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  • Benjamin Dragon - Awakening

  • The Chronicles of Benjamin Dragon, Book 1
  • By: C. G. Cooper
  • Narrated by: Nathan William Heller
  • Length: 4 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 41
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 38
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 38

Meet Benjamin Dragon, a boy with a gift.... Benjamin is smart, really smart. Without asking Benjamin, his parents move to a new town and put him two grades ahead of where he should be. Now a full head shorter than other kids in his new school, Benjamin is a perfect target for bullies. Is he destined to be an outcast once again? Then strange things start happening. A bully brushed aside. A car diverted from smashing into a young girl. Is it coincidence or is Benjamin making them happen?

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Narration made this book almost unbearable

  • By Stephen Larsen on 04-23-18

Narration made this book almost unbearable

Overall
3 out of 5 stars
Performance
1 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-23-18

What did you like best about Benjamin Dragon - Awakening? What did you like least?

The story line was a replay of a couple of different teen authors that I've previously read (Michael Vey and Harry Potter.) The writing was fine, but the story line is tired.

Would you be willing to try another book from C. G. Cooper? Why or why not?

I may "read" the second book in the series if it is not narrated by Heller. If the future books in the series are narrated by Heller, my Audible journey of this series ends here.

What didn’t you like about Nathan William Heller’s performance?

Heller's narration reminded me of a non-native English speaker reading a script for the first time. He was not monotone, but even listenening at 1.5x, each word was clipped.