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Named of the Dragon

Narrated by: Katherine Kellgren
Length: 9 hrs and 48 mins
3 out of 5 stars (9 ratings)

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The charm of spending the Christmas holidays in South Wales, with its crumbling castles and ancient myths, seems the perfect distraction from the nightmares that have plagued literary agent Lyn Ravenshaw since the loss of her baby five years ago. Instead she meets an emotionally fragile young widow who's convinced that Lyn's recurring dreams have drawn her to Castle Farm for an important purpose - and she's running out of time. With the help of a reclusive, brooding playwright, Lyn begins to untangle the mystery and is pulled into a world of Celtic legends, dangerous prophecies, and a child destined for greatness.

©1998, 2015 Susanna Kearsley (P)2016 Audible, Inc.

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  • JoAnne
  • StJohns, NL, Canada
  • 08-18-19

A Good Story Marred by an Irritating Character

I have been a long-time reader of Susanna Kearsley's work and so I chose this book expecting more of her usual magic. I wasn't disappointed. The story was quite engaging, and its Welsh setting added to the sense of mystery and exoticism. The narrative at times wandered between factual British history and Arthurian legend, which I found a bit uneven, seeing as how the two elements had no connection. The main character's grief and sense of loss over her stillborn son was heartrendingly poignant, and the continuing sense of mystery around the 'dragon' was satisfying.
My one quibble was the character of Bridget, who got on my nerves from the beginning to the very end. She just wasn't realistic - we were constantly told how beautiful she was, how talented a writer she was, how successful she was, how she captivated every man within a hundred-mile radius, how she could eat enormous amounts of food, never exercise, and still boasted a perfect figure. That she was also self-centred, spoilt, and selfish didn't endear her to me and I felt the book would have been better off if she'd been a bit less perfect - in other words, more like a real person instead of a seductive paragon of career success with a love life to rival Marilyn Monroe. I think successful women's fiction requires female characters with whom readers can identify, and Bridget didn't fulfill this role for me. In fact, I found she distracted my attention from the story, which was a shame. Also, the narration made Bridget sound like the Coronation Street character Claudia Colby!

A good story and a decent listen which would have been better if Bridget hadn't made it to the final edit.

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  • Shaz
  • 06-08-16

Horrendous narration

I wish I could have listened to this book as I'm sure it is fantastic as all her books are .
The narration was excruciating. The worse kind of theatrical luvvie voice , Received Pronunciation at its most exaggerated . Every character had the same voice , male and female , it was hard to work out which person was speaking in a convo.... I gave up after two chapters and returned the book.
I would love to listen to this book again, definitely not with this narrator.

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  • Aileen
  • 01-19-19

send back because of the awful narrator

Had to stop listening, such a harsh and irritating rendition sad as the book seemed fine

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  • Laurelle
  • 12-10-17

I had to stop listening.

The reader's voice is unbearable. I shall read the book rather than listen to it.

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  • Read4Fun
  • 06-07-16

Enjoyable

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This was a very descriptive story that moved slowly. I think I'm spoiled by fast paced novels these days and so I found myself bored in a few places and wanting to speed read through some scenes. Unfortunately, its hard to do that n an audio, so I had to patently wait until the action picked up a bit. A satisfying ending though.

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  • Angela
  • 04-26-16

Not as strong linking the magic with reality.

I enjoyed it and will read again but it wasn't as strong as her other novels. Narration was very good.

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  • Moira
  • 05-28-16

Not to Susanna Kersleys normal standards

The story seemed weak lacking the depths that this author can produce. It was enjoyable but just not as good as the rest of her stories. The narrator was over excited and sometimes was uncomfortable to listen to and over dramatic. A great shame I usually enjoy this author immensely

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  • Anonymous User
  • 09-26-17

Poor narrative

A good book ruined by ridiculous and inappropriate accents. I will be paying closer attention to the narrator before my next purchase

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  • Jane Oliver
  • 04-10-17

Good story to start, overly dramatic performance

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

I did not really like this production despite quite enjoying other Susanna Kearsley audiobooks as I found that the dramatic, gregarious reading of the character Lyn was overblown and did not match the author's intention.

Who was your favorite character and why?

I could not get past about chapter 4. It was just too aggressive; I look for pleasant escapes when listening, not stark reflections of my own stressful life :-).

Would you be willing to try another one of Katherine Kellgren’s performances?

I must admit I'm really put off by her interpretation. I found it pushed all my pompous buttons.

Did Named of the Dragon inspire you to do anything?

Try another Kearsley book.

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