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Dark Lover Audiobook

Dark Lover: The Black Dagger Brotherhood, Book 1

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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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    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.

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    Catherine 12-05-12
    Catherine 12-05-12
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    "OOOoo.great discriptors of all the dirty deeds."
    What made the experience of listening to Dark Lover the most enjoyable?

    Fun great story with a new twist on on old story. It was fun to listen as the story unravels. Characters are well articulated individuals - gotta get the next one,


    What other book might you compare Dark Lover to and why?

    This book reminds me of King of Thrones because the twists and turns are so interesting.


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

    The dark side of the story is well illustrated by his gravely deep voice.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    When our lovers - - love.


    Any additional comments?

    This looks to be great new series to get to meet and know a new cast of characters.

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    Dani84 12-01-12
    Dani84 12-01-12
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    "It's pretty good. I was entertained, not wowed."

    I didn't like that a man performed this at all. Besides that fact that it didn't make a lot of sense to me that a man performed it, I also thought he was awful. He was very melodramatic in a way that made an already fantastical story even more unbelievable. There is a lot of exposition and internal thought that I could do without but the characters are interesting and the story kept my attention. Worth the download.

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    Jamie Boise, ID, United States 11-27-12
    Jamie Boise, ID, United States 11-27-12 Member Since 2010

    I am in love with James Alexander Malcom Mackenze Frazer.

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    "Its a good one"

    Its a good seris it you want to get hot and bothered . I do like how the seris progress through each character and gves them a fore front in each book. The unfortunate is you have to listen to the seris in progression or you will get lost.

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    The Elf in the Kitchen Madison, MS USA 11-22-12
    The Elf in the Kitchen Madison, MS USA 11-22-12 Member Since 2012

    passionate reader and vegan

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    "Love the Brothers!"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Dark Lover to be better than the print version?

    No but I enjoyed listening to the book. I chose to start my 'audible initiation' with a book I had read at least 3 times in order to learn to listen. It took some time to adjust to the narrator (Mr. Frangione); I had voices and intonations of my own from previous reads. However good and enjoyable the audio version was, it still doesn't compare to the sounds and images that my mind creates when reading.


    What other book might you compare Dark Lover to and why?

    Any of the Black Dagger books as they are a mythology and series unlike any other I've read. Larissa Ione's books are also the writing style I like. I recently 'discovered' Karen Marie Moning, so she will join that band of writers that I will read whatever they write.


    What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

    I had to adjust to Mr. Frangione and after 4 books now, am still adjusting. I think it helps that he is the consistent narrator; you know what you are going to hear. I do wish there had been the addition of a female narrator for the women's voices. I am also not sure if the author (J. R. Ward) had a hand in the selection of the narrator and/or the confirmation of certain pronunciations of the Brotherhood words, such as shellan and hellren. I was initially put off by Mr. Frangione but in all fairness that was because I had read the book several times and had my own 'voices' established. After listening for a few hours, he became more real and I began to listen to the book instead of him.


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

    Wrath, of course, because the book is about him. He sets the stage for the rest of the series. Each brother has a 'fatal flaw' that requires sacrifice and redemption; Wrath is no exception. A second favorite character is the Scribe Virgin who is a holy being. She is something else.


    Any additional comments?

    This series is by far and away my favorite series. With 10 books current and one due out next year, J.R. Ward has created and continues to evolve one of the complex and powerful mythologies around. There are no weak books but books that I do like more than others in the series.

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    Sara 11-22-12
    Sara 11-22-12

    I read equal parts NF + F: (Follet + Tolstoy + Hillenbrand + Monk Kidd + Preston+Child), practical, hands on guides, + KidLit.

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    "Surprisingly well-written"

    I was pleasantly surprised by how well-written this was. The characters were well-developed and consistent, the plot was tight, and the voice, although not strong or distinct, was clear. I could even buy into the crazy vampire names like Wrath and Torment. The book was a little heavy on the sex scenes for my tastes, but seemed appropriate for the characters. I would recommend this book to those who enjoy vampire literature and men with a hardcore, primitive nature.

    The narrator did a great job but the cover of the book was confusing for me. The main vampire character is supposed to have longer black hair and the lead female is also supposed to have thick, dark, wavy hair and be a real beauty.

    I just may pick up the next book in the series...

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    Kindle Customer Atlanta, GA, United States 11-18-12
    Kindle Customer Atlanta, GA, United States 11-18-12

    Bookworm

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    "Get the whole series - totally amazing"

    At first it took me a few minutes to give the moderator a chance. His voice is so distinctive and usually I prefer women readers. But Jim Frangione was simply incredible once I adjusted a bit to the style. The story is addictive. I have recommended this story to 9 friends and ALL of them adored it - and we are totally enjoying talking about the series together. Its easy to fall in love with the characters, the women are strong or are learning fast and the dialogue is quite funny and fun. Sexy, funny and a great story - what's not to love? Cannot wait till the next one - not coming out till March of 2013 - its in the calendar!

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