Grandma bibliophile! Audible books make reading with an active life possible.
As I listened to these books I remembered why I don't like romance as a genre generally. The frequent sex scenes are unrealistic, the men are generally jealous and semi-barbaric, which is explained away in this series because it's part of their vampire nature. I actually thought the story line of the Brothers isn't that horrible, but the constant "What's doin?" and "You feel me?" started to drive me nuts.
The women are insecure and co-dependent, or just ignorant most of the time. I liked the story of Rhage and his curse, but the Sacred Scribe/Virgin? is a flat out witch, more like the short sited, emotional Gods of Olympus than a holy being. With her for an ally when the omega is just creating beings to fight the vampires, I can't figure out what else they're for, everyone is pretty much screwed. Life is a battle and the women were created to be docile cows, and of course the sex is frickin' life changing. Women remain virgins in this series for 300 yrs? That is of course because that is the ultimate gift.
It's a medieval society functioning in the modern day with horrible grammar and unlimited money. I finished the series and actually enjoyed some of the stories with characters I liked and disliked, but with the grammatical irritants, and the frequent disagreements between the men and women, generally because the males are possessive chauvinists, who can't see anybody else's point of view but their own, I found myself getting repetitively frustrated and/or irritated. I don't know why I keep reading series that I just "sort of" like when there are so many books I love. Every one of the relationships in the rest of the series are dysfunctional, conflict then wonderful sex. Ugh. (I guess I keep reading so I can find out what happens to everyone else, and it makes my life seem so good in comparison, free of a whiny, clingy partner.)
I love the Classic novels and most anything based in the nineteenth century.
Yes but with a different narrator.
The entire book was monotone. I almost didn't finish it. I wanted to know how it ended so forced myself to finish the book.
It was hard to distinguish which character was talking, even from male to females..
way to much sex. Did like the relationship parts.
greatly diminished it.
not sure, but I did enjoy his narration
did cause me to try showing more respect/reverence to my wife.
i really liked the story line, relationships and action in book one. i weathered through the sex parts. But book 2 really stepped up the sex. I did like the action, the relationships, and story line. I do realize that this was written for Women. Thought I'd give a male perspective.
Never trust anyone who doesn't enjoy reading.
What didn't I love best? would be a better question!
Zsadist.... I'm looking forward to book 3 which will be his story
When Mary approached Rhage in his beast form and soothed him.
WATCH ME NOW
J.R. Ward knows how to stir up the emotions with these characters. I am hooked! Not your run of the mill sappy love story. This is gut wrenching and I love it!
yes, I really loved the story of Rhage and Mary
I really hated the fact that Mary's disease came back and she was dying.
printed is better since the narrator is not all that great.
I love Rhage!
this is his story thats why I got the audiobook, so i could listen to the story when I cant read it.
Rhage, vishous and Rhevenge are my favs.. not to say i dont Love phury, zsadist, john mattherw, qhuinn, blay, wrath, tohr, payne and butch. i enjoy all tier stories this is one of the best series i have come across.
but rhage is one that just sticks out for me. i mean the huge tattoo and his curse soo awesome! i just wish he didn't fall into the background so much later on.
so many ways.. sounds too old for the slang, makes me feel awkward.. monotone no change in narration and speech even women's voices sound the same some time sits hard to tell what is being spoken and what is being thought. i mean so many times it says "in a growl" or "deep rumble" or "his voice was coarse" but everything sounds the same.
Also just FYI - its 2PAC to 2PACK only 10 min in and things are mispronounced.
yes i would listen to it in one sitting but the once again the narrator bugs me and makes me want to sleep.
can we petition to have theses books re read by some one else. maybe Phil Giante he did amazing with the fever series! it would be better if they recorded all books like shadowfever for instance.. where a man does the man portions and a women does all the female portions.
Love this series and all the characters. On to book 3. Totally recommend this series out of credits so with the dollars.
To All My Favorite Narrators: You are the voices in my head...
My opinion of this book will be biased due to the cancer plot point... Having recently lost someone to cancer I found this book very emotionally moving. Overall, I think this is a good second installment of the series. There were still moments a really wanted to roll my eyes, but overall I think this series is very stable.
Jim is still his ever "stuffy" self, but it doesn't ruin the listen. This is one of those books that you will have a very different experience if you read it as opposed to listening to Jim narrate. I stand by my opinion of bad casting that I gave in my review of book 1, but it's not the worst I have heard. Basically you have rough and tough, street wise, bad asses being read by a radio announcer. It will take about a 30 minutes listening curve to get used to. I still think the series is worth listening to, and I am getting attached to the characters - that in itself is a good review in my book.
Very entertaining and the narrator was good. These Brotherhood books rank right up there with any of the really good vampire books I have read. I like that these vampires don't have all the stereotypical vampire traits, ie, garlic, sleeping in coffins, etc.
The Black Dagger Brotherhood characters. These guys are so funny with their music and dress. I also like the developing friendships between Butch and the brothers.
The pauses between the paragraphs and the chapters are much too long! I kept thinking the book was over or my MP3 player was going on the blink. Shorten any further pauses.