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Some things never go away, like vile enemies, bad ale, and annoying kin. But I thought I was finished with the one dragon I’d have done anything for: Éibhear the Blue, a big, gorgeous, blue-haired beast who thinks the world belongs to him. The world, and apparently, me.

So if Éibhear wants to play the caring hero and travel into the most forsaken of Gods forsaken lands to protect the one woman who doesn’t need it - namely me - I’ll let him. Because while I’m trying to fulfill a ridiculous quest for a pushy god, I’m going to draw this overconfident warlord much too close, rekindle his fires, and enjoy every minute of his delicious defeat....

©2012 G.A. Aiken (P)2012 Recorded Books

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  • Nedra
  • BIRMINGHAM, AL, United States
  • 11-27-12

G.A.Aiken First timers beware

What did you love best about How to Drive a Dragon Crazy?

The Story. It's difficult to pick it apart but as with everything Shelly Laurenston (aka G.A. Aiken) writes it was funny and engaging. For readers new to G.A Aiken please do not start with the audio books. The production quality is sub-par at best. Buy the ebook or physical paperback first.

What didn’t you like about Morgan Hallett’s performance?

Too many long pauses. Too many long pauses in the middle of a sentence. Lack of ability to identify a question mark, comma or period. I do not think the narrator is completely to blame. At some point the director or producer should have called attention to these basic errors and fixed them. I find it hard to believe that no one at all from recording to finished product addressed this. This holds true for the other G.A Aiken audio books as well. It is an injustice to an author who has given us tremendously great books to savage her audio books in such a manner. and it is an insult to the listener.

17 of 18 people found this review helpful

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Not as good as the previous ones

This is not a stand-alone book. This is actually the 6th book in the Dragon Kin series by G.A. Aiken (there's also a couple of side story ones) and unless you've read the other five you won't understand some of the storyline. It's also a continuing story and so the ending could read "to be continued."

I didn't like this one as much as the other five in the series, mainly because I didn't like Izzy. My favorite part of the book was when they went home and you got to revisit with the characters from the other books. You have dragons, witches and humans.

Izzy is a general in Queen Annwyl the Bloody's army (who's married to a dragon who happens to be one of Eibhear's older brothers and their story is the first book in the series) and she's the daughter of a human and a witch but adopted by her mother's second husband who is a dragon and also one of Eibear's older brothers. Their story is one of the previous books. Then you have Eibhear who is the younger son of the Queen of Dragons. Both Izzy and Eibhear are warriors so there's a lot of fighting. Eibhear goes to bring Izzy home and that's where you get to revisit the dysfunctional family characters from the previous books where their stories were told.

So unless you've read the previous books in the series (only one other book in this series is on Audible and that one is one of the side stories) you'll have a hard time understanding who a lot of the characters are and the continuing storyline. I've read all the previous books and this was my least favorite.

The narrator could be a little better.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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Laugh Out Loud!

What made the experience of listening to How to Drive a Dragon Crazy the most enjoyable?

The humor - when the narrator can convey the humor in the story to the point I laugh out loud - that's a great read/listen for me.

What did you like best about this story?

Izzy and Eibhear's story started pretty much in the second book in the series and has continued all the way thru each book. It was great to finally get their story told and G.A. Akien did a great job. She did a great job with the characters' development in that each of them had grown up and yet retained their personalities. Too often when authors have a character growing up throughout their series they feel the need to change them dramatically when it comes to their story. She didn't do that with these characters. She allowed them to be the same people/dragon as they were growing into being in the other books. - And FUNNY! I love the relationships with all the other characters - new and old.

What does Morgan Hallett bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Pronunciations of names!!!! The names of some these characters has always been a bit of a challenge and I have to hand it to Ms. Hallett that she handled it with ease. She was very consistent throughout the whole book. She does a great job with the humorous lines in the story as well. I would give her an easy 4 out of 5 for narrating. (A 5 out of 5 for me is saved for those that actually give the tears, laughter, choking, etc into the voice as they are reading it. There are very few that can do that in their narrations, but boy does it make it come alive when they do.)

