Excellent Story! The characters are so real! J.R. Ward has created my favorite vampires. They were right up there with (Carpathian Dark Series) Christine Feehan and (Lords of the Underworld) Gena Showalters. At several points, I shed tears for Rhage and Mary. Of course, two minutes later, I was laughing with them, as well.
I need more ears!
I've been dancing around purchasing one of the BDB books for a while. Maybe I picked a bad one to start with, but wow. I should have just kept dancing.
This was so campy and unintentionally silly, it was hard for me to take anything about it seriously. WHAT AM I MISSING HERE?
The stilted and contrived macho dialogue between the so-called manly characters was beyond bad. Why do I need to know about their detailed necktie selections? Why do they live together in a place described as a "frat?" These are tough, sexy vampire men? They can't afford their own places? I suggest the author read other books to learn how to write male dialogue. Or how to write full stop.
Jim Frangione is hailed by many of the fans of this series for his performance, but again, I don't get it. He sounds over-the-top info-mercial to the point of farce. I've never listened to him read anything else, but after this, I won't be seeking him out. The so-called sexy parts were cringe-worthy.
There are some women that I follow, who love this series. I usually respect and seek out their recommendations. Maybe it's me, maybe the books are just dated. But for me, this was a waste of time and money. There are many, many books out there that are worlds above this one.
Absolutely not! I have read multiple authors of this genre and thoroughly enjoyed them. This book grinded on my very being.
Yes, while I was not impressed with the reading, I thought it was more the awful writing that made this a poor book.
None were impressive
This was so poor, it is hard to describe it. Men...immortal, fantasy, just the genre or however you want to classify and lure a person to read this dribble...DO NOT go around calling each other "my brothah"; at least not in this world. I find it stupid and insulting. If I save just one person from reading this book, I have accomplished much!!
Book & History Enthusiast
Overall I'd say I enjoyed this story. It's not the best I've experienced but certainly far from the worst. This is one of those times when I think if I had actually read the story, I would have enjoyed it more with the voices my own imagination would have come up with. I do have to say that the reader (Luke Daniels) is acceptable for the most part but his voice for one of the angels was distracting for me (he sounded like Jack Nicholson, really...Jack Nicholson an angel?) and he often spoke far too slowly for many of the male characters. Apart from that though he was fairly believable. I'm definitely interested in looking up some of the subsequent stories in this series.
I would recommend all of the Black Dagger Brotherhood books. They take you to a whole different world. When it ends, you can't stop thinking about it.
Frangione's voice is fantastic for the Brotherhood series.
Book is good but narrator has been wrongly cast. Pardon me, but it seems to me that every time I choose the pay for a narrator it is always a 50 year old man or woman voice the one that get to do the job. It is a vampire book for god sake.. so this means that it needs to be a young, deep and powerful voice, yes it is a a very old vampire but they happen to be always blessed with very young bodies, and this guy is also warrior not a peaceful old man. Women are the one that enjoy the most this story so even a woman voice too can work, but as well, not a grandma voice in here, neither one that sounds like a teacher or a preacher one...I am wondering if there is no young male or female voice actor in this business. Sorry to be so brutal, but the last thing I was expecting to listen was the voice of an old man reciting me erotic scenes ... I can't stand it. In the other hand he will sound amazing if he was reading LA Confidential or any Noire book, or let's say some Agatha Christie Poirot or so on. No disrespect to the age, but is like a parent figure were reading an erotic book to me....no..no..
If this is a detective or noire, yes more definitely.
I love the book, I hate the audio.
I've read others in this J.R. Ward series, and will read more. They're entertaining, good for a lazy summer afternoon.
I don't know if I'll listen to any more though, especially with Jim Frangione narrating. He made all of the women in the book sound like weak, docile creatures with no sex appeal. Yuck!
I may listen to another, but not if the main character is supposed to be a strong woman.
It passed the hours driving, but I could never do two in a row like some other audio books.
Disciple of the written word and Audible fanatic. I am an Urban and Epic Fantasy Fan. I also enjoy some Paranormal Romance.
The Black Dagger brotherhood is a very interesting series.
The characters are diverse and are very male. They are masculine with a venerability that makes them accessible; which is necessary in immortal warriors.
I don't care for the mixed slang. The characters supposedly have been around for centuries and are highly intelligent occasionally break into a pseudo ghetto slang that you usually only hear childish wanna be gang bangers use.
The reader in not the most expressive or exiting of narrators but you can almost forget him once you get into the story.
I know this seems to be a mixed review but the books evoke mixed feelings
#1. The story is quick moving and involving
#2. The characters are personable and will draw you in
#3. The world in a world is well thought out and intriguing
#1.The mixed slang will drive you crazy and the seeming occasional juvenile behavior is off putting.
#2. Narrator is not right for the book. He lacks emotion and expressiveness the story deserves.
#3. I don't really "get" the protagonist. What's their point?
Without a doubt. I love the BDB series and love to reread them. Sometimes I'm too busy to read so audio helps me get the enjoyment I love out of a good book by a great narrator. I drive 1 1/2 hr to and from work and sometimes I just want to hear a good book instead of the radio.
Rhage of course. I know it's his book but the book is written so well u can't help but fall in love with him. There is a lot going on around Rhage not just his story but his story is enough of a focus point to keep u reminded you're reading about him First.
Jim gives the book that extra masculine touch I could never give it.
Even though the whole book was great and it's focused on Rhage. I loved when John Matthew finally gets a filling meal and then of course the ending which I don't want to give away.
Sassy dialogue, humor, and a great reader are important to me.
great listen and pulls you into a fast pace world.
the dragon pushing his nose into our heroine
If you start this seriers, you will not be sorry.