©2006 Jessica Bird; (P)2009 Recorded Books, LLC
This second installment of the Black Dagger Brotherhood was richer and even more interesting then the first book. In fact I liked it better than the first. Rhage is cursed by the Scribe Virgin to turn into a dragon/godzilla like creature when he gets to worked up. It was intended to teach him to control himself. The beast made things really interesting.
The most memorable moment for me in the book was Mary running to Rhage and finally admitting she wasn't okay instead of trying to keep up the fascade that she was in control and handling everything on her own.
The narrator mispronounced quite a few words. The one that irritates me most is rifled. I do like his voice however because it is easy to listen to so much can be forgiven.
The most moving part of the book was when Rhage kissed and touched all the scars from the various procedures Mary had because of her previous bout of luekemia. She is one battlescarred and tough lady to have endured what she has.
This is one of my favorite books in the series. I have read all of them in paperback and now I'm going back and buying my favorites in audible so I can listen to them on my smart phone while I walk.
There is no comparison to this book other than the other BDB books.
I really related to Mary.
The moment that moved me was the end when Mary was given eternal life.
I seem to be the only one of all my friends who do not love these books more than life itself. I am not sure why, but I am just not falling for any of these guys. I am giving up.
My advice is to skip Book 1 in this series and start with Book 2 instead. You really won't miss that much and Book 1 is a bit weak and juvenile. But Book 2 will get you hooked and then you'll love the entire series. Great narrator too.
This story starts off fine, but becomes lazy and disjointed halfway through. I began to feel like I was listening to the writer's notes strung together to haphazardly extend the story. It recovers by the end so all in all, this one was just, OK.
The series is fun and I highly recommend it for a "campy" diversion that can be listened to in mixed company. I like listening to the BDB Series because in a lot of ways they remind me of the "campiness" of the once popular 60's television show "Batman". (So "silly" but I just couldn't stop watching it). Regarding the narration: Jim Frangione's dry dispassionate reading has a way of "growing" on you. He is not as distracting as some narrators of other books, but he certainly does not inspire the raw "sexiness" I think the stories hold. Listening to him is like listening to the character Jack from the once popular detective show "Dragnet." I think if you can get this one on sale, it is worth the listen.
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So happy I got started with this series….I was a bit concerned seeing how many books were in it but they are all unique and all amazing! So, SOOOO happy with this series!
The story was awesome. I didn't want to stop listening JR has a great way of telling a story.
How the story keeps flowing there is never a point that you wish it would hurry and get to the good parts it is all good
How Rhage never gave up on finding Bella
Wonderfully written and a great book. I am totally hooked on this series. There is just not enough hours in the day ...I wish I could listen every moment!
It made me laugh, cry and. Get down right angry, but I could not stop listening. Rage is a brother of worth, true.
I am a 40ish woman with more interests than time but some of my favorite things are books, audio books and e-books. I have over 325 audio titles and have already listened to about 2/3rds of them. I drive over 25000 miles a year and my listening keeps me sane on the road.
Very high! The reality is that I have hundreds and hundreds of titles and yet I have listened to this many times. Why? Because it is an emotional roller coaster with characters that I love! Mary's plight is heartbreaking and Rhage is so much more than meets the eye. Spectacular book.
I don't want to give it away but the moment Rhage finally commits. It is a powerful scene and when the reality of the choice hits you.... well its intense.
Actually the scene when Mary tames Rhages beast.... it was more the reactions of everyone else that make it so awesome!
Mary facing her horrible illness just broke my heart. Also the introduction of John Matthew. Wow.
This series must be read in order. Some characters develop through each book and as a result the series must be read sequentially.
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