Liked it, but didn't love it!
I will start off by saying that I liked this book. Spoiler alert: The added drama between Jon Matthew and Xexonia (sp?) and Xex and Noone seemed superfluous. It didn't do much to advance the story or delve into the histories of the characters.
That said, I will read another J.R. Ward book because her characters are flawed, but likeable. I really don't find myself "hating" any one person--actually none that haven't been killed off :)
I have been an audible member for 2 yrs now and have purchased / listened to 200 books which include 20 different series! The BLACK DAGGER BROTHERHOOD is by far my BEST LOVED! This series in my opinion is incredibly written to the point that I feel I know the characters so well that they come to life right off the pages. The author has solicited more tears, laughter and anticipation from me than any other. This is an adult series that is very sexually explicit nevertheless it goes with the theme of the story from beginning to end. I restart the series from book 1 each time J.R.Ward releases a new book just to relive the experience over again. If you love strong ALPHA men then the series will definitely appeal to your senses.
I've always loved listening to the brotherhood books and I find a lot of the details when I listen that I missed in my initial read. Jim Frangione does a great job with the different characters and his tone is great to listen to.
The editing at times can be a little choppy. Sometimes you can clearly tell where something was added or a cut between takes was too quick.
Overall I would definitely recommend this series and audiobooks to anyone!
Great tone and the change in his voice between characters is great!
If you're at all emotional you'll need kleenex towards the end.
I am an avid fan of audible. I have over 150 titles in my library. Kersey Cole is one of my favs
Noone, Autumn and Tohrment. There was such a realist reaction between two characters. A great twist on girl meets guy, guy gets girl.
Just as I expected AWESOME
Trials and tribulation of love
Lover Reborn is one of the best audiobook I've listened it. Jim Fragione again is wonderful, maybe my favorite audio book narrator. But it's the story of Lover Reborn, Tohr's book that is fantastic. Ms. Ward takes us through the stages of grief, self doubt, pity, anger and renewal.
The book's other storylines are rich and enhance the book too. This series continues to soar.
When Tohr realizes that he has something to live for.
When the brothers are in the Wrath's room discussing how to handle the letter from the Bastards of Brothers to the glimera. Rhage being sarcastic and calling himself "The easter bunny". The other brother tease him and call him names, My favorite is "Bestie Bo Peep".
At Wellsie and Tohr's son fade ceremony.
JR Ward - I hope you read these reviews. This was my absolute favorite book from "The Black Dagger Brotherhood" so far. I cried twice, and none of the other novels made me cry even once. I even laughed out loud a few times.
The story pace was fantastic, never too fast nor too slow. I thoroughly enjoyed having Tohrment play a major role again. I also enjoyed John, Zex, Vishous, Wrath and others. I really enjoy the novels that have a lot of the characters involved.
I still have the one issue that I have with most of the novels. The 3rd person narration is written in the voice of the character. For example, when writing *about* a character, Ward will write words such as "Mayhap" instead of "Maybe". It's distracting at times, but the overall novel outweighed that distraction.
Amazing book. Can't wait for #11
The storyline between the main characters was really weak and close to pathetic. This is by far the worst book in the series. I think my love affair with the brotherhood have come to a sad end.
Anything to take the bad taste out of my mouth from this book.
As always Jim did a great job in his performance, it's just too bad the story was lacking.
J.R. is one of my favorite writers, but I see the direction in her storyline going in the opposite direction of what I want to read.
I love the narrator for this series, Jim Frangione. He nails the vibe of the story and the characters every single time.
I've been waiting for Tohr's story since his shellan was killed by a Lesser. He's a male of worth, and deserves his HEA.
Jim's narration really brings the story to life for me, in a way that I would never capture if I were reading the book. I will continue to enjoy this series in audiobook as long as Jim narrates, and I hope that never ends. He's brought me to tears, and made me howl with laughter.
When Tohr went through the house he lived in with Wellsie, it was so emotional. Looking at all the things she loved, everything as it had been on the day she died. Very sad, and my heart broke for him.
Overall the book wasn't bad but it just didn't have that great drama that I loved about Wards books through Lover Mine. I've heard others say that it feels like a transition book. I agree but then again I thought the same thing about the last book. Payne's story underwhelmed me and I was ready for hard hitting emotions and BDB fighting. Tor and Autumn's story was painful, painful, painful and then just not much. The real love story here was Thor and Wellsey and what he was prepared to do send her into the Fade. Lassiter and his journey out of the Fade was funny and poignant. Autumn was just kind of there as a prop. However, I will say the Autumn and Xhex scenes were quite good.
JM and Xhex storyline wasn't bad but it seemed a little quick off the draw to start with the problems. Then they don't really communicate for months and finally JM has a revelation. Eh, whatever...
Tor and Wrath.. I thought this friendship was well portrayed. It really gave us more insight into the relationship the king has with his oldest friend. Very well done.
Blay and Quinn...they only had a few scenes but I must say they packed one of the most powerful emotional moments of the book for me. Layla and Quinn didn't bother me as much as I thought it would. Kind of anticlimactic at this point in the series. Ward's been telegraphing that one for several books.
At least we got a little more of the humor of the BDB back. But we still need more of the wives although it was better this time. Doc Jane and Marissa but where is everybody else. Has Mary disappeared off the planet? Elena scurries out of the OR every once in a while but has no meaningful dialogue.
The BOB are promising as well as the drug dealer. Lessers are just background noise without the Omega. I keep waiting for him to show back up.
For me the real test of a book is whether I want to read it again. I finished this book about 3 weeks ago and really haven't had the desire to pick it up since. Read it, moving on and hope the next one is better.
From the audible perspective, I love Jim's narration. He's the voices I hear when I actually read these books. He's just amazing.