Its a wonderful book, one of my favorites, but the monotone narration ruined it.
Robert Petkoff or Eric G Dane
I loved the book, the narrator just ruined in by speaking in monotone and had the same voice for every character.
After listening to quite a few audiobooks, with narrators who use accents for the characters, use different voices for each characters including male and female, I was very disappointed in this audiobook. Jim Fangione used basically a monotone, gruff voice throughout the entire book, with no excitement when called for, nor soft voice when needed. When a female voice was present, his narration was just as masculine as the male characters. I won't be purchasing any other books narrated by this man, when there are others with such wonderful talent such as Robert Petkoff and Eric G.Dane. I'll read the books that Fangione narrates, and listen to the others.
This is my number one audiobook series
Butch O'Neal is one of my favorite characters
Love Jim Frangione!
I listened to it while driving to and from work... I didn't mind the extra trips to the store.
I work full time, go to college full time, and a mother of three, the only time I get to "read" for pleasure is while I'm driving... love this series, helps keep me sane!
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 was surprised by this novel for several reasons. I didn't think I would like it since the main character was one that I was not invested in initially from his portrayal in earlier books in the series. That changed dramatically as the book progressed. This book is different from the others and yet has that intensity that JR Ward is know for.
Actually, while I learned to love Butch, Vishous was my favorite. His friendship with Butch is so intense and powerful that it changed my attitude towards both of them.
When V finds Butch after the Lessers had him is such a powerful scene. V's determination to save him at all costs just floored me. He acts so selfless and he faces the overwhelming odds with such ruthless cunning yet at the same time underneath it all he is so fragile. It really moved me.
What if everything you knew about yourself was based on a lie and it took everything you had to find it... would you? Even at the risk of your own life? Butch is going to find out... and find love along the way.
Read the series in order.
Never trust anyone who doesn't enjoy reading.
Yes! This series is fantastic! I know I will be listening to every book again and again.
**SPOILER ALERT** When Butch turned into a vampire and then joined the Brotherhood. It was wonderful to see him finally find his place in the world.
**SPOILER ALERT** When Butch explained to Marissa what was making him fight the lessors for/with the Brotherhood. It was very moving to learn his story and motivations.
I really enjoy this series. The author is great but the narrator is bad.
I have read other reviews that say the same but this narrator continues to read this series what a shame.
Incredible world developed for our enjoyment. Ward is a wizard; she knows just how to push the buttons of her audience. Awesome story line and character development, you really feel a part of the action. Lovely fantasy opportunities.
Yes, I would if they liked reading Gothic fiction and was familiar with the books in the Black Dagger Brotherhood series.
When Butch is inducted into the BDB and then wed to Marissa.
The timber of his voice....he brings a male voice to the stories.
Marissa frustrated me frequently. She was very stubborn and refused to allow communication to help ease misunderstandings.
I haven't be disappointed yet by this author! These stories bring you into this world and keep you there, it holds your attention and keep you right in the middle of the situations. Thank you to this Author and to Audible books!
Jr Ward just makes you keep coming back and wanting more of his books. I have listened to this series several times so far.
As I listen more to audio books I realize how important the narrator is. Jim Frangione is amazing. He has made the Black Dagger Brotherhood books come alive. The books are great, but it is his narrating that brings them to such a high level. Please - make sure Jim continues narrating these!