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Lover Unbound, The Black Dagger Brotherhood, Book 5 Audiobook

Lover Unbound, The Black Dagger Brotherhood, Book 5

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New York Times best-selling author J. R. Ward has blown away fans with her layered, tantalizing tales of sexy vampires and supernatural intrigue. In Lover Unbound, an immortal killer falls into the care - and possibly the arms - of a mortal surgeon. Suffering a horrific childhood as the son of a Bloodletter in his father's war camp, Vishous pledges death to members of the vampire-hunting Lessening Society. Vishous knows no love. He feels no emotion. He lives only to oppose the slayers. But after suffering a mortal wound, a human surgeon named Dr. Jane Whitcomb tends to him. Her ministrations, however, extend beyond his physical injury - and before long her tender hand has awakened feelings of pleasure that Vishous never dreamed existed.

©2007 J.R. Ward; (P)2008 Recorded Books,LLC

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    Lulu 12-26-13
    Lulu 12-26-13

    I ignore genre labels. Some of my favorite books are outside my genre comfort zone. Listening to audiobooks is still reading. Not theater.

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    "I Am Finished Now"

    Even though the dialog in this series made me nauseous, and the male names came across as silly instead of sexy, which is what I assume the author was going for, I hung in there through this book. But this was the last straw.

    The main characters sounded like the intro to a really bad joke ... A vampire and a ghost walk into a bar ...

    I am sorry, but I have read some outrageous plot lines before, but this one takes the cake. It is as if the author killed off her heroine and then remembered it was hard to have even a remotely HEA ending if one of the parties to the romance was dead. I have a word of advice for any other authors who find themselves in this predicament. Don't search around for a way to "fix" this situation. No matter what plan you come up with to fix it, especially if it involves bringing the character back as a ghost, it won't work. Instead, do what this author should have done - just delete the death scene and rewrite the ending.

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    Pam F Forest, VA, United States 09-18-13
    Pam F Forest, VA, United States 09-18-13 Member Since 2014
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    "Dissatisfying conclusion"
    Where does Lover Unbound, The Black Dagger Brotherhood, Book 5 rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Upper middle of the pack.


    If you’ve listened to books by J. R. Ward before, how does this one compare?

    Continuing story of the Black Dagger Brotherhood. Vampires. Sex. Violence. Tragedy. Passion.


    What about Jim Frangione’s performance did you like?

    That I'm not really aware of his "performance" is perhaps the best part. All the characters feel familiar and believable. They continue. I did notice a different pronunciation of Sympath(sp?) - which is what Revenge and Xhex are. A minor deviation from previous books.


    Any additional comments?

    Jane and Vishous' first sexual encounter felt "wrong." V was attracted to Jane because she stood up to him without fear. Yet, she submitted to his commands and did as she was ordered. . . just didn't feel quite right somehow.

    There's no denying that the whole series is a load of male domination and Victorian sensiblities. But heck, its fiction, and the stories are certainly an entertaining place to go for an afternoon, or two, or three.

    I have to say that what happens to Jane just feels absolutely not okay. She should be gone. Or not. I surely hope that in a later book there is some purpose/benefit to her amorphous state.

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    Wendy Lakeside, MT, United States 08-08-13
    Wendy Lakeside, MT, United States 08-08-13 Member Since 2016
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    "Wonderful Series"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Lover Unbound, The Black Dagger Brotherhood, Book 5 to be better than the print version?

    When the Blackdagger Brotherhood was recommended to me I thought I would not J.R. Ward's Fallen Angels series is very good. I expected it to be funnier after reading The Blackdagger Brotherhood, where the angel is hilarious.like it, based on title alone. I couldn't be more wrong! I instantly fell in love with the books!


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Regina SOUTHINGTON, CONNECTICUT, United States 04-28-13
    Regina SOUTHINGTON, CONNECTICUT, United States 04-28-13 Member Since 2015

    Believer in what you can't see

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    "You never know what will come into your life"
    If you could sum up Lover Unbound, The Black Dagger Brotherhood, Book 5 in three words, what would they be?

    Who's my mother?


    What other book might you compare Lover Unbound, The Black Dagger Brotherhood, Book 5 to and why?

    Lover Awakened would compare to Lover Unbound. Both character have to deal with tremendous cruelty and they both think that they are broken and don't deserve love, but in the end they both find the love of their lives and overcome their past.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    When Vishous comes back to claim Jane after he relinquishes his role as prime male and the Scribe Virgin lets him go. A wonderful scene. Put a big smile on my face and sigh.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    The Power within can change everything.


    Any additional comments?

    This is my second favorite story in the series. Lover Eternal is my favorite.

