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The Bourbon Kings Audiobook

The Bourbon Kings

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The number-one New York Times best-selling author of Black Dagger Brotherhood delivers the first novel in an enthralling new series set amid the shifting dynamics of a Southern family defined by wealth and privilege - and compromised by secrets, deceit, and scandal....

For generations the Bradford family has worn the mantle of kings of the bourbon capital of the world. Their sustained wealth has afforded them prestige and privilege - as well as a hard-won division of class on their sprawling estate, Easterly. Upstairs, a dynasty that by all appearances plays by the rules of good fortune and good taste. Downstairs, the staff who work tirelessly to maintain the impeccable Bradford facade. And never the twain shall meet.

For Lizzie King, Easterly's head gardener, crossing that divide nearly ruined her life. Falling in love with Tulane, the prodigal son of the bourbon dynasty, was nothing that she intended or wanted - and their bitter breakup only served to prove her instincts were right. Now, after two years of staying away, Tulane is finally coming home again, and he is bringing the past with him. No one will be left unmarked: not Tulane's beautiful and ruthless wife; not his older brother, whose bitterness and bad blood know no bounds; and especially not the ironfisted Bradford patriarch, a man with few morals, fewer scruples, and many, many terrible secrets.

As family tensions - professional and intimately private - ignite, Easterly and all its inhabitants are thrown into the grips of an irrevocable transformation, and only the cunning will survive.

From the Hardcover edition.

©2015 J. R. Ward (P)2015 Penguin Audio

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    Katheryne MD, United States 08-30-15
    Katheryne MD, United States 08-30-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Yes it's Dallas with Bourbon but I loved it"

    No it's not the Brothers or even the Fallen Angels but I still loved this new JR Ward series. Yes, it was a little cheesy like Dallas - but hey, I don't need real life heartache and drama. I like over-the-top fantasy - it is FICTION after all. If I wanted reality I would write my own book. I love Wards writing style and this one did not disappoint. If she keeps writing 'em I'll keep buying.

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    Cyndi Michigan 07-31-15
    Cyndi Michigan 07-31-15 Member Since 2016
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    "Guess it's just not for me....."

    Dallas Anyone???I was so excited waiting for this release but was disappointed by the narration and the story in general. It was like reading an episode of Dallas. The story was mostly about a very rich southern family and all the ways they are messed up. The characters were all cold and all about themselves, I didn't connect with any of them. There really wasn't much in the way of romance either, yes there was a love story side line but it was very unemotional and not hot at all. The narration was very monotone and his voice wasn't meant for female narration. Maybe I just had to high of expectations because it was JR Ward but needless to say I won't be continuing with this series.

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    Sandi Hardinsburg, IN, United States 07-31-15
    Sandi Hardinsburg, IN, United States 07-31-15
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    "Bourbon, intrigue, betrayal & love-a PERFECT recipe!"

    This story is something of a departure for Ward and its a brilliant beginning to what promises to be an intriguing and complex storyline. As someone who works in Louisville in the world defined by bourbon and The Derby, I must say "The Warden" has nailed it! While the story has all the elements of the traditional "romance novel" the story has so much more to offer; anyone who has ever stood in a line hoping for a chance to buy THAT collectible bottle of bourbon-cough, Pappy Van W,cough-will find this fictitious family's business backstory interesting. The information on the challenges and realities of bourbon production and distribution are spot-on and offer an insiders perspective to the making of a product with a rich culture and heritage that is uniquely Kentucky. Wards strong characters -even the caricature ones-shine a light on the struggle to maintain historical ties of southern identity while adapting to an ever-changing society. A very worthy read indeed.

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    Mary 07-31-15
    Mary 07-31-15
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    "Just Ok"

    Normally I'm a fan of JR Ward and the Black Dagger Brotherhood. Decided to give this a try but found the characters to be just OK. Didn't really get invested in any of them. The narrator's voice was annoying when acting the female characters parts, making them all sound like whiners.

