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Dragon Trials Audiobook

Dragon Trials: Return of the Darkening, Volume 1

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High-born Agathea Flamma intends to bring honor to her family by following in her brothers' footsteps and taking her rightful place as a Dragon Rider. With her only other option being marriage, Thea will not accept failure. She's not thrilled at her awkward, scruffy partner, Seb, but their dragon has chosen, and now the unlikely duo must learn to work as a team. Seventeen-year-old Sebastian has long been ashamed of his drunken father and poor upbringing, but then he's chosen to train as a Dragon Rider at the prestigious academy. Thrust into a world where he doesn't fit in, Seb finds a connection with his dragon that is even more powerful than he imagined. Soon, he's doing all he can to succeed and not embarrass his new partner, Thea. When Seb hears rumors that an old danger is reemerging, he and Thea begin to investigate. Armed only with their determination and the dragon they both ride, Thea and Seb may be the only defense against the Darkening that threatens to sweep the land. Together, they will have to learn to work together to save their kingdom...or die trying.

©2015 Ava Richardson (P)2016 Ava Richardson

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    Striker Atlanta, GA 09-08-16
    Striker Atlanta, GA 09-08-16 Member Since 2016

    Sci-fi, Fantasy, Mystery, Adventure, and YA Novels. If it weren't for physics, law enforcement, and my medication, I'd be unstoppable!

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    "Excellent Dragon Adventure"

    This was an excellent book with a solid storyline and great narration. I was impressed with the writing and thought that all of the characters were very believable. Overall I have nothing but good things to say.

    On the day that happens every 4 years, the young dragons are released from their enclosure to choose their riders. The book centers around the two riders chosen by a rare red dragon. One is a girl from an aristocratic family with a long history of dragon riders, and the other is the unlikely son of a poor blacksmith in the slums.

    The two vastly different riders and their dragon struggle to get along and keep up with their classmates, becoming one of the best performing teams in the school. However, rumors and whispers of trouble in the north are prevalent. Stories of an old enemy returning to destroy the realm reach even the King's ears. To make matters worse, no one seems to care or know anything about it. The two fresh dragon riders are determined to investigate and find out if the rumors are true, and if the ancient enemy has returned to threaten the realm.

    The narration in this book was top notch. She did a great job switching back and forth between the male and female voices. 5 stars for her.

    All-in-all I thought this was a great book and would recommend it for anyone who likes fantasy books.

    I received a free copy of this audiobook from the author, publisher, or narrator in exchange for an unbiased review. I was NOT required to write a positive review and this reflects my honest opinion of the work.

    7 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer 10-09-16 Member Since 2016

    I am 71 year's old I listen to a lot of mysteries I like cute ones I really like the cozy mysteries I like Christmas mysteries and horror

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    " great book"

    I have always been fascinated with dragon's so I absolutely enjoyed this book. the narrator was very good I received this book free from the author, publisher and or narrator for a honest and unbiased opinion via audio book boom.com

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Robb 09-22-16
    Robb 09-22-16
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    "Fun, lighthearted fantasy read"
    If you could sum up Dragon Trials in three words, what would they be?

    "Prepare for war".


    What did you like best about this story?

    I enjoyed the fact that it is a lighter take on the fantasy genre, while retaining enough depth to keep the reader interested and looking forward to the next chapter. Also being an animal lover, I naturally took a liking to the dragons in the story and their interactions with their riders and caregivers.


    Which character – as performed by Tiffany Williams – was your favorite?

    I think that Agathea was my favorite performance. While none of the character's motivations run terribly deep, the narrator makes the most of Agathea by really bringing out her internal conflict of living up to her family's name and history vs. what she feels to be right. The narrator does a good job capturing the anger in the character in the early stages of the book as well.


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

    I didn't have any extreme reactions, but the book did have me smiling a good bit. Almost every interaction between the main characters and their dragon was interesting and fun. The main antagonists, while simple, did provide enough opposition to make me actively dislike them.


    Any additional comments?

    In a genre that can sometimes be very intimidating (especially for newer readers) because so many titles are parts of a larger or very much more complicated story, Dragon Trials stands apart in being very accessible to the reader. This would make a good stand-alone read, or a good gateway into the fantasy world for those looking to try the genre for the first time. The plot moves quickly and without dead spots, the characters are easy to like, and the book ends on a good "neutral" ground between cliffhanger and definite conclusion. Overall a fun read, and a good intro into what appears to be a promising series. Looking forward to the next one!

    ==This audiobook was provided to me free of charge in return for an unbiased, honest review via Audiobook Boom.==

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Tiasdolls 09-15-16
    Tiasdolls 09-15-16 Member Since 2015

    I love books...I love storytelling. Audiobooks allow me to enjoy a great story while still being able to do my daily routine. Thanks Audible

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    "A Soaring Adventure"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes. I loved everything about it. I can't wait for the next segment.

    Author Ava Richardson created such a wonderful world of fantasy and mystery. Her characters were believable. I am looking forward to reading/listening to more.


    What other book might you compare Dragon Trials to and why?

    Dragon Spell by Donita K Paul


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

    No. Ms. Williams created a fabulous production. I enjoyed her narration. Superb storytelling. I hope she produces the entire saga.


    Any additional comments?

    I received a copy via audiobook boom in exchange for an unbiased review

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Jason Engler 10-18-16

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    "Non-romance dragon novel"

    This audiobook was provided by the author, narrator, or publisher at no cost in exchange for an unbiased review courtesy of AudiobookBoom dot com.

    I enjoyed the narrator, though it was sometimes difficult to tell whether we were in Sebastian's perspective or Thea's perspective. Since they alternate every chapter, it's pretty quick to adjust.

    While the ending isn't a cliff hanger, I was a little disappointed. Despite gathering an entire army, there was almost no action beyond a few minutes from a child. I also didn't like how the entire kingdom seemed to ignore the signs of danger, and I didn't think the author explained it. You'd expect safeguards in place to recognize the problem, at least.

    The rest of the story is a coming-of-age tale. We start with the unlikeable Thea and watch her grow as a team-mate and a person. She starts off selfish and always worrying about her career, then by the end she puts her team in front of her career. I didn't really like the kiss scene since it felt somewhat out of place. I would have preferred they stay platonic without any romance concerns, but I guess the sequels will focus more on their relationship. I was glad this didn't turn out to be another cheesy romance. I'm not sure how I felt about switching between Thea and Sebastian's perspective. I think I would have liked it better if we could follow Thea the whole time instead of shifting focus to Sebastian so often.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Koolaid53 10-12-16
    Koolaid53 10-12-16

    I'm retired USAF and fully retired with a lot of time to read now. Read my whole life so thought I'd give some of that knowledge back.

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    "Holy Cow!"

    Welcome the the Dragon Trials! READ IT. (or in my case, listen) You will not be disappointed at all. If Dragons are your thing, this is a must. If you want entitled bitches, this is your book. If you want struggling to fit in, this is your book. If you just want a great story, this is your book.

    It is a story of history and preservation. The Darkening is starting to show its face again in a land that has been peaceful for centuries. 2 naive and novice Dragon Riders go to seek it out and see what is happening to their country.

    The rest of the story, you will have to find out for yourself.

    The narration was excellent and keep you involved all the way.

    5 stars for this one. Very entertaining.

    "This review copy audiobook was provided by the author, narrator, or publisher at no cost."

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon CustomerBeliever 09-13-16 Member Since 2014
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    "Wow"

    Loved this story. Two unlikely people will help to save their world. Thea is determined to follow in her brothers footsteps and become a dragon rider. Seb is a young man who wants out of the poor upbringing that he has. Dragons are released every four years to choose their riders and these two are chosen by the same dragon. The three of them must work together to become a cohesive unit. Through guts, strong will and determination they become the best and are the only ones who believe the rumors that something terrible is about to happen. They use the same skill set they had in the academy to pursue and conquer this danger.
    The narration added to the story. I was given this book in exchange for an unbiased review via audiobook boom. This is worth a credit because it is so well written and engaging.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Paul Vasquez Fresno 09-08-16
    Paul Vasquez Fresno 09-08-16 Member Since 2014

    Audiobook crazy!

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    "A very entertaining beginning!"
    Where does Dragon Trials rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This was a good idea for a story. A wonderful fantasy to be chosen to be a Dragon rider. The whole idea would be something wished for.


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

    The book has some interesting concepts concerning Dragons and their relationships with their riders. Anne McCafferty Dragon riders of Pern were a favorite of mine and she has not been matched for many years for her ideas concerning Dragons.


    Which character – as performed by Tiffany Williams – was your favorite?

    With good Character development and story line.


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

    Narrator did a fine job.


    Any additional comments?

    I received this book for free by the Author through Audiobook boom.com in exchange for a unbiased review. Thankyou!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Jonathan Newton 09-06-16

    I listen to 6.5-8 hours week days so if you would like me to read and review/rate send me a copy :)

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    "Can't wait for a sequel."

    This story was one of my favorite yet. It was beautifully written and was never a dull moment. I enjoyed listening to the narrative and thought it was done well.

    I was given a free copy by the Author or a representative for my unbiased opinion and this is it. I think this is a must read for anyone interested in this genre.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Brandon Covington 10-15-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Not Really as Advertised"
    What did you like best about Dragon Trials? What did you like least?

    I liked the concept of the world, it's history, and the concept of the story.


    Would you listen to another book narrated by Tiffany Williams?

    Probably not, while I don't think she did a bad job overall, the way she stresses certain words and syllables does not work for me very well.


    Did Dragon Trials inspire you to do anything?

    No


    Any additional comments?

    I decided to give this book series a try because it was advertised as a series I would love if I was a fan of Christopher Paolini's Inheritance Cycle series. Even at 32, I think that series was very evolved, and really pulled you into the world without seeming adolescent. In contrast, this series is very adolescent, at least in the first book. The first person narrative and swapping between perspectives of the two main characters makes the person feeling you get from a personal narrative seem very thin. The characters also seem very childish for the age they are supposed to be, yet at the same time, because time passes so quickly in this book, they seem to grow and come to realizations about their behavior entirely too quickly, as if they're emotions are not really part of their personalities, but simply vehicles to show that they've changed between the beginning of the book and the end, and given that the book is less than 8 hours of narration, it only serves to highlight this problem.

    All this being said, I can see how this book would be great if I was 12 or 13, but as an adult, I did not find it very enjoyable.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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