Friday, June 10, 2016

The Beast by J.R. Ward audible review

Okay so I've been o'ding on the Brotherhood, but come on can you blame me :)
Here's my review of The Beast, the audible version.

The Beast: A Novel of the Black Dagger Brotherhood

Rhage and Mary return in a new novel of the Black Dagger Brotherhood, a series “so popular, I don’t think there’s a reader today who hasn’t at least heard of [it].”* 

Nothing is as it used to be for the Black Dagger Brotherhood. The slayers of the Lessening Society are stronger than ever, preying on human weakness to acquire more money, more weapons, more power. But as the Brotherhood readies for an all-out attack on them, one of their own fights a battle within himself…

For Rhage—the Brother with the biggest appetites, but also the biggest heart—life was supposed to be perfect. Or at the very least, perfectly enjoyable. But he can’t understand or control the panic and insecurity that plague him. Terrified, he must reassess his priorities after suffering a mortal injury. And the answer, when it comes to him, rocks his—and his beloved Mary’s—world...

My Review

Jim Frangione hits every bulls-eye in Ward's latest Brotherhood novel. His mesmerizing, melodious narration is wonderful and not just his voice but the intonations he manages, the emotions he portrays are amazingly good. And his going from character to character even male to female is exceptional!
Personally I think audible is the only way to go for the total experience in these novels.

I am truly amazed at how interesting this series continues to be after 14 novels plus spinoffs but JR Ward does it again with The Beast. Her signature slanged-up, ganged-up, hip-hoped, rapped, street speak narrative moves the novel at warp speed while her uber recognizable characters continue to awe, plus we get one small vampire girl co-star who absolutely steals the show. The hints for upcoming battles in the bedroom, throne room and war room make me curious and want it NOW, especially where on earth (or The Fade) she’s going with Layla and Xcor. Bravo JR for yet another page-turning hit!

In every relationship, even the perfect mated pair, a little rain must fall. And in the case of The Black Dagger Brother Rhage and his mated shellan Mary it's the fact that they can’t have young together. Now don’t get them wrong, they know that it’s also because of that fact that they’re even together but even perfect pairs want things they can never have. It happened after a near death experience for Rhage and he doesn’t know how to break it to Mary without breaking her heart that he’s mourning for something that’s impossible to have. Mary in the mean time is grieving for a young, not her own but a girl who’s Mahmen just died at Safe Place who is now totally alone in the world. Will they get through another mountainous obstacle alive and well or will the Scribe Virgin see them both in the Fade?

Editorial Reviews for those living under a rock ;)

From the Publisher
"Intimate, evocative...the last quarter or so of The Beast had me breathing fast, furiously flipping pages. Emotional surprises and plot twists signal big things to come as this consistently compelling and exciting series evolves. This immersive, introspective yet rousing next installment will leave you clamoring for more."—
The Beast is a joy of a novel...Ward is a master of her craft.”—New York Journal of Books
“A beautiful experience meant to be savored by fans.”—Under the Covers
“Intense, intoxicating and uplifting...J. R. Ward will captivate your imagination; pull you into the story line; and never let go when the passion and emotions roll away with your soul.”—The Reading Cafe
“The beauty of this story totally BLEW ME AWAY...The Beast made me feel like I had come home, everything was as it should be and even better than I had remembered. It met the criteria for what I want in a romance, heart and panty-melting goodness. It was magnificent and one of the most beautiful stories I’ve read in a really long time. Well done, well done indeed.”—Guilty Pleasures Book Reviews
Praise for the Novels of the Black Dagger Brotherhood

“Delicious, erotic, and thrilling.”—New York Times bestselling author Nicole Jordan

“Dark fantasy lovers, you just got served.”—New York Times bestselling author Lynn Viehl

“To die for. I love this series!”—New York Times bestselling author Suzanne Brockmann

“Hold on tight for an intriguing, adrenaline-pumping ride.”—Booklist
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J. R. Ward is the author of more than twenty previous novels, including those in her #1 New York Times bestselling series, the Black Dagger Brotherhood. She is also the author of the Black Dagger Legacy and The Bourbon Kings series. There are more than fifteen million copies of Ward’s novels in print worldwide, and they have been published in twenty-five different countries around the world.

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  1. Glad the author can still pull this off, that certainly is saying something!

  2. I haven't kept up with the later books although did read the spin off one. I like the idea of going back to Rhage and Mary. Unfortunately it isn't available to me on Audible - those dang world rights thing again. Sniff, sniff!

  3. I loved this revisit with Rhage and Mary. I was swooning all over the place especially when Rhage was with the young orphan girl and Mary.
    And yes, I am uber curious about Xcor and Layla.

    1. Right I mean especially after what we learned at the end of The Beast. Welcome to the family ;)
      I've always loved Rhage and Mary, I especially love how Rhage is oblivious to his effect on women and only has eyes for his shellan. Don't they have like older uncles or something, I want a brother too! LOL

  4. Really glad you enjoyed this book. I've been getting a little frustrated with the Ward's books lately. I'm going to take a break from them. I might pick them back up again one day. I do love Jim Frangione. He is perfect voice for the brothers. I first started listening to him with this series, but I've since started listening to a few others. He does such a great job.

    Melanie @ Hot Listens & Rabid Reads

    1. I know what you mean Melanie, sometimes if you read too many in the same series it gets too much

  5. As you know I am reading and loving this series!

  6. I enjoyed this one too! OMG Rhage is every bit the dreamboat!

  7. Hrm. Maybe audio would get me back in the series. I gave up on it back at book 10 I think it was. I love those early on ones, though, and do miss the characters. I'll have to check and see if my library has them.