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    Tere Antioch, CA, United States 04-22-13
    Tere Antioch, CA, United States 04-22-13 Member Since 2012
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    "a Little Disappoint about Jane Ending!!!!"
    If you could sum up Lover Unbound, The Black Dagger Brotherhood, Book 5 in three words, what would they be?

    Insightful, Edgey, Not-Believable (Jane end part)


    What other book might you compare Lover Unbound, The Black Dagger Brotherhood, Book 5 to and why?

    All the books give you "GREAT" Insight on the "Main" Charater - this is always interesting info!!!


    What does Jim Frangione bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    He's good - Wish he could get a bit more "into" Charater


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Kinky Strong Man finds Match Lover


    Any additional comments?

    Just that I was sort of disappointed about the "Jane" ending - I mean "really"???? Coming back as a ghost that people can walk thru = so "not" believable nor the Writer Forte'

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    Sharon United States 04-03-13
    Sharon United States 04-03-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Could not get into it."

    I had read several of the other books in the series some time ago. I must have been at a different place at that time because I did not care for this book at all. I know it is a popular series and my negative review won't matter. It's not that the book or writing was terrible, it just wasn't for me. Maybe I got caugt up in the whole vampire scene several years ago, but I'm so over it now. I was thought I would try a different style of book, but I guess I will return to my mystery/thrillers.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Kimberly Ixonia, WI, United States 01-27-13
    Kimberly Ixonia, WI, United States 01-27-13 Member Since 2015

    So many books...so little time! :)

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    "VISHOUS MEETS HIS MATCH!"

    WOW!! I'm not sure how else to start! :) I really liked Vishous's story, and you see him in a whole new light after this book. Not only does he fall in love with Jane, a human woman that saves his life, but his history is finally revealed and it is far from pretty! Brings the fact that "you can't choose your parents" to a whole new level. I definitely got tears in my eyes as Vishous opens up to someone for the first time, and when Vishous and Jane face loosing each other on more than one occasion.

    Besides Vishous, you learn more about his friendship with Butch...which is pretty intense but amazing all at the same time. John Matthew (who I must admit is probably my absolute favorite) is also again a big focus in here, finally going through his transition among other things. And Fury faces some big decisions as well in this one. Again, like the others, this book is filled with intense moments, touching ones, big sacrifices, and some very huge WOWs that you don't see coming. And I must say Jim Frangione's narration is growing on me more and more! :)

    Another great one by J.R.Ward! I can't seem to get enough of these books!

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    KindaPicky Houston, TX 01-25-13
    KindaPicky Houston, TX 01-25-13 Member Since 2011
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    "No holding back on this one"

    This book has a little bit of everything you will come across dealing with the BDB. Vishous is one of the oldest Brothers in the Brotherhood, his parents are truly ones who define who he had become. When he gets injured and meets Doc Jane she turns out to be the person who can mend his body as well as his heart. Listeners should note this book gets very graphic with the sex and violence. BDB fans know how important V's story is in this series.

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    Tiea carol stream, IL, United States 01-24-13
    Tiea carol stream, IL, United States 01-24-13 Member Since 2010

    Music is my heart and soul, Audiobooks is giving it a run for its money :)

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    "Audible You've ruined my life!!!... For the better"
    What did you like best about Lover Unbound, The Black Dagger Brotherhood, Book 5? What did you like least?

    The book was my favorite in the series! Jane and V's was one of my favorite pairings. I did not like the ending when she had to, ****Spoiler Alert******.. die but I've read the book about ten times or should I say, Jim Frangione has read it to me and I understand why she had to die. So now I feel better about it. J.R. Ward, you Rock.


    What other book might you compare Lover Unbound, The Black Dagger Brotherhood, Book 5 to and why?

    It reminds me of a couple Sherrilyn Kenyon Books because of the whole vampire thing but really there's no comparison. Both Authors are truly a gift from up above!!


    Would you be willing to try another one of Jim Frangione’s performances?

    Of course I would. Jim Frangione makes the characters come alive. I read each book after purchasing the physical copy at the store but after I heard Jim Frangione do Dark Lover, The Black Dagger Brotherhood, Book 1, I had to purchase all the books over again on audible because of his vocal acting abilities. Lover Unbound he seemed to be a little more contained, if that makes sense. When I read his version of Book 4 which was Butches book. He made me fall in love with each character. He seemed to me more free. He took the book and made it come alive from the beginning to the very end.


    Do you think Lover Unbound, The Black Dagger Brotherhood, Book 5 needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    Well I think of Book number 6 which was Phury to be the follow-up book, so no, it doesn't need another. It was perfect.


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    NEW NAME Georgia, United States 01-14-13
    NEW NAME Georgia, United States 01-14-13 Member Since 2015

    Say something about yourself!

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    "Wish there were 500 of these books!"

    J.R. Ward must be a genius to create this entire world of honorable vampires. Can't get enough of these books!

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