To All My Favorite Narrators: You are the voices in my head...
My opinion on this book change noticeably as I continued to listen. I think this is the first book that has done this to me. I have just finished, and I can say, I really liked this book. Now having said that...
I thought the beginning was a little too confusing - and sometimes a little slow. There are a lot of characters, and story is written in lots of small sections from different characters points of view...so we meet new characters very suddenly and quickly and the reader must fill in holes quickly to keep up.
If you can manage doing the before mentioned, then you, like me - might be suddenly taken-a-back to the very first sex scene between the two main characters. I found it completely - *COMPLETELY* out of character for the lead female, Beth. The author does a pretty decent job at setting up character personalities - but then he completely goes against everything he just implied about her.
BUT THEN! Just when I am about to roll my eyes at this story, something unexpected happens... it gets - really - good. We get everything - we get a thrill ride, a mystery to solve, danger, death, lust, and self discovery! - all beautifully wrapped into a breathtakingly intimate love story.
It's a pretty good book. It's good enough that I want to immediately start book 2, (which I am downloading now - but as I still have a few MB's to go...) Let's talk about JIM!
Jim narrated this book. I am a narrator snob - I judge! A narrator can ruin a good book, so yes, I judge! My feelings about Jim where directly in line with my feelings about the book. At first I thought Jim was a little too stuffy for this particular cast of characters. His voice was too... commercial? Yes, commercial. I could imagine him as doing voice overs for Gum ommercials. Yet he also got better as the book went on - or my enjoyment of the story made me more tolerable - or at the very least, Jim's stuffiness is not so bad that you can't get over it quickly.
Ok. Book 2 downloaded... I'm done.
It took me a while to get into the first book. It was slow going for a while and the narrator's voice actually bothered me at first, he kind of reminded me of Paul Harvey - just reading information sort-of unattached, not a lot of emotion. But now that I'm almost done with book 4 I think I would be disappointed if there were a different narrator down the line. I've absolutely fallen into the world of the brotherhood. I love each and every brother for different reasons. The sex is HOT! I must however say that in some of the books the sex becomes redundant, but it's still hot and I still love all of the books so far. If you aren't in love with the idea of the brotherhood at the end of this first book then I wouldn't recommend going onto the rest of the series, the second book really helped me to fall in love with it (the series). The rest of the books are a lot like the first, each is just about each of the brother's personal story, their history and relationship to the rest of the brotherhood etc. LOVE THIS SERIES!
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.
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.
What a sorry surprise. Reminded me of a two-bit crime novel purchased off the clearance shelf at the local five & dime--sometime back in the '70s, no less. The vernacular evoked memories of afros, boom boxes and bell bottoms. The narrator added to that strange '70s effect with his oddly monotone yet overly dramatic delivery. Also, he would make these quick little inhalations before just about every sentence. After a while I became obsessive-compulsively distracted by the sound. The plot had all the right components, even the pacing was okay--just okay. It's just that the foul smelling fluff and filler stuffed around a basically solid idea resulted in, well, a stinker. I did finish it, otherwise it would have earned 2 stars, but it was a near thing. Definitely listen to the preview before you purchase. Also, make sure you're into the words, ya dig, brotha?
No, because it is really not a romance SERIES a woman would really love. The first book is quite good and the story line is refreshing in regard to a twist on vampires. The romance, sex and excessive vulgar swearing is a big turn off since the language slowly progressed into an every other word s... or f... as I kept reading the series through book 5. At that point it was just a hard core, male porn book series, with a little bit of action and a lot of hard core sex scenes with no passion. It showed very little regard for the tenderness between a man and woman and just turned towards men being the stronger and woman being weak and brainless. Don't get me wrong, I love sensual sex scenes but I want tenderness between the couple and not domination. I have not looked to see if this was written by a man or a woman, but from the writing, I would have to say it is written by a man and intended for men to read unless there are those woman who like this kind of romance. I am glad I only bought them on sale because even the on sale price was not worth my money even at that lower cost. I bought the books based on a review saying "just buy them all". Be warned! Buy one then number two but NOT all at once.
He is a very good vocalist and lets the listener easily enjoy the story . . . that is if the story is good. Great voice and narration though.
Warning! Read my review before buying the series.
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.
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.
Jim Frangione would be a great narrator for a mystery, or action book - but he is a terrible choice for a romance, lol. With that said I would have continued on past chapter 10 even with the stiff narration if the story was well written. I just didn't like this book.
Nothing really caught me and hooked me in, and then around chapter nine the first love scene was just ridiculous. It just got worse after that.