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The Beast Audiobook

The Beast: A Novel of the Black Dagger Brotherhood

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Nothing is as it used to be for the Black Dagger Brotherhood.

After avoiding war with the Shadows, alliances have shifted, and lines have been drawn. The slayers of the Lessening Society are stronger than ever, preying on human weakness to acquire more money, more weapons, more power. But as the Brotherhood readies for an all-out attack on them, one of their own fights a battle within himself....

For Rhage, the Brother with the biggest appetites but also the biggest heart, life was supposed to be perfect - or at the very least perfectly enjoyable. Mary, his beloved shellan, is by his side, and his king and his brothers are thriving. But Rhage can't understand - or control - the panic and insecurity that plague him...and that terrifies him as well as distances him from his mate.

After suffering a mortal injury in battle, Rhage must reassess his priorities - and the answer, when it comes to him, rocks his world...and Mary's. But Mary is on a journey of her own, one that will either bring them closer together or cause a split that neither will recover from....

©2016 J. R. Ward (P)2016 Penguin Audio

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    Cheri Waverly Hall, Ga. 04-19-16
    Cheri Waverly Hall, Ga. 04-19-16 Member Since 2012

    Love listening to audiobooks, and being swept away by a great story and narrator. It's my therapy, and I need it daily!

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    "J R Ward ~ Hands Down ~ The # 1 Author in PNR!"

    JR Ward is one of the best authors, and her BDB series is my favorite. I love the action, suspense, steamy romance, and a phenomenal character development and the multiple POV's. I bought this story on preorder before it was released, and prior to my upcoming back surgery. I wanted to have a story ready to listen to after my surgery that would help me cope with the pain and recovery. The Beast was a perfect choice, and kept me engaged from the beginning to the end. I loved how the story weaved in new characters and developed existing characters on a deeper level.

    With each new story, Jim Frangione's performance gets better and he delivers another stellar performance by giving each character their own voice and using the right amout of tone and inflection to convey the different emotions throughout the story.

    This is a series I would recommend to everyone! It has a great mix of both feminine and masculinity, and should appeal to multiple audiences. If you have not listen to any of the Black Dagger Brotherhood stories, I highly recommend you start from the beginning and I'm confident you will like this series. These stories are well worth the credit and time invested in listening to the stories.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    CAROLYN newark, New Jersey, United States 04-10-16
    CAROLYN newark, New Jersey, United States 04-10-16 Member Since 2016

    I love being swept away by a new romance and thankfully Audible's ever growing Library means I get to indulge myself over and over again

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    "FLAWLESS.... SIMPLY FLAWLESS"

    Fourteen books J R Ward has written in the unforgettable, unmissable and unstoppable BDB series and each and every one of them are worthy five star listens, each and every one of them delivered an all-consuming multi-layered plot with sub plots and each and every one of them met, then exceeded, my already high expectations. These Brothers, their mates, their families, their big hearts and their relentless unwavering dangerous Quest get under your skin, very quickly work their way into your heart and absolutely nothing is going to dislodge them. Because, as a fan, you've walked alongside them as they've fought evil, fought for love, fought for the Brotherhood and they're still fighting for everything they hold sacred and dear.

    For me, JR Ward is way..way....waaay up there on top of the list where only a few truly gifted Author's names appear because there's N E V E R any doubt that you're going to love the listen, there's N E V E R any doubt that it's going to absolutely tick all your boxes and there's N E V E R any doubt that she's going to totally knock it out of the ballpark. And, when all the action is over, the hours have gone and the characters have once more been put to bed, you're left in a bit of a book funk greedily wondering just how long you'll have to wait until the next gripping book will be released.

    Gifted writing, wonderful story with many sub plots, drama, action, heartache, sex, romance, descriptive scenes and awesome characters await..... but who am I kidding - no fan needs to read Reviews, no fan needs reassurances that it's going to be epic, no fan would doubt Jim Frangione's ability as narrator and no fan would question the purchase. It was in my pre-orders as soon as I got a mere whiff of its release and I eagerly waited, mentally squirming and anticipating the day..... like a junkie needing her next fix and now I'm BDB juiced up impatiently waiting for my next hit. Ms Ward.... I'll clean your house, I'll mow your lawns, I'll walk your dog and I'll make your coffee just the way you like it if this is what it takes so you can weave your creative thoughts, form them into magical chapters and deliver us book 15. I'm sure I'm not alone, there's an army of us - your willing and waiting fans who'll never ever tire of these characters, their stories.... and you. x

    Worth a credit? Gosh, Jeeez.... and smiles - does this question really need my answer? no I didn't think so.

    17 of 19 people found this review helpful
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    M Oliver 06-09-16
    M Oliver 06-09-16 Listener Since 2007
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    "Love it but..."

    I LOVED this book. The only complaint I have is that they changed the pronunciation of the names of some of the people. For example, Havers was pronounced Haavers. Xcor was pronounced Core. Xhex was pronounced Hex.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Natasha Zar Australia 05-02-16
    Natasha Zar Australia 05-02-16 Member Since 2016

    Natasha R Zar

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    "JR Just Ain't the Same"
    What would have made The Beast better?

    A better plot. And she could have cut out a lot of the pop culture references for a start, they drove me insane!!! I feel like JR Ward is just churning out half-assed stories now. I really enjoyed the first 10 BDB books. They were well written with great plots and you really cared what was happening with the characters. I feel like after the 10th book, JR isn't really even trying anymore.


    What could J. R. Ward have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    I really don't know. The book was really sappy, to the point I would roll my eyes and tune out.


    What didn’t you like about Jim Frangione’s performance?

    Jim Frangione is a good narrator, but his narration does not suit the BDB books. He just doesn't get the tone right. He sounds like someone's father trying to talk "hip" when he curses and says words like "mother f*cker" and hearing him narrate the saucier parts actually made me cringe.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Disappointment, definitely.


    Any additional comments?

    I used to really enjoy JR Ward's books, but her more recent stuff has been pretty bad. I hope she gets her mojo back and starts writing better books!!!

    10 of 12 people found this review helpful
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    Kristina K. Rogan Missouri 04-09-16
    Kristina K. Rogan Missouri 04-09-16 Member Since 2008

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    "Best one yet!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    NO! Not this one you have to start with the first one or you'll be too traumatized.


    What other book might you compare The Beast to and why?

    There is no comparison, lots of other authors within similar character patterns and story lines but none can touch the BDB.


    What about Jim Frangione’s performance did you like?

    I couldn't read one of the BDB books and not hear his voice! The man is the voice of the Brotherhood.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    YES! and nearly did!


    Any additional comments?

    This one is by far the best in the series so far no question. If you haven't read the whole series yet, Stop now and go back you won't regret it. If you have read the whole series I think you will love how this one tends to take you back to how books 1-4 made you feel when you read them. Keep'em coming and good luck topping this one.

    6 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Teresa NAMPA, ID, United States 08-29-16
    Teresa NAMPA, ID, United States 08-29-16 Member Since 2016

    Hello, my name is Teresa and I'm an addict.

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    "The Big Puppy Dog."

    I usually don't want to read books about the same couple as earlier in a series, and at first I was a bit leery of this book just as I was about with V's book. Luckily this book was better than V's second book, I really liked it. As with all of JR Ward book's there are many stories arcing in one book. There was really only one action scene with the lessars in the beginning, the rest of the book was about coming to terms with the life they were dealt with. Rhage and Mary figuring out that they really did want kids, finding Biddy and discovering they can help her. Also a good part was when Layla has her babies, I'm still really interested to see where her and Xcor story will lead. There are a few new characters added to the story it will be interesting to see how they play out in the future. At first I was annoyed that there was so much of Assail in the book. I kept thinking that the book could easily be cut down by a third without him, but his part of the book gets good and I'm glad it was there in the long run. I figured out why the author always calls her characters by their initial, it is because you can't spell them, so pardon my spelling on my review. Narrator is good as always.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Jinny Baltimore maryland 04-08-16
    Jinny Baltimore maryland 04-08-16 Member Since 2011
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    "fantastic"

    as a reader, you always wonder if the next book in a series will be as good as the ones that came before. I can truthfully say for The Black Dagger Brotherhood , yes, yes yes. Ward says she write what the Brotherhood shows her, it must be true. every piece of the Brotherhood s life is so clearly written you can see and feel it. You laugh and cry , you hold your in suspense . it takes you away to a place where you know in your head it's only in the book but in your heart you know somewhere, some place there is The Black Dagger Brotherhood.

    8 of 10 people found this review helpful
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    Sam T. 06-10-16
    Sam T. 06-10-16
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    "Back to the beginning"

    Loved this book, Ward has gone back to what she has done best with this series...glad I book this one. I had feared that she was loosing her touch with few books before this one but to me she is back on track!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Nicole 06-08-16
    Nicole 06-08-16 Member Since 2015
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    "She's back!"

    The last couple of books had me losing interest. The Shadows and The King were okay but they didn't pull me in like the first few did. I was hesitant to even buy The Beast but I'm so glad I did. It was excellent and now I'm in the dreaded waiting game again.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    BluBumbleB 04-14-16
    BluBumbleB 04-14-16 Member Since 2016

    Audible OBSESSED!

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    "INCREDIBLE!!"

    The BDB is absolutely without a shadow of a doubt, one of my favorite series, favorite narrator and favorite author. I throughly enjoyed the original books on the brotherhood, but, these spinoffs are fan-freaking-tastic! I did not want this book to end. I could keep listening for hours on end. I love the new situations, interesting characters, and how J.R. Ward continues to develop the BDB. 5-stars all around, I loved every minute!

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful

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