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Summary

Revised and updated. Keira is content in her small, medieval village - well, sort of. Her mother is pressing her to marry, but her suitors are less than desirable. So when handsome Aaron Drake arrives in the village and focuses his attention on Keira, she cannot help but be interested. But Aaron is not the only new arrival in the area - a fire-breathing dragon has also taken up residence in the mountains, not far from the remote alpine castle that Aaron calls home. What exactly is the connection between Aaron Drake and the dragon? Why is his arrival coincident with the arrival of a beast? And when the dragon rescues her from the unwanted attentions of some village boys, who will set out to rescue her from the huge, scaly, fire-breathing monster?

Bound by a Dragon sweeps the listener far from the modern world into a world of castles, medieval markets, and fantastical romance.

©2016 Linda K. Hopkins (P)2017 Linda K. Hopkins

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  • happyjo
  • 09-09-18

The dragon's bride

This book was good...I listened to the audio version. The story was interesting but the choice of the narrating voice was wrong. While she was a good narrator, her voice seemed too young. I also feel the story could have benefited from the addition of a strong male voice too.

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  • Victoria
  • 27-02-18

This felt more like a children’s story

This story might have been better with a masculine voice then the narrators light English voice. I couldn’t tell the difference between characters.

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  • D
  • 01-05-18

Poor Narration Kills a Good Book

I have read all of the Dragon Archive books and thought I might listen to book one on Audible. Wrong choice. The author is narrating and she just can't act. The storyline is excellent, but it is read like a children's book at story hour. First, a man should be narrating since it is about a male Dragon. It would have enhanced the presentation. Secondly, the narrator should be someone that can actually do voice acting. Ms. Hopkins performance strangled the book to death. My imagination was better than the narration. I would recommend redoing the book with great voices like Nicholas Boulton or Alex Wyndham. This reading is definitely not worth the money nor a credit.

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  • Karen E. Miles
  • 10-06-17

Wonderful

What made the experience of listening to Bound by a Dragon the most enjoyable?

Already having read the book, and then hearing it made it even better. Although you do not have to read it first to enjoy this book.

What did you like best about this story?

For some reason, hearing the descriptions made them come to life more than just reading them. This is the first audible book I have ever listened to, and can not think of a better one to start with. I can't wait for the rest to be turned into audible books.

Which character – as performed by Linda Hopkins – was your favorite?

That is hard, as they all come to life. It would have to be a toss up between Keira and Aaron. I really could imagine Keira's wedding dress better hearing the description than when I was reading it.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

If you like dragons with a human side to them you will love this film

Fearless female meets fearsome dragon and love ensues.

Any additional comments?

I love hearing the author read the book. She knows what's coming and can put the proper inflection in each phrase. You can tell how she feels about the good and the not so good characters. Better than someone else hired to read the book. Keep up the good read Linda.

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  • Debbie Ann
  • 12-12-18

It's an okay story, but...

The story itself was pretty good in its premise, but not great in execution. It feels very forced in many aspects, mostly in that characterization is not consistent, and there is little growth of any character in this book. The heroine started out interesting, but then grew annoying. Her reactions to some of Aaron's revelations had me rolling my eyes. As did her mother's character. It's over the top for the sake of having some drama (because the drama isn't naturally there due to the simplistic plot) but it's extremely forced. The better characters in the story were the hero, Kira's sister and father. Aaron WAS interesting, but for the life of me I could not figure out why he was so taken with the annoying Kira, especially when she flashes so hot and cold over minor issues after she knows the big reveal.

But all this may be better in a written book instead of this audio version, because the author narrates herself and the narration is NOT good. I have no idea what her actual accent is, but at times she sounds British, at times almost Indian, but mostly she sounds like someone from South Carolina with a strong southern drawl trying to affect an English accent that constant slips into the southern twang. She also lacks any voice acting ability, and that hurts the reading in a major way.

I only continued listening since I got the book as part of the romance package. If I had spent a credit, I'd be returning it post haste. I won't be reading any further books by this author.

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  • reader
  • 26-11-18

Surprisingly detailed peek into a dragon’s life

This is a love story, of course. But it takes the reader into the depths of dragon-hood to play out the story. It was surprising and frank and sincere in its revelations. This aspect added a richness to the story, and a depth to the characters. I thought the author did d a great job with this enthralling story.
I enjoyed this book on Audible. At first the narrator’s (author’s) accent distracted me because I hadn’t encountered it before. But I found that I liked both it and the approach which didn’t attempt to create different voices for each character. I recommend this recorded version.

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  • Maia
  • 28-05-18

Still a better love story than Twilight....

I feel bad always seeming to negatively review books. I'm afraid since they aren't 'famous well-known people' I tend to give them a hard time. But... At the same time, I found it isn't as enjoyable as I had hoped.

First off...

Overall: yes, okay this is, in fact, a better story than Twilight. But I felt the writing, or rather reading was heavy-handed. Too many words left little to the imagination. Keira was a great character at first, she was strong, independent and incredibly strong-willed. With Edmond, it was great chemistry even though it was a rivalry. Then Aaron came. She suddenly became a smitten weak woman. I'm tired of this in stories.
Granted Aaron is compassionate towards her and treats her well. Still... I'd have liked to see her fiery spirit a little more.

Story: To be completely honest... Predictably, and uninspiring. While it's not totally terrible.

Performance: I found the author narrating it was jarring sometimes. She put heavy emphasis on some words, that I almost didn't recognize because of her pronunciation. Her accent isn't foreign but it somehow doesn't add. Sorry...

Final thoughts: I would not buy the second book, it was a good listen to while working, easy to follow. I wish it had been better, but didn't find myself longing for more.

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  • Lilian
  • 07-07-17

Narration just ruined it

I couldn't make it past the first two chapters due to the narration. The heroine sounded like a 15 yr old and the hero sounded like a female. I have no idea if this book was any good b/c the narration was too disastrous to continue.

I would recommend reading the print version instead. Save your credit.

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