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Dark Lover Audiobook

Dark Lover: The Black Dagger Brotherhood, Book 1

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Publisher's Summary

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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    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 2017

    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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    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!

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    Rosemary New Haven, CT, United States 03-11-10
    Rosemary New Haven, CT, United States 03-11-10 Member Since 2011
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    "yes!"

    For adults in Twilight withdrawal, look no further. (And if you're not looking for a bona fide cheesy romance novel, you're not really in Twilight withdrawal.)

    18 of 24 people found this review helpful
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    Tina South Gardiner, ME, United States 04-16-10
    Tina South Gardiner, ME, United States 04-16-10 Member Since 2015
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    "Dark Lover"

    I fell in love with J.R. Ward when I heard Lover Avenged. I searched for the first in the series and was not disappointed - it is captivating, clever and very well woven together. There are a few slow areas, but it still keeps you enthralled from the beginning to the end. The descriptions of the characters, their individual stories and the reader are all excellent and carry the story off very well.
    If you love Vamps,intrigue, love and lust, this is a great one to either listen to or read!

    9 of 12 people found this review helpful
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    Jody Ann Dagg 05-12-09 Member Since 2005
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    "Fantastic Author & Fantastic Series"

    Sometimes a person reads an author and is so captivated by that author a need to devour everything they have ever written arises. This is one of those rare and precious authors. The Black Dagger series is worth a read and a re-read. She crosses boundaries of age, sex and violence with delicate precision. To say this series of books are frantic page turners is not even adequate to express how my friends (and me) were not able to put these books down to do normal life stuff. Enjoy and share with others this fabulous set of books from this extremely talented author.

    9 of 12 people found this review helpful
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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 8 people found this review helpful
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    Mouse3324 10-30-16
    Mouse3324 10-30-16 Member Since 2017
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    "Fantastic!"

    The is nothing like this out there in the vampire world. JR Ward has captured an entirely new world. The Warriors are funny, unique, sensational, strong, and fierce! They are an amazing group of men with the power of honor at their backs. Beth is uniquely strong herself. I feel for the loud of her father, Darius; but I know what is to come. The narrator isn't fabulous, but some of the sarcasm and humor comes through. I think I got more from reading it than hearing it.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Adriana B USA 05-25-16
    Adriana B USA 05-25-16 Member Since 2015

    Books give a soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination, and life to everything. - Plato

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    "Great First Book For Unique Vampire Series"

    I really enjoyed this audiobook. The Author does a great job creating a world where vampires are actually decent creatures and the Lessers, vampire hunters, are the soulless evil beings.

    The Black Dagger Brotherhood are warriors that protect vampires from the Lessers. Their members are like family and always have each other's back. Darius, one of the BDB members, asks Wrath to help in the transition of his half human daughter.

    This book has action, suspense, drama, & romance. The author did a great job developing the characters. The story is told in multiple POVs: Sometimes the Lessers and sometimes one of the vampires, or human characters. It is interesting and engaging.

    The narrator did a great Job bringing the story to life. I'm looking forward to the next books in this awesome series!

    It is so worth the credit!!! If you like fantasy with vampire, hunters, and humans, you will enjoy this series! One of the best I have read/listened!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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