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
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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.
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.
"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.
"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!
"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.
"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.
"loved this story"
So happy to find it in audio version. Distinctive voices and well read. nice inflection
Fun, witty, escapist fare. Definitely a series worth following if you enjoy saucy and attitudinist dialog.
"Finally a series I can sink my teeth in to!"
I'm three books in and it's a great series. I love series. Black Dagger Brotherhood, Guild Hunter, New species...I've been trying to find another one to REALLY get into and here it is! Yes each book is about one main character but there is an entire underlying world with ongoing problems that intertwine the books. All books have been about finding their mate and all books have had some very hot scenes.
The narrator...I don't find her annoying, but she does have issues making her male characters sound dumb, like actually missing some brain cells dumb, with a cadence that is more fitting in a caveman setting. However, I can easily get past it because I SOOO want to know what's going to happen!
There is a King, an evil King (of course there is), and he is insane. His half sister has vowed to kill him to end his tirade over their people. This chick is dominant, fierce, and could care less if you like her or what the proper protocol is in situations. She has been named Annwyl The Bloody. She hates that name, as she explains when you cut off men's head and disembowel them you get bloody, it's just a side effect and nothing she strives for.
One day Annwyl is cornered by her brothers troops, she's fairly certain she's about to die. Fearghus The Destroyer is a centuries old dragon who is NOT happy to hear humans fighting outside his cave, but he figures he should get up and look and worst case scenario at least he can eat some of the humans for lunch. When he comes out he sees a woman, a beautiful woman standing against an army and taking half of them with her into death. Fearghus wants to know more about this woman so he kills all the soldiers and brings the woman to his sister, a healer.
The story that unfolds was touching, funny, and amused me greatly! I plan on listening to this entire series ASAP and was SO happy to finally find a series I could sink my teeth into!
"Did not finish."
Made it 11%, but I just can't. First, Fargus is probably the least sexy name ever. Second, the writing is barely tolerable. Third, the audiobook narrator is dull as hell. The trifecta of nope.
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