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Greatshadow Audiobook

Greatshadow: The Dragon Apocalypse, Book 1

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After stealing a priceless relic from the Church of the Book, Infidel is the world's most infamous mercenary. Now she's got her eyes on a new prize, the fabled treasure trove of the dragon Greatshadow. Joining forces with a band of dangerous rogues, can she survive her own allies long enough to face the dragon?

Greatshadow: Book One of the Dragon Apocalypse can be listened to as a standalone novel or as the first book in a four novel series following the a group of eclectic rogues, scoundrels, and pirates who find that they are mankind's last hope of surviving the combined might of the primal dragons. All four novels are available in the omnibus edition Dragon Apocalypse: The Complete Collection, featuring a stunning cover by Hugo Award winning artist Julie Dillon.

©2012 James Maxey (P)2017 James Maxey

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    Alex Shvartsman Brooklyn, NY, US 10-24-17
    Alex Shvartsman Brooklyn, NY, US 10-24-17
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    "Fun, over-the-top adventure romp"

    Usually I'm not big on D&D-like adventures, but this book totally won me over, even though its plot literally involves descending into dungeon-like ruins to fight an actual dragon.

    This novel is well-written, well-narrated, and full of larger-than-life characters that would feel at home in one of Simon R. Green books. In fact, it's really a superhero novel masquerading as a fantasy adventure. There's much to laud here: a snarky, engaging voice, satisfying character arcs, and thoughtful world-building, but what really stands out is the sense of fun that emanates from every chapter.

    Maxey is a master storyteller and I'm already reading the sequel (which I bought as an ebook as it wasn't available in audio as of the time this review is being written.)

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    PattyH Iowa 10-10-17
    PattyH Iowa 10-10-17
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    "Amazing story! "

    I came close to giving up on this audible, not because of the story but rather my personal preference on the music and sound effects at the beginning. I find it distracting. I'm thrilled I kept listening. This story is epic!. you will fall in love with the characters and you will laugh, weep and cheer them on while holding your breath. So sit back, relax, if you can, and listen to one of the best audibles I've listened to in a long time. The narrator, Jake Urry is a top reason I didn't give up on this audible. He has become one of my favorite narrators. He will take you into the story to experience it along with the characters. With this audible Jake Urry takes you on a wild ride! I requested a copy of this audible and I am thrilled to give my honest unbiased review.

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    pjsvoice Baltimore, MD 09-29-17
    pjsvoice Baltimore, MD 09-29-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Fabulous"

    Loved this book. Gripping story and fantastic character development. Jake Urry did a great job with all the voices. He also had a dry wit that was perfect for the main character I was provided the copy at no cost in exchange for an honest review

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    Mary 09-15-17
    Mary 09-15-17
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    "Glad I made it past the opening"

    The opening seemed very slow and static, with the protagonist watching everything and doing nothing--it almost killed my interest. BUT...I give the author credit for trying something very hard and taking a huge risk with this opening, because while Stagger is the POV we're in, the protagonist of the story is really Infidel, his female companion.

    The story starts as little more than a D&D type escapade, but eventually digs deeply into morality, theology, love, second chances, and more--all while keeping up a happy patter between the questing characters, and moving them along in their quest to kill the dragon. I really loved the interplay between the goons, and the goons and Aurora, and the fact that Aurora and Infidel, along with the Black Swan, are all very powerful women in their own rights. Still, there was much "male gazing" about (Stagger was a bit moony, IMO), and I didn't find that Stagger actually had much of a character arc. While it was nice to see him letting the more capable Infidel handle things, he did this straight through, from the start to the finish. Now, maybe there's more to come in Book 2, but Book 1 seemed a final product, so his change didn't seem substantial enough to satisfy me.

    All that said, this was a fun book. Lots of jokes and ribald fun. Serious adventure fans will love this one! I want to give the story 3.5 stars, just for the character interplay (especially between Reeker and Menagerie). The narrator really deserves a shout-out for his solid performance, too!

