The Shadows Audiobook
By: J. R. Ward
Narrated by: Jim Frangione
Published by: Penguin Audio 03/31/2015
22 hrs and 8 mins
The Shadows Audiobook Sample
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.
The Shadows Audiobook Narration
One of the biggest contributors to my enjoyment of being back in Caldwell, NY it’s being taken to this world by the constant voice of Jim Frangione. I love how he brings out the emotions, the way he makes the urban lingo authentic, and most of all, how his interpretation made me fall in love with this series.
I’m a listener of this series, and the way he read the characters names it’s been the way I’ve always known them, the way I love them.
Now 13 books into the series he’s pronouncing some names way different than before, and it was distracting, this and not a good practice for the interpretation of the series. Distractions take you out of the story…Not good for an audiobook.
One the main factors a narrator gets rated is by the consistency in which he takes you through the series. In your head, a character sounds the same throughout all the books, and it shouldn’t be different on an audiobook!
I’m glad it takes me so long to write reviews, because it gave me time to find out that he was told to do that!!
To the person responsible for this change: I’m sorry! But you don’t do that to the listeners! After years of knowing a character by a certain name you just don’t change their name! It would be the same thing if all of the sudden the author started to write the names of the characters in a different way! How do you think fans will react?!
Ok, my rant it’s done! I still LOVE Jim Frangione‘s interpretation of The Shadows, and to the old time fans of BDB audiobooks I say, you won’t’ be disappointed, just be warned about the names pronunciations change.
J.R. Ward is the number one New York Times bestselling author of the Black Dagger Brotherhood series of vampire books. She is a winner of the prestigious Romance Writers of America RITA award for Best Paranormal Romance and is a multiple RITA nominee. A graduate of Smith College, she was a double major in History and Art History with a medieval concentration in both and she still longs at times for a return to those days sitting in dark lecture halls, looking at slides of old triptychs and reliquaries. Prior to becoming a full time writer, she was a corporate attorney, serving for many years as the Chief of Staff of one of Harvard Medical Schools premier teaching sites. Her idea of absolute heaven is a day filled with nothing but her computer, her dog and her coffee pot and the Brothers, of course.
Jim Frangione has recoded over 100 audiobooks. 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.