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Bound by a Dragon

The Dragon Archives, Book 1
Narrated by: Linda Hopkins
Series: The Dragon Archives, Book 1
Length: 6 hrs and 29 mins
4 out of 5 stars (72 ratings)
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Publisher's Summary

Revised and updated. Keira is content in her small, medieval village - well, sort of. Her mother is pressing her to marry, but her suitors are less than desirable. So when handsome Aaron Drake arrives in the village and focuses his attention on Keira, she cannot help but be interested. But Aaron is not the only new arrival in the area - a fire-breathing dragon has also taken up residence in the mountains, not far from the remote alpine castle that Aaron calls home. What exactly is the connection between Aaron Drake and the dragon? Why is his arrival coincident with the arrival of a beast? And when the dragon rescues her from the unwanted attentions of some village boys, who will set out to rescue her from the huge, scaly, fire-breathing monster?

Bound by a Dragon sweeps the listener far from the modern world into a world of castles, medieval markets, and fantastical romance.

©2016 Linda K. Hopkins (P)2017 Linda K. Hopkins

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This felt more like a children’s story

This story might have been better with a masculine voice then the narrators light English voice. I couldn’t tell the difference between characters.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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The dragon's bride

This book was good...I listened to the audio version. The story was interesting but the choice of the narrating voice was wrong. While she was a good narrator, her voice seemed too young. I also feel the story could have benefited from the addition of a strong male voice too.

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  • 05-01-18

Poor Narration Kills a Good Book

I have read all of the Dragon Archive books and thought I might listen to book one on Audible. Wrong choice. The author is narrating and she just can't act. The storyline is excellent, but it is read like a children's book at story hour. First, a man should be narrating since it is about a male Dragon. It would have enhanced the presentation. Secondly, the narrator should be someone that can actually do voice acting. Ms. Hopkins performance strangled the book to death. My imagination was better than the narration. I would recommend redoing the book with great voices like Nicholas Boulton or Alex Wyndham. This reading is definitely not worth the money nor a credit.

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Wonderful

What made the experience of listening to Bound by a Dragon the most enjoyable?

Already having read the book, and then hearing it made it even better. Although you do not have to read it first to enjoy this book.

What did you like best about this story?

For some reason, hearing the descriptions made them come to life more than just reading them. This is the first audible book I have ever listened to, and can not think of a better one to start with. I can't wait for the rest to be turned into audible books.

Which character – as performed by Linda Hopkins – was your favorite?

That is hard, as they all come to life. It would have to be a toss up between Keira and Aaron. I really could imagine Keira's wedding dress better hearing the description than when I was reading it.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

If you like dragons with a human side to them you will love this film

Fearless female meets fearsome dragon and love ensues.

Any additional comments?

I love hearing the author read the book. She knows what's coming and can put the proper inflection in each phrase. You can tell how she feels about the good and the not so good characters. Better than someone else hired to read the book. Keep up the good read Linda.

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So close but couldn’t finish

Didn’t love the narrator. The dialogue is not that great but the descriptions are wonderful! I couldn’t finish, the male character fell flat which I was so sad about.

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Well written with good characters

Enjoyed this new to me author's book. Will read more. I recommend this to any one

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It's an okay story, but...

The story itself was pretty good in its premise, but not great in execution. It feels very forced in many aspects, mostly in that characterization is not consistent, and there is little growth of any character in this book. The heroine started out interesting, but then grew annoying. Her reactions to some of Aaron's revelations had me rolling my eyes. As did her mother's character. It's over the top for the sake of having some drama (because the drama isn't naturally there due to the simplistic plot) but it's extremely forced. The better characters in the story were the hero, Kira's sister and father. Aaron WAS interesting, but for the life of me I could not figure out why he was so taken with the annoying Kira, especially when she flashes so hot and cold over minor issues after she knows the big reveal.

But all this may be better in a written book instead of this audio version, because the author narrates herself and the narration is NOT good. I have no idea what her actual accent is, but at times she sounds British, at times almost Indian, but mostly she sounds like someone from South Carolina with a strong southern drawl trying to affect an English accent that constant slips into the southern twang. She also lacks any voice acting ability, and that hurts the reading in a major way.

