©2006 Jessica Bird; (P)2009 Recorded Books, LLC
I really enjoy the world of books! Narration just add layers to that world... don't u think? :)
The Black Dagger Brotherhood series is either likable or not. Simple as that. Either deal with all the slang talking or not. Simple.
Now, this one is about Rhage....!!! Ah!!! Rhage... I simple love the fact that his name is his power persay... When he rage he rage...he goes all dragon and that is awesomeness!!! The story was a little hard to get into in the beginning, not because of the slang talking...but the story itself is hard to follow if you have not invested sometime in reading/listening to book 1. Too many characters are introduced in book 1 and they pop up alot in book 2. I would not recommend reading the series not in order.
Each book is about one of the brothers. They are a group of vampires and humans (kinda) who fight soulless humans. Weired, yes I know... but actually the story is pretty good. The passion between Rhage and his woman is pretty good too...
I really don't like male narrators, however, for this series, Jim works. Mostly all of the main characters are male, so a male narrator makes sense. Jim did a good job with all the slang. Must be hard to read...so...good job...
This is a credit. Unless you plan to invest some series time into all the books, I would wait for a free credit, get book one and start from there. Not a buy unless you series want to invest time. Each book is written to leave you wanting more in the end. BDB is either a love or hate series.
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.
Say something about yourself!
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 appreciate a GOOD story about an alpha male -- even as a feminist -- but these "alpha" males, who practice BDSM with each other, drive tricked out SUVs with limo tinted glass, listen to hardcore rap music (which demeans women and glorifies useless violence) and call each other "brother" every other word, are totally NOT hot.
* Terrible plot, terrible writing and awful-terrible dialog. "You feelin' me, brother?"
* Whipping each other (these guys are supposedly the kind of friends who would die for each other -- and we're told a thousand times they're "brothas") for a "punishment" that is supposedly deserved. The crime? He let a girl stay in his room. (Gasp!) But somehow it's all okay for them to whip their "brotha" because "they HAD to do it" and were supposedly really sad about having to do it. They all wear black hooded robes to the whipping ceremony....blah, blah. GROSS! Some people might really get off on this BDSM -- blood, physical pain and violence -- but in my book that is NOT romance.
* Weak willed women and even weaker "brothas" who are ruled by a heartless god who's made an edict that they will be punished (think barbed whips and beastly possession) if they dare to ask questions. ("Why can't they ask their god questions?" One might ask. But that's not something the author tells us -- she might be punishing us for daring to think a question.)
* Bad narrator (but there is only so much a narrator can do with a crappy story).
* A literal Dues ex machina (truly -- a black-robed god in the last chapter to make everything tie up neatly).
* Their god is this all-powerful woman -- well, if she's all powerful, then why does she need them? And she's a cruel being -- I'd find someway to kill her, not serve her. But these "alpha" males just lope along and jump at her every command.
* Total confusion on what the conflict is...what do these "brothas" do? (Besides sit around and whip each other.) What's their purpose? And what is driving the supposed bad guys in the story? The author doesn't even attempt an explanation at why they hate the vampires. And where does all of the money come from? Between the whippings, the constant workouts, the occasional fight and the commiserating with each other -- just who is out earning the dough to pay for their weapons, special facility, designer clothes, and the junked up SUVs?
* Incredible that the author thinks someone in late stage cancer -- apparently days from dying -- is feeling good enough to have several bouts of active sex. Really? Come on! Spend some time in an oncology ward and see how much energy those poor people have. Barely enough to go to the bathroom on their own, if they're lucky, let alone have great sex with a vampire. Lord!
* I got it on sale. But I still feel cheated because I can't get those hours spent listening back. I'd pay good money to recoup my time!
Hopefully, this review might save you from making the mistake I did.
Happy reading! (Though I wouldn't look for it in this book.)
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