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The King Audiobook
The King
Written by: 
J.R. Ward
Narrated by: 
Jim Frangione
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The King Audiobook

The King: A Novel of the Black Dagger Brotherhood, Book 12

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Publisher's Summary

J.R. Ward's number-one New York Times best-selling Black Dagger Brotherhood continues as a royal bloodline is compromised by a grave threat to the throne.

Long live the king.…

After turning his back on the throne for centuries, Wrath, son of Wrath, finally assumed his father's mantle - with the help of his beloved mate. But the crown sets heavily on his head. As the war with the Lessening Society rages on, and the threat from the Band of Bastards truly hits home, he is forced to make choices that put everything - and everyone - at risk.

Beth Randall thought she knew what she was getting into when she mated the last pure blooded vampire on the planet: An easy ride was not it. But when she decides she wants a child, she's unprepared for Wrath's response - or the distance it creates between them.

The question is, will true love win out... or tortured legacy take over?

©2014 J. R. Ward (P)2014 Penguin Audio

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    whitney HILLSBORO, OR, United States 04-23-14
    whitney HILLSBORO, OR, United States 04-23-14 Member Since 2016
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    "I'm confused..."

    Why is everyone raving about this book? Was it even written by J.R. Ward?? I am a HUGE fan of the Black Dagger Brotherhood and Ward, but this one was so immature I could barely get through it. It seemed like Wrath transformed into a mouthy, cussing, insecure and immature teenager. I'm so sad to say this was a total thumbs down. I've listened and read the whole series a dozen times or more, but I'll never listen to this one again. It did not do credit to the series. The only saving grace was the narrator, who was awesome, and made the book bearable.

    10 of 11 people found this review helpful
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    vicki CLINTON, OKLAHOMA, United States 04-15-14
    vicki CLINTON, OKLAHOMA, United States 04-15-14 Member Since 2016

    Nurse Anesthetist. Love audiobooks!

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    "Such a disappointment"

    I found this book such a big disappointment! I have been listening to this series from the beginning with the first book. I've loved thim all. My only complaint up till now had been the long time between each book. Each time the wait was worth it. Not this time. This book seemed to go off in so many directions with so many characters that I had to get a list of all the characters that have been in this or any of the other books to try to help me with the confusion. The book was advertised to be about Wrath and Beth and their desire to have a baby but it was a good half way thru the book before this topic was really delved into. There was just too much jumping around from couple to couple without really having a clear direction for any of them. Wouldn't recommend it for any lover of this series.

    14 of 16 people found this review helpful
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    Pam Nelson Canada 05-04-16
    Pam Nelson Canada 05-04-16 Member Since 2016

    Well lets see I love audiobooks, I am not a fast reader. Being able to read more books with my ears other then my eyes is A-M-A-Z-I-N-G!

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    "5 Kingly Star’s!"

    I HEART WRATH & BETH! <3

    Ok now for the review :)

    My first thoughts when I started this book, what the heck is going on with Wrath.
    So much going on in this book we see Wrath’s father and mother and how there story plays out we see Assail and Sola, iAm, Trez, The Choosen. Xcor and Layla.. I am telling you brace in a good way.

    Wrath aversion to having children is really putting a damper on Beth she wants a baby. I understand the risks he doesn’t want to lose her but the race is dying and as King shouldn’t he at least think about her feelings? He just says no end of it. Grrr…

    Beth kind of takes things in to her own hands so to speak. Starts sitting with Layla to jump start her needing. She wants that young. I love that she stood up for what she wanted even against The King lol. She is feisty and I love that. It’s what I liked about book 1 too.

    JM having more and more seizures, then when he mouths to Beth
    "I will protect you always"
    And Wrath’s reaction was so very Wrath. I <3’d that part esp with the tension between them you still see the male side even though he knows he has nothing to worry about with JM.

    There is a shocking scene between Payne and Wrath that will blow your mind I can’t even with that whole thing.

    I think Saxton and Beth are geniuses! And I can’t wait for everyone to read this book its wonderful I am not going to give anything else away, if you are a fan of the series you want to read this book it’s a perfect addition to the series.

    I do want to see the Scribe Virgin make a comeback. I kind of felt like the ending was a little rushed but then again look how long this book was so it can’t go on forever even though I want it to ;)

    6 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    CAROLYN newark, New Jersey, United States 04-03-14
    CAROLYN newark, New Jersey, United States 04-03-14 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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    "LONG LIVE THE KING.... & THE BDB"

    As a fan of the whole series I pre-ordered this, then counted the weeks, days, hours and minutes until I could finally listen to this much anticipated story and, although I was half-way through another book (which was good by the way), I stopped it knowing that, for me, a new BDB book was going to be epic..... and I was right.

    There was the main story of Wrath, his roots, his fears and dreams and Beth's all consuming needs as she lost focus for just a short while but came back fighting, then there were so many sub romances, sub plots and new characters that, at times, you think your head's going to explode. Beth and Wrath's dilemma was so painful, touching and raw, his throne is both a curse and a joy which he eventually found out and he may be blind but he finally gets to see the bigger picture.

    A lot of very emotional bitter-sweet torment and turmoil because of the ups and downs in all the romances, danger and threats made by old enemies, twists, turns and surprises and various visits through time to the 17th century to hear of the love and plight of the former Vampire King and a lot more was shared about the Shadow brothers and their lives. There were familiar well loved faces as well as new ones..... but always, through everything, The Brotherhood were there ready to support and rejoice in welcoming in the dawning of a new era.

    Worth a credit? Wicked plans were thwarted, blood was spilled, revenge was sweet and love and bonds were deepened so, at the end of Chapter 76, after 22 hours of listening pleasure as the overall plot-line grew, morphed and moved forward, all I can safely say is YES it was well worth the credit, the sleepless nights and the lost hours in my shortened days.

