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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 (7,319 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.

76 of 82 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.

44 of 49 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.

50 of 57 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!

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  • Wendy
  • Lawrenceville, GA, United States
  • 05-23-12

I'll Write This Reveiw As I Download Book 2

Any additional comments?

My opinion on this book change noticeably as I continued to listen. I think this is the first book that has done this to me. I have just finished, and I can say, I really liked this book. Now having said that...

I thought the beginning was a little too confusing - and sometimes a little slow. There are a lot of characters, and story is written in lots of small sections from different characters points of view...so we meet new characters very suddenly and quickly and the reader must fill in holes quickly to keep up.

If you can manage doing the before mentioned, then you, like me - might be suddenly taken-a-back to the very first sex scene between the two main characters. I found it completely - *COMPLETELY* out of character for the lead female, Beth. The author does a pretty decent job at setting up character personalities - but then he completely goes against everything he just implied about her.

BUT THEN! Just when I am about to roll my eyes at this story, something unexpected happens... it gets - really - good. We get everything - we get a thrill ride, a mystery to solve, danger, death, lust, and self discovery! - all beautifully wrapped into a breathtakingly intimate love story.

It's a pretty good book. It's good enough that I want to immediately start book 2, (which I am downloading now - but as I still have a few MB's to go...) Let's talk about JIM!

Jim narrated this book. I am a narrator snob - I judge! A narrator can ruin a good book, so yes, I judge! My feelings about Jim where directly in line with my feelings about the book. At first I thought Jim was a little too stuffy for this particular cast of characters. His voice was too... commercial? Yes, commercial. I could imagine him as doing voice overs for Gum ommercials. Yet he also got better as the book went on - or my enjoyment of the story made me more tolerable - or at the very least, Jim's stuffiness is not so bad that you can't get over it quickly.

Ok. Book 2 downloaded... I'm done.

17 of 19 people found this review helpful

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Juvenile writing quality for adults situations

The character names are ridiculous. The love story is juvenile and one dimensional. There doesn't seem to be any particular plot or story structure. It isn't going anywhere. Overall, rather juvenile in every way. I keep hoping for more, but so far nothing to really excite me. By the end, I did like some of the characters and was kind of curious where things were going to go, but I'm just not sure the writing quality is worth further investment.

The narration was very flat and basic. Hardly any changes between characters or to express emotion.

20 of 23 people found this review helpful

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So disappointing!!

What disappointed you about Dark Lover?

The dialogue was ridiculous. No one talks like this. Also, the narration was horrible. I was really looking forward to this after other great reviews but they must have been on crack!

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

Probably not.

Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Jim Frangione?

Jill Redfield

What character would you cut from Dark Lover?

All of them since it was so poorly written.

Any additional comments?

I love this genre. But everything about this was disappointing.

24 of 28 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 33 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.

23 of 27 people found this review helpful

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Not my cup of tea!!!!!

What disappointed you about Dark Lover?

With the jumping to different characters, hard to follow what is even going on. There are also long pauses, that I got to the point wondering if it was even still playing. I was agervated and very disappointed. I even redownloaded it, didn't help! my cup of tea! "Best of luck with this book"

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

Not if they r like this

Would you listen to another book narrated by Jim Frangione?

As long as there are not any long pauses!

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

I

18 of 21 people found this review helpful