This was a great book: good characters, strong plot, lots of action. The only problem I had was the narrator. He wasn't bad enough to detract, necessarily, but his accent and attitude reminded me too much of a goodfella and distracted me. I think I would have preferred to read it in print.
I have always loved vampire stories, and since I have exhausted many other sets, I needed a fresh series. I will say, that in the beginning of the book I was hating it. I didn't understand much of what was happening and had a hard time keeping the vast number of characters straight. But don't give up! It really does get better! I ended up really loving the book, and the fresh take on vampires and their society. The author does a great job of allowing the story to give you the angle of all the characters, and in the end there is good character development. The guy's voice annoyed me a little at first, too, but it also grew on me once I understood the characters better. I hope the succeeding books are as good.
I wanted to like this one.. I REALLY did. I'm a paranormal romance fan and this sounded like it would be right up my alley... boy was I WRONG! I don't know if it was the narrator, or if the book really was that bad. The voices sounded the same- all of them, and sometimes it was hard to follow. The sex scenes were uncomfortable to listen to- poorly read, and poorly written. They storyline seemed choppy and jumped around way too much to my liking. I will NOT be buying the 2nd in this series. If you want a great story with GREAT sex.. check out Jeaniene Frost or Karen Marie Moning (loved the "Fever"series).
I love this series, the men are so different you will fall in love with each one, they are perfect yet faulted. Wrath is awesome, but v and butch are God's gift. Narrator Jim Frangione does a great job.
Dark Lover marks the beginning of the most thrilling vampiric series. The series are full of action and seduction. These books become part of you and you can live the brotherhood experiences as it happens. A great well thought story. Two thombs up!!
Romantic suspense author of SEAL OF HONOR and WILDE NIGHTS IN PARADISE.
This is my all-time favorite series! I've read the all books twice, and decided to check out the audiobooks during a long car trip from TX to NY. At first, I had a hard time telling the Brothers' voices apart and I wasn't crazy about Z's voice. He sounded like a whiny teenager. However, the narrator did get better as the book went along--either that, or the voices just grew on me. I highly recommend a listen to any BDB fan! You'll fall in love with the Brothers all over again.
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.