The depth of feeling between John and Xhex, Yes, I said depth of feeling. From two emotionally stunted, repressed, and underdeveloped individuals, the narrator brings both their passion and LOVE for each other and the Brotherhood out.
Jim Frangione......What can I say, you make me laugh, choke me up, and shout w/ joy listening to you. Added Bonus: You do sardonic, sarcastic, and internal commentary like no one else!! OUTSTANDING NARRATOR!!
It is easier to imagine the happenings in these stories as I listen on audiobook.
As it is a book in the Black Dagger Brotherhood, they are all unique.: from each other and from other books. I have not read any other books that resemble the ones in this series.
Passion, Desire, Need...their story sizzles...but that's not all.....
The only problem that I had with this book is that it should have been a bit shorter, I think. It might have been better if it was written as two long books instead of one extra-long book. So many characters, stories, sometimes hard to follow the interwoven stories, especially when new characters, stories are being introduced-it's not clear how they will tie into the on-going story.
Incredible world developed for our enjoyment. Ward is a wizard; she knows just how to push the buttons of her audience. Awesome story line and character development, you really feel a part of the action. Lovely fantasy opportunities.
Audio books are just my cup of tea!
Jim Frangione is wonderful narrator!
You can’t start this series in the middle or you will be lost.
Love John Matthew and Xhex! I plan on listing to this book again!
Love this series and can’t wait for the next book!
Very top of the list
The scene where the Queen gives Xhex her mating ceremony dress and Xhex becomes a full female personality with joy and awe.
When John rescued Xhex from Lash then
Love, Honor, Betrayal always go together
I look forward to all the next books in the Black Dagger Brotherhood series. I hope J.R. Ward writes a book with a story/conclusion on Blay and Qhuinn.
The best way to read.
As usual, I got just what I expected and more from this book. Haven't read anything from J.R. Ward that I have not loved. Great narrator!
This is one of my favs in the series! I actually *miss* Zex and John. I hope they're in the next one!
The second half was better because more of the characters were involved.
Someone should look into the editing of the narration because it changes volumes/tones quite frequently, like it was recorded at multiple times and strung together. This may be the case, but it could be edited together better.
Okay, so what writer uses the slang, "conversate"? J.R. Ward, of course. She takes slang, the latest rap, blues and country music and blends it in with her manly man characters. For me, her writing is free and open minded. Now speaking of open-minded one of the male-to-male relationships may be uncomfortable for some, but I say, get over it becaise the segments make sense in the world of the "Black Dagger Brotherhood. Their world is different from ours, it's freer sexually however, there is dignity and respect involved when it comes to their mates. To really enjoy these books and the people who make up the world, you should start at book one. It's fun to hear how different characters grow up, change and overcome their haintous childhoods and cruel backgrounds. I really enjoyed how J.R. took us back in history with one character, referred to another doing a Ghost Hunter show and then told the story of the current character's dilemna, John. At the end she ties it all together. You go girl!!! Now for the performance. I think the audio editors really should get it together, truly.
During the second part you actually hear the editors in the background and the pauses between scene are way too long. This is not a movie, we do not need to wait five seconds before you show the next slide. Jim Frangione does much better in the latter books. Although you can still hear him attempt to quell his swallows (not talking about birds either). In the first book he swallowed a lot.
Inspite of the narration challenges, this will keep you interested.
This was my favorite of the black dagger brotherhood books. I think Jim Frangione is a fantastic performer and I am happy that he has done all of the Black Dagger Brotherhood books. These books are sexy, exciting and have fully developed fascinating characters. Love them - my favorite vampire books! actually my favorite series of any books!