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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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    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

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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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    reader Nebraska, USA 11-12-12
    reader Nebraska, USA 11-12-12 Member Since 2012
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    "As Amazing as I Expected"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, definitely. I read the series in paperback a few years ago. After recently joining Audible, I bought a couple fairly long books (80+ hours of listen time) and then decided to dive in to a familiar series with shorter books. I love the length of these novels along with the awesome story line. It's a great take on a vampire romance. It's steamy, well written, and not totally predictable.


    What aspect of Jim Frangione’s performance would you have changed?

    Unlike some previous reviewers, I didn't really care for his narrating. I felt like it was kind of robotic a lot of the time and didn't really convey the text how I originally read it. I would never seek out another book solely based on him being the narrator, but I wouldn't eliminate a book in my lineup because he is the narrator either.


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    zhaba 11-11-12
    zhaba 11-11-12

    zhaba

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    "Very captivating!"
    Where does Dark Lover rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    So far this ranks high in the books I've listened to. I usually listen to romance only, but this book has a good mix of romance, drama, excitement, it certainly keeps you on the edge.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Wrath, he sounds powerful, handsome and extremely inteligent and most of all so devoted and in love with Elizabeth. Wow, where do you find such men in real life:)


    If you could rename Dark Lover, what would you call it?

    Perfect title, can't come up with anything more appropriate for a vampire lover.


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    Amazon Customer 11-06-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Captivating!"

    I absolutely loved this book! It was entertaining, and kept me distracted while I did some spring cleaning for 2 days!

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    Amy Houston, TX 11-04-12
    Amy Houston, TX 11-04-12

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    "Excellent Vampire Story"
    Where does Dark Lover rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    THE BEST THUS FAR


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Wrath....I loved how as powerful he was, he was able to open up and love the woman "vampire" with his soul.


    Which character – as performed by Jim Frangione – was your favorite?

    Butch....he was a clueless tough guy


    If you could take any character from Dark Lover out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    Zsadist....he just needs to be loved


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    M 11-03-12
    M 11-03-12 Member Since 2009
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    "Never again...."

    I bought the first 3 audiobooks of this series because they were on sale prior to Halloween - thought I'd try something different.

    BIG mistake! I should have stayed with my usual genres of history, classics, mystery/thrillers and historical romance. I have never read a vampire book before, and after this first one, I never will again. Maybe I am selling other authors of this genre short, but I did not like this one at all. No redeeming qualities whatsoever - no wit, no humor, no real emotion, predictable plot. Nothing but bad language, unrealistic characters (if you can call a vampire "real"), and way too many violent images. It may appeal to teenagers, who I suspect were probably the target audience, what with the Twilight books/movies being all the craze nowadays, but I would be surprised if anyone over 30 would like it.

    And for someone who appreciates outstanding and very professional narrators like Barbara Rosenblat, Davina Porter, Humphrey Bauer or Simon Prebble, as I do, Joe Frangione's narration was just plain awful. Extremely monotone and dull, with absolutely no characterization at all. I will never again download a book that he has narrated.

    I tried to keep going to the end, since I'd paid for it, but after about 5 hours I just couldn't tolerate it anymore. I'm going back to something that is truly exceptional for both story and performance, like one of Elizabeth Peters' Amelia Peabody mysteries! Fantastic...and worth not only the credit, but the time spent listening to it!

    I hope Audible will let me return the other two Black Dagger Brotherhood books I bought, since I haven't even download them yet. If not, I will have thrown my money away....

    Absolutely NOT recommended.

    5 of 10 people found this review helpful
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    joann el cajon, CA, United States 11-01-12
    joann el cajon, CA, United States 11-01-12
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    "nothing like any other ..."
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Oh!! my yes!! the story grabs you and you are can't break free... "MUST HEAR MORE!!!"


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    They all make the story hold you ..so not just one can be picked out.. as it should be with a great book.


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

    I did read the book as well as listen... they are both excellent.. but having a voice brings it alive for you!!! He does a great job!!!


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    It makes you "FEEL"" that covers it all for why you read or listen to a book.


    Any additional comments?

    I have read the whole series and truelly enjoyed them... but to be able to listen to them is a great way to really get deeper into the people as well as the good and bad thing... show you that what you might think is "bad" not always is the way things are..

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    Amazon Customer WHEELING, IL, United States 10-31-12
    Amazon Customer WHEELING, IL, United States 10-31-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Surprised by how much I liked this one"
    What did you love best about Dark Lover?

    I'm not usually a fan of vampire stories, but I didn't mind at all within the context of this story. It wasn't Twilight-ish at all.


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    Sabrina Corinth, TX, United States 10-30-12
    Sabrina Corinth, TX, United States 10-30-12 Member Since 2012
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    "This story just sucked me in!! Loving the series!!"
    What did you love best about Dark Lover?

    It's about a group of men who are so masculine & brutal yet passionate for each other and their women. Love this!


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

    Great to hear this book read by a deep male voice. After all it is about a brotherhood.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Can't wait to read every book that follows in this series!!! Addicted!


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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