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Dragon Captives

The Unwanteds Quests, Book 1
Narrated by: Fiona Hardingham
Series: The Unwanteds Quests, Book 1
Length: 8 hrs and 8 mins
Categories: Children, Ages 8-10
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Summary

Ten years after Alex and Aaron Stowe brought peace to Quill and Artimé, their younger twin sisters journey beyond the islands in this first novel of a new sequel series to The Unwanteds, which Kirkus Reviews called "The Hunger Games meets Harry Potter".

Identical twins Fifer and Thisbe Stowe have amazing yet uncontrollable magical abilities. They're naturally more gifted than even their brother, Alex, the head mage of Artimé, could hope to be. But when they accidentally use their magic in the jungle of Artimé to strike down a beloved creature, Alex is furious and threatens to lock them away until they can learn to control their power.

The threat is soon forgotten, though, when Hux, the ice blue dragon, comes to Artimé bearing the horrible news that his siblings have been enslaved by the notoriously evil Revinir, ruler of the dragon land.

Seeking a chance to right their wrong and escape their brother's wrath, Thisbe, Fifer, and their friend Seth sneak away to rescue the dragons from grave peril. Will their untrained abilities be enough to save the dragons - and themselves - when they come face-to-face with the Revinir?

©2017 Lisa McMann (P)2017 Simon & Schuster Audio

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  • Teri
  • 08-06-17

Not consistent narration

After having listened to previous books in series, it difficult to have the voices of the characters be so drastically different in this book. I.e. Simba's voice changes from a gruff growly voice in the previous to a slow southern drawl here... Very disconcerting. Story still good...

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  • Pamela
  • 10-06-18

Doesn’t compare to the previous series *spoilers*

Very disappointing beginning to a new series with characters I used to love. If this had been the first book in which i was introduced to this story and these characters, I’d never pick up the next. (Un?)fortunately, I was captivated by the first series and very invested. Now I’m not sure what to do.
My biggest problem is character development. Alex turns into an annoying, selfish, sorry-for-himself 28-year-old who’s acting more like a spoiled 16-year-old than the man he should be, given his previous life experience. I just don’t believe it. Lana lost use of her LEGS and she’s not a whiny little bitch. He still has an arm, at least. And by the way why isn’t there some magical help for his left arm? Even without, i don’t believe that he’d just give up. And I don’t think Skye would let him. She’s a strong woman. She would not continue to put up with sorry-for-myself BS. And by the way she was first described, I thought she was dead, not just helping out on some other island. Alex was all lamenting about her when she was simply doing good work elsewhere. Get over yourself, Alex. Ok, rant over.
I wasn’t that impressed with the development of the twins, either. Aside from a few key characteristics they seemed a bit like the same person.
I also didn’t like that the adults (mainly Carina), kept thinking that what these kids did was no different from what the kids had done under Mr. Today. In the first story, the Unwanted kids took a boat for a day trip to a nearby island, which they had no idea was inhabited by evil people. The twins and Seth, in this book, took a DRAGON to an UNKNOWN WORLD where they KNEW the dragons were being held as SLAVES. No comparison . Ugh.

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  • Natalie
  • 05-12-17

New Narrator!

Why is it that the audio reader changed, all the new characters had an Indian accent, simber has a country accent, and the reading of Alex makes me not like him. Steve West was a fantastic narrator, and if possible I would love to have him back. The new reader is fine, but is is horrible to continue the story with a new voice. I think I would rather read the hard copy. I did however like the voices of the girls because they were new to me. For that reason I gave 3 stars performance, but the story was amazing so I gave 5 for that. I would suggest this book if you are new to the Unwanted's and don't want to start on the first book.

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  • Lisa Sicilio
  • 23-06-17

Simba Voice

It's really too bad that Steve West was unable to do narration for this book as he had done in previous 7 books because he did a flawless job. Fiona Hardingham should have listened more to previous books. She really messed up Simba's voice and so many of the other voices were nit distinctive enough ti always know who was speaking. I hope future books have Steve West and if he's not available perhaps look for someone else.

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  • shopnamazn
  • 06-05-17

Not a fan of narrator

Did not enjoy the narration for this book – probably because I listened to all the other books. Simber having a southern drawl just didn't work.

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  • Gina O'Donnell
  • 11-04-17

poor performance.

I love the book but i dOnt like the narrator i prefer Steve West.Hope the next series will be read by Steve West.

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  • Merestwins43
  • 27-03-20

different voice than The Unwanteds books

This remains a fantastic story. It is hard to get used to another voice that pronounces the names different that the entire Unwanteds series on Audible. They put a warbly country cowboy voice on Simba which makes him sound weak but I am getting used to it. The narrator's British voice is beautiful. Great story!!!

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  • Mrs KLTJr
  • 09-11-19

Awesome!

Thank you so much Lisa McMann and Fiona Hardingham! You guys are so amazing! I love the Unwanted Quests, it is AMAZING! Thank you, again!

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  • Randi
  • 11-07-19

Good book, disappointed performance

I loved the unwanteds series and was so looking forward to this series. But the audio of the lady telling the story drives me NUTS!!! I wish they had used same individual to perform the original series. This gal ruined this story for me to listen to, especially Simbas voice. He sounds like a cowboy and he isn’t!!! Won’t buy another in audio form I’ll by book to read myself but not the audio!!!

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  • Djdailey
  • 14-05-19

What an absolute shit narrator

Took a wonderful story and turned it to trash, I’m curious what happens in the next book but I’ll buy hard back before i listen to this hack again