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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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    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.

    21 of 23 people found this review helpful
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    JACQUELINE 04-25-10
    JACQUELINE 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.


    16 of 18 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

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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.

    53 of 63 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!

    84 of 101 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer 04-28-14
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    "9 out of 10 eyerolls: Skip it"

    I didn't make it through this whole book. I really wanted to like it. I tried it sober, with alcohol, on Audible and in Kindle. No go. I just can't get past the first few chapters. My blechy parts included the terrible dialogue, an attempt at bad street speak between the brotherhood, over-the-top alpha descriptions, silly naming convention (seriously? Rhage, Zhadist?), seriously cliched plot (a paranormal romance CAN potentially have a decent plot), and poor-little-badboy-had-a-difficult-past interchangeable characters.

    If you are looking for something in the paranormal romance genre try these:

    PNR Rated 5 to 8 eyerolls: Characteristics: Somewhat annoying but still fun and romantically intense, sexy paranormal action, decent alphas and entertaining, quick-reading storylines... but with a hefty amount of cliche--gratuitous sex, unreasonably large male appendages, too much nipple "suckling", soooo wet "feminine channels" and strong but slightly silly female characters:
    Nalini Singh's Guild Hunter and Psy-Changling series; Kresley Cole's Immortals After Dark series; Karen Marie Moning's Highlander series; Thea Harrison's Elder Races series; Christine Feehan's Ghostwalker series; or even Suzanne Wright's badly edited but entertaining Phoenix pack and Deep in your Veins series.

    PNR Rated between 1-4 eyerolls: Characteristics: A better quality of writing with good--even witty--dialogue, strong females with fewer silly moments, plot-driven romance/sex, more creativity in world-building, but still totally hot alphas:
    Karen Marie Monings Fever series, Jeaniene Frost's Cat&Bones or Night Prince series; Ilona Andrews' Kate Daniels or The Edge or Clean Sweet; Elizabeth Hunter's Elemental Mysteries, Cambio Springs or the new Irin Chronicles; Patricia Briggs' Mercy Thompson; Faith Hunter's Jane Yellowrock.

    Honorable mention: Kim Harrison's Rachel Morgan series comes in around 4 eyerolls. It's really entertaining and a fun read, but Rachel is such a vascillating twit sometimes. Laurell K. Hamilton's Anita Blake series rates a solid 2-3 eyerolls for her first nine books, but rides waaaay off the eyeroll rails after book 10 or 11. Surprisingly, Dannika Dark's poorly edited Mageri series entertained me at a high level despite her intrusive and overzealous use of simile in every other sentence. I'm adding Mageri to this list, but giving it a shaky 5 eyerolls for the editing.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Wendy Lawrenceville, GA, United States 05-23-12
    Wendy Lawrenceville, GA, United States 05-23-12 Member Since 2011

    To All My Favorite Narrators: You are the voices in my head...

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    "I'll Write This Reveiw As I Download Book 2"
    Any additional comments?

    My opinion on this book change noticeably as I continued to listen. I think this is the first book that has done this to me. I have just finished, and I can say, I really liked this book. Now having said that...

    I thought the beginning was a little too confusing - and sometimes a little slow. There are a lot of characters, and story is written in lots of small sections from different characters points of view...so we meet new characters very suddenly and quickly and the reader must fill in holes quickly to keep up.

    If you can manage doing the before mentioned, then you, like me - might be suddenly taken-a-back to the very first sex scene between the two main characters. I found it completely - *COMPLETELY* out of character for the lead female, Beth. The author does a pretty decent job at setting up character personalities - but then he completely goes against everything he just implied about her.

    BUT THEN! Just when I am about to roll my eyes at this story, something unexpected happens... it gets - really - good. We get everything - we get a thrill ride, a mystery to solve, danger, death, lust, and self discovery! - all beautifully wrapped into a breathtakingly intimate love story.

    It's a pretty good book. It's good enough that I want to immediately start book 2, (which I am downloading now - but as I still have a few MB's to go...) Let's talk about JIM!

    Jim narrated this book. I am a narrator snob - I judge! A narrator can ruin a good book, so yes, I judge! My feelings about Jim where directly in line with my feelings about the book. At first I thought Jim was a little too stuffy for this particular cast of characters. His voice was too... commercial? Yes, commercial. I could imagine him as doing voice overs for Gum ommercials. Yet he also got better as the book went on - or my enjoyment of the story made me more tolerable - or at the very least, Jim's stuffiness is not so bad that you can't get over it quickly.

    Ok. Book 2 downloaded... I'm done.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Kimberly Bonney Lake, WA 98391 10-26-09
    Kimberly Bonney Lake, WA 98391 10-26-09 Member Since 2009
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    "Excellent Series!"

    It took me a while to get into the first book. It was slow going for a while and the narrator's voice actually bothered me at first, he kind of reminded me of Paul Harvey - just reading information sort-of unattached, not a lot of emotion. But now that I'm almost done with book 4 I think I would be disappointed if there were a different narrator down the line. I've absolutely fallen into the world of the brotherhood. I love each and every brother for different reasons. The sex is HOT! I must however say that in some of the books the sex becomes redundant, but it's still hot and I still love all of the books so far. If you aren't in love with the idea of the brotherhood at the end of this first book then I wouldn't recommend going onto the rest of the series, the second book really helped me to fall in love with it (the series). The rest of the books are a lot like the first, each is just about each of the brother's personal story, their history and relationship to the rest of the brotherhood etc. LOVE THIS SERIES!

    11 of 13 people found this review helpful
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