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Publisher's Summary

Searching for her missing brother, Grace Carlyle never dreamed she would discover a secret world populated by mythological monsters - or find herself facing a sword-wielding being whose looks put mortal men to shame. But there he was, Darius en Kragin, one of a race of shape-shifting warriors bound to guard the gates of Atlantis, and kill all travelers who strayed within its borders. Now Grace's life was in his hands, and Darius had to choose between his centuries-old vow and the woman who had slipped beneath his defenses and stolen the heart of Atlantis's fiercest dragon.
©2009 Gena Showalter (P)2009 Audible, Inc.

Critic Reviews

"Lots of danger and sexy passion give lucky listeners a spicy taste of adventure and romance." ( Romantic Times Book reviews on Heart of the Dragon)
"Sexy, funny and downright magical!" ( USA TODAY best-selling author Kate McAllister on Heart of the Dragon)
"One of the premier authors of paranormal romance." ( New York Times best-selling author Kresley Cole)

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    2 out of 5 stars
  • Teleasa
  • Roseville, CA, United States
  • 03-19-09

terrible

OMG!!! This was a very painful book to listen to. The narration was awful. The way she portrayed Darrius made him seem like he was a little slow witted. I couldn't even get into the story for the bad narration. The only reason I started listening to this book is because it was the first in the series and I didn't want to miss any important info about the book I really wanted to listen to, King of The Vampires. Hopefully that narrator is better. It had some pretty good reviews so I'll give it a try. Perhaps reading this book would be better than listening to it.

12 of 12 people found this review helpful

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    1 out of 5 stars
  • Jennifer
  • Springfield, IL, United States
  • 06-12-09

Oh my ears!

Now maybe I'm just spoiled because I listened to the Lords of the Underworld series first and Max Bellmore is one of the best narrators I've ever heard, but Heart of theDragon has terrible narration. I only made it through 35 minutes before I couldn't stand to listen to it anymore. The story is pretty good, I picked the book up at the local bookstore later, and I would recommend the story, but read it instead of listening.
The narrattion was very flat and it was difficult to tell the characters apart, they all sounded so similar. The tone of the narrator was bored, sounding as if she couldn't believe she was reading such "drivel".
I recommend the story, but not the audio.

16 of 17 people found this review helpful

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    3 out of 5 stars
  • richard
  • STOCKTON, CALIFORNIA, United States
  • 12-23-10

Good until Grace spoke

Everything would have been great had Grace not had a Southern accent! She came from new york. I don't recall her being a southern bell.In addition the voice and dialoge as a southern bell made her sound both childish & idiotic. It just ruined the experience for me. Everything else was great and top quality. I listened to part of mine and wont again. I prefer the book.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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    1 out of 5 stars
  • Allison
  • Acworth, GA, USA
  • 05-31-09

disappointed

Narration not the best and a bit distracting.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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Enjoyed this story!!

I really enjoyed this story, particularly their love story. I liked the heroine as well, which is rare for me (she seemed pretty realistic to me). Anyway, my one complaint about this is the narration. It wasn't the worst I've ever heard but it was pretty bad at times. There were some male voices that the narrator made sound like a little girl for some reason. The inflections and such were on par but the actual voices used were pretty distracting. I'm still glad that I listened to this, though.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • Tracee
  • Las Vegas, NV, United States
  • 09-10-12

Entertaining listen

What made the experience of listening to Heart of the Dragon the most enjoyable?

I enjoyed the transferring between the characters two minds sets and the fact that this book is based more from the male perspective then the standard female inner-monologue.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Heart of the Dragon?

The description of the bedroom and the water ceilings.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Okay

Would have been better with a different narrator. Or with more than one narrator. It is different from the other Gena Showalter books I've read.

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Not impressed

struggled to finish this book. it finally got interesting at the end and it was over. took forever to get the story going and was predictable. Unfortunate, I normally love her work.

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Love this author

Love the author have all her books in copies and audio but the narrator of this book just missed the mark!!! As far as the book great!!!

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Disappointed

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

the other books I have read of hers have had great story lines with depth, humor, suspense and action. Unfortunately, this book was not as good as her other books, and I have read a lot of her other books. The story had a good story idea, it just needed her depth, humor, suspense and action.

What was most disappointing about Gena Showalter’s story?

The story was hard to get into and there wasn't depth of character voices. Most of the books of Gena Showalters that I have read have been narrated in a way that allowed you to easily identify each character and brought you into the story. Unfortunately this one was closer to someone reading a book to someone sitting beside them instead of narrarating a story.

Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Madison Vaughn?

Justine Eyre

You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

I think the story line as a great idea. it just missed the written qualities that I am used enjoying in her books and narrations.

Any additional comments?

I still look forward to looking for other books by Gena Showalter.