Grandma bibliophile! Audible books make reading with an active life possible.
This first book was unique enough as a romance novel, that the romance part of it was sort of just there. I really ended up liking the characters, and it was an interesting concept for a vampire story. There are the typical "romantic" interludes, which to me began to sound the same in all of the books quite quickly, but the stories around those scenes were good enough for me to get past that. This book is about Wrath, the reluctant king of the vampires, and his friend's half-blooded daughter, who Wrath is initially reluctant to help. After Darius, the friend, is killed he feels obligated and of course has to help her, reluctant or not, and falls in love with her. The side characters have some depth to them, and I actually found myself wanting to read the rest of the series. (which I did)
I generally don't like romance novels, basically because it's a regurgitation every time of a man and a woman with horrible communication skills. They don't get along but are really attracted to each other, and by the end of the book the physical attraction, and firework sex, gets them to the point they can talk, and eventually live happily ever after. This book does have some of that, but the story itself was pretty good, and I liked the narrator. I don't recall having heard Jim Frangione before, but his performance was more than adequate. I don't know that I'd put him up there in the top 5, but he never irritated me with mispronunciations and some of the other things that some narrators do, which keeps him off of my "not going to listen to that guy again" list.
Fun great story with a new twist on on old story. It was fun to listen as the story unravels. Characters are well articulated individuals - gotta get the next one,
This book reminds me of King of Thrones because the twists and turns are so interesting.
The dark side of the story is well illustrated by his gravely deep voice.
When our lovers - - love.
This looks to be great new series to get to meet and know a new cast of characters.
I didn't like that a man performed this at all. Besides that fact that it didn't make a lot of sense to me that a man performed it, I also thought he was awful. He was very melodramatic in a way that made an already fantastical story even more unbelievable. There is a lot of exposition and internal thought that I could do without but the characters are interesting and the story kept my attention. Worth the download.
I am in love with James Alexander Malcom Mackenze Frazer.
Its a good seris it you want to get hot and bothered . I do like how the seris progress through each character and gves them a fore front in each book. The unfortunate is you have to listen to the seris in progression or you will get lost.
passionate reader and vegan
No but I enjoyed listening to the book. I chose to start my 'audible initiation' with a book I had read at least 3 times in order to learn to listen. It took some time to adjust to the narrator (Mr. Frangione); I had voices and intonations of my own from previous reads. However good and enjoyable the audio version was, it still doesn't compare to the sounds and images that my mind creates when reading.
Any of the Black Dagger books as they are a mythology and series unlike any other I've read. Larissa Ione's books are also the writing style I like. I recently 'discovered' Karen Marie Moning, so she will join that band of writers that I will read whatever they write.
I had to adjust to Mr. Frangione and after 4 books now, am still adjusting. I think it helps that he is the consistent narrator; you know what you are going to hear. I do wish there had been the addition of a female narrator for the women's voices. I am also not sure if the author (J. R. Ward) had a hand in the selection of the narrator and/or the confirmation of certain pronunciations of the Brotherhood words, such as shellan and hellren. I was initially put off by Mr. Frangione but in all fairness that was because I had read the book several times and had my own 'voices' established. After listening for a few hours, he became more real and I began to listen to the book instead of him.
Wrath, of course, because the book is about him. He sets the stage for the rest of the series. Each brother has a 'fatal flaw' that requires sacrifice and redemption; Wrath is no exception. A second favorite character is the Scribe Virgin who is a holy being. She is something else.
This series is by far and away my favorite series. With 10 books current and one due out next year, J.R. Ward has created and continues to evolve one of the complex and powerful mythologies around. There are no weak books but books that I do like more than others in the series.
I read equal parts NF + F: (Follet + Tolstoy + Hillenbrand + Monk Kidd + Preston+Child), practical, hands on guides, + KidLit.
I was pleasantly surprised by how well-written this was. The characters were well-developed and consistent, the plot was tight, and the voice, although not strong or distinct, was clear. I could even buy into the crazy vampire names like Wrath and Torment. The book was a little heavy on the sex scenes for my tastes, but seemed appropriate for the characters. I would recommend this book to those who enjoy vampire literature and men with a hardcore, primitive nature.
The narrator did a great job but the cover of the book was confusing for me. The main vampire character is supposed to have longer black hair and the lead female is also supposed to have thick, dark, wavy hair and be a real beauty.
I just may pick up the next book in the series...
At first it took me a few minutes to give the moderator a chance. His voice is so distinctive and usually I prefer women readers. But Jim Frangione was simply incredible once I adjusted a bit to the style. The story is addictive. I have recommended this story to 9 friends and ALL of them adored it - and we are totally enjoying talking about the series together. Its easy to fall in love with the characters, the women are strong or are learning fast and the dialogue is quite funny and fun. Sexy, funny and a great story - what's not to love? Cannot wait till the next one - not coming out till March of 2013 - its in the calendar!
Yes, definitely. I read the series in paperback a few years ago. After recently joining Audible, I bought a couple fairly long books (80+ hours of listen time) and then decided to dive in to a familiar series with shorter books. I love the length of these novels along with the awesome story line. It's a great take on a vampire romance. It's steamy, well written, and not totally predictable.
Unlike some previous reviewers, I didn't really care for his narrating. I felt like it was kind of robotic a lot of the time and didn't really convey the text how I originally read it. I would never seek out another book solely based on him being the narrator, but I wouldn't eliminate a book in my lineup because he is the narrator either.
So far this ranks high in the books I've listened to. I usually listen to romance only, but this book has a good mix of romance, drama, excitement, it certainly keeps you on the edge.
Wrath, he sounds powerful, handsome and extremely inteligent and most of all so devoted and in love with Elizabeth. Wow, where do you find such men in real life:)
Perfect title, can't come up with anything more appropriate for a vampire lover.