The third book in the series tells the story of the vampire Zsadist, a former blood slave with a violent past. When he meets Bella, Zsadist thinks her human love could be his path to salvation. Then Bella is kidnapped, and Zsadist will stop at nothing to get her back.
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"This genre-bending third novel in the Black Dagger Brotherhood series...is a perfect fit for those who like fast-paced urban fantasy rich in both fury and poignancy." (Booklist)
I listened to this one first because all the reviewers said it was their favorite of the series. I would have immediately started listening to this book again if I hadn't become instantly and overwhelming addicted to hearing the entire series.
As a big fan of the written Black Dagger Brotherhood series, I had high expectations of the quality of this book, which is one of my favorites of them all. The pathos and badass nature of the writing really come out with this reading. JR Ward's writing style is not for the wilting-lily romance reader--it is hard-biting, and gets every scrap of pain from her characters. This reading by Jim Frangione definitely does it justice. Hop on and go for a ride! I enjoy that I can purchase this from Audible, because the download price is much less salty than purchasing hard copies (of whichever format) directly from Recorded Books. Thank you, Audible.com.
I really enjoy the world of books! Narration just add layers to that world... don't u think? :)
Deep.. Very deep! Lol... Glad Zadist found his HEA... Bella was pretty awesome too... I still think Beth is my favorite shellan.
I initially detested the first book in the series. At first blush it seemed so cheesy, like a cheap dime store novel. But, every time I went to get a new book to listen to I'd see everyone's overwhelmingly positive reviews to JR Ward and I finally decided I must have been in a bad mood. I re-listened and changed my stance somewhat. I think what cheapens these novels is the narrator. Again, at first listen he seems smooth and dramatic, but he actually ended up reminding me of Captain James T. Kirk of the Starship Enterprise -- not in the way he sounds, but in the overly dramatic delivery. I started obsessing with how he said anything to do with the word "easy." He says "eeeeeased, eeeeeasier, eeeeasy. Who knew the word ease, easy, easier, eased could be used so much within one book? If it's a single syllable word, expect the vowel sound to be draaawwwwn out. Enough about the narration. The story line is initially intriguing, but I'm not sure where the over-arching story is going, starting to feel a little soap opera-ish. I'd say I'm adequately entertained, the pacing and such seems good, yet occasionally I'll fall asleep listening at night, and I'll pick it up 4 hours later not feeling like I missed a thing. It's fair to say I'm no longer a hater, but I don't see what all the hullabaloo is about. The series is okay.
Zadist's story has always been my favorite of the series. I love Z's character evolution. I love how strong Bella's character is.
This has the typical BDB format but Z's history is very ugly and the struggle he must go through to overcome it is heartbreaking.
The narrator read in a mono-toned voice throughout the entire book until the last few chapters, then he decided to give the butler an original voice- one that was pretty good, I might add. Why he couldn't even read the sentence markings (sound more excited when there was an explanation mark or raise his tone at the end of the sentence when it's a question mark) is beyond me. You could tell how very uncomfortable he was with the unique lingo- such has "What's doing." This book and it's characters deserved better.
Yes and no..... yes because I love this book and have read it many times....no because of the narrator.
I would buy this book all over again if only Phil Gigante would narrate! (hint hint audible)
I bought the 1st book during the Halloween Sale and enjoyed the action and story line. So I purchased 2 and 3 while still on sales. Thought focusing on what seemed to be the 2 most Bad-ass Brothers would be action packed.
Wrong,...had to suffer through hours of describing penises, erections, and masturbation. then when the action came there was very little description. In my opinion this series is not for the males.
did a good job with what he had to work with
This is one of my favorite stories in the BDB series. However I was frustrated by the long pauses in the audio book. Many were in between chapters, while others were at random points in the text.
I am not sure why JR Ward added the epilogue to this book, as it was so out of place (20 months later) when the next book takes up before this epilogue.
This is the book I started out with,cause it was on sale, and I absolutely love Zsadist His story is most compelling. He is raw and gritty but you come to love him. His story is like beauty and the beast.
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