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Baggins

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  • The Royal Dragoneers: The Dragoneers Saga, Book One

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By M. R. Mathias
    • Narrated By Christine Padovan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (41)
    Performance
    (40)
    Story
    (38)

    For as long as mankind has been stranded, dragons have been their sworn enemies. But no longer... Sixteen year-old Jenka De Swasso wants nothing more than to follow in his father's footsteps and become a King's Ranger. But when he one day finds himself surrounded by vicious trolls, a young pure-blood dragon comes to his rescue and they become bond-mates.

    Ocie Nelson says: "The story was great"
    "A well written, and well told action-fantasy."
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    What made the experience of listening to The Royal Dragoneers the most enjoyable?

    The story was great. A village boy and some others turn into dragon riders to save a land from a troll who is trying to poison them.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Royal Dragoneers?

    When the young dragon Jade gets chastised and then takes off on his own. I was scared for that juvenile wyrm, more than I'd like to admit.


    Have you listened to any of Christine Padovan’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I heard her read Mathias' Crimson and Clover on youtube.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Absolutely. Each chapter ends in a way that compels you to keep going.


    Any additional comments?

    This is the second M. R. Mathias audio book I have listened to. In both the narrators use voices for the characters. This is okay but distracting at times. It also lends to the drama and anticipation at times too. Mathias' stories are somehow traditional fantasy yet told in a very refreshing way. I hope all four of his fantasy series make it to audio format.

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • The Confliction: The Dragoneer Saga, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By M. R. Mathias
    • Narrated By Christine Padovan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3)
    Performance
    (3)
    Story
    (3)

    The Confliction - Dragoneer Saga III, is the thrilling conclusion to the "Full Confliction" cycle of Dragoneer Saga books. In this episode, The Dragoneers face the Sarax that were loosed in Book 2 - Cold Hearted Son of a Witch, as well as the rogue druids of Dou, and something else that no one, not even the remaining Hazeltine Witches expect.

    Baggins says: "A gripping conclusion to the first Dragoneer Tril."
    "A gripping conclusion to the first Dragoneer Tril."
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    The action is non-stop and the dragons are awesome!


    What did you like best about this story?

    The narration is tight and her voice sounds familiar as she reads us through the entire trilogy. I cant believe Mathias incorporated the creation of the whales in this. Awesome!


    What about Christine Padovan’s performance did you like?

    Her voice is smooth


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    When Crimzon the dragon calls to the elementals for aid.


    Any additional comments?

    Listen to all of this series, and the next if they continue.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • The Sword and the Dragon, Revised: The Wardstone Trilogy, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (24 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By M. R. Mathias
    • Narrated By Chris Dorman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (54)
    Performance
    (50)
    Story
    (47)

    When the Royal Wizard of Westland poisons the king so that his puppet prince can take the throne and start a continental war, a young squire is forced to run for his life carrying the powerful sword that his dying monarch burdened him with from the death bed. Two brothers find a magic ring and start on paths to becoming the most powerful sort of enemies, while an evil young sorceress unwillingly falls in love with one of them when he agrees to help her steal a dragon's egg for her father.

    Kevin says: "Absolutely unlistenable"
    "This is wonderful. Listen to the free sample!"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of The Sword and the Dragon, Revised to be better than the print version?

    This is a grand listen. I used to buy from a different audio book retailer, but maybe I will start listening here. This was well narrated and as I read the story (for the 4th time) along with the audio. I once again fell in love with Mathias' characters. I simply can not wait for books two and three of this series to be available. They are my favorite fantasy series of all time.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The characters are so relatable and fallible.


    What about Chris Dorman’s performance did you like?

    The narrator has clever voices for the witch, the characters, and even the dragon at the end.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    The first two times I read it I cried. One of my favorite fantasy characters of all time dies in this book and it is heart wrenching.


    Any additional comments?

    Mathias has climbed over a lot of indies on his rise to the top. Expect many of them to be bitter and small. Just listen to the free audio sample and judge for yourself. So many people have an opinion about Mathias, but that is what happens when you get famous.

    6 of 7 people found this review helpful

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