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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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    Sarah Champaign, IL, United States 05-03-12
    Sarah Champaign, IL, United States 05-03-12

    Mom, cupcake froster at local gourmet shop, and avid listener to books while doing said frosting or housework. True audiobook addict!

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    "This series needs a warning label for addiction!"

    This book is the first in the Black Dagger Brotherhood. Be prepared to be swept into wanting to buy the rest of the series straight away! After listening to this book, I found myself buying up all the rest of the titles in the series as my credits became available.

    You have been forewarned!

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    MarCar 04-25-12
    MarCar 04-25-12 Member Since 2010
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    "Love The Series"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I love this audiobook. It has action, suspense, and romance all tired into one. I have recommended this audio and the other series associated with the Black Dagger Brotherhood to all my friends who love to read and listen to audiobook.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I like how this story was not like a lot of the traditional stories of vampires. It showed another side that could actually be possible if this was a real life story.


    What about Jim Frangione???s performance did you like?

    I love the way Jim Frangione narrated the story. I was able to identify each character. The way the story was narrated I was able to picture each scene as if I was actually watching it on a movie screen.


    If you could take any character from Dark Lover out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    If I had the chance to take any of the characters to Dinner it would probably be Beth. I would love to have girl talk over dinner about her life with the Black Dagger Brotherhood.


    Any additional comments?

    I first heard of J.R.Ward from a young lady I was serving jury duty with and I have been hooked every since.

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    Goldie Isom, KY, United States 04-24-12
    Goldie Isom, KY, United States 04-24-12 Member Since 2017

    I love to listen to audiobooks. It is great when the narrators get into the story and really bring the characters to life.

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    "Great Story, okay narrator"

    This audio could have been much better. The story is very interesting, but the narrator reads the book like a radio announcer.

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    Jessica Charlestown, MA, United States 04-13-12
    Jessica Charlestown, MA, United States 04-13-12 Member Since 2011

    This is my escape.

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    "Good Story, eh narrator but worth it"
    What three words best describe Jim Frangione’s voice?

    Would also do well reading a Physics textbook.


    Any additional comments?

    So I'd heard about the J.R. Ward Series and they are well written, addictive when you are in the book and over all worth the credit. I would however say the narrator is not my favorite. These books fit into the category of escapist sweet nothings and are very enjoyable for that reason. The other similar series I have listed too, Jeamiene Frost's and Charlaine Harris', are right in that boat too - they however have MUCH better narrators.

    The series is different from the two previously mentioned in that the story is told from each of the main characters' perspectives. Where as in those other series you have one narrator either Cat or Sookie here you will hear Wrath, Bella, Mr. X (the evil character) etc. Just a different approach but you don't get that same hero/heroine connection. Or rather you do its just not as deep. It is interesting that you hear the inner monologs of both sides and she put everything out there so there isn't a lot left to wonder about.

    J.R. Ward's plots are very similar throughout, the classic and expected good over evil. The reluctant lover who ends up being passionately in love with the other and so on...Escapist greatness. As 'predictable' as that is having the stories vary amongst the brothers and their individual personalities and issues does keep the story interesting.

    Overall definitely a 4.5 for the series (at least as far as I am into it - and looking forward to more)

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    Ann OH, United States 03-28-12
    Ann OH, United States 03-28-12 Member Since 2012

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    "My Guilty Pleasure"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I love this series. It's my guilty pleasure. I love the characters, the stories and the narrator. Can't wait for number 11 .


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    Cherie Norfolk, VA, United States 03-27-12
    Cherie Norfolk, VA, United States 03-27-12 Member Since 2016
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    "Great Book!!!"

    I picked this book up on a whim a couple months ago on the 4.95 sale.and all I can say is wow
    This series has it all ..The men come with everything ,good looks, smarts etc. and a full subscription of problems from their pasts. This one of the few series where the women are strong enough to hold their own that they don't need these men to give them an identity.
    The sex is more than steamy ..I really love the detail the author gives to every scene..Depicting that life is sometimes dirty and gritty and not always the way we would want it.Or that it's funny and light hearted
    This is a series you need to read in order...you'll be totlly lost otherwise.

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    Tani 03-22-12
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    "A woman's true fantasy! Sexy, true love..WHEW"
    What made the experience of listening to Dark Lover the most enjoyable?

    The total dedication the Warriors have to their brothers and females they bond with. The story is exciting, loving, sexy hot, caring, exciting and sometimes sad. I can't wait to listen to the other books following!


    What did you like best about this story?

    The love and dedication it portrays.


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

    Kinda funny to hear a man speak all the characters to me although he gets the meaning out of every scene accurately. Jim is a very good reader. works for me, He can bring the feeling out and make me laugh and cry for sure!


    If you could rename Dark Lover, what would you call it?

    Dark Lover is the perfect title.


    Any additional comments?

    I am new to audible books, my daughter suggested I listen to this series because I work 10 hrs a day and only have the option of listening while I work. She is addicted to the story. As am I now. What a rush!

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    Brandy D CAMINO, CA, US 03-15-12
    Brandy D CAMINO, CA, US 03-15-12 Member Since 2015

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    "Great start to a better series"

    Incredible world developed for our enjoyment. Ward is a wizard; she knows just how to push the buttons of her audience. Awesome story line and character development, you really feel a part of the action. Lovely fantasy opportunities.

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    Linux Chick San Diego, CA USA 03-09-12
    Linux Chick San Diego, CA USA 03-09-12 Member Since 2009
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    "Good paranormal romance"

    This was an entertaining listen if somewhat formulaic. Loved the good guys in it. Rating would have been higher on the story, but I didn't like the bad guys. I know, I know. You aren't _supposed_ to like that bad guys. But I like bad guys where, when they get taken out, it's quick, justified, and you feel like justice was done. When these guys get taken out, you feel like they didn't suffer enough, like there needs to be a way to go back and make them never exist. Then again, when I think of it like that, I'm happier with the ending...

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    Michelle Arcade, NY, United States 03-02-12
    Michelle Arcade, NY, United States 03-02-12 Member Since 2016

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    "Jim Frangione narration grows me"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I bought this book, dispite the poor rating I gave the narrator in another book, because it was on sale for 4.95 and I just love J.R. Ward. I was surprized by how much I enjoyed this book and Jim Frangione's narration, either he got better or he's just growing on me. As always the story is top notch and the narration was very good. I would definitely recommend this book; it has drama, humor, and a great love story...what more can you ask for? Evil villans--yep, got them too!
    I have bought 2 more of the brotherhood books and Mr. Frangione's narration is, as I said, growing on me. I still wish he were more consistent; sometimes Butch has an accent ( usually only when the author mentions it) but mostly he doesn't. Sometimes the brothers have a slight accent, sometimes they don't; sometimes Mr. F is very good with the emotional aspects...sometimes not so good. I will buy Lover Reborn when it is released and hope for the best.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I really liked the way Wrath evolved during the story. He started out with the attitude that the only good human was: male-dead, female- on their backs, and ended up in love with a half-human female. He definitely grew during the story and so did his relationship with the other brothers.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I have many favorite scenes but one very good one was the brotherhood's reaction to Wrath's claiming Beth. I don't want to spoil it by saying too much, so I will only say it was one of many that I loved, true.



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

    I cannot pick one memorable character because they were all great, at least in the brotherhood, plus Butch of course. It is also hard for me to pick one individual as though I had never seen the evolution of the characters in the other books, which I have. I have read all the books more than twice( except Zadist story--that one is hard for me to reread because of all the things done to him) and I expect to read or listen to them again.


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