Audiobook Review: The King by J.R. Ward

Posted May 15, 2014 by Felicia S in 2014 Read, 3.50 Wine Glasses, Audiobook, Reviews / 10 Comments

Audiobook Review: The King by J.R. WardSource: Audiobook Review, Provided by Penguin Audio

Format: Audiobook

The King by J.R. Ward
Narrator: Jim Frangione
Length: 22 hrs and 4 mins

Date Read: April 2014

Genre: PNR, Romance

J.R. Ward's # 1 New York Times bestselling 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?

More Information:
Publisher: Penguin Audio
Series: Black Dagger Brotherhood #12

Also by this author: Dark Lover, Lover Eternal, Lover Awakened, Lover Revealed, Lover Unbound
Also in this series: Dark Lover, Lover Eternal, Lover Awakened, Lover Revealed, Lover Unbound


Listened for Review (Penguin Audio)
Overall Rating: 3.50
Story Rating: 3.25
Character Rating: 3.75

Audio Rating: 4.00 (Not part of the overall rating)

First Thought when Finished: The last quarter of The King by J.R. Ward bumped the rating from a 3.00 to a 3.50, it was a very good way to end that story.

Note: This will probably be my last BDB book for awhile. I think my love affair with these characters has gone. That isn’t on J.R. Ward. She has been very consistent these last few books in how she is now telling these stories. There is just too much going on for me and not enough quality time with the lead characters of each book. That is just a personal reading preference. Many people (including my mom) still love this series! That means I will always have access to the books should I choose to come back. So instead of going into why this just doesn’t work for me anymore (It is me, not the books), I am just going to do an audio review.

Audio Thoughts:

Narrated By Jim Frangione / Length: 22 hrs and 4 mins

I love Jim’s narration of this series. He makes the slang a little less annoying. He makes me smile with his ability to show the brotherhood at their best and show their camaraderie. I also like his ability to make the bad guys, pretty darn bad. I do recommend these on audio (if you haven’t already been reading them). I think it would be harder for someone who has only been reading the series to jump in though because I guarantee that some of the characters will sound different in your head.

Final Thoughts: Despite my problems with the story (or the sheer amount of them), I did love the ending. I think the series is about to turn a corner and it just might be really good!


FTC Disclosure


Overall Rating
3.5 / 5
Story Rating
3.5 / 5
Character Rating
3.5 / 5
Narrator Rating
4 / 5
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10 responses to “Audiobook Review: The King by J.R. Ward

  1. I stopped after Qhuay’s book. And I only read that because…Qhauy. lol

    I haven’t enjoyed them for awhile now. The multiple POV’s drive me nuts. There is so much going with very little payoff. She’ll talk about something and then not mention it again for years. And like you said – the leads get shorted on their own story.

    I’m sure I’ll pick them up at some point but the series is no longer a must buy/read for me anymore.

  2. Yes, you said exactly why I don’t rush to read the book as soon as it has come out any more. I loved the first few, but she has totally abondoned some plotlines I was very much interested in, and all those characters, I can’t keep them straight anymore.

  3. I think I liked it a bit more than you, but I agree that there are way too many side stories going on and not enough main couple time. That being said, the time off the main couple is also used to entice you to the next couple. Like how I am dying to know how Layla is going to play her situation out!

  4. I think that time comes as series meander on and on. It is also an art of when to mainline book after book in a series & when to let it simmer on the shelf allowing for the craving to develop.

  5. Yeah . . . definitely taking a break from BRB for awhile. I’m with you . . . just kind of blah. I’ll probably wait until Xcor and Layla get their book before reading any more of these.

  6. Never started this series, though I have tried this author before and didn’t like the one book I read so I have been leery of trying another one. 🙁

  7. I think you captured what are the best qualities of the narration. This was my first audio experience with the series and it made my reading experience better. First-timers shouldn’t feel reluctant. I’m now sold on this format for the series.

    Great analysis!