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Dark Lover Audiobook

Dark Lover: The Black Dagger Brotherhood, Book 1

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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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    BluBumbleB 04-18-14
    BluBumbleB 04-18-14 Member Since 2017

    Audible OBSESSED!

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    "Epic"

    Why did I take so long to get this book!?!?! I'd seen the multitude of positive reviews for the series but it just wasn't speaking to me for some reason. Finally, THANKFULLY, I decided to check it out, and what a stunner it turned out to be! Vampire Wrath gets completely turned upside down when he decides to help half-vampire Beth go through her transition to full vampire, and from the moment they meet, it was smoking hot like fire. I was thoroughly enthralled. Maybe it was the narrator, or the sizzling sex scenes between Wrath and Beth that made my ears catch fire--but, right now, all I want is a marathon of back to back BDB!!

    I've listened to several vampire/paranormal romance series and I love them, but, the BDB has got to be like "the Godfather" of this genre. 5 well deserved stars!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    karly 06-06-13
    karly 06-06-13
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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.


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    CAROLYN newark, New Jersey, United States 06-02-12
    CAROLYN newark, New Jersey, United States 06-02-12 Member Since 2017

    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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    "Just put your life on hold, sit back and enjoy !!"

    Don't waste any more time reading more and more reviews just get downloading the entire series you won't be disappointed.

    I've listened to the whoe series so far and these will absolutely be a re-listen.

    16 of 21 people found this review helpful
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    bluebelle 06-28-12
    bluebelle 06-28-12 Member Since 2015

    When I clean, drive or exercise I listen to romance. The steamier the better but it must have a great story as well!

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    "What fantasy romance should be!"

    I know this book has been reviewed to death but I have to share my thoughts. I read this book when it first came out several years ago and was instantly addicted. I bought it on CD as soon as it was released (although it was terribly expensive). I decided to get it on Audible for the convenience of downloading through their iphone app. This book is amazing and the series that it begins is mind boggling! JR Ward has a way of writing that is easy to read/listen but filled with slang and her individual style. I have loved this entire series and the beginning is the best! Wrath is the leader of the Black Dagger Brotherhood and although this book does begin with his story, you are introduced to the entire brotherhood. They are a good of amazing men, each unique and special in their own ways. I highly recommend the entire series and am always waiting to read more myself! Happy Listening!

    13 of 17 people found this review helpful
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    Rosemary New Haven, CT, United States 03-11-10
    Rosemary New Haven, CT, United States 03-11-10 Member Since 2011
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    "yes!"

    For adults in Twilight withdrawal, look no further. (And if you're not looking for a bona fide cheesy romance novel, you're not really in Twilight withdrawal.)

    21 of 28 people found this review helpful
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    Melinda RICHFIELD, OH, United States 04-05-13
    Melinda RICHFIELD, OH, United States 04-05-13 Member Since 2009
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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.

    7 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    Dale Riverview, New Brunswick, Canada 06-03-09
    Dale Riverview, New Brunswick, Canada 06-03-09
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    "A Grand Opening!!!!"

    This is the 1st installment in the Brotherhood Series by J R Ward and what a grand opening it is as it invites you to enter a vampire world unlike any other. Ward's storyline is unique and fresh and lures you into a world that you don't want to leave. This is Wrath (King of the Vampires)& Beth's story and the plot developments leave you wanting more, more, more!!! If you have not experienced J R Ward's vampire world I highly recommend each and every installment of this series. I really like the narrator even though there is not much difference between female and male voices...I hope he continues with the series...have purchased each and every title in series, all are amazing, well worth the credit.

    15 of 20 people found this review helpful
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    Lia Sutton, Australia 04-23-17
    Lia Sutton, Australia 04-23-17 Member Since 2009

    I love all genres of books. However, when I listen to audio books as I clean, garden, drive they are better with a lot of heat!

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    "Fantastic Book Paranormal"

    I have heard soooo many people talking about the Black Dagger Brotherhood so I thought well let me try this book out and see what the fuss is all about. One thing I can tell you is holy smokes this book has a massive hotness factor!

    Paranormal isn't really my cup of tea but i enjoyed this book a great deal.

    This book is full of hot alpha males, vampires, the plot is definitely intriguing, the characters are well developed, and the dialogue was witty and kept me swiping my kindle.

    There were a couple points where I think maybe I got a little overwhelmed or confused because there were several different POV's and so I had to change paces really quick as one chapter would end and another began.

    Beth was awesome she is a fiesty soul, independent and strong, and her whole world is about to do a complete 360 and she has no idea.

    "And then the extraordinary happened. As he stopped in front of her, she felt a blast of pure unadulterated lust. For the first time in her life her body got wickedly hot. Hot and wet."

    Wrath, Rhage and Tohrment ... these names are rocking and surprising the vampires aren't as horrible as their names sound (LOL)

    I can't wait to dive further into the story and see what happens!

    Jim Frangione was outstanding with the delivery of the story

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Tina South Gardiner, ME, United States 04-16-10
    Tina South Gardiner, ME, United States 04-16-10 Member Since 2015
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    "Dark Lover"

    I fell in love with J.R. Ward when I heard Lover Avenged. I searched for the first in the series and was not disappointed - it is captivating, clever and very well woven together. There are a few slow areas, but it still keeps you enthralled from the beginning to the end. The descriptions of the characters, their individual stories and the reader are all excellent and carry the story off very well.
    If you love Vamps,intrigue, love and lust, this is a great one to either listen to or read!

    9 of 12 people found this review helpful
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    Jody Ann Dagg 05-12-09 Member Since 2005
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    "Fantastic Author & Fantastic Series"

    Sometimes a person reads an author and is so captivated by that author a need to devour everything they have ever written arises. This is one of those rare and precious authors. The Black Dagger series is worth a read and a re-read. She crosses boundaries of age, sex and violence with delicate precision. To say this series of books are frantic page turners is not even adequate to express how my friends (and me) were not able to put these books down to do normal life stuff. Enjoy and share with others this fabulous set of books from this extremely talented author.

    9 of 12 people found this review helpful

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