I only continued listening since I got the book as part of the romance package. If I had spent a credit, I'd be returning it post haste. I won't be reading any further books by this author.

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  • South Florida USA
  • 11-26-18

Surprisingly detailed peek into a dragon’s life

This is a love story, of course. But it takes the reader into the depths of dragon-hood to play out the story. It was surprising and frank and sincere in its revelations. This aspect added a richness to the story, and a depth to the characters. I thought the author did d a great job with this enthralling story.
I enjoyed this book on Audible. At first the narrator’s (author’s) accent distracted me because I hadn’t encountered it before. But I found that I liked both it and the approach which didn’t attempt to create different voices for each character. I recommend this recorded version.

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Still a better love story than Twilight....

I feel bad always seeming to negatively review books. I'm afraid since they aren't 'famous well-known people' I tend to give them a hard time. But... At the same time, I found it isn't as enjoyable as I had hoped.

First off...

Overall: yes, okay this is, in fact, a better story than Twilight. But I felt the writing, or rather reading was heavy-handed. Too many words left little to the imagination. Keira was a great character at first, she was strong, independent and incredibly strong-willed. With Edmond, it was great chemistry even though it was a rivalry. Then Aaron came. She suddenly became a smitten weak woman. I'm tired of this in stories.
Granted Aaron is compassionate towards her and treats her well. Still... I'd have liked to see her fiery spirit a little more.

Story: To be completely honest... Predictably, and uninspiring. While it's not totally terrible.

Performance: I found the author narrating it was jarring sometimes. She put heavy emphasis on some words, that I almost didn't recognize because of her pronunciation. Her accent isn't foreign but it somehow doesn't add. Sorry...

Final thoughts: I would not buy the second book, it was a good listen to while working, easy to follow. I wish it had been better, but didn't find myself longing for more.

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  • Lilian
  • Seattle WA United States
  • 07-07-17

Narration just ruined it

I couldn't make it past the first two chapters due to the narration. The heroine sounded like a 15 yr old and the hero sounded like a female. I have no idea if this book was any good b/c the narration was too disastrous to continue.

I would recommend reading the print version instead. Save your credit.

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  • Trina H
  • 06-14-18

Should use a professional for reading

The basic story is a sweet romance a bit too sweet in places, but that could be how it was read. The reader, who is the author should pay for a professional as she did not change her voice at all for each character and it was not good at all. If she narrates I will not be buying her audio books again.

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  • Book Squirrel
  • 03-19-19

A captivating tale!

I love a great story as much as anyone, but I also really enjoy it when a story makes me thing about important ideas that relate to life beyond the book, too.

‘Bound By a Dragon’ is a powerful story that tells of the dangers of prejudice and wilful ignorance, and of the difference that is made by accepting someone for what they are. This book demonstrates that prejudices are learned behaviours, incredibly hard to break once formed and bringing about significant consequences not just for the individual who holds them, but also for those on the receiving end.

In fact, it is fair to say that as the story progresses, the central character Keira is challenged to rethink many of her assumptions about people and the rules her society holds to so strongly. It is hard to learn to trust one’s instincts over what one has always been taught, and even more difficult to change others’ perceptions and understandings of the way things are in life.
Through Keira’s challenges and discoveries, the reader is led to thinking about the assumptions we make and the misunderstandings we carry, and how they impact on our own lives and relationships.

Through Aaron’s experiences the reader is given lessons about individuality and self-acceptance, but also about accepting the things that happen in life and dealing with them in healthy ways.

These important themes and ideas are intricately woven together to create a book that is complex and thought-provoking at the same time as immersing the reader ina distant fantasy land and being wonderfully entertaining.

The plot and premise of this book are interesting and quite original, building intrigue and suspense with some well-constructed complications and twists to keep the reader engaged in the story.

The audiobook narration is expressive and fluent, and I really enjoyed the change of accent. I found it easy to understand every word, and appreciated the easy pace and rhythm of the narrative.