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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

    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.

    6 of 6 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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    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.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer 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
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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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    Jason 09-20-16
    Jason 09-20-16 Member Since 2009

    I am listening to something everyday!

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    "Great dragon book!"

    Enjoyed! Worth a credit.


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

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    CF 09-16-16
    CF 09-16-16
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    "A nice opener for the series"

    Legal stuff first: I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for an unbiased review.

    That said, I enjoyed the book, and thought it was a pleasant way to spend a few hours. Tiffany Williams did a good job at all the voicing, enhancing the experience and making the characters more believable rather than less.

    I enjoyed the overall plot (no spoilers) as well as the characterization of the dragons. It was an interesting take on the dragon/rider relationships and cool that the main characters were in partnership though forced initially.

    I was challenged with the characters reactions though, and felt that they came across several years younger than their stated ages..which was a little jarring for me at times. In addition, I felt that Mordecai was a little too stereotypical and overplayed, which was also jarring at times.

    Other than that, however, it was a nice series opener and I look forward to the rest!

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Iriyatesse 09-08-16
    Iriyatesse 09-08-16 Member Since 2016

    I like a wide range of genres. Favorites include Horror, SciFi, Fantasy, Thriller, LGBT, classics and history.

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    "Slow to start"

    Decent series launch, it's very YA so it's not very deep. I didn't find the characters all that likable, which makes it hard to enjoy the book. Still the writing and story was good. I'll probably follow up with future book and see if they get better.

    The narrator gave a good performance.

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

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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