I'm semi-retired at 67 and a recent Cancer survivor.
I have read this book twice; listening to it brought an added dimension to the story and the characters.
I love the title character, Vishous. He is such a contradiction, at once capable of great love and simultaneously of great hatred (hence the name). As with all of the Brothers, he has a flaw that often puts him seemingly beyond hope and redemption. It's his story toward that final redemptive peace that is the hallmark of all of the BDB books...for me, his story just resonated (as with Zsadist).
I am not a fan of Mr. Frangione and have to get past the lackluster vocals to absorb the story. I am not sure of the pronunciations of certain words and if they are from the actual author's review (e.g., shellan/hellren). His relating of the female voice leave much to be desired in intonation and cadence--this is especially true in another book to be reviewed later. It is a bit of a deterrent that Mr. Frangione is the narrator for the entire series but not so much as to keep me away from the brilliance of the stories/writing. More of a tribute to J.R. Ward.
No..I prefer to listen to the book in smaller increments and as time permits. Am not one to listen with a lot going on around me (e.g., during the day at home) but do like taking it to the gym...makes the treadmill/elliptical bearable. That being said, I do find myself setting the sleep timer for 15 minutes and re-setting it quite frequently..."just one more time".
I have recommended this book--this entire series--to several people. Lover Unbound marks a noticeable shift in the Black Dagger books--we start to see a diversification of plot-lines and focus in on more characters within each novel. I think this contributes to the depth of the storytelling, although it is true that this broader perspective does take some of the focus of the book away from V and Jane. There's is a complex relationship, since V has a lot of baggage and Jane is so locked into her own head that she's difficult to relate to. But one of the things that I love about J.R. Ward is that the story doesn't end when the novel does. She returns to this relationship in Lover Unleashed, and while I feel that Lover Unbound has a satisfactory ending, the fact that Ward revisits these characters and further develops them in a later book makes the close of this one seem more like a "to be continued" than a happy ending.
V's penthouse. If you're very vanilla you might not enjoy this book, but then again, if you're very vanilla you're probably not reading this series in the first place. Also, loved the scene with the demural--the interplay between V and Jane was very sweet. Then there's the end scene with the Scribe Virgin and the birds...
His pacing is excellent. He doesn't really differentiate voices in an obvious way, but somehow I never seem to have trouble knowing who's speaking--maybe it's just that Ward has given each character such a distinctive style. My one complaint about the narrator is that he sometimes really has trouble getting his tongue around some of Ward's heavy use of slang. Most of the time he's fine, but every once in a while he'll read something really awkwardly. But his voice is really deep and rich, which is exactly what I want in the narrator of a vampire novel.
It's a Black Dagger book! Each book in this series leaves you laughing, wiping away tears and counting down the days until the next one comes out!
I love listening to books when time permits! I enjoy this service its awesome!
Vishous!!! Has such a sorted past being the bloodleders son and enduring the torture and still being as strong as he is was super sexy! This book explores the S&M which was a added bonus for those who like the a surprise and not in a bad way if there is such a thing!!! I enjoyed this book thoroughly. I wont give the it away but let me say it was intense and I totally recommend this one!
No Lessers ... YAYYYYY
The special attention to the real characters!
same as the rest.. not that great!
Not really, got a little to wierd at sum points!
A ghost? Really .. WTH is this turning into? And did Laylah ever get her mess cleared up with the other side when they found out it was a John Matthew issue?????
I loved the story of V and Jane and how unexpected it was.
When V took Jane to his penthouse.
Yess. It's so hot!!
When he firsts meet his mom. I WAS LIKE WOW!
PERFECT! I Love his voice.
The whole book.
Wish I was mated to a brother. ;)
I am a 40ish woman with more interests than time but some of my favorite things are books, audio books and e-books. I have over 325 audio titles and have already listened to about 2/3rds of them. I drive over 25000 miles a year and my listening keeps me sane on the road.
High. I love this series and was curious about where the story was going after the pervious book. JR Ward and Jim Frangione did an excellent job with Vishous's journey and some of his history is just gruesome. V is another tortured character who channels his demons in some unique ways but he is forced to go in a direction he would never choose with his life and fights it with all his might. I really felt for Vishous and wanted him to find his joy.
Vishous's evolution and his conflicting feelings for both Butch and Jane. I loved learning his back story even though it was very painful to listen to and broke my heart. It also made me all kinds of angry and I enjoyed getting my inner rage on against the Scribe Virgin and the Bloodletter.
When V is recovering from the gunshot and is in the room with Jane. The interplay and building romantic tension was awesome.
Both. I laugh myself silly at some of the antics of the brothers but V's story really made me cry.
Read the series in order.
I read this book previously and really enjoyed the book but this terrible narrator made it difficult to enjoy.
This is one of my favorite series. Totally reccomended and worth every credit. Cant get enough. Moved on to book 6. Trust me you will enjoy this series.
Mom, cupcake froster at local gourmet shop, and avid listener to books while doing said frosting or housework. True audiobook addict!
I have to be honest, this book is not one of my favs in the BDB series, but it certainly is a must read. We finally find out more about Vishous, hear his internal battles, and discover why his past still haunts him.
Vishous is into some weird stuff so brace yourself for some BDSM - although it is not a highlight of the entire book.