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Greatshadