• A Boy and His Dragon

  • By: R. Cooper
  • Narrated by: Guy Veryzer
  • Length: 9 hrs and 55 mins
  • 4.1 out of 5 stars (216 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

A Being(s) in Love Story

Arthur MacArthur needs a job, and not just for the money. Before he dropped out of school to support his younger sister, he loved being a research assistant at the university. But working for a dragon, one of the rarest and least understood magical beings, has unforeseen complications. While Arthur may be the only applicant who isn’t afraid of Philbert Jones in his dragon form, the instant attraction he feels for his new employer is beyond disconcerting.

Bertie is a brilliant historian, but he can’t find his own notes without help - his house is a hoard of books and antiques, hence the need for an assistant. Setting the mess right is a dream come true for Arthur, who once aspired to be an archivist. But making sense of Bertie’s interest in him is another matter. After all, dragons collect treasure, and Arthur is anything but extraordinary.

©2012 R. Cooper (P)2014 Dreamspinner Press

What listeners say about A Boy and His Dragon

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Slow narration

I enjoyed the story itself very much but the purposeful slow way the narrator read made it really had to get into.

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love the novel, narrator in audio could be better

What did you like best about A Boy and His Dragon? What did you like least?

I love the book and got the audiobook at a discounted rate.. It's quite an interesting story and love the characters.

What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

I do not like the "acting" in the narration. I do not know how old the narrator is but he sounds old(the way he reads and voices speech). The narrator's voice makes the characters quite a bit older than they should be(especially Bertie). They could have found a better match in terms for the book.

Was A Boy and His Dragon worth the listening time?

I listened to it so i could multitask. but it wasn't the best audiobook I have download. I have heard worse.. but it was bearable.

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I got bored...

Got bored pretty quick into the story... stopped it. tried to re-listen like 3 times... but no.. this will be a return for sure...

Narration was horrible.. I just don't like Guy Veryzer narration...

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Too slow paced

This story was so slow-paced and the narrator didn't help. The premise and the MCs were interesting but I didn't really care for their relationship and found myself checking the time for it to end.

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extremely boring and drawn-out

I really liked r Cooper's Little Wolf so I tried this book I couldn't get into it . its really drawn out for the first 8 chapters it's not till the last three that anything happens. I would not recommend it.

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This is one of my favorite books!

What made the experience of listening to A Boy and His Dragon the most enjoyable?

I have listened to this book at least 3 times. I love the characters, they are really well developed. The story is very entertaining. Definitely worth the money or credit. I would highly recommend.

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Sweet story, narration is sadly lacking

I have this as an ebook, and I absolutely love the story. It is also much better than the first one in the series, I think. The narration is really horrible, though. I listened to the sample and realized it there, so I cannot really blame anybody for my purchase but myself. I like the story so much, though, that I thought how bad can it be? I admit, it can be really bad. The voices can hardly be distinguished, and the pronounciation and emphasis of emotions feels all wrong to me. That is aside from the fact that the book could probably be two hours shorter, if the narration would be conducted at a normal speed. I am sad, but it is what it is. I recommend actually reading the book, as it is a much more enjoyable experience. I will avoid the narrator in the future.

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Listen to the book at 1.25x (extra speed)

I agree with the other reviews. This narrator reads slow. So I HIGHLY recommend speeding up the story to 1.25x. He sounds normal here.

Narrator: Again reads slow and I feel like he could improve on his character distinction voices. He is reading the book, but not immersing the listeners like other narrators on Audible.

Story: There were times I was confused by the massive inner ranting or fast change of subjects, that I would forget what was happening in the book. I was confused a lot, which is disappointing cause the story had such huge potential!!! Overall a 3.5

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Wonderful Story; SLOW narrator

I really love this story--enough that I tolerated the narrator. He isn't the worst I've heard but he narrates SO slowly. I sped the reading up to 1.35x and that put him around normal speed. I liked that I could tell the characters apart but I do wish he'd at least attempted the English accent.

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So sweet

I have read this series before and wanted to see how the audio would compare to what I pictured. I'm glad I did listen to this. I love the personality that was given to Jones. You could almost hear his pouting in certain parts when he was trying to get Author to stay. Such a cute read too get me out of my reading slump.

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  • Amy
  • 09-14-17

Nice story but terrible narration!

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This is a nice story. Not terribly exciting or plot driven, it's a casual feel good book about two not very adventurous characters falling in love. And while Arthur and Bertie weren't very adventurous, I did enjoy them both as characters. Sadly, I gave up on the audiobook a few hours in because the reader was painful to listen to. I had the speed set to 1.45 just to make it listenable and even then, every time the narrator said 'Arthur..' it lasted for about 4 seconds. I dread to think what it was like in normal speed. Painful! I read the second half on kindle. I agree with the reviewer who said to skip the audiobook and get the kindle. I wish I'd read the reviews before I bought the audio version.

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  • 08-03-20

Languid, heartfelt and beautiful.

the narration isn't for everyone, but the elongated pronunciation when Bertie says Arthur's name is exactly how I'd imagine a dragon would speak - languid and full of meaning. My only criticism of the author is a personal preference for epilogues to show an event after the HEA that is implied at the end of every novel I've listened to so far.