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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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    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.

    26 of 28 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 2008
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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!

    14 of 15 people found this review helpful
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    JACQUELINE STONE MOUNTAIN, GA, United States 04-25-10
    JACQUELINE STONE MOUNTAIN, GA, United States 04-25-10 Member Since 2005

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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.

    19 of 21 people found this review helpful
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    Leslie McFarlane 06-08-12 Member Since 2006
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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.


    12 of 13 people found this review helpful
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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.

    17 of 19 people found this review helpful
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    Denise Maple Grove, MN, United States 05-31-10
    Denise Maple Grove, MN, United States 05-31-10
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    "Corny inconsistent horrible writing IMHO"

    To say I was excited to listen to this book is an understatement. I am a fan of this genre. Based on the plethora of rave reviews, imagine my surprise when I found myself HATING this book.
    The dialogue is juvenile to say the least. Although the BDB are hundreds years old, plenty of time to sound intelligent and cultured, they converse as if they learned how to speak from listening to rap music (dig my brotha?). The interaction between the ultra alphamale characters is so cheesetastically written, I actually laughed aloud. Maybe if this book was marketed as a spoof of the genre I would not have been so disappointed, at least I would have been prepared for the corny writing. The story is spotty and inconsistent. The hero is suppose to be almost totally blind (strange concept), yet he can see to fight. He is so blind he can barely eat and cannot tell the difference between mashed potatoes and rice on his dinner plate, yet when his libido kicks in; he can see juice running down the heroines chin when he feeds her a strawberry. What tripe! The hero is the only purebred vampire, but how did he come about, the history of the race is not fleshed out. The BDB do not kill humans, so why does the Lesser society want to kill them?
    I cannot see any redeeming qualities among the brotherhood, one is so twisted, the others suspect him of murdering prostitutes, which seems to be ok with the others, until they think his actions may focus the attentions of the police on the brotherhood. Great hero to root for!
    This is billed as a romance, but you get very little of that, no real emotion, just sex. I think the book spends more time on the sadistic psycho head of the Lesser society then the relationship between the hero and heroine. I could go on and on, but I will not. I am clearly in the minority with this review. To each his own!

    81 of 96 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 2009

    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.

    50 of 59 people found this review helpful
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    Lulu KANSAS CITY, MO, United States 12-18-13
    Lulu KANSAS CITY, MO, United States 12-18-13 Member Since 2006
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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.

    3 of 3 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.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    J. Gerson New Orleans, LA USA 11-06-12
    J. Gerson New Orleans, LA USA 11-06-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Possibly the cheesiest writing ever."
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    A different author.


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

    I would rather do laps in sulfuric acid than subject myself to this author again.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    Well, the monotone certainly didn't help anything.


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

    It was a great concept that was appallingly written. The story was not nearly fleshed out enough for the length of the novel, the characters are more like caricatures than real people, and the dialogue is absurd.


    Any additional comments?

    STEER CLEAR. I love this genre, and was looking forward to the book due to the plethora of good reviews, but now I think I was punked. It is not possible that SO many people actually liked this train wreck.

    7 of 8 people found this review helpful
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