The dialogue was ridiculous. No one talks like this. Also, the narration was horrible. I was really looking forward to this after other great reviews but they must have been on crack!
All of them since it was so poorly written.
I love this genre. But everything about this was disappointing.
When I clean, drive or exercise I listen to romance. The steamier the better but it must have a great story as well!
I know this book has been reviewed to death but I have to share my thoughts. I read this book when it first came out several years ago and was instantly addicted. I bought it on CD as soon as it was released (although it was terribly expensive). I decided to get it on Audible for the convenience of downloading through their iphone app. This book is amazing and the series that it begins is mind boggling! JR Ward has a way of writing that is easy to read/listen but filled with slang and her individual style. I have loved this entire series and the beginning is the best! Wrath is the leader of the Black Dagger Brotherhood and although this book does begin with his story, you are introduced to the entire brotherhood. They are a good of amazing men, each unique and special in their own ways. I highly recommend the entire series and am always waiting to read more myself! Happy Listening!
Don't waste any more time reading more and more reviews just get downloading the entire series you won't be disappointed.
I've listened to the whoe series so far and these will absolutely be a re-listen.
Awful, just awful. There was an interesting premise but if I had to listen to one more use of the words "moist" or "throbbing" or "straining" I was going to puke. The charachters are complete cliche..... Never made it to the second half.
This is the 1st installment in the Brotherhood Series by J R Ward and what a grand opening it is as it invites you to enter a vampire world unlike any other. Ward's storyline is unique and fresh and lures you into a world that you don't want to leave. This is Wrath (King of the Vampires)& Beth's story and the plot developments leave you wanting more, more, more!!! If you have not experienced J R Ward's vampire world I highly recommend each and every installment of this series. I really like the narrator even though there is not much difference between female and male voices...I hope he continues with the series...have purchased each and every title in series, all are amazing, well worth the credit.
I LOVE what most consider Young Adult fiction, but I would call it closer to Mature Young Adult. For example, sparkly vampires...not my thing. My favorite Author so far is Karen Marie Moning but I also have favorite books like A Game of Thrones which is EPIC!
A completely different book with no wanna be "urban" vernacular. Also, a COMPLETELY different narrator. This guy was so terrible I couldn't even finish the book between the weak story line and the irregular pauses of the narrator.
Really...Wrath, Torment and all the other ridiculously STUPID names and nonsense that was going on. Why did anyone even like Beth!? She is a weak little idiot! **SPOILER** You ALMOST get raped...ALMOST...escape unscathed and it takes you how long to go to the police? You were embarrassed you got attacked and didn't want to talk to anyone? Suck it up and be a woman. Beth's character is as weak as Bella's. Uninteresting, illogical and overly emotional. All I could think was "Please...someone kill that dumb chick already!"
I would subject any good narrator to reading a book like this.
...All of them. This book is an epic fail for me.
Cheesy, weak and uninteresting book. I can't even return it because I gave up on it and forgot to return the book! I've read fanfictions better than this POS.
I've always been a avid reader so now I'm a avid listener. I prefer the paranormal genre but I do like to switch things up. It's boring if you don't have variety. Of course I do love the romance and the hotter the better. Also, you can't beat a good thriller filled with suspense and a ending you can't even guess at until the very end.
I read this years ago and have all these books in paperback. When I joined Audible and saw they were avalible I had to start getting them in this form. It's like discovering them again. I love being able to listen to the story again and in this form its like the first time. I have always been an avid reader and this series has always been one of my favorites.
Yes and he is a awesome narrator.
This is so worth your credit or if you don't have a credit and want a book to listen to it's worth the price. You won't be disappointed.
For adults in Twilight withdrawal, look no further. (And if you're not looking for a bona fide cheesy romance novel, you're not really in Twilight withdrawal.)
While I am not a die-hard Vampire fantasy fan, I have enjoyed the Sookie Stackhouse series and the Elizabeth Hunter Elemental series. And I love Molly Harper's Vampire books. So I was pretty open minded when I started this series. I knew it had a huge following so I had high hopes. This series is entirely different from those. These vampires are big, hulking testosterone-laden giants who wouldn't know nuance or sophistication if it bit them in the neck. And that would probably be OK. They don't have to be humorous, or brilliant, or classically good looking. I can deal with stories centered on alpha males who don't profess to be mental giants. But then they had to open their mouths.
Seriously? If I take the most positive spin on the dialog I can assume it was tongue in check and that the author intended that her big, giant heroic hulks sounded like an 11 year old boy's version of "cool" when they spoke. But I am afraid that wasn't her intent. I think that they were supposed to sound like ultra-cool heroic hulks. Instead they sound like idiots.
These vampires don't need fangs to be instantly recognizable by humans. As soon as they open their mouths to speak, once everyone around them stops laughing hysterically about how silly they sound, they would instantly know they must be vampires because no one else sounds quite so, well, stupid. And don't even get me started on the vampire's names.
I found one of the vampire's interesting, so I admit I read the next books in the series until I got through Zs. I had to stop then. Either that or I was going to slap the next person I met who uttered the word "True". Even if they used it in the right context. And each book went downhill from the first.
Two other serious flaws with the book - the author does a good job of creating some of the female characters and then barely mentions them again in later books. They were far more interesting than the males, but they just seem to disappear. And finally, most fantasy series I have read spend an enormous amount of time making the alternate universe their characters inhabit plausible. They create rules and give enough details that explain the unexplainable. They let you suspend belief and think that maybe that universe could coexist with ours and we just don't realize it. Ward makes no attempt to explain how these creatures co-exist with humans, how we are unaware of all the carnage they leave in their wake, where the money comes from that they spend on clothes, booze and drugs, which she describes ad naseum or why on earth anyone would consider them remotely heroic.
Just to be a little more perverse from the diehard fans - I thought the narrator did a great job with a lousy text.
I wasn't right away hooked on this series but after the first book I was really wanting more and after the second and then the third I am so hooked. The third book is amazing and I am on 4 now.