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Publisher's Summary

Some are born to power, some seize it and some have the wisdom never to wield it.

The Red Knight has stood against soldiers, against armies and against the might of an empire without flinching. He's fought on real and on magical battlefields alike, and now he's facing one of the greatest challenges yet. A tournament.

A joyous spring event, the flower of the nobility will present arms and ride against each other for royal favour and acclaim. It's a political contest - and one which the Red Knight has the skill to win. But the stakes may be higher than he thinks. The court of Alba has been infiltrated by a dangerous faction of warlike knights, led by the greatest knight in the world: Jean de Vrailly - and the prize he's fighting for isn't royal favour but the throne of Alba itself.

Where there is competition there is opportunity; the question is, will the Red Knight take it? Or will the creatures of the Wild seize their chance instead?

©2015 Miles Cameron (P)2015 Hachette Audio

Critic Reviews

"A stirring, gritty and at times quite brutal epic fantasy." (Tor.com)
"This series promises to be the standout epic fantasy for the ages." ( Fantasy Book Critic)

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Best so Far

The story in this book was the best of the series yet. While i was offset by the change of narrators, Dickson still well enough job. Had the started the series i would not have minded but when coming into established characters it gets rough. Overall i really enjoyed it and was on the edge of my seat many a time, think i listened to atleast 5 hours straight at one point.

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  • scribbler
  • 10-30-15

I hate it when they change the narrator

Where does The Dread Wyrm rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

I really love this series, but why change the narrator? All the characters sound different and their personalities have changed with the new narrator and it is like reading a different story. I think I may have to return this one and read it instead of listening. Very disappointing.

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Dread Wyrm?

I haven't finished it yet, can't get past the terrible accent that Tom and Gavin are given by the new narrator, or the way that Gabriel has a lost a lot of his personality.

Who might you have cast as narrator instead of Neil Dickson?

Matthew Wolf. Having listened to about thirty hours of Matthew Wolf reading the first two books in the series, it just doesn't work having a new narrator. With Matthew Wolf, I really enjoyed his laconical, understated Red Knight, the way he said 'you loon!' in mad Tom's accent and I find myself going back through whole passages and trying to hear those voices in my head over the new narrator.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Nope, too long.

Any additional comments?

Please don't change the narrator mid series. If I had started off listening to the new narrator at the beginning of this series it might have worked, but it is too much of a change now and it has ruined a brilliant story for me.

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  • Luke Temple
  • 05-19-16

Stop changing narrators!

It's so annoying when the narrator changes - all the accents change and it disrupts the story massively. Scotsmen become northern, young men become middle age men, Welshmen become Scotsmen etc.

Also false advertising as the cover clearly says it's narrated by the previous two book's narrator.

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  • N J Byram
  • 11-03-15

Love the Book..not the Narrator

Would you consider the audio edition of The Dread Wyrm to be better than the print version?

Having both Audio & Kindle versions I would say they both have their advantages.

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Dread Wyrm?

For me, it was the death of de Vrailley. After having his preconceptions of his own holiness shattered by the revalation he was being aided by the wild, he sought a death that would give him back his self recespect. The rescue of the Queen at the tournament and of course the climactic battle that allied men & the wild on both sides.

Did Neil Dickson do a good job differentiating each of the characters? How?

Sadly, I was disapointed with Neil Dickson's narration. He seemed to pay no attention to the characterisations created by Matthew Wolf. Tapio Hatija seemed to stutter and the Galles had lost their Gallic accents and Bad Tom seems to have become Welsh! Interestingly, the cover does state that Wolf is the narrator, wich makes me wonder why Dickson is reading it now.

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

Only the narration! Sorry. I couldn't resist that cheap shot

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  • Abdullah
  • 02-13-16

Fantastic Story - Dont Like The New Narrator

Would you consider the audio edition of The Dread Wyrm to be better than the print version?

Have not read the print version.

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

No. I find his narration to be annoying and very pretentious. I am very disappointed that Matthew Wolf is not narrating this story. Neil is not as good as Matthew. Neil messed up many things, such as Bad Tom's accent has been changed to a Welsh accent, but in the first two books he sounded Scottish. Plus he has changed the pronunciation of many character names.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

No

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  • mark
  • 12-17-15

good book,,changed narrater .WHY

If you could sum up The Dread Wyrm in three words, what would they be?

good as the rest ,,u like the others u will like this

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i got the two books and was loving the narrator ,then the third book is good but WHY O WHY change the narrator, it ruined it for me

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  • Terence J Wilson
  • 11-25-15

Fantastic listen

What did you like most about The Dread Wyrm?

I have listened to all three book they are all gripping, the inter-linking of story lines across the narrative keeps you on your toes. 90 hours very well spent!!!

What did you like best about this story?

The story line and the inter-linking of the various sub plots

Which scene did you most enjoy?

ALL

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

No, just rapt attention

Any additional comments?

When are Audible going to release the remaining books????

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  • Mr
  • 10-08-18

Shocking narrator

The new narrator for this series is a big backward step. His characterisation, particularly of Bad Tom - who went from Welsh to Irish via the West Country and various parts of Northern England, but never once alighting in Scotland where he is obviously intended to come from - wad very poor and voices, even the principals', changed throughout. With that and some very wayward pronunciation and phrasing it really detracted from the book for me.

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  • M. A. Kelly
  • 06-22-18

WHY CHANGE NARRATOR HALF WAY THROUGH THE SERIES ?

This series of books are excellent examples of fantasy novels , well written with fantastic storylines and superb descriptions of battles and arcane rituals .
The first two adaptations are amazing and you really find yourself immersed in the world and identifying with the characters.
I know that manufacturing audiobooks is a business and there may be many reasons unknown to us listeners as the why the publishers should decide to change narrators half way through but I have to say whatever the reasons, they were the wrong ones.
Why they didn't give Neil Dickson a chance to listen to the first two books and base his reading as well as he could on the voices and pronunciation on them , goodness only knows but we have The red knight going from a well spoken if a little gruff character to a hysterical pirate , cockney sounding knights becoming Scots etc etc , it doesn't spoil the story but it feels like a betrayal and spoils your enjoyment of it.
That said it's once more an excellent installment of the series and I will continue with it .
Recommended for all Game of thrones fans.

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  • Mr. S. Tack
  • 05-20-17

Change of narrator

It was such a shame that the narrator was changed. The previous narrator held me spellbound over both books. This one left me cold.

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  • Ho-Man Yau
  • 05-15-17

much better than the last one.

another great epic of a story as this one had much action and was mostly focused on the main character.
look forward to what happens next.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 05-20-18

I enjoyed it but...

...but I'm pretty fucking annoyed about the change in narrator wtf Matt Wolf was better

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 10-26-17

great book and series

loved this edition, author makes it easy to immerse yourself in the fantasy world he's built.

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  • Michelle
  • 06-05-17

Another glorious Red Knight battle

Now into the third book of the Series i can understand the narrators comand of the book hes been given to read to us. and enjoy the coming battles of the Red Knight and his heroic crew of battle knights and followers as he rescues a Queen and battles the Magic of Thorn and the Wild plus also the hidden black magic of the Dragons that bind them all into a web of valour , honour and brutal slaughter that has only one ending and hope .To live.

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  • Maree
  • 05-17-17

so - so

bit gutted the narrotor changed from the first two books. i still enjoyed it though

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  • Arden
  • 10-30-15

Awesome.

Oh wow, I absolutely love miles Cameron. The dread wyrm is possibly my favourite of the series. Well read. Highly recommended