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Heart of the Dragon Audiobook

Heart of the Dragon

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Publisher's Summary

Searching for her missing brother, Grace Carlyle never dreamed she would discover a secret world populated by mythological monsters - or find herself facing a sword-wielding being whose looks put mortal men to shame. But there he was, Darius en Kragin, one of a race of shape-shifting warriors bound to guard the gates of Atlantis, and kill all travelers who strayed within its borders. Now Grace's life was in his hands, and Darius had to choose between his centuries-old vow and the woman who had slipped beneath his defenses and stolen the heart of Atlantis's fiercest dragon.

©2009 Gena Showalter; (P)2009 Audible, Inc.

What the Critics Say

"Lots of danger and sexy passion give lucky listeners a spicy taste of adventure and romance." (Romantic Times Book reviews on Heart of the Dragon)
"Sexy, funny and downright magical!" (USA TODAY best-selling author Kate McAllister on Heart of the Dragon)
"One of the premier authors of paranormal romance." (New York Times best-selling author Kresley Cole)

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    Teleasa Roseville, CA, United States 03-19-09
    Teleasa Roseville, CA, United States 03-19-09
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    "terrible"

    OMG!!! This was a very painful book to listen to. The narration was awful. The way she portrayed Darrius made him seem like he was a little slow witted. I couldn't even get into the story for the bad narration. The only reason I started listening to this book is because it was the first in the series and I didn't want to miss any important info about the book I really wanted to listen to, King of The Vampires. Hopefully that narrator is better. It had some pretty good reviews so I'll give it a try. Perhaps reading this book would be better than listening to it.

    8 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Jennifer Springfield, IL, United States 06-12-09
    Jennifer Springfield, IL, United States 06-12-09 Member Since 2008
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    "Oh my ears!"

    Now maybe I'm just spoiled because I listened to the Lords of the Underworld series first and Max Bellmore is one of the best narrators I've ever heard, but Heart of theDragon has terrible narration. I only made it through 35 minutes before I couldn't stand to listen to it anymore. The story is pretty good, I picked the book up at the local bookstore later, and I would recommend the story, but read it instead of listening.
    The narrattion was very flat and it was difficult to tell the characters apart, they all sounded so similar. The tone of the narrator was bored, sounding as if she couldn't believe she was reading such "drivel".
    I recommend the story, but not the audio.

    10 of 11 people found this review helpful
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    richard STOCKTON, CALIFORNIA, United States 12-23-10
    richard STOCKTON, CALIFORNIA, United States 12-23-10
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    "Good until Grace spoke"

    Everything would have been great had Grace not had a Southern accent! She came from new york. I don't recall her being a southern bell.In addition the voice and dialoge as a southern bell made her sound both childish & idiotic. It just ruined the experience for me. Everything else was great and top quality. I listened to part of mine and wont again. I prefer the book.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Allison Acworth, GA, USA 05-31-09
    Allison Acworth, GA, USA 05-31-09 Member Since 2016
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    "disappointed"

    Narration not the best and a bit distracting.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Tracee Las Vegas, NV, United States 09-10-12
    Tracee Las Vegas, NV, United States 09-10-12 Member Since 2011

    I read a lot. But I listen to books I either would never normally buy or would have a hard time getting through.

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    "Entertaining listen"
    What made the experience of listening to Heart of the Dragon the most enjoyable?

    I enjoyed the transferring between the characters two minds sets and the fact that this book is based more from the male perspective then the standard female inner-monologue.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Heart of the Dragon?

    The description of the bedroom and the water ceilings.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer 08-26-16 Member Since 2016
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    "great story, poorly narrated."

    I've read this book before and loved the story. I was disappointed with the way it was narrated.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Amazonian 07-27-16
    Amazonian 07-27-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Enjoyed this story!!"

    I really enjoyed this story, particularly their love story. I liked the heroine as well, which is rare for me (she seemed pretty realistic to me). Anyway, my one complaint about this is the narration. It wasn't the worst I've ever heard but it was pretty bad at times. There were some male voices that the narrator made sound like a little girl for some reason. The inflections and such were on par but the actual voices used were pretty distracting. I'm still glad that I listened to this, though.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    K. Bell Leander, TX United States 03-22-16
    K. Bell Leander, TX United States 03-22-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Narration Not So Good"
    Would you try another book from Gena Showalter and/or Madison Vaughn?

    I love Gena Showalter, but I don't feel the story was narrated very well. I felt like I was listening to a pre-teen book.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Gena Showalter? Why or why not?

    Absolutely! I have read almost all of them and enjoyed them. I'm a bit of a fantasy junkie!


    Would you be willing to try another one of Madison Vaughn’s performances?

    I think I would give her another chance.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    Yes


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer Heidelberg, Ms, United States 02-08-15
    Amazon Customer Heidelberg, Ms, United States 02-08-15 Member Since 2012
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    "Great story, need a different narrator"

    Loved the story but the voice sounded like it was dragging but I got use to it and finally finish. I think the next book has a different person reading

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Mistress Lilly Iowa, USA 07-24-14
    Mistress Lilly Iowa, USA 07-24-14 Member Since 2012
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    "Dark Alpha Male turned Hero!"
    If you could sum up Heart of the Dragon in three words, what would they be?

    Deep, hot, sexy. Meaning the story line in this novel sets the foundation for the other novels behind it. I have the set (purchased from Amazon Kindle) and have read them all. This one was the hardest one to get through reading. That said each one after just gets better and better. The last three were my favorites, funny and battle of the sexes. One type of Male dominated culture meets a modern day lady who is not going to take it.
    Unfortunately not all of them are here otherwise I would say purchase them all and if they are like the books.... well lets just say they were all niter's that were worth the wait.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Male character has to put aside what he was raised to believe and go with his heart. We have all been there, when what you were raised with has to change.


    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    I think this novel would have been better with a male and female narrator. I thought that the intro narrator was the who narrator the whole novel. I was disappointed in the narrator doing the male characters. Grace's southern accent came across as forced and slow.


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

    At first I really didn't like the female character, Grace came across as weak and silly. Later on I got to the point of cheering her on. Sometimes characters grow on you.


    Any additional comments?

    Audible needs to get the other books.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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