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Heart of the Dragon | [Gena Showalter]

Heart of the Dragon

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.
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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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    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.

    8 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Teleasa Roseville, CA, United States 03-19-09
    Teleasa Roseville, CA, United States 03-19-09 Member Since 2007
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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.

    6 of 6 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.

    2 of 2 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 2008
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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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    Geneva Chippewa Falls, WI, USA 01-15-09
    Geneva Chippewa Falls, WI, USA 01-15-09 Member Since 2005
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    "It's more like porn..."

    IF I WANTED PORN I WOULD GO TO AN ADULT BOOK STORE!

    I love epic fantasy. I enjoy magic and mystery.
    I got this book for that reason. I made it through the first two cd's hoping for a change; but all I'm really hearing is sex, lust, and a lot of references to the human body. Don't get me wrong. My libido is as healthy as any woman's and I'm no prude. But I didn't sign up for the x rated language or lurid details of how the main characters turn each other on when I made the decision to buy this book. It's actually "x" enough that I wouldn't want my grand kids to hear it.

    I'm not going to bother with the rest of the book.
    I couldn't be more disappointed.

    10 of 16 people found this review helpful
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    Annie Mc Kinney, TX, United States 03-16-09
    Annie Mc Kinney, TX, United States 03-16-09 Member Since 2008
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    "UGH!!!"

    Not one of Showalters best.

    2 of 3 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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    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.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Vicki Irving, Texas, United States 08-20-12
    Vicki Irving, Texas, United States 08-20-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Darius is a hot hero"

    Darius is a hot hero and the book was interesting. The narrator gave Grace a strong deep southern accent, which was true to form, but a bit annoying at times ( and I am from the south). Regardless, the book is good.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    S NY 11-21-10
    S NY 11-21-10 Member Since 2010
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    "SHOULD HAVE SKIPPED IT"

    It was a little bit of this and a little bit of that crammed together, but nothing was ever fleshed out to make it interesting. High on the corny side with a narrator whose fake southern accents were eye-rolling and annoying. A few days after suffering through it, I couldn't even remember what it was about.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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