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    Tiffany 09-11-17
    Tiffany 09-11-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Greatshadow: The Dragon Apocalypse"
    Would you listen to Greatshadow again? Why?

    Yes. There is so much going on, I'm sure I missed something


    Any additional comments?

    I love this genre. It's unusual to have a ghost tell the story as things are happening. Jake Urry does a wonderful job of bringing you into the story. I received this audiobook for free through Audiobook Boom for my unbiased review.

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  • Petra
    6/7/17
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    "Such a lot of fun"

    This was my first ever dragon book, it is also the first book in a four-part series, but it works perfectly fine as a standalone.
    Told in first-person, the narrator isn't the protagonist making this quite an original way of relaying the story. Stagger, the narrator, actually dies right at the start of the story. Following his long-term companion around in ghost-format, Stagger tells the story of Infidel, a super strong female mercenary, and his secret love interest.
    I really enjoyed Stagger's perspective. He was funny and endearing although he had basically been a drunk and a scoundrel most of his life.
    The plot itself is a fairly typical action-adventure quest featuring a group of incompatible rogues setting off to slay a powerful dragon, Greatshadow, the dragon of fire. As I'm generally not a huge fan of fantasy epics, I appreciated that this was fast-paced action and entertainment rather than loads of world building. Characters were introduced with sufficient history and they, as well as the setting, were described thoroughly enough to make it easy to imagine the island, the dragons, the immortals, the orcs etc.
    The rather mixed bunch of characters surrounding Infidel were all likeable and fun despite the expected tension within their group. I really enjoyed the "romantic" elements of Infidel's story as well although some of it was getting very close to being cheesy. Still, the arc about Stagger and Infidel's relationship, which neither of them had honestly and fully appreciated until Stagger wasn't alive anymore, was an interesting addition to all the sword wielding action.

    Jake Urry brought the characters to life in a spectacular fashion. His dragon voices were menacing, his portrayal of The Three Goons was wonderful, in particular No Face. I like how Jake makes female characters sound believable and not like cartoon-type characters. There was a large cast of characters involved, but it was always clear who was talking due to Jake Urry's differentiation and tones. To be honest, I wouldn't have sat down to read this in book-format, it's just not my thing, but listening to this was phenomenal and so much fun.

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  • Caroline Turner
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    7/21/17
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    "Brilliantly Narrated"
    Where does Greatshadow rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Greatshadow ranks highly on my list of audiobooks I've listened to so far as it's a fascinating story narrated brilliantly by Jake Urry.


    Have you listened to any of Jake Urry’s other performances? How does this one compare?

    Yes, I have and he just keeps on getting better and better.


    Any additional comments?

    I loved this audiobook, the story came to life in the capable hands of Jake Urry who, in my opinion, is one of the best narrators I've come across so far. A fabulous and enjoyable listen that I would highly recommend.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • TerryHeth
    6/7/17
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    "Enjoyable"

    Not my usual genre but I enjoyed this.
    Fantasy & always moving story.
    Jake Urry as always did a great job narrating and keeping the story flowing with life.

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  • Melanie Preston Lewis
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    6/7/17
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    "Out of this world fantastic"
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    What a book! Mr Maxey has the most wonderful imagination. The characters, Infidel, Stagger, Aurora are so brilliant, each one is so carefully thought out and brilliantly drawn. I loved The Goons. There is absolutely everything in this story; fantasy, romance, love, hate, betrayal, dysfunctional family relationships, the whole range of writing genres. As if the genius writing is not enough, the book's level is raised to an even higher stratosphere due to the narration by Jake Urry. How he manages to make all the voices of all the different players and keep them separated in his head is beyond me. He even makes No Face's speech consistently incomprehensible, (you'll understand why this is important when you listen to the book!). This is a work of art, written by a master author and narrated by a master actor and most definitely should be listened to by all. It will take you to places you'd never even dreamed of! 5 stars simply don't seem enough!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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