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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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    Melinda RICHFIELD, OH, United States 04-05-13
    Melinda RICHFIELD, OH, United States 04-05-13 Member Since 2009
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    "So disappointing!!"
    What disappointed you about Dark Lover?

    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!


    Would you ever listen to anything by J. R. Ward again?

    Probably not.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Jim Frangione?

    Jill Redfield


    What character would you cut from Dark Lover?

    All of them since it was so poorly written.


    Any additional comments?

    I love this genre. But everything about this was disappointing.

    6 of 7 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.

    13 of 16 people found this review helpful
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    bluebelle 06-28-12
    bluebelle 06-28-12 Member Since 2015

    When I clean, drive or exercise I listen to romance. The steamier the better but it must have a great story as well!

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    "What fantasy romance should be!"

    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!

    12 of 15 people found this review helpful
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    Linda Tuscaloosa, AL, United States 06-18-14
    Linda Tuscaloosa, AL, United States 06-18-14 Member Since 2012

    Nurse, mom, loved to read....but now I love to listen. When I retire I hope to hear waves crashing in 1 ear and audible in the other!

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    "I am now a BDB addict!"

    I finally took the plunge...this is the first in a long series I will be continuing. Unique take on the vampire story, lots of awesome, mysterious characters(and I want to know about all of them!) and a fabulous narrator. Enough said!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    BluBumbleB 04-18-14
    BluBumbleB 04-18-14 Member Since 2016

    Audible OBSESSED!

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    "Epic"

    Why did I take so long to get this book!?!?! I'd seen the multitude of positive reviews for the series but it just wasn't speaking to me for some reason. Finally, THANKFULLY, I decided to check it out, and what a stunner it turned out to be! Vampire Wrath gets completely turned upside down when he decides to help half-vampire Beth go through her transition to full vampire, and from the moment they meet, it was smoking hot like fire. I was thoroughly enthralled. Maybe it was the narrator, or the sizzling sex scenes between Wrath and Beth that made my ears catch fire--but, right now, all I want is a marathon of back to back BDB!!

    I've listened to several vampire/paranormal romance series and I love them, but, the BDB has got to be like "the Godfather" of this genre. 5 well deserved stars!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Vanessa Mount Airy, MD, United States 04-29-13
    Vanessa Mount Airy, MD, United States 04-29-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Don't believe the negatives"
    Any additional comments?

    I was worried about downloading these books because of all the negative comments about the language and the performance of the narrator. I have to admit that it took me a bit to get over it, but only because I read the negative reviews and could see what they were talking about (the narrator does sound like Bruce Campbell and the language is a bit ridiculous- hearing the main testosterone filled characters say "I'm outtie" is off-putting in how unrealistic it is). With that being said, I think the negative reviews were being too nick-picky. If you don't DWELL on the voice and the occasional language and listen to the story it's pretty f'ing good! I was enrapt and could not stop listening until I hit the end of book 4 (I can't remember which books, but many times I have been holding back tears) and am now waiting for my monthly credits! It's a very well written story with the sex scenes not being too over bearing. DOWNLOAD. IT. You will NOT regret it.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Nancy Danville, CA, United States 02-09-13
    Nancy Danville, CA, United States 02-09-13 Member Since 2011
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    "True Pulp Fiction"

    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?

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer PARKERSBURG, WV, US 11-02-12
    Amazon Customer PARKERSBURG, WV, US 11-02-12 Member Since 2013
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    "Not as good as people have reviewed"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    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.


    What does Jim Frangione bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    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.


    Was Dark Lover worth the listening time?

    no


    Any additional comments?

    Warning! Read my review before buying the series.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Leslie McFarlane 06-08-12 Member Since 2015
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    "Tried - just couldn't do it"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    I had a hard time with the writing style. It felt like the author was trying to make sure that you know the characters were big and bad, not by showing you that they were. I am not a huge fan of romances anyway so it felt very formulaic to me. Guy meets girl, girl is scared of guy, guy convinces girl he isn't bad, girl falls in love and they have a dream wedding with all of his brotherhood friends pledging loyalty to her. None of them have known each other that long and it just felt phony and forced. I know this review will be unpopular and it is probably because this style of writing is not for me. Sorry to all those that love it.


    Has Dark Lover turned you off from other books in this genre?

    I don't believe that I will continue with this authors work. Just wasn't my style. I like more descriptive writing.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    I am not sure if I read the book before listening if I might have liked it better. I think the narrator did fine, this just isn't my type of story.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Disappointment. After reading so many positive reviews I expected something more.


    16 of 22 people found this review helpful
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    Lulu 12-18-13
    Lulu 12-18-13

    I ignore genre labels. Some of my favorite books are outside my genre comfort zone. Listening to audiobooks is still reading. Not theater.

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    "I'm Sorry - But Really?"

    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.

    9 of 12 people found this review helpful

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