Audiobook Review: The Shadows by J.R. Ward

Posted April 21, 2015 by Felicia S in 1 Wine Glass/DNF, 2015 Read, Audiobook, Reviews / 23 Comments

Audiobook Review: The Shadows by J.R. WardSource: Audiobook Review, Kindle Purchase, Provided by Penguin Audio

Format: Audiobook

The Shadows by J.R. Ward
Narrator: Jim Frangione
Length: 22 hrs and 8 mins

Date Read: April 2015

Genre: Fantasy, Urban Fantasy

Two brothers bound by more than blood fight to change a brutal destiny in the heart-wrenching new novel of the Black Dagger Brotherhood by #1 New York Times bestselling author J. R. Ward.

Trez “Latimer” doesn’t really exist. And not just because the identity was created so that a Shadow could function in the underbelly of the human world. Sold by his parents to the Queen of the S’Hsibe as a child, Trez escaped the Territory and has been a pimp and an enforcer in Caldwell, NY for years- all the while on the run from a destiny of sexual servitude. He’s never had anyone he could totally rely on... except for his brother, iAm.

iAm’s sole goal has always been to keep his brother from self-destructing- and he knows he’s failed. It’s not until the Chosen Serena enters Trez’s life that the male begins to turn things around... but by then it’s too late. The pledge to mate the Queen’s daughter comes due and there is nowhere to run, nowhere to hide, and no negotiating.

Trapped between his heart and a fate he never volunteered for, Trez must decide whether to endanger himself and others- or forever leave behind the female he’s in love with. But then an unimaginable tragedy strikes and changes everything. Staring out over an emotional abyss, Trez must find a reason to go on or risk losing himself and his soul forever. And iAm, in the name of brotherly love, is faced with making the ultimate sacrifice...

More Information:
Publisher: NAL, Penguin Audio
Series: Black Dagger Brotherhood #13

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


Geeky Bloggers DNF

Read for Fun/Listened for Review (Kindle/Penguin)
Overall Rating: 1.00
Story Rating: 1.00
Character Rating: 1.00

Audio Rating: —– (didn’t listen to enough on audio so not rating)

First Thought when Finished: The Shadows by J.R. Ward will be loved by many but just not me. To be fair, the last 3 books have been rated 3, 2, 3 (with both 3’s being barely) so it is fair to say that I should probably break up with the series (which is sad because 13 books investment is no small thing).

Review will be ranty, spoilery, and hopefully cathartic. Also possibly the longest review (for lack of a better word) that I have ever written


Been about a week and I am no less disappointed than when I closed the book so on to my “all over the place review”


I will put it all in spoiler brackets because well I just CAN’T be unspoilery.

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Was this cathartic? Nope I am really still mad that I don’t have a great desire to continue this series. I am sad that my love affair is just over. Overall I am just disappointed.

Audiobook Thoughts: This is a case of the narrator being too good. The thing with books that have elements that get on your nerves is that if the narrator is outstanding all those things STAND OUT! Seriously Jim nails the tone, speech, sarcasm, and nuances of this series. It really is freaking well done. The problem: it is freaking well done and certain elements of this series have long out stayed their welcome (centuries old men and their gangsta talk for one).




FTC Disclosure


Overall Rating
1.5 / 5
Story Rating
1 / 5
Character Rating
2 / 5
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23 responses to “Audiobook Review: The Shadows by J.R. Ward

  1. I returned my unread-preordered Kindle book after I read the spoiler about Selena. WTF!? I want HEA in my romances, that’s why I read them. I didn’t know she asked him to never touch another female again. What a selfish bitch! I have had this kind of conversation with DH many times and the only thing I ask him is to wait one year after I die before he marries again. After that he is free to do as he pleases.

    • Yep that pissed me off royally. He agreed , of course, cause you know what else is he going to say. The problem: Trez will actually stand by it. I saw people saying that he would get another (I mean it happened before) but I don’t think so. I think his 3 days of happiness is it. This should have been iAms book with a touch of Trez–it might have been more acceptable–I say might cause there were a ton of other issues.

  2. Yes. I finally finished this book today. I had walked away a few weeks ago because I wasn’t feeling it. I wasn’t ready to DNF, but I had to walk a way. It didn’t get better when I came back. The lack of focus has gotten bad. I’ve thought about going back to the beginning to see if the ghetto speak and the product placements have always been this bad, or if they have been getting worse. Great review.

    • The lack of focus is driving me nutters. Also I am not sure if it was as bad in the beginning but I was a LOT more invested in the stories then. Now, not so much.

  3. I got to give you props for your tenacity, I never pick a book in a series again after a 2 star rating, which is a DNF for me, like Anita Blake, no mas! After book 11. A lot people didn’t like the direction the series took since Lover Reborn, I didn’t mind it so much and still enjoy being back, on the other hand , I can totally understand your feelings about how what we used to love have become an annoyance… A song comes to mind, After the Love is Gone by Earth, Wind & Fire…lol

    • I have a feeling this is the last for me. I know the rest will be on my kindle because my mom reads/buys them but I probably will just skip them.

  4. I stopped the series at #6 with plans to continue reading the rest of the series, since I have so many of them already, but they just aren’t a priority, anymore. I’m seeing more and more thoughts from others that the series has run its course, but I still want to read a few more of the books in the series to catch up a bit.

  5. UGH! I was afraid of this. I have a ways to go until they start to really get bad but it isn’t that far from where I left them. DARN! Read the spoiler. Yea, those things would get to me too. Still will try a book by this narrator!

    • Skip it! The only thing that happened was the lead female for her spin-off was introduced and you learned a little bit about where Trez/iAM came from. Oh and Rhage had ANOTHER meltdown (that really isn’t new)

  6. This is why I am not starting this series. I have been watching the reivews for the last three or four books and of course there are die hard fans, but it seems more discerning reviewers like you are losing their love for this series. I think it is a point wher e it should have ended a couple of books ago. It is now at the point where The Fonz jumped the shark… it’s getting silly.

    • I think the first 7 were great! Unfortunately I can’t say read them and you will get a complete story–there are still open storylines. The Fonz has gone over the shark, the whale, and maybe the random cruise ship in the middle of the Ocean.

  7. After reading The King and the spoilers for The Shadows, I pretty much knew I was done with this series. If I’m still a bit curious later I’ll likely check out the book from the library and skim through it quickly. Enjoyed your rant.

  8. Ooh, GRRRR!!! I used to love this series, too. I did read all about her spoilers and the reasoning and, okay. Whatever. But I’m not going to read the book (and, sadly for Ward, not many did, compared to her other books. It dropped out of the NYT lists after, what, a week? Not good!). I *do* want to try her new series but she’s got a very, very short leash. I have much more to say and to rant with you…but I won’t subject you to it, as I’m just agreeing with most of what you said! (And who uses hotmail anymore? LOL.)

    • I am going to try her new series mostly because it is supposed to be a couple per book with the brotherhood acting like “matchmakers”. However, if she is so bored with writing HEA’s I am questioning how long it will stay on that track.

  9. I have fallen out of love with this series as well. What happened to fighting the lessers and the Omega? Where is their purpose? I did just buy the previous book, but I think I am 2 behind now. And not in a hurry to pick it up.

    • As far as I can tell there really is no purpose. The lessers and Omega are still there but evidently they just aren’t a problem (even though they are huge drug dealers). *sigh*

    • I will get it because my mom reads them (we share a kindle). However, I probably will wait until the people I trust have read it. It is Rhage (again) so I am probably going to skip it unless people say it is the best thing ever LOL. I will read the spin-off (probably).