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

Man, to pick one scene would be hard. I enjoyed the relationship of the 4 cousins. I also loved how Izzy and Eibhear interacted together. It is a great story. I truly think it was one of the best stories in the series (I have read them all.) So worth a credit if that is your method of purchasing books. (I got this one on sale due to the fact I also own it on Kindle.) Thank you Audible for providing this series in audible format. Please, please get the rest of them. This is the 6th book in the series. It could probably be read out of order....BUT there is so much backstory that you really need the whole series to truly appreciate all the punchlines and understand all the relationships of the other characters. These books truly build each story from the others. G.A. Aiken also does a great job of staying consistent with her story lines and characters. I hate when reading a series and as the author grows more comfortable, they start making glaring changes in backstories, the hows and whys of things in the series.... She stays right on track. For those that don't know - she is also the author Shelly Laurenston with the shapeshifter Pride series and Magnus Pack series (all interrelated - just grouped separately). She has 24 books/short stories (between the two author names) out altogether at this point. Her Pride series under the name of Laurenston can be read out of order without too much struggle to follow along.

Any additional comments?

There was only one point of issue for me during this story and I have had it happen in other books but this one had it multiple times. During editing, when the narrator has to go back and rerecord something not quite right the first time, it was very noticeable. It was a different tone of voice, didn't have the same quality of sound and could be a bit distracting while listening to the book. It was not something that would change the story or my true enjoyment of listening, but stood out when listening. This was not Ms. Hallett's fault in any way and doesn't take away from her skill as a narrator. Just something the producer should have paid more attention to.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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Great Series

This is a great fun loving, oh so funny series. I am happy I stumbled upon it. It is a family of humans, dragons and magic. All in one loving family that fight like cats and dogs. Only two books on audible, I am hoping they will correct this very soon, however, kindle has the book series. Book one is DRAGON ACTUALLY, book2. is ABOUT A DRAGON etc... I am looking forward to all in audio. SOON!

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Funny, Well Written.... Wonderful!!!!!

I own her books in every form they are provided!!!! She has genius, humor and just makes my day better!!!!! If you like shape shifters, dragons... and a family that doesn't pull their punches you will love this book!!!! Wonderful!!!!

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  • Danielle
  • HOUSTON, TX, United States
  • 03-15-13

Laugh out Loud Wit and Humor!

I laughed throughout the entire book! If you are not familiar with all the characters from previous books then the beginning can be quite tedious as it bounces back and forth like a soap opera between different scenes. Yet, the whose who is quickly grasped and the fun begins. The banter between characters is quick and thoroughly hilarious. The wording of the character's speech makes it easy to picture the character actually saying the words with all the acidity or humor intended by the author.
The narrator could have been better at the inflections in her voice to reflect the sarcasm so obvious in the dialect, but all in all she does really good with the voices and makes them sound believable.
Very good read!

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  • Joe
  • Yakima, WA, United States
  • 11-06-12

written kid style, but not for kids

Where does How to Drive a Dragon Crazy rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

somewhere in the middle

What did you like best about this story?

humor, draconic attitudes and interactions.

What about Morgan Hallett’s performance did you like?

Did the voices well, and conveyed the matter of fact attitudes written into the story.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Closer to laugh than cry. The characters aren't developed enough for the latter, but this style book doesn't require that kind of development.

Any additional comments?

This is more a romance than an adventure or fantasy. It is basically a romance between two strong-willed individuals from extremely dysfunctional families, and the dragons are sort of welded into it. Not what I expected from the descriptions, but still not bad. It is one you can set down for a while without chomping at the bit to return to, but you'll still probably want to return.

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  • Aimee
  • SACRAMENTO, CA, United States
  • 10-04-12

Lacking that specail something

What made the experience of listening to How to Drive a Dragon Crazy the most enjoyable?

