We all play roles at times. Wardwick of Hurog played the role of a fool till he reached adulthood, just to keep his father from murdering him. Now he must overcome the image he so carefully built and fight not simply for his birthright but to free the five Kingdoms from tyranny and the rising tide of darkest magic that threatens his world.
©2002 Patricia Briggs (P)2010 Buzzy Multimedia Publishing
This is my first audio book download so I wasn't sure what to expect but I've enjoyed other novels by Patricia Briggs and I am also a fan of Joe Manganiello so I gave it a shot. What a wonderful experiance ! Listened all the way through on my trip from South Carolina to New Hamphire and the time flew by. Can't wait for the next book in the series. Think I'll be listening to the book again as I shop and wrap presents.
Ms Briggs has a way of using the classic hero's journey filled with mages, powerful bad guys, battles, treachery and even a dragon to move things along but she didn't leave out the element of humanity that makes me care about the characters.If you loved Dragonlance as a kid like I did then you too will probably enjoy the more mature Dragon Bones.
Just the right blend of fantasy and believable characters that behave in ways that make sense.Not many heroes have had to pretend to be an idiot so they aren't murdered by their own father. This one does. He knows the pain of betrayal but while it has made him cautious it hasn't made him bitter. He is forced to prove himself, redeem his family's heritage while avoiding dying or becoming a permanent resident in the High King's Asylum for Noble Embarrassments. There is also a bit of humor in all the right places and a hint of romance that might show up in the next book in the series. Also I loved the narration itself. Way to go Joe Manganiello. This is an audiobook that I'll be listening to again
Enjoyable, light listen. This isn't the newer genre of fantasy with edgy characters and political intrigue- it's a great older style with good action and a likeable hero. Top that off with a fantastic narrator, and it's one of the better listens I've had in a while. Looking forward to the next in the series...
It is capivating
First time with this narrator, but I will enjoy his voice again.
Read the book multiple times. Hearing the book gave me a fresh look.
The narration is flat and boring. The story is very cliche. A "nobody" makes his attempt to achieve greatness. I've heard it a 1000 times before, and after an hour into the book, I thought, "What's the point?". If you're looking for something engaging, intriguing, exciting, with plot twists, this probably isn't it.
I'd been worried about a reader's take on Ward, whose speech is described as frustratingly slow. I shouldn't have worried - Joe Manganiello's rendition of Ward is perfect. He stresses the slow speech only when necessary to the story. Otherwise, we hear Ward's mental voice, with all the sly wit, sadness, and fury Ms. Briggs wrote into him.
Dragon Bones is one of my favorite Patricia Briggs books. Ward & Oreg showcase her remarkable ability to characterize - and J Manganiello captures them very well.
I loved this book, and I thought Joe Manganiello gave a fabulous reading performance. As always in her books, Briggs skillfully creates viewpoint characters who have weaknesses, yet who are undeniably heroes. As to the rape backstory -- She never glamorizes these attacks. The heroes overcome this ultimate mental and physical assault after a difficult battle. You never have any doubt that the rapists are villains who deserve what the heroes eventually do to them. I love plots in which characters overcome their own weaknesses and prove just how great they really are. That's why I adore Patricia Briggs, and list her as one of my personal writing goddesses.
Worth the credit. I wish it were a bit longer. I do agree with some of the other reviewers, this book is a bit light. Tends to stay toward the surface and is a bit typical.
But, I still enjoyed it. Will I remember most of the story a year from now? Maybe not, but it will pass the time.
I have yet to read a novel by Patricia Briggs and be disappointed, but I hesitated before downloading this book because I usually read Urban Fantasy. The story was a breath of fresh air, set in a different time, a different type of storyline, and I thought Joe Manganiello did a superb job of story telling. I'll be looking for more books read by this narrator. On a side note, I was looking forward to listening to the Wolfsbane series, but I really wish a better narrator had been chosen. Manganiello and the narrators for the other 2 series were excellent, but Kathryn Kelgren overacts, and her nasal sarcastic voice gets on my nerves and makes me dislike the characters she portrays.
"A very good book excellently told."
Dragon Bones has always been my favourite of Patricia Brigg's books. Traditional fantasy with interesting characters and no easy answers. The narrator does a masterful job and, in my opinion, he gets each of the characters to perfection. Recommended.
"More like this please!"
Patricia Briggs is a wonderful writer, particularly in her fantasy work (haven't got into the urban fantasies to the same extent, but one has now been added to Audible so I'm about to buy it). I've read and listened the Hurog Duology countless times and I still think it's brilliant. Great characters, really tightly plotted stories with great ideas, that tie up all the threads superbly. And Joe Manganiello is a wonderful reader, putting this and Dragon Blood right up there among my absolute Audible favourites alongside the works of Lois McMaster Bujold.
The only problem is that so few of Patricia Briggs's books are on here. I am longing for the Raven Duology and the Hob's Bargain. Though I have also really enjoyed (twice!) the Aralorn books, Masques and Wolfsbane, which I hadn't previously been able to buy in hard copy. More Patricia please!
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