Audio Review: The Beast by J. R. Ward

Posted June 6, 2016 by Jonetta in Book Review | , | 6 Comments

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Audio Review: The Beast by J. R. WardThe Beast by J.R. Ward
Series: Black Dagger Brotherhood #14
Narrator: Jim Frangione
Published by Penguin Audio on April 5, 2016
Genres: Paranormal Romance, Urban Fantasy
Format: Audiobook
Length: 18 hours, 4 minutes
Source: Publisher
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Nothing is as it used to be for the Black Dagger Brotherhood. After avoiding war with the Shadows, alliances have shifted and lines have been drawn. 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. Mary, his beloved shellan, is by his side and his King and his brothers are thriving. But Rhage can’t understand—or control—the panic and insecurity that plague him…

And that terrifies him—as well as distances him from his mate. After suffering mortal injury in battle, Rhage must reassess his priorities—and the answer, when it comes to him, rocks his world...and Mary’s. But Mary is on a journey of her own, one that will either bring them closer together or cause a split that neither will recover from...


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Rhage and Mary are the central focus of the story with a few other secondary plots. Their’s is sweet, heartwarming and uplifting, sorely needed after the last depressing saga.

I was hoping to see Assail reappear and he makes a heroic comeback here. He was so deeply mired in the muck I worried that redemption would be elusive. Hope springs eternal after this story. Layla’s pregnancy provided some tense moments and her relationship with Xcor continues unresolved.

Lastly, most of the Brothers are featured in the story, some more prominently than others. What I really enjoyed was seeing them interact meaningfully with each other without an eminent threat in the background. While it lacked the intense action typically found in the series, this was an uplifting story that also set up some pretty interesting future plots. Nothing earth shattering but I still couldn’t put the book down.

And, I’m still enjoying Jim Frangione’s narration. He pulls off all that “campy” and Brotherhood dialogue, making it sound almost (just almost) natural.

She’s back!


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About Jim Frangione

Jim Frangione was born on January 26, 1958 in Hyannis, Massachusetts, USA. He is an actor, known for Transamerica (2005), Heist (2001) and The Spanish Prisoner (1997).

Jim has recorded over 100 audiobooks. He loves being part of the Recorded Books family. In addition to Spencer Quinn’s Chet and Bernie Mysteries and his new young adult series, the Bowser and Birdie stories, he is also the narrator for J.R. Ward’s Black Dagger Brotherhood Series and many others. Jim is a NYC-based actor and co-artistic director of the Berkshire Playwrights Lab, a new play development forum in Great Barrington, MA. He’s performed on TV, in many of the plays and films of David Mamet, with NY’s Atlantic Theater Company, On and Off Broadway, and at many theaters across the country.

About J.R. Ward

J.R. Ward is a #1 New York Times and USAToday Best Selling author of erotic paranormal romance. She lives in the south with her incredibly supportive husband and her beloved golden retriever. After graduating from law school, she began working in healthcare in Boston and spent many years as Chief of Staff of one of the premier academic medical centers in the nation. Writing has always been her passion and her idea of heaven is a whole day of nothing but her computer, her dog and her coffee pot.

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6 responses to “Audio Review: The Beast by J. R. Ward

  1. I started off listening to this on audio but then I had to stop because I felt like I was missing key moments especially with how the beginning started so I bought the book…that’s been sitting on my shelf since it arrived (2 months). I know I’ll get to it eventually but I’m dreading having to read more about Mary and Rhage instead of V and Jane. Your review gives me hope though that I won’t be disappointed.

  2. I’ve heard that this one is better. I’m just not sure that I’m ready to delve back into to Ward. I’m been on the outs for a while. I’m really glad you enjoyed this one. I might try it eventually. I do love Jim Frangione. I think he is perfect for this series.

    • I really enjoyed it! I’m one who likes those multiple storylines she does but this one was very much centered and connected to Rhage and Mary.