I am a passionate devourer of chocolate and books. I also listen to audiobooks and drink chocolate. When I die, I don't want to be embalmed!
This was a funny book about a middle-aged woman named Ashling Grey who gets a courier job from her Uncle to deliver a dragon statue to France. Upon her arrival she meets up with a French cab driver who insists on teaching her strange French phrases like: There is a frog in the bidet.
When Ashling goes to deliver the statue she finds the lady dead. Not only is she dead, but she has been murdered and there is a strange man in the apartment that steals her statue! The police arrive to find Ashiling with the dead lady and promptly haul her in for questioning. After a while they release her, but hold her passport so she cannot leave. She decides to set out and find the man who stole her statue and clear her name.
I was pulled into the dragon world along with our accidental heroine as she learned about this whole new world of dragons, demons and magic. Along the way she conjures up Jim, a demon dog who has a wicked appetite. She will learn more strange French phrases and even put some of them to use as she makes her way around Paris and around this strange new world.
I really enjoyed this story. Katie MacAlister did a great job of introducing us to this magical world of dragons. I liked that there wasn’t a whole new vocabulary that I had to learn in order to understand the book. We learned everything as Ashling did. I also liked that not everything was revealed in this book. Gives me something to look forward to in book #2.
I really enjoyed the romance between Ashling and Drake. He was convinced she should just submit and she was more like… I don’t think so.
On the Narration:
Barbara Rosenblat did a great job of creating different voices for different characters. I love her voices for Jim and Drake.
This is a story that is a bit akin to a sitcom. I have read the complaints about the narrator and I completely disagree. She added to the comedic situations the charactors found themselves in. The way she exclaims "Aisling, you are my mate" in Drake's deep Hungarian accent, is supposed to make you chuckle. If you have no sense of humor please do not listen to it. I have looked for other books this narrator has done, and her voice is very different. It was then when I realized how great she was....."she's a professional, damn it."
From the beginning of this book both the Author and the Narrator HAD me. This Fantasy-cum-Romance with a dash of Mystery and written with tongue-in-cheek Humor will compel you to read all of Katie MacAlister's books. Having devoured the Aisling Grey/Green Dragon series, through the even more fascinating Silver Dragon Series, I could not wait for her most recent addition: Love in the Time of Dragons (and I STILL don't know who the real villain is). Keep them coming Katie and Barbara, I am a true devotee.
The Green Dragon series were the first books I had read by Katie MacAlister and I enjoyed them. The story line kept me interested and I loved Jim and his comedy. I was just ok with the narrator. To me she sounded older than what I pictured Aisling Grey (all other voices were fine and I loved her voice for Jim) but that could be a personal preference thing. I have put her Silver Dragons series on my wish list and will probably try them out soon.
I could have enjoyed this book so much more without the mouth smacking and swallowing. Every narrator has his/her moments but this was constant throughout the reading. I've never taken the time to comment negatively on a narrator but feel others should be forewarned. The other books in the series have the same narrator so I will be passing on this one.
Well took a while to get into started to get interested then sex audibe had to turn off and fast forward few times since had mixed company in the car. I love Jim the demon dog. I think he is the best part. He will keep me listening. Good mix of characters. Was ok Listen in the end. But watch out for the first part almost turned it off and deleted it.
Overall I'm enjoying the book as a light read that is fun. The narrator does a good job with the characters and following the book but the editing of the 'extra' sounds such as swallowing and the oddly long pauses, makes it difficult to listen to. It is rare for me to be this disappointed and distracted by how one of the audible books sounds.
OKay, I have to agree with the people who pointed out the smacking and heavy swallowing! I loved the story and surprisingly enjoyed the husky voice of the narrator. The only issue I have is the mouth noises. It makes my skin crawl. I understand why the mouth noises exist but some editing needed to be done. It was almost painful!
If you can get past that then you are going to really enjoy it. Maybe listen to it driving down the road with the windows down.
This was an intentionally funny story. I did not think Barbara Rosenblatt was the best voice for this character. She captured the comedic aspect but not the romance.