There were several things that bothered me about this book. The main ones were that the scenes seemed incomplete and the 8 second pauses between scenes drove me batty. Battle/action/love scenes were horribly underdeveloped and if I were actually reading the book many couldn't have taken up more than 2 pages. The narrator did slightly change his pitch when talking as a female character but mostly the only difference in how he talked was if he added an accent (which again were poorly done). I might give this series one more try in the hopes that book 2 is better developed.
I read a sample chapter of this book on my kindle and it seemed interesting so I downloaded the audio book to finish the story during my commute. The narrator's voice is horribly monotone and depressing. The story might be ok but I can't listen to this guy for 14 hours...back to the book... I agree with the other reviewer who said this is the first audio book she considered returning.
I actually "read" all these books out of order so I'm reading the last one first. It really is a good start for this amazing series. Wrath, the reluctant king, and Beth, the daughter of Darius, are a great match. Love JR Ward's storytelling capability. There is a lot of violence and sex but there is more character development than in most any series I've ever read. Some complain about the lack of plot but these stories are really about the people and a complicated plot really isn't necessary. JR makes you care so much about these characters. The pace is just right. Plus I love the narrator. Really enhances the book experience.
I found this book uncomfortable to read. The story was kind of thin and the author filled the holes in with soft core sex scenes. At first i was intrigued by the hundreds of positive reviews and the character's modern vernacular. (i/e: Tohrment: "I'm outie.") But the overall book was not interesting enough to make me want to grab book two through... whatever.
Oh, yes it can. The writing is bad, I'm pretty sure. What I do know for sure is that the narration is horrific! I could read better out loud in 6th grade. There is no story telling with this kind of narrator, just reading, and he has a speech pattern to add to misery. So, every 5 sentences he pauses, and then starts up again with an emphasis on that word, whatever that word may be. It doesn't matter what is going on in the story or who is speaking, it's all the same. The same dialect, the same tone, the same voice! Blaaahhhh! I could barely get past the 1st chapter. I thought that this would have some sort of love story in it due to the title, but I will never find out. I don't find narrators that dictate a story very seductive. To say that I was disappointed is an understatement. I feel like I wasted my money.
I am a voracious reader and was looking for something new and came across J.R. Ward. I liked the characters, as always I want to know more. I was surprised at how quickly the relationships progress, yet the story is fast paced and I believe it goes along with the Vampire way of life. VERY intense in all aspects of their lives. Each Warrior has their cross to bear and loads of baggage that influence so many aspects of their and their brothers lives. The women in the stories each have their strength and weaknesses too that bring out more development in the primary characters and the other brothers as the stories progress. The Lessening Society has its part, I like seeing their evil plans develop, I just would like more brother time. I am surprised that many that have reviewed the audiobooks didn't state that they had read the hard copy of the books. I have read the entire series 3X. I put the audiobooks on my iPod to listen to the story while I work. I work overnight in a closed store with no customers and am on my feet and it's great to have someone read me the story while I work. Music is played overhead at work, I just like to have my own music or stories to listen to. I recommend the series, Jim Frangione has a nice voice, I had initially expected a different voice but he brings the stories to life. I'm thankful that I didn't have to wait for the audio books to come out one at a time. Finding them ALL available is a huge bonus for me. I recommend all the audiobooks based on having read the hard covers. Sexually explicit/language warning.
I see that people either love this series or they hate it. I'm thinking that they are only reading one book at a time, and not in order. If you Don't like Erotic Horror Fantasy. DON'T READ JR Ward books. I have read the first two of the "Fallen Angel" series and I'm hooked. That was the reason I started BDB. I am enjoying the BDB, but find the Fallen Angel series more to my liking so far. I'm up to book 4 in BDB and each one gives a different perspective of each member of the "Brotherhood". Erotic Horror Fantasy is not for everyone, and that is why I think it is important that you know what you are purchasing. I am enjoying the series so far and will continue. I am very much looking forward to the next "Fallen Angel"
I never listened to this book before listening to the 2nd, 3rd, 4th, and 5th novels. It left me with a sense that I was missing something. So, when this book was on the list for $4.95, I jumped.
It was good to learn how the series started. Narrator - I am now used to his shortcomings and he certainly wasn't great. He can't do female voices at all so it sometimes is confusing while listening to a conversation between a male and a female.
The novel certainly answered a lot of the questions I had about how some of the character came about and how they knew each other...etc.
And the most rewarding info.... I KNOW WHO JOHN MATTHEW IS!!!
Ha! That was great.
I just completed Dark Lover and am onto Lover Eternal. I can't stop listening, anytime I have a chance to put the audio book on I do. I am loving this series and am thrilled there are so many books left to go! Highly recommend the series.
I loved this series. Very hot and steamy love scenes. Very graphic killing scenes. If this does not bother you than I recommend this series.