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Dark Lover: The Black Dagger Brotherhood, Book 1 | [J.R. Ward]

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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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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    Julia Barr 05-20-09
    Julia Barr 05-20-09 Member Since 2005
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    "Dark Lover"

    I have read the entire series many times and I love it. I have often checked to see if it is available on Audible. FINALLY, it is! :) I can't wait to get the rest of the series!

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Candateshia Pafford Fort Meade 09-24-13
    Candateshia Pafford Fort Meade 09-24-13 Member Since 2015

    I really enjoy the world of books! Narration just add layers to that world... don't u think? :)

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    "BDB is simply awesome"

    I am so late for this review... But if u have not started on the BDB, well then u are missing one awesome vampire series! Love them all

    3 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    M 11-03-12
    M 11-03-12 Member Since 2009
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    "Never again...."

    I bought the first 3 audiobooks of this series because they were on sale prior to Halloween - thought I'd try something different.

    BIG mistake! I should have stayed with my usual genres of history, classics, mystery/thrillers and historical romance. I have never read a vampire book before, and after this first one, I never will again. Maybe I am selling other authors of this genre short, but I did not like this one at all. No redeeming qualities whatsoever - no wit, no humor, no real emotion, predictable plot. Nothing but bad language, unrealistic characters (if you can call a vampire "real"), and way too many violent images. It may appeal to teenagers, who I suspect were probably the target audience, what with the Twilight books/movies being all the craze nowadays, but I would be surprised if anyone over 30 would like it.

    And for someone who appreciates outstanding and very professional narrators like Barbara Rosenblat, Davina Porter, Humphrey Bauer or Simon Prebble, as I do, Joe Frangione's narration was just plain awful. Extremely monotone and dull, with absolutely no characterization at all. I will never again download a book that he has narrated.

    I tried to keep going to the end, since I'd paid for it, but after about 5 hours I just couldn't tolerate it anymore. I'm going back to something that is truly exceptional for both story and performance, like one of Elizabeth Peters' Amelia Peabody mysteries! Fantastic...and worth not only the credit, but the time spent listening to it!

    I hope Audible will let me return the other two Black Dagger Brotherhood books I bought, since I haven't even download them yet. If not, I will have thrown my money away....

    Absolutely NOT recommended.

    3 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Lee Seymour, WI, United States 04-15-10
    Lee Seymour, WI, United States 04-15-10 Member Since 2009
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    "Do Not Pass Up This Book!"

    This is my first Brotherhood book and it was well worth my time and credit. I have never read anything like it. Great Book!

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Cindy KAYSVILLE, UT, United States 05-21-09
    Cindy KAYSVILLE, UT, United States 05-21-09 Member Since 2009
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    "~Awesome Listen~"

    I LOVED this book, listened to it in 2 days. I am excited to get the rest of the series. J.R. Ward is a great writer.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Kellynne 09-18-13
    Kellynne 09-18-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Don't bother"
    Would you try another book from J. R. Ward and/or Jim Frangione?

    No


    What was most disappointing about J. R. Ward’s story?

    It's written by a stereotypical man's point of view of what he thinks women want in romance. I either cringed in discuss at the "romance" parts or laughed out loud.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Jim Frangione’s performances?

    Ehh


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Dark Lover?

    The whole thing


    Any additional comments?

    Not good.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    K. Liguori RIVERDALE, NEW YORK United States 09-05-13
    K. Liguori RIVERDALE, NEW YORK United States 09-05-13

    Vampire Lover

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    "The male who didn't wanna be King!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    This is the first story in a series of so far 10 soon to be 11( New Book "THE KING "). okay but I digress. The story takes place in a factional town in Upstate New York, and let me tell you JR Ward put a new spin on vampires. These Bad ass Alpha Male Vampires are nothing like what you grew up watching and or reading. We find Wrath, an angry vicious Vampire who is the last of the pure bread vampires, and a Bad ass fighter as are all of the brothers. But Wrath has a secret. Meet Elizabeth ( Beth) Randall the female who is meant for this foul mouth Neanderthal. But Wrath wants nothing to do with Beth's transition even though her father begs him to help her. After Darius is killed by the Lessening society Wrath Honors his request and OH BOY the fun begins. Enters Hard ass Caldwell "Cop" Brian "Butch" O'Neal. him and Wrath bump heads a lot and physically, can you guess who wins that fight?........ lol. There is a lot of twist and turns in this book you also meet the Brother Rhage... Oh god I Love him!!!!! and his book is the second in the series. This is a must read for all Vampire Lovers. This woman knows how to keep you interested in these Brothers.

    Now go read this one then read Rhage, Zhadist, Butch, Vishous, Phury, Rehvenge, John Mathew, Tohrment, and Qhuinn. you will not be disappointed


    What other book might you compare Dark Lover to and why?

    Lara Adrian's Kiss of Midnight.there are many similarities between Wrath and Lucan. They are both leaders of there group of Vampires. they are both twisted and feel like they are not worthy of a mate until they both meet their perfect counter part.


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

    first choice would be Phil Gigante, Second choice would be Robert Petkoff


    Who was the most memorable character of Dark Lover and why?

    Wrath,of course. The brother is just so sexy and twisted, poor thing who doesn't want a badboy alpha male with and attitude that needs fixing.


    Any additional comments?

    get a better Narrator this one sounds like he's dead.!!!

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Cherrie NEW JERSEY, United States 07-12-13
    Cherrie NEW JERSEY, United States 07-12-13 Member Since 2006
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    "A MUST Read Series!!!"

    Ok...If you're thinking about reading a series....this is a MUST HAVE!!!
    You will not be disappointed with any of these books. A matter of fact you're lucky if you're just now getting started...I had to wait, biting my nails for each series to come out. I'm on hold waiting for the next book....enjoy!

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Rachael 07-10-13
    Rachael 07-10-13

    New series suggestions?

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    "Great Series"
    If you could sum up Dark Lover in three words, what would they be?

    Sexy, Interesting, Pageturner


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Beth was a great character because she had a lot of depth, and is a strong woman.


    Which character – as performed by Jim Frangione – was your favorite?

    Jim Fragione does an excellent job at reading for all charcters in this novel and in the series.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    Love has no boundaries


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Brandy Alma, MI, United States 02-02-13
    Brandy Alma, MI, United States 02-02-13
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    "Love this book."
    Would you listen to Dark Lover again? Why?

    Yes, I love the thrill and passion the story gives.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I love Beth, she is strong and knows exactly what she wants.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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