    26 of 33 people found this review helpful
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    Erin Millers Creek, NC, United States 04-02-14
    Erin Millers Creek, NC, United States 04-02-14 Member Since 2015

    Audiobook Addict. It's all about the Listen. Mostly Romance, but I do branch out a bit. Reviews are my honest opinions-popular or not.

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    "Excellent as Usual!!"

    This installment of the BDB, like most, has a LOT going on. The main focus is on Wrath and Beth and a back story of the elder Wrath and his queen. The laws and paperwork required to lead the race, Wrath's role in doing so, his desire to do so and his continuing growth as a male, a mate and as king are all part of the story, and there is not as much action movie material as some of the others, but there are also the continuing sagas of Assail/Sola, Xscore/Layla and Tres/Selena. Wrath and Beth also have struggles with each other and with those who want Wrath out because of his choice in queen.

    I've seen some negative reviews, and the complaints seem pretty superficial. If you are one of those people who 1- don't care about any new characters other than the brothers or 2- like to complain about about the few (true and funny) pop culture references and/or 3- have nothing better to do than denigrate the hard work of an author who has provided you and others with a large quantity of great entertainment, pick up Pride and Prejudice, re-read it often, and have a nice life.

    Those who love the series will not be disappointed in this one. Absolutely worth a credit or the cash.

    27 of 36 people found this review helpful
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    Lynn Tucson, AZ, United States 05-02-14
    Lynn Tucson, AZ, United States 05-02-14 Member Since 2011

    EOD wife and loving mother!!!

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    "Very disappointed"

    This book just didn't keep my interest and was all over the place. Just when I started getting into it, things switched to a completely different story. It was my least favorite of the series.

    6 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Katheryne MD, United States 05-07-14
    Katheryne MD, United States 05-07-14 Member Since 2015

    Busy mom who loves to read but doesn't always have the time. I enjoy YA, Romance and the occasional Best Seller.

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    "Perfection!"

    Plain and simple I loved this book! It's everything you've come to expect from a JR Ward BDB book. I'm amazed after 12 installments I still find these characters interesting and enjoyable. (unlike other vamp series) Kudos to the brilliant author and fantastic narrator. Keep 'em coming!!

    5 Stars!!

    8 of 12 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer Unchartered Territories 12-21-14
    Amazon Customer Unchartered Territories 12-21-14 Member Since 2009

    Look upward and see the wonders I've seen

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    "All Done"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    A better story. If I hadn't been listening to this on a long commute over several weeks, I would have stopped and been done with it. The series has gone on too long, or has wasted too much time on uninteresting splintered storylines.


    Would you ever listen to anything by J.R. Ward again?

    Probably not.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    The narrator is great. I've always enjoyed Jim Frangione, but the story sucked.


    What character would you cut from The King?

    Too many too count.


    Any additional comments?

    Please go back and reread your first few books. Those were the characters we all enjoyed.

    4 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    BlithelyBookishReviews APPLE VALLEY, CA, United States 04-07-14
    BlithelyBookishReviews APPLE VALLEY, CA, United States 04-07-14 Member Since 2015

    BlithelyBookish Reviews

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    "LONG LIVE THE KING!!!"

    I'll make this review quick; I LOVED this story! Loved the WARDenisms - the slang, the brand name dropping, the unique style of writing that draws me in and keeps me coming back for more. Loved it all! Even the side stories drew me in, connecting me with the couples and their struggles...

    But best of all? Seeing our beloved Wrath and Beth up close and personal. Revisiting them, in depth, as they deal with the Band of Bastards, the Glymera, and everything else life is throwing at them. THE KING is the perfect visit with the Brotherhood!

    But the audio - just okay. Jim Frangione has a great voice, but too often I felt like he was reading the story rather than performing it - or living it. I didn't get the feel that he was into it, at all. And the mispronunciations of names and words? After 12 books, that is completely unacceptable! Finally, at about 30% in I stopped listening and just read the Kindle version, and enjoyed much more. (Giving the audio a 2.5 of 5.)

    The bottom line:

    I can't even put into words how painful and beautiful and sexy this story is. Listen to the audio sample and decide for yourself. Clearly, I'm in the minority when it comes to my thoughts on his narrative skills.

    4 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Mrs. Wendy M. Kulterman 01-18-15

    Mama Wendy

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    "SNAP, CRACKLE, PLOP!!"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    Unfortunately no. JRW started a mind blowing series with the BDB. She lost her mojo once Thorment's story: Lover Reborn was released. Does she have a ghost writer? The plot is all over the place. Did Wrath and Beth get demoted to supporting cast roles, along with the other original BDBROTHERS??? This book shouldn't be a part of the series, there are no evil ones to truly despise. JRW wrote in her BDB anthology her inspiration for the series was like Rice Krispies: the ideas and characters formulated: Snap! Crackle! Pop! She is all PLOP now as her last 3 books in this series have been a disappointment


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    Any of the Sherrelyn Kenyon series, or Nalini Singh's psy-changeling, Gulid Hunter or Archangel novels.


    What about Jim Frangione’s performance did you like?

    I think Jim has always done a great job with this series.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    YOU COULDN'T PAY ME TO.


    Any additional comments?

    I really, really hope Ms. Ward will find her mojo again and if there is a next book in this series, it will be a cohesive one. No more jumbled plots filled with multiple characters who are not a part of the original brotherhood. What happens to Manny? Does he follow his brother Butch's footsteps? Does Thor carry out his vow to Wrath? If JRW's mojo is back, then so am I!

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful

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