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Dark Lover

The Black Dagger Brotherhood, Book 1
Narrated by: Jim Frangione
Length: 13 hrs and 29 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (6,986 ratings)
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Publisher's Summary

The first novel of J. R. Ward's New York Times best-selling Black Dagger Brotherhood series features a unique take on vampire lore and heavy doses of sensuality.

The vampire Darius fears for the life of his half-breed daughter, who is unaware of her unusual destiny. To oversee her transformation, Darius seeks help from Wrath, a dangerous loner and the world's only purebred vampire.

©2005 J.R. Ward (P)2009 Recorded Books, LLC

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  • John
  • Indianapolis, IN, USA
  • 04-19-09

Awsome title even for the Men

I know this is a romance novel, but I will tell you her style is alot closer to Urban Fantasy than Romance. She is an awsome writer and this is my favorite series even though I am a guy. Have read all the books and this kicks the series off in a great way. Very different world of Vampires, much different than the Dracula or Anne Rice visions of Vampires. Check this book out, it is dark and at the same time the character development is AWSOME. check it out.

69 of 75 people found this review helpful

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Go ahead and get the whole series

Jim Frangione really made this series for me. I had never read any of J R Wards books but decided to give it a try. I was so thoroughly entertained. I hope Jim will continue to narrate any of the Brother Hood series. The language was hilarious, the build up sensuous and the series intriguing.

39 of 44 people found this review helpful

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  • Tracy
  • Grove City, OH, United States
  • 04-13-09

Amazing start to this awesome series!

J.R. Ward gets you hooked on this amazing series in this first book of the blackdagger brotherhood. The previous release had an error where a large section was missing, but this has now been fixed. You'll fall in love with these tough, hardcore males who will do anything for the women they love, and the race they're trying to save. The narrator makes this audiobook an enjoyable experience. I loved the book, and now also love the audiobook! Can't wait for the rest of the series to come to audible.

47 of 54 people found this review helpful

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Pleasantly Unoriginal

This book has a decent storyline but its like the author just plucked things from a few other fantasy series out there and added a new villan race to make the series unique in some way. I fell asleep several times while listening...partly because of the story and mainly because of the narrator. Yea, that's the other thing--'to each his own' and all that but play the sample first. Now imagine that voice with an "OK" but not great great storyline...not awful, just harder to focus.

28 of 32 people found this review helpful

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Horrible... I cant even finish this.

Because the narrator is bad I just can not pay attention long enough to figure out the story line.

22 of 25 people found this review helpful

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Good overall but some issues

The story was good overall but there were a few things I had some issues with. For one thing, the names of the male vampires are ludicrous. Wrath, Rage, Torment, Vicious, etc? I think they're spelled differently but I got the audio book. Also, they are supposed to be hundreds of years old but they talk like caricatures of what someone thinks tough guys sound like. Things like "You dig?" and "My brotha!" are eye roll inducing.

Also, the narrator barely breathed between sentences and things just began to run together. Plus, he didn't differentiate between character voices whatsoever, even the female ones, so sometimes it was hard to tell which character was speaking. The story itself was entertaining though so I think it would be worth actually reading but I would recommend passing on the audio version.

16 of 18 people found this review helpful

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Worst thing ever

What would have made Dark Lover better?

Pick a direction - either a love store, a raw sex romp, or a fierce battle

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

If you are going to add a sex scene to your story, make the reader feel something. It was on the edge of being raw and breathtaking but just fell flat.

Any additional comments?

I was very disappointed with this book. Vampire porn is the only way I can explain what I read, but unfortunately it was hot, seductive, or even remotely intriguing. I will not continue with this series

16 of 18 people found this review helpful

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  • Roberts
  • San Luis Obispo, CA, United States
  • 06-21-10

Great book! Lousy narration.

J.R. Ward's series is unique and powerful and unlike anything on the market. I have read and then listened to her books. Her plots are gripping and she creates believable characters. However, the books lacks because of the narrator. He sounds like he is reading a text book! I have purchased all there are in the series mainly for the fact that I love Ward's books and I am an impulsive buyer and though I have not regretted my purchase, I have a hard time with some of the scenes. I am almost finished with the Sixth book in the series and the narrator seems to be getting somewhat better although I think at this point I may just be getting used to him. For my future purchases I would never buy a book narrated by Jim Frangione. The only reason I stuck to this one is that I have read them before. Listen to the sample before you buy. If it does not blow your skirt up, buy the book and read it!

33 of 38 people found this review helpful

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Dissapointing for this genre

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

Nothing. The basic story was okay and but the dialogue and characters were not.

What was most disappointing about J. R. Ward’s story?

The immature and crass language was just awful. I'm not prissy about these things. I love a good trashy novel as much as the next gal but the dialogue was so basic, repeated use of phrases like "pumped", "bite me" and "you got a point or are you just shooting your lip off" were funny for the first 2 minutes until you realize it's serious, seriously stupid. You'd think since 'The Black Dagger Brotherhood' have lived for hundreds of years that they'd have learned how to speak correctly. I get the writer was trying to create a masculine group of tough guys with the language but it doesn't work at all, rather it just makes them sound basic and stupid like really angry 12 years old with a lot of swearing and violence.Names like Wrath and Mr. X should give you a good idea of what I'm talking about.

You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

I'm a lover of this genre, everything from Anne Rice to A Discovery of Witches to the Twilight Series. With great effort on my part to be positive, the basic plot could have worked. It may appeal to you if the crass language doesn't bother you and the oversexed scenes aren't too much for you.

27 of 31 people found this review helpful

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eye roll

he's big and hot and she's never had an orgasm before. must be love. there was no depth to any of the characters and the story line was just boring.

20 of 23 people found this review helpful