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Dragon Actually Audiobook

Dragon Actually: Dragon Kin Series, Book 1

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Publisher's Summary

It's not always easy being a female warrior with a nickname like Annwyl the Bloody. Men tend to either cower in fear-a lot-or else salute. It's true that Annwyl has a knack for decapitating legions of her ruthless brother's soldiers without pausing for breath. But just once it would be nice to be able to really talk to a man - the way she can talk to Fearghus the Destroyer.

Too bad that Fearghus is a dragon, of the large, scaly, and deadly type.

With him, Annwyl feels safe - a far cry from the feelings aroused by the hard-bodied, arrogant knight Fearghus has arranged to help train her for battle. With her days spent fighting a man who fills her with fierce, heady desire, and her nights spent in the company of a magical creature who could smite a village just by exhaling, Annwyl is sure life couldn't get any stranger. She's wrong.

©2013 G. A. Aiken (P)2016 Tantor

What the Critics Say

"Packed with bold adventure and sizzling sensuality" (RT Book Reviews)

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    "Loved it!"

    Loved it! My only complaint is that with a new narrator pronounced mamy of the characters names differently. After having listened to the previously released books multiple times its a bit irritating. however I'm still enjoyed it immensely and can not wait for the second book to be released.

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    K. James DeSoto, TX 10-26-16
    K. James DeSoto, TX 10-26-16 Member Since 2014

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    "Good start to the series"

    I love this series by G.A. Akin, and am excited to have them in this format. However, I felt the narrator could have done a better job on the male characters, the way she read them was so flat and one dimensional, no personality whatsoever. If she continues to read for the series I hope she get better direction on how to bring the male characters to life.

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    Nikita Welland, Ontario, Canada 10-07-16
    Nikita Welland, Ontario, Canada 10-07-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Adore both this series and this author!"

    I've loved everything that Shelly/G.A. has written, and I'm totally happy that the first few books are finally being put into audio. Thank you my friend for doing this!!
    Nik / Kita.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Margaret Corryton, TN, United States 12-26-16
    Margaret Corryton, TN, United States 12-26-16

    Married, middle-age, owner of 3 dogs, 2 cats, and a messy house.

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    "I love the story, but..."

    There are 2 stories, and both are very good - funny and entertaining and interesting. Human girl is saved by boy, boy happens to be a dragon that usually eats girls. Some explicit sex, a bit of bloody battles, lots of snark. My idea of a good story! The narrator speaks very clearly and consistently. However, that slowly gets distracting. She reads with nonchalance. She is practically unemotional. The tone of voice, while pleasant, doesn't change between angry, irritated, sleepy, happy, worried, or surprised characters. It all comes across as vaguely interested. "Oh look, it's raining" sounds the same as "Oh no, I've been stabbed and I'm dying."
    I've listened to the book twice, and have sadly decided that if I want to go further into this series, I'll have to get the paper version. Ms. Jackson narrates the next in series, and I'm just not interested in the ho hum narration. It isn't so bad that I want to return the book. I'm just reminded of the awkward conversations I've had with people who don't smile or laugh at jokes, or seem to notice you asked a question. There are too many other narrators that are better.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    "Completely amazed by narrator!"

    I was amazed that a different narrator could so completely destroy an amazing series!!

    Ms. jackson has a fine voice. Her skills and talents would probably be well suited to non-fiction recordings. However this genre does not suit.

    I have all of the dragon-kin series and have re-read several. I had never considered how much a different / mis-matched narrator could affect a story.

    This narration sucked all the funny from the book. How is it possible to reduce Anwyll the Bloody, future Mad Bitch Queen of Garvin Isle, etc, to a sweet person?? Where is the learing, lecherous Gwenvale? These characters are BORING!!!! Horror of horrors, I dreamt of this narrator decimating the Shestakova sisters' stories. oh, the humanity of it!!!

    This narration is cold, dispassionate, and somewhat boring. I am saddened that I bought it but find grace in Audible's return policy. Thank you!

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    Teresa NAMPA, ID, United States 11-23-16
    Teresa NAMPA, ID, United States 11-23-16 Member Since 2017

    A reader lives a thousand lives before he dies... The man who never reads lives only one. ~George R.R. Martin

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    "Two books in one."

    3.5 stars. Dragon Actually - A different type of romance, but not for everyone. If you have read any of Shelly Laurenston's books you know her characters are quite colorful. And with most of the characters being dragons they are a very bloody lot. I have wanted Audible to get GA Aiken's books for some time since I loved her as SL. After listening to this book I swear I have read it before, it seemed very familiar. Overall not a bad book but not quite what I was hoping for. 6 hrs. 34 mins.

    2.5 stars. Chains & Flames - This is a shorter story about the parents from the previous book on this audio, Rhiannon and Bercelak. I didn't like this story as well, the chains and collar was over the top and I didn't find it sexy, only domineering. Don't get me wrong I like a little Alpha, just not to the point where the choices are taken from one of the partners and then said partner thinks it is good and wants more. This kind of story does not work for me. 3 hrs. 57 mins.

    I know this is the same author as Shelly Laurenston who is extremely funny but this series doesn't compare to the Pride series, this series seems to be more on the ridiculous side. I will try the next book. The narrator was okay, but she might be part of the lack of humor since her voice doesn't fluctuate much.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Dhawk 10-17-16
    Dhawk 10-17-16

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    "loved this story"

    So happy to find it in audio version. Distinctive voices and well read. nice inflection

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    CelticGyrl Vancleave, MS USA 05-27-17
    CelticGyrl Vancleave, MS USA 05-27-17 Member Since 2016

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    "The narrator ruins this excellent favored series"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    I own every book in this series. I bought them twice when I switched from Nook to Kindle platform. The writing is exceptional, vivid, and draws a reader into the lives of these dragons and the humans who love them. I was sorely disappointed and extremely frustrated throughout listening to this audiobook. I felt like the narrator had not prepared by reading beforehand or clarifying pronunciations with the author. The pacing was way off. Every time I heard her say "Fargus" instead of Feargus, which is pronounced as it's spelled, I wanted to shake her! It's so bad I'm hesitant to purchase anymore audiobooks in this series as long as this narrator is doing the book.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The world building and the detail to each character.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Hollie Jackson?

    I love Susan Erickson who narrarates the "In Death" series by J D Robb.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Frustration and disappointment


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Denelia Graham 02-13-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Great Book, Narrator So So"

    Great book. However, the narrator needs to work on her voice of the male characters.

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    KGLP host/producer & traveling therapist. 01-28-17 Member Since 2015

    Traveling therapist listening to AUDIBLE books while driving to far areas. Also host/produce radio show on KGLP 91.7 on staying positive!!

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    "Inclusive, action filled paranormal erotica."

    If you are sick & tired of stories with the young (anglo) female ingenue finding an OLDER prince charming to "save" her. THEN THIS IS THE SERIES FOR YOU!! Thank you G.A. Aiken.. The soft erotica and awesome fight scene got me pump though several workouts.. MORE please!!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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