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Changing the world - so exciting!

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Reviewed: 15-09-19

Third in the series and these dragons are changing the world. I love that the books are focusing on some strong omegas and loving pairings. The whelps are becoming more real too, so cute.

Clear your calendar, you won’t put this down

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Reviewed: 12-09-19

Harry is my favourite. He’s just such a brilliant character!
This book spans most of the same timeline as the first in the series, but focuses on Nate’s roommate Harry and Alistair’s brother Everard, who did not, in fact, ignite or eat Harry as expected. It also furthers the overarching story of the science behind dragon breeding, the rarity of clutches being borne by omegas, and what it means to be a Disgrace. It’s absolutely gripping on both levels.

Great start - looking forward to the rest of the series!

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Reviewed: 11-09-19

Fantastic start to the series - a whole new world with dragons and mates and magic, beautifully written and (once I got over the voice reading it not being mine!) fantastically narrated. I particularly love Harry and his voice, although I’m fairly certain Seb is Chris Hemsworth!!
After the initial shock of finding that dragons exist, and he’s birthed eggs, Nate Boudreaux has a turbulent introduction to the laws, family and world of his eggs’ sire, Alistair. With ups and downs, and old feuds, the constant is his bond to his eggs and, as it develops, to their father.

Laugh hysterically, cry a bit

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Reviewed: 04-10-18

I loved this audiobook. Great characters (btw Vince is not as vapid as the blurb made me think, and he’s adorable). Not just Paul, our narrator who really grows on you because he does NOT get his own worth, and Vince who is so awesome. The supporting characters, from Sandy/Helena (best friend of Paul and drag queen) to Johnny Depp (Paul’s grandmother’s homophobic parrot), they’re all brilliant and colourful. The story is mostly cute but really really emotional in places (I did not cry on the train, honest) and the different voices, including the very well-done Helena/Sandy distinction really made it perfect. My only criticism is the long pauses in the narration between chapters (and at some other times), which may just be me(?) but may not - my advice if you are getting the long pauses: check you’re still playing and wait for the next bit. It’ll be worth it.

Even better in audio

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Reviewed: 29-05-18

I kept being told to listen to this on audiobook, and so glad I did. It just enhanced everything I love about this book. Henry is hilarious, as are Anneka and Melinda, his friends, and the voices really brought that out. I love all the characters, Henry being sassy but insecure and Reid steady and soooo nice, and that really came across in the audio. The story is great, I love that there’s no drama queen vendetta against the ex or anything, just someone trying to get on and move forward, and I find the exercise and diet references actually quite motivational! And, yes, the sex is hot and the narrator does that so well, which I think must be difficult to do! Overall, brilliant. Now, how do I go back to the start to do it again...

Hot and heartwarming!

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Reviewed: 31-01-18

I really enjoyed this book, practically finished it in one go (although with ten hours of narration that actually meant over two days).
The detail around 9/11 was kinda heartbreaking, and there’s also stuff here around hate crimes - don’t read this if you don’t want any seriousness in your life at all. The warmth of Griff and the sass and scrappiness of Dante, plus the fabulous other members of his family, just makes this such a lovely story.
The narrative was done well, good differentiation between characters, although there are a couple of bits that I found difficult to follow whether something was being said out loud or an internal narrative. I think this was probably something that was due to how it was written though - with interspersed bits - so not sure the narrator could have done anything differently.
Funny, sexy and warm. Loved it.

Great book, fab characters voiced well

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Reviewed: 11-02-17

I'd already read the second book on this series (hadn't been able to find this one in the kindle store), so I knew this would be good. I hadn't realised it would be amazing! Great introduction of a fictional world, really nice characters and exciting plot. I was initially a bit worried about the narration - I'm a Brit so my internal voice when I read to myself definitely doesn't have the American accent of Oliver Wyman and I wondered if it would put me off. That lasted about ten minutes. His narration and the huge range of subtly and not-so-subtly different voices, accents and vocal mannerisms he had for the different characters really brought them to life and added so much to the description of each character. And they were spot on: the bravado of Theodore; the 'popular girl' obnoxiousness of Brooke; the calm of the Headmaster; and the self-important brashness of the Director came across perfectly. Loved it.

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Quite spectacular

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Reviewed: 13-12-15

I expected any book from David Attenborough to be good, and was really keen to hear about his experiences filming natural history programmes, but I never expected the breadth of experiences or the humour that is contained in this audiobook.

This is a fantastic narrative of Attenborough's life in broadcasting. It covers both informative explanations around some of the subjects of his well-known programmes and interesting insights into his life. It includes small snippets of home life, insight into the politics of the BBC, the difficulties of getting those wonderful nature shots and the technological advances he's seen. His sense of humour really comes through and I have found myself laughing out loud in public places as a result of some of his descriptions (the mooted alternative title of 'Life in the Undergrowth', when you get to it, will hopefully make you laugh as much as I did!). Best of all is the stroke of inspiration by BBC audio that was getting Attenborough to read his own book. I could listen to that voice for days...and did.
Buy, listen, enjoy.