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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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    Amazon Customer SPRINGFIELD, MA, United States 02-11-13
    Amazon Customer SPRINGFIELD, MA, United States 02-11-13
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    "GREAT SERIES ONE OF THE BEST READERS"
    What did you love best about Dark Lover?

    The changes Wrath and Beth make and making the "Brothers" a true family,


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Dark Lover?

    When Wrath bathes Beth during her change.


    What does Jim Frangione bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    You can hear his voice change with each character - How is he so convincing? I can almost see them in my mind. Awesome!!!!!!!!!!!!!


    Who was the most memorable character of Dark Lover and why?

    The butler is so normal and willing to please in such a bizarre household, it makes me laugh.


    Any additional comments?

    This is a must hear series, it doesn't compare to reading it yourself.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Leesa 01-23-13
    Leesa 01-23-13 Member Since 2017

    I've always been a avid reader so now I'm a avid listener. I prefer the paranormal genre but I do like to switch things up. It's boring if you don't have variety. Of course I do love the romance and the hotter the better. Also, you can't beat a good thriller filled with suspense and a ending you can't even guess at until the very end.

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    "TOTALLY HOT SERIES"
    What did you love best about Dark Lover?

    I read this years ago and have all these books in paperback. When I joined Audible and saw they were avalible I had to start getting them in this form. It's like discovering them again. I love being able to listen to the story again and in this form its like the first time. I have always been an avid reader and this series has always been one of my favorites.


    Have you listened to any of Jim Frangione’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Yes and he is a awesome narrator.


    Any additional comments?

    This is so worth your credit or if you don't have a credit and want a book to listen to it's worth the price. You won't be disappointed.

    4 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Jax_grl SANDY SPRINGS, GA, United States 01-23-13
    Jax_grl SANDY SPRINGS, GA, United States 01-23-13
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    "I'm obsessed.. Wonderful Start to this series!!!"

    I was looking for a new series to start and this has definitely lived up to my expectations. I love the character development and how each character is introduced thus far (note: I'm starting the 4th book this week). I can't wait to complete the entire series and to see what more is in store for these characters.

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    Jessica California 01-19-13
    Jessica California 01-19-13

    Tell us about yourself!

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    "I am officially a fan!"

    I bought this series a long time ago on sale and never got around to listening to it because I wasn't really sure I'd be into it but boy was I wrong! I usually read Historical Romance and as much as I love my Dukes and Duchesses I was in the mood for something a little different so I decided to listen to the first installment of The Black Dagger Brotherhood and it wasn't long before I was totally hooked on the delicious warrior vampire brothers and actually went on and listened to the whole series in order. Dark Lover was one of my favorites in the series. This book tells the story of Wrath (the vampire king) and Beth his beloved. What I love about this series is that even though each book focuses on one specific relationship there is a lot more going on with other characters and relationships at the same time. The narrator that was chosen for this series is one of the best I have heard and he made the books even better. I highly recommend.

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    Kimberly Ixonia, WI, United States 01-14-13
    Kimberly Ixonia, WI, United States 01-14-13 Member Since 2017

    So many books...so little time! :)

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    "A GOOD NEW SERIES!"

    This really was a good paranormal romance that had a new spin on vampires than most books. There are a lot of great characters in here, not to mention the bothers themselves. ;) All of them seem to have a story waiting to come out, and while it gets hard to keep track of them all, I am anxious to learn more about them in the books to come.

    Dark Lover focuses on the king, Wrath, and Beth, the daughter of one of deceased brothers. He is supposed to help her through her change, and while he plans for this to be a quick ordeal, everything changes for the both of them when they meet.

    I was not really impressed with the narration. His voice grows on you, don't get me wrong. I wish, though, that the voices were more distinct from character to character, and the timing from chapter to chapter or from storyline to storyline was very inconstant and was confusing at times!

    Overall, though, I thought this was a great book...not to mention a great start to a new series! I think I'm becoming a JR Ward fan! So its off to the next. :)

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    Stephanie L Hill 01-14-13 Member Since 2008

    I love reading but don't have time. The audiobooks allow me to hear the books I want to read. I love audible!

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    "Love the black dagger brotherhood"
    What did you like best about Dark Lover? What did you like least?

    I like this book but it is not the best of the series. It took me awhile to get into the story. But once I got into the book it was a good story. Wrath and Beth love is unique.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Wrath and Beth storyline and I love Butch he is the best character


    How could the performance have been better?

    I think I would have liked a better narrator


    Could you see Dark Lover being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    No, it would be to dark


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    NEW NAME Georgia, United States 01-14-13
    NEW NAME Georgia, United States 01-14-13 Member Since 2015

    Say something about yourself!

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    "OMG, worth 3 credits!"

    I happened upon this book during one of the audible sales around Halloween and I have to say THANK YOU audible! I was a bit daunted with how many books were in this series, but I told myself that I would try the first one for $6, what did I really have to lose….and I actually gained SO MUCH! This has become my favorite series of all time, with the Doomsday Brethren series a close second. The world J.R. Ward has imagined is full of richness and uniqueness and subtle intricacies that would have driven me nuts to keep up with, but the books ARE consistent, and wonderful to listen to. It’s nice to be able to escape to the Black Dagger Brotherhood world on my long commute home…HIGHLY recommended!

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    Think about this 12-27-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Love this series!"

    This is the book that started it all. The Black Dagger Brotherhood is the model that so many authors try to copy. Good vs, Evil, but in this case, Good is a kick butt group of vampire warriors that no woman can resist. Try this book, and see what all the rest are trying to achieve.

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    Dashia Plant City, FL, United States 12-23-12
    Dashia Plant City, FL, United States 12-23-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Love the authors sense of humor."
    If you could sum up Dark Lover in three words, what would they be?

    Really good introduction to the brotherhood. Keeps you wondering. I love to listen and imagine the scenes in my mind. J. R. Ward is one of my favorite authors.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Beth is very intuitive and I love her tenacity. The independence she carries speaks volumes for her character.


    What about Jim Frangione’s performance did you like?

    I love how he interprets Fritz's character. It's so very different than the other characters.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Love, lust and power: like you've never imagined.


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    Jo Green Cordova, TN, United States 12-23-12
    Jo Green Cordova, TN, United States 12-23-12 Member Since 2016

    Grandma bibliophile! Audible books make reading with an active life possible.

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    "Not bad for romance!"

    This first book was unique enough as a romance novel, that the romance part of it was sort of just there. I really ended up liking the characters, and it was an interesting concept for a vampire story. There are the typical "romantic" interludes, which to me began to sound the same in all of the books quite quickly, but the stories around those scenes were good enough for me to get past that. This book is about Wrath, the reluctant king of the vampires, and his friend's half-blooded daughter, who Wrath is initially reluctant to help. After Darius, the friend, is killed he feels obligated and of course has to help her, reluctant or not, and falls in love with her. The side characters have some depth to them, and I actually found myself wanting to read the rest of the series. (which I did)

    I generally don't like romance novels, basically because it's a regurgitation every time of a man and a woman with horrible communication skills. They don't get along but are really attracted to each other, and by the end of the book the physical attraction, and firework sex, gets them to the point they can talk, and eventually live happily ever after. This book does have some of that, but the story itself was pretty good, and I liked the narrator. I don't recall having heard Jim Frangione before, but his performance was more than adequate. I don't know that I'd put him up there in the top 5, but he never irritated me with mispronunciations and some of the other things that some narrators do, which keeps him off of my "not going to listen to that guy again" list.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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