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Dark Lover Audiobook

Dark Lover: The Black Dagger Brotherhood, Book 1

The vampire Darius fears for the life of his half-breed daughter, who is unaware of her unusual destiny. To oversee her transformation, Darius seeks help from Wrath, a dangerous loner and the world's only purebred vampire.
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The first novel of J. R. Ward's New York Times best-selling Black Dagger Brotherhood series features a unique take on vampire lore and heavy doses of sensuality.

The vampire Darius fears for the life of his half-breed daughter, who is unaware of her unusual destiny. To oversee her transformation, Darius seeks help from Wrath, a dangerous loner and the world's only purebred vampire.

©2005 J.R. Ward; (P)2009 Recorded Books, LLC

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    John Indianapolis, IN, USA 04-19-09
    John Indianapolis, IN, USA 04-19-09
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    "Awsome title even for the Men"

    I know this is a romance novel, but I will tell you her style is alot closer to Urban Fantasy than Romance. She is an awsome writer and this is my favorite series even though I am a guy. Have read all the books and this kicks the series off in a great way. Very different world of Vampires, much different than the Dracula or Anne Rice visions of Vampires. Check this book out, it is dark and at the same time the character development is AWSOME. check it out.

    29 of 31 people found this review helpful
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    Tracy Grove City, OH, United States 04-13-09
    Tracy Grove City, OH, United States 04-13-09
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    "Amazing start to this awesome series!"

    J.R. Ward gets you hooked on this amazing series in this first book of the blackdagger brotherhood. The previous release had an error where a large section was missing, but this has now been fixed. You'll fall in love with these tough, hardcore males who will do anything for the women they love, and the race they're trying to save. The narrator makes this audiobook an enjoyable experience. I loved the book, and now also love the audiobook! Can't wait for the rest of the series to come to audible.

    37 of 40 people found this review helpful
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    CAROLYN newark, New Jersey, United States 06-02-12
    CAROLYN newark, New Jersey, United States 06-02-12 Member Since 2016

    I love being swept away by a new romance and thankfully Audible's ever growing Library means I get to indulge myself over and over again

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    "Just put your life on hold, sit back and enjoy !!"

    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.

    14 of 15 people found this review helpful
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    JACKIE 04-25-10
    JACKIE 04-25-10 Member Since 2015

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    "Go ahead and get the whole series"

    Jim Frangione really made this series for me. I had never read any of J R Wards books but decided to give it a try. I was so thoroughly entertained. I hope Jim will continue to narrate any of the Brother Hood series. The language was hilarious, the build up sensuous and the series intriguing.

    27 of 30 people found this review helpful
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    Wendy Lawrenceville, GA, United States 05-23-12
    Wendy Lawrenceville, GA, United States 05-23-12 Member Since 2011

    To All My Favorite Narrators: You are the voices in my head...

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    "I'll Write This Reveiw As I Download Book 2"
    Any additional comments?

    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.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Roberts San Luis Obispo, CA, United States 06-21-10
    Roberts San Luis Obispo, CA, United States 06-21-10 Member Since 2013
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    "Great book! Lousy narration."

    J.R. Ward's series is unique and powerful and unlike anything on the market. I have read and then listened to her books. Her plots are gripping and she creates believable characters. However, the books lacks because of the narrator. He sounds like he is reading a text book! I have purchased all there are in the series mainly for the fact that I love Ward's books and I am an impulsive buyer and though I have not regretted my purchase, I have a hard time with some of the scenes. I am almost finished with the Sixth book in the series and the narrator seems to be getting somewhat better although I think at this point I may just be getting used to him. For my future purchases I would never buy a book narrated by Jim Frangione. The only reason I stuck to this one is that I have read them before. Listen to the sample before you buy. If it does not blow your skirt up, buy the book and read it!

    22 of 25 people found this review helpful
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    Kimberly Bonney Lake, WA 98391 10-26-09
    Kimberly Bonney Lake, WA 98391 10-26-09 Member Since 2013
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    "Excellent Series!"

    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!

    14 of 16 people found this review helpful
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    mandi 08-21-13
    mandi 08-21-13 Member Since 2015
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    "Obsessed!"
    What did you love best about Dark Lover?

    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.


    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Jennifer Cuayhoga Falls, OH, United States 11-14-09
    Jennifer Cuayhoga Falls, OH, United States 11-14-09 Member Since 2016

    Tell us about yourself!

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    "Pretty bad"

    I took a big chance with this book and was pretty disappointed from the beginning. The plot is winding and uninteresting and problems are so easily resolved it spins your head almost as much as the passionate and instantaneous love-at-first-sight romances. Im a sucker for mush and sex but for the first time it actually got really old. The writing is awful-I cant stand adult characters using phrases like "thats wack" or "lets hang". And the characters names read like the cast of American Gladiators. Seriously, the writing was so bad I rolled my eyes through the entire thing. But all of this pales in comparison to the narrator. He sounds like Bruce Campbell in the evil dead movies when he says "give me some sugar baby", except hes reading graphic sex scenes to you. Hes awful! And once you notice his annoying intake of breath, its nearly impossible to ignore it. If youre on the fence about whether to buy this then dont.

    64 of 80 people found this review helpful
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    Dale Riverview, New Brunswick, Canada 06-03-09
    Dale Riverview, New Brunswick, Canada 06-03-09
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    "A Grand Opening!!!!"

    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.

    14 of 17 people found this review helpful

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