, it has its ups and downs. but overall i feel like the world is so unique and there are so many great characters. the latest one, kiss of snow, was fantastic. hope you enjoy the rest of the series.

  2. I did like this one, but I don't know why I wasn't excited about continuing the series, I'll wait for your review of the next one and see if I can muster some enthusiasm.
    So many people love this series, there's got to be reason why.
    You might be right, maybe it's a better read than listen.

    1. I'm enjoying the 2nd book on audio better than this one. I wonder if there was a different "direct" or "producer" because the narrator does a better job with the male voices than she did with this one.

  3. I admire people who use audio books! I can't stay awake through it!

    As for Singh, I haven't read any of her books but I've read a lot of good stuff about it.

    Talk Supe

    1. The first audio I tried years ago was one of the Harry Potter books and it put me to sleep. LOL

      But I've come to enjoy them. LOVE the Kate Daniels series on audio and Downside Ghosts too.

  4. Like you, I've had this series on my TBR forever. I swear, I'm going to start it one of these days...

  5. Jennifer and Jen - this is in my top 5 all time favorite series. I don't know if I could do it on audio, but the books are wonderful. World building, sensual, action packed... I'm glad, Jennifer, you are giving them a go. Book 5 and 9 are my favorites to date.


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