Morgan Hallett, the narrator, did voices very well.

What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

The most interesting aspect of this story was the developments of the children's chosen paths and how the adults reacted to letting go (or not). The least interesting aspect of this book,unfortunately, was Izzy and Eibhear's love story, which means this book totally missed the mark.

Which character – as performed by Morgan Hallett – was your favorite?

Rhiannon

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

Nothing in this book really moved me.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Really good story/addition to the series :D

4-4.5 stars

This was a really good story and addition to the series. TBH, with the way things had been in previous books and the way Éibhear acted in the beginning of this book, I thought he was going to ruin the book for me because he pissed me off enough that all I wanted to do was slap him. Thankfully, Éibhear got a clue and stopped acting like a complete prat after a bit and then I really enjoyed the story.

Izzy is the daughter of Talaith (a MC from book #2, [book:About a Dragon|3295696]). Izzy is also a general in Queen Annwyl's army and is considered a highly skilled and fearsome warrior. Izzy's mother and younger sister are both witches but because of an issue when Izzy was born, her magical power didn't come through but she was infused with extreme strength (for a human).

Éibhear is the youngest of the royal dragon siblings (they have been the MCs of the previous books in this series). Éibhear is just now getting into what's considered adulthood for dragons (over 100 years old) but his family still insist on acting like he's still a child. Due to some drama, Éibhear had some behavior problems a while back and was sent to join the "Mi-runach"...a group of berserker type warriors that tend to do things their own way but always complete their assigned missions.

Éibhear has been with the Mi-runach for 10 years when the story begins and he hasn't seen any of his family in that time. Éibhear is a squad leader now and his commander says it's time for him to go home for a visit and he can take the other 3 members of his squad with him. Éibhear stops in at Ragnar's keep on the way home to see his sister (Keita) and is informed that he needs to stop in an get Izzy on the way home. Éibhear agrees and he and his men go off to find Izzy. When they do, Éibhear finds that Izzy has grown up and is now a mature woman that's a hell of a warrior. Regardless of her skills, Éibhear feels the need to get between her and her kills (a few different times) under the guise of "protecting her". Éibhear attitude in the beginning really pissed me off and if I was Izzy, I'd have probably tried to slit his throat for his crap.

Thankfully, with a bit of time, Éibhear's asshat behavior calms and he and Izzy are able to get along well enough. They get home and find that things are good in general but there are some issues brewing that could cause problems. The most important issue is that Izzy's younger sister, Rhi, is a witch of immense power and as she grows, she has problems controlling her power when she's emotional. There's some consideration given to sending Rhi to Talaith's mother for training but she was so horrible to Talaith, they're not sure if it would be good for Rhi. It's decided that Izzy will go to the southlands where she'll seek info on an enemy they're trying to find and believe is in that area. And while she's on the mission, she'll try to find her grandmother and see if sending Rhi to her for training is feasible. Or course, Éibhear wants to ensure Izzy stays safe so he tags along on the mission as well. Éibhear and Izzy do finally get together and although they don't really discuss things immediately, it's not hard to see that they both want more. Thankfully, by that time, Éibhear had stopped freaking at the concept of them as a couple and starts actively working bringing them together. There's some danger and a bit of drama to get through but things do turn out nicely and Izzy and Éibhear end the story starting on a HEA together.

This was a really enjoyable story. I really liked Izzy as the heroine and I can't really think of anything to really complain about in regards to her. She was strong, smart and wasn't a pushover but also wasn't a bitch. Éibhear pissed me off at first but once he pulled his head out of his nether regions, I liked him. Overall, I liked the characters and the story was very good and kept me engaged. I'd recommend this story/series. :)

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Good turn in this series.

This was a good story but, was not my favorite.. All the characters are sexy & flawed but exciting.. I love the different range of women G.A Aiken uses.. bravo