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The King

A Novel of the Black Dagger Brotherhood
Written by: J. R. Ward
Narrated by: Jim Frangione
Length: 22 hrs and 4 mins
5 out of 5 stars (15 ratings)

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J.R. Ward's number-one New York Times best-selling Black Dagger Brotherhood continues as a royal bloodline is compromised by a grave threat to the throne.

Long live the king.…

After turning his back on the throne for centuries, Wrath, son of Wrath, finally assumed his father's mantle - with the help of his beloved mate. But the crown sets heavily on his head. As the war with the Lessening Society rages on, and the threat from the Band of Bastards truly hits home, he is forced to make choices that put everything - and everyone - at risk.

Beth Randall thought she knew what she was getting into when she mated the last pure blooded vampire on the planet: An easy ride was not it. But when she decides she wants a child, she's unprepared for Wrath's response - or the distance it creates between them.

The question is, will true love win out... or tortured legacy take over?

©2014 J. R. Ward (P)2014 Penguin Audio

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Forever my favourite series

I cannot stress enough how much J.R Ward has once again made this story whole. I cant wait to sink my teeth in the next book :)

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  • ❤️ Cyndi Marie ❤️
  • 🎧 Audiobook Addicts 🎧
  • 2018-08-09

✫✫ 5 Stars ✫✫

I was originally a little confused as to why Wrath gets another book when there are many new characters but when I listened to it, I completely understood. I loved this book and even more, I love when the laws are changed in the BDB world. I find myself cheering on Wrath & Saxton. This book had a little of everything except the war with the lessers and anything really about the brotherhood. I loved the back story for Wrath's parents, it helps explain a lot about who Wrath is. We also got a little from each of the characters from the next few books. This series is has always been a favorite of mine because of JR Wards writing style, each book is written with so many POV & story lines so that it's more about the entire BDB world not just the characters from each book. I don't know how many times I've read & listened to this series (usually I do a complete re-listen every couple years before the new book releases.

Jim Frangione IS the brotherhood to me!!!

12 of 13 people found this review helpful

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  • 🔹🔹🔹CAROLYN 🔹🔹🔹
  • Newark, New Jersey, United States
  • 2014-04-03

LONG LIVE THE KING.... & THE BDB

As a fan of the whole series I pre-ordered this, then counted the weeks, days, hours and minutes until I could finally listen to this much anticipated story and, although I was half-way through another book (which was good by the way), I stopped it knowing that, for me, a new BDB book was going to be epic..... and I was right.

There was the main story of Wrath, his roots, his fears and dreams and Beth's all consuming needs as she lost focus for just a short while but came back fighting, then there were so many sub romances, sub plots and new characters that, at times, you think your head's going to explode. Beth and Wrath's dilemma was so painful, touching and raw, his throne is both a curse and a joy which he eventually found out and he may be blind but he finally gets to see the bigger picture.

A lot of very emotional bitter-sweet torment and turmoil because of the ups and downs in all the romances, danger and threats made by old enemies, twists, turns and surprises and various visits through time to the 17th century to hear of the love and plight of the former Vampire King and a lot more was shared about the Shadow brothers and their lives. There were familiar well loved faces as well as new ones..... but always, through everything, The Brotherhood were there ready to support and rejoice in welcoming in the dawning of a new era.

Worth a credit? Wicked plans were thwarted, blood was spilled, revenge was sweet and love and bonds were deepened so, at the end of Chapter 76, after 22 hours of listening pleasure as the overall plot-line grew, morphed and moved forward, all I can safely say is YES it was well worth the credit, the sleepless nights and the lost hours in my shortened days.

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  • vicki
  • CLINTON, OKLAHOMA, United States
  • 2014-04-15

Such a disappointment

I found this book such a big disappointment! I have been listening to this series from the beginning with the first book. I've loved thim all. My only complaint up till now had been the long time between each book. Each time the wait was worth it. Not this time. This book seemed to go off in so many directions with so many characters that I had to get a list of all the characters that have been in this or any of the other books to try to help me with the confusion. The book was advertised to be about Wrath and Beth and their desire to have a baby but it was a good half way thru the book before this topic was really delved into. There was just too much jumping around from couple to couple without really having a clear direction for any of them. Wouldn't recommend it for any lover of this series.

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  • whitney
  • HILLSBORO, OR, United States
  • 2014-04-23

I'm confused...

Why is everyone raving about this book? Was it even written by J.R. Ward?? I am a HUGE fan of the Black Dagger Brotherhood and Ward, but this one was so immature I could barely get through it. It seemed like Wrath transformed into a mouthy, cussing, insecure and immature teenager. I'm so sad to say this was a total thumbs down. I've listened and read the whole series a dozen times or more, but I'll never listen to this one again. It did not do credit to the series. The only saving grace was the narrator, who was awesome, and made the book bearable.

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  • Sharilyn
  • Flint, MI
  • 2014-10-08

Expected better

Is there anything you would change about this book?

Everything! This is not the JRW book I'm used to. It was dull compared to the rest of the BDB. I didn't like where she took Wrath and Beth. None of it was what I've come to expect from her.

Would you recommend The King to your friends? Why or why not?

Yes, only to keep up on the story tho...if you've already invested in the rest of the series, you may as well finish it.

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

IDK, I liked his narrating period.

Was The King worth the listening time?

Eh, not really, but I'm still glad I finished the series.

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  • Lynn
  • Massachusetts, United States
  • 2014-05-02

Very disappointed

This book just didn't keep my interest and was all over the place. Just when I started getting into it, things switched to a completely different story. It was my least favorite of the series.

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  • Erin
  • Millers Creek, NC, United States
  • 2014-04-02

Excellent as Usual!!

This installment of the BDB, like most, has a LOT going on. The main focus is on Wrath and Beth and a back story of the elder Wrath and his queen. The laws and paperwork required to lead the race, Wrath's role in doing so, his desire to do so and his continuing growth as a male, a mate and as king are all part of the story, and there is not as much action movie material as some of the others, but there are also the continuing sagas of Assail/Sola, Xscore/Layla and Tres/Selena. Wrath and Beth also have struggles with each other and with those who want Wrath out because of his choice in queen.

I've seen some negative reviews, and the complaints seem pretty superficial. If you are one of those people who 1- don't care about any new characters other than the brothers or 2- like to complain about about the few (true and funny) pop culture references and/or 3- have nothing better to do than denigrate the hard work of an author who has provided you and others with a large quantity of great entertainment, pick up Pride and Prejudice, re-read it often, and have a nice life.

Those who love the series will not be disappointed in this one. Absolutely worth a credit or the cash.

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  • SweetP
  • 2018-06-22

Good parts and so so parts

The main story was good, the other story arcs were juicy.....but I found myself wanting a little.

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  • SolarHeels
  • Seattle
  • 2018-04-14

This was ok

Would you be willing to try another one of Jim Frangione’s performances?

This is the first BDB i've listened to and I didn't enjoy this performance but i'd listen to another one to see if it's any better.

Do you think The King needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

No, please don't. There are so many other characters that need a book. Another about Wrath and Beth might send me over the edge. :)

Any additional comments?

If you're reading this series then you must read this book. I enjoyed all of the different storylines going on but it was sort of hard to keep up. I also felt it was rushed a bit when Wrath finally came around. Good read though.

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  • Gabriela
  • 2017-09-09

Not my favorite from BDB series. <br />

It was just good. I did struggled to finsh it. Normally i cant get enough of this series, but these last 2 books have not been as gripping to me as all her others!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful