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Dark Lover

The Black Dagger Brotherhood, Book 1
Written by: J. R. Ward
Narrated by: Jim Frangione
Length: 13 hrs and 29 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (43 ratings)

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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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Great Novel made better on Audible

This is one of my very favorite books from a world class author. The only thing that could make it better is #audible1.

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Good story, horrible chapter editing

I had read this series years ago, so I was already in love with the characters. The voice performance was well done but the chapter editing was ridiculous!
I often set my sleep timer to end of a chapter and listen before going to sleep.
Each "chapter" had several book chapters in it. The end of chapter timer would literally turn off mid sentence! It's like NO THOUGHT was given. It did not take away from the story but it was more insulting. Like whomever was responsible didn't care to even section it at the end of a paragraph let alone an actual chapter.
Perhaps it was a glitch that can be fixed but I've never experienced that before with any of my other audible books.

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a lot going on.

the story is fast-paced and quick it doesn't slow at any point and it's a lot I found parts of it a little hard to follow because it changes perspective so frequently without warning however it is a good book it's a fun time and the world's are quite fascinating I can forgive the pacing and the information dump that seems to be this book. because they were clearly trying to lay the foundation for an entire world.

all-in-all I liked it a lot and I would recommend it to someone who's into vampire stories and secret societies battling in the background.

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love it

it was a great llisten! I can't wait to hear book 2. the reader was very clear and well spoken. was very happy with everything.

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  • John
  • 2009-04-19

Awsome title even for the Men

I know this is a romance novel, but I will tell you her style is alot closer to Urban Fantasy than Romance. She is an awsome writer and this is my favorite series even though I am a guy. Have read all the books and this kicks the series off in a great way. Very different world of Vampires, much different than the Dracula or Anne Rice visions of Vampires. Check this book out, it is dark and at the same time the character development is AWSOME. check it out.

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  • JACKIE
  • 2010-04-25

Go ahead and get the whole series

Jim Frangione really made this series for me. I had never read any of J R Wards books but decided to give it a try. I was so thoroughly entertained. I hope Jim will continue to narrate any of the Brother Hood series. The language was hilarious, the build up sensuous and the series intriguing.

49 of 56 people found this review helpful

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  • Tracy
  • 2009-04-13

Amazing start to this awesome series!

J.R. Ward gets you hooked on this amazing series in this first book of the blackdagger brotherhood. The previous release had an error where a large section was missing, but this has now been fixed. You'll fall in love with these tough, hardcore males who will do anything for the women they love, and the race they're trying to save. The narrator makes this audiobook an enjoyable experience. I loved the book, and now also love the audiobook! Can't wait for the rest of the series to come to audible.

51 of 59 people found this review helpful

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  • Roberts
  • 2010-06-21

Great book! Lousy narration.

J.R. Ward's series is unique and powerful and unlike anything on the market. I have read and then listened to her books. Her plots are gripping and she creates believable characters. However, the books lacks because of the narrator. He sounds like he is reading a text book! I have purchased all there are in the series mainly for the fact that I love Ward's books and I am an impulsive buyer and though I have not regretted my purchase, I have a hard time with some of the scenes. I am almost finished with the Sixth book in the series and the narrator seems to be getting somewhat better although I think at this point I may just be getting used to him. For my future purchases I would never buy a book narrated by Jim Frangione. The only reason I stuck to this one is that I have read them before. Listen to the sample before you buy. If it does not blow your skirt up, buy the book and read it!

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  • Birdy
  • 2016-12-20

Pleasantly Unoriginal

This book has a decent storyline but its like the author just plucked things from a few other fantasy series out there and added a new villan race to make the series unique in some way. I fell asleep several times while listening...partly because of the story and mainly because of the narrator. Yea, that's the other thing--'to each his own' and all that but play the sample first. Now imagine that voice with an "OK" but not great great storyline...not awful, just harder to focus.

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  • Wendy
  • 2012-05-23

I'll Write This Reveiw As I Download Book 2

Any additional comments?

My opinion on this book change noticeably as I continued to listen. I think this is the first book that has done this to me. I have just finished, and I can say, I really liked this book. Now having said that...

I thought the beginning was a little too confusing - and sometimes a little slow. There are a lot of characters, and story is written in lots of small sections from different characters points of view...so we meet new characters very suddenly and quickly and the reader must fill in holes quickly to keep up.

If you can manage doing the before mentioned, then you, like me - might be suddenly taken-a-back to the very first sex scene between the two main characters. I found it completely - *COMPLETELY* out of character for the lead female, Beth. The author does a pretty decent job at setting up character personalities - but then he completely goes against everything he just implied about her.

BUT THEN! Just when I am about to roll my eyes at this story, something unexpected happens... it gets - really - good. We get everything - we get a thrill ride, a mystery to solve, danger, death, lust, and self discovery! - all beautifully wrapped into a breathtakingly intimate love story.

It's a pretty good book. It's good enough that I want to immediately start book 2, (which I am downloading now - but as I still have a few MB's to go...) Let's talk about JIM!

Jim narrated this book. I am a narrator snob - I judge! A narrator can ruin a good book, so yes, I judge! My feelings about Jim where directly in line with my feelings about the book. At first I thought Jim was a little too stuffy for this particular cast of characters. His voice was too... commercial? Yes, commercial. I could imagine him as doing voice overs for Gum ommercials. Yet he also got better as the book went on - or my enjoyment of the story made me more tolerable - or at the very least, Jim's stuffiness is not so bad that you can't get over it quickly.

Ok. Book 2 downloaded... I'm done.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 2016-08-25

eye roll

he's big and hot and she's never had an orgasm before. must be love. there was no depth to any of the characters and the story line was just boring.

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  • Tina Mezzano
  • 2014-04-09

Worst thing ever

What would have made Dark Lover better?

Pick a direction - either a love store, a raw sex romp, or a fierce battle

What could J.R. Ward have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

If you are going to add a sex scene to your story, make the reader feel something. It was on the edge of being raw and breathtaking but just fell flat.

Any additional comments?

I was very disappointed with this book. Vampire porn is the only way I can explain what I read, but unfortunately it was hot, seductive, or even remotely intriguing. I will not continue with this series

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  • Bookworm
  • 2013-04-05

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.

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  • Sarrah
  • 2014-10-20

Horrible... I cant even finish this.

Because the narrator is bad I just can not pay attention long enough to figure out the story line.

25 of 30 people found this review helpful