©2006 Jessica Bird; (P)2009 Recorded Books, LLC
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Overall I'd say I enjoyed this story. It's not the best I've experienced but certainly far from the worst. This is one of those times when I think if I had actually read the story, I would have enjoyed it more with the voices my own imagination would have come up with. I do have to say that the reader (Luke Daniels) is acceptable for the most part but his voice for one of the angels was distracting for me (he sounded like Jack Nicholson, really...Jack Nicholson an angel?) and he often spoke far too slowly for many of the male characters. Apart from that though he was fairly believable. I'm definitely interested in looking up some of the subsequent stories in this series.
I would recommend all of the Black Dagger Brotherhood books. They take you to a whole different world. When it ends, you can't stop thinking about it.
Frangione's voice is fantastic for the Brotherhood series.
Book is good but narrator has been wrongly cast. Pardon me, but it seems to me that every time I choose the pay for a narrator it is always a 50 year old man or woman voice the one that get to do the job. It is a vampire book for god sake.. so this means that it needs to be a young, deep and powerful voice, yes it is a a very old vampire but they happen to be always blessed with very young bodies, and this guy is also warrior not a peaceful old man. Women are the one that enjoy the most this story so even a woman voice too can work, but as well, not a grandma voice in here, neither one that sounds like a teacher or a preacher one...I am wondering if there is no young male or female voice actor in this business. Sorry to be so brutal, but the last thing I was expecting to listen was the voice of an old man reciting me erotic scenes ... I can't stand it. In the other hand he will sound amazing if he was reading LA Confidential or any Noire book, or let's say some Agatha Christie Poirot or so on. No disrespect to the age, but is like a parent figure were reading an erotic book to me....no..no..
If this is a detective or noire, yes more definitely.
I love the book, I hate the audio.
I've read others in this J.R. Ward series, and will read more. They're entertaining, good for a lazy summer afternoon.
I don't know if I'll listen to any more though, especially with Jim Frangione narrating. He made all of the women in the book sound like weak, docile creatures with no sex appeal. Yuck!
I may listen to another, but not if the main character is supposed to be a strong woman.
It passed the hours driving, but I could never do two in a row like some other audio books.
Disciple of the written word and Audible fanatic.I am an Urban and Epic Fantasy Fan.I also enjoy some Paranormal Romance.
The Black Dagger brotherhood is a very interesting series.
The characters are diverse and are very male. They are masculine with a venerability that makes them accessible; which is necessary in immortal warriors.
I don't care for the mixed slang. The characters supposedly have been around for centuries and are highly intelligent occasionally break into a pseudo ghetto slang that you usually only hear childish wanna be gang bangers use.
The reader in not the most expressive or exiting of narrators but you can almost forget him once you get into the story.
I know this seems to be a mixed review but the books evoke mixed feelings
#1. The story is quick moving and involving
#2. The characters are personable and will draw you in
#3. The world in a world is well thought out and intriguing
#1.The mixed slang will drive you crazy and the seeming occasional juvenile behavior is off putting.
#2. Narrator is not right for the book. He lacks emotion and expressiveness the story deserves.
#3. I don't really "get" the protagonist. What's their point?
Without a doubt. I love the BDB series and love to reread them. Sometimes I'm too busy to read so audio helps me get the enjoyment I love out of a good book by a great narrator. I drive 1 1/2 hr to and from work and sometimes I just want to hear a good book instead of the radio.
Rhage of course. I know it's his book but the book is written so well u can't help but fall in love with him. There is a lot going on around Rhage not just his story but his story is enough of a focus point to keep u reminded you're reading about him First.
Jim gives the book that extra masculine touch I could never give it.
Even though the whole book was great and it's focused on Rhage. I loved when John Matthew finally gets a filling meal and then of course the ending which I don't want to give away.
Sassy dialogue, humor, and a great reader are important to me.
great listen and pulls you into a fast pace world.
the dragon pushing his nose into our heroine
If you start this seriers, you will not be sorry.
I enjoyed the story. It is my first BDB book, but I plan to go back and read book 1 before moving on. Right now, I plan on reading all of the series.....if the narrator doesn't just really turn me off. Also, the use of contemporary "cool" slang was a little ridiculous. Sorry, just felt that some of it was more than a little hokey and forced.
I felt JF's reading was VERY monotone. Just felt there was so much that could have been done with the text.
EOD wife and loving mother!!!
No, I think the males voice sounds too old.
The happy ending.
I couldn't tell any difference.
It was enjoyable.
I am really enjoying this series. If you enjoy adult paranormal novels, particularly "good" vampires, definitely give these books a chance.
Narration: Similar to the first book in the series, with the exception of Fritz, I can't distinguish character voices whatsoever. I have to use the context of the sentence or rely on the author hopefully starting a sentence with a character's name.
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