Through no fault of his own, the once human Jim Eckert had become a dragon. Unfortunately, his beloved Angie had remained human. But in this magical land anything could happen.
To make matter worse, Angie had been taken prisoner by an evil dragon and was held captive in the impenetrable Loathly Tower. So in this land where humans were edible and beasts were magical - where spells worked and logic didn't-- Jim Eckert had a big, strange problem.
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24 year Old Brit with a Passion for Fantasy, historical fiction and Sci-fi.. and dragons . I like Dragons. Also Dyslexic so apolagise
Paul Boehmer just cant narrate. I'm going to try and stay away from books read by him. he is just poor all round. hardly any variance in tone voice or character. Also having lived in Wales for 11 years I'm insulted by his Irish accent he uses on a Welsh man and his terrible pronunciations of the welsh name.
Its hard to say, I raged so much during the book about the terrible English and Welsh accents that are 70% of the people.
all of the above
No, the book was made terrible by the narrator.
the above and above. why would any intelligent author approve of this terrible narration of their work. I cant see why people would let their work be treated like this.
"A classic brought to life"
I remember reading and enjoying this when it first went into print (a little while back in the 70's) so maybe I was expecting more, and whilst it's not bad it was not what i was exactly expecting. This maybe because due to reading the series several times in the past or the narrator.
Whilst the narrator is far from bad it took me a bit to get used to him, again this might be me and not a reflection on the narrator.
This series pretty much follows the standard fantasy formula but does it very well and does deviate from that formula in a witty and irreverent and you soon find yourself transported into a new world with its own rules and characters.
I would recommend this book and series to all who enjoy a good fantasy, this is also one of Dicksons better series at least in my opinion
"At long last!"
I read this book way back when. I enjoyed it immensely. I was hesitant about making this purchase. After all, did I remember it as well as I thought I did. Would the reader do the audio justice. Well I could only give this book 5 stars, that is the most I could give it. The story is a good as I remember it. I have listened to it twice before writing this review. Paul Boehmer's reading was excellent. His voice is well suited for the main character added to my enjoyment. I hope the rest of the series is as good.
"Refreshing, with a questionable performance"
The banter between Aaragh and Sir Brian
He attempts to have specific voices for some characters, but as the story progresses, he appears to either give up on some characters and make them sound like some others.... or wasn't interested in giving specific characters specific voices from the beginning. It does break immersion slightly and sometimes it makes it more difficult to remember who is talking to whom.
This book is so far unlike most young adult fantasy book series I have read and that is refreshing to me. I mean, where else do you get a story of an American trapped in the body of a not too bright Dragon with companions of a Talking Pragmatic Giant "English" Wolf(I keep imagining a top hat and a monocle even though the character obviously doesn't wear such things), the stereotypical honorable but poor Knight, and a Robin hood like fellow
"More Than We Were Expecting"
It's difficult to pinpoint an exact favorite scene, though it was rather amusing as everyone, including Secoh, began to chastise Gorbash when he regained his body and started speaking ill of James and tried to act as though he hadn't any horde to pay the innkeeper.
This is one of the books I bought on Audible as a gift for my wife to listen to, as the 1982 Rankin Bass movie "Flight of Dragons" is *one* of her favorite childhood movies. At first, I didn't think I could find the book that inspired it, until I discovered that it was a combination of this book and another. She's pointed out that there are several noticeable differences between the book and movie, such as James having been renamed to Peter in the movie, Angela replaced by Princess Milisande, Danielle and Jiles having no relation, nor Smrgl and Gorbash, for that matter. Even Sir Orrin Neville-Smythe's (excuse me, Sir Brian's) role in the book and his relationship both with Milisande/Angie and Danielle is completely different from that of the movie. Certain characters who meet an untimely fate in the movie are still alive at the end of the book, as well, and the method in how James arrives in Gorbash's body is completely different from how Peter lands in this world. Carolinus was also characterized rather differently. And, hey, look at that, there are characters (Secoh and Dafydd) that never got any notable screen time (unless Secoh was supposed to belong to the Blue or Yellow wizard and just wasn't name dropped)! None of these changes actually detract from either embodiment, however. It instead makes them both a unique entity of their own, well worth looking into. Now that we've finished this book, we eventually may well move on into the next book of the series and see if any of the other wizards actually existed.
I enjoyed this audio book . The reader was pleasant also . I think Gorden Dickson is a good writer. I have read all of this series of books . The writing is both exciting and funny. The characters are likeable. The time period is set in the medieval ages.
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