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    Anonymous 11-30-15
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    "JR rewrites "Dallas""

    A terribly long, not so good narration of what I can only compare to an episode of Dallas. The characters are unlikeable enough that going on with the series is a waste of time for me. Loved BDB up til a couple of books ago, when she should have wrapped up the series, instead of adding uninteresting side characters for BDB's spinoff series.

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    Katy Gayler 08-06-15
    Katy Gayler 08-06-15
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    "Loved this narrator, loved the details and the quick witted humor"

    He slipped so well between characters and those accents really were enjoyable!

    I loved the quick witted humor, I actually had a couple great laughs!

    I wish I could have heard the real ending ! What happens next?!!!!!!

    Book hangover :/

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    shewasjustso Phoenix, Arizona 08-03-15
    shewasjustso Phoenix, Arizona 08-03-15 Member Since 2010
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    "hard to like."

    Ordinarily a huge fan of JRs work, it was hard to like any of the characters in this book. I caught myself rolling my eyes and shaking my head at numerous of their words and actions. The spoiled rich kids are hard to sympathize with.

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    CAROLYN Newark, New Jersey, United States 07-29-15
    CAROLYN Newark, New Jersey, United States 07-29-15 Member Since 2017
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    "JRW OPENS THE DOORS TO HER SWEEPING SOAP SAGA"

    This is the introduction of the Kentucky Bradford family - a very wealthy, privileged and influential Southern family made up of several dysfunctional characters ruined by their heartless, mean, cruel and manipulative Father. This listen is like a Dallas type Soap Opera and slowly introduces you to the the cast of players..... the Father, three of the four Bradford siblings Edward,Tulane (aka Lane) and the only daughter Gin, Tulane's bitchy Southern Belle wife, Lizzie the love of Tulane's life and ex girlfriend and other various lovers and characters. It's rich in descriptive details of the Palatial Mansion, the opulence and indulgence, the upstairs/downstairs roles of the staff and the toxic feelings encountered within those walls. It occasionally flashes back in time to show just what an awful abusive childhood the siblings had at the hands of their Father.

    I've been a fan of J R Ward for many years with her Black Dagger Brotherhood of Vampires, her Fallen Angels series and her standalone listens and with all of them you feel the passion, the romance, the chemistry between all the characters and the love however I didn't feel any of it with this listen. I was so conflicted because as this saga slowly unfolds on the one hand it goes from one depressing drama to another... with both brothers constantly drinking or are drunk, one brother is disfigured, disabled and disillusioned, three cases of lost loves, threats and catastrophic lies, a not very descriptive sex scene and a rape scene. Yet, on the other hand I can see that this is a very intricate and deep foundation of an ever growing and more addictive storyline which includes the Bradford Bourbon Company's shaky future, embezzlement and disappearing funds, accusations, mysteries, secrets, lies, suicide, murder, where is Max the fourth sibling and many other sub plots. However, the bigger focus is on the delicate relationship between the reluctant Hero Lane and the love of his life Lizzie and will she ever forgive him.

    Worth a credit? Told from multiple POV's, a good narrator who had to tackle many different dialects and both male and female voices and a storyline that had a little romance but plenty of angst, heartache, complex characters with broken spirits, twists/turns, drama and, although it didn't leave me with that 'feel good' feeling, it did leave me looking forward to what's going to happen in the next instalment for the Bradford siblings. Yes creditworthy so long as you're not expecting the typical J R Ward listen or a straightforward sexy romance.

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    Jacqueline 08-08-15
    Jacqueline 08-08-15 Member Since 2012
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    "Great start!"

    Exhilarating,great, I love the series already! Do not change the narrator please.!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    Not disappointed at all . Hurry up with book 2,

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    Anonymous 08-07-15
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    "Was different"

    I didn't know what to expect when I got this book, I have enjoyed all of the black dagger brotherhood books and the fallen angels, even have earlier books. This one is different, is about a rich southern family, with a greedy, mean and very obnoxious father, 3 sons, you are only introduced to 2, but it's shows the selflessness of the one brother who tried to get away,but is dragged back in by his fathers greed and his older brother who has been abandoned and destroyed by the same father's greed and his self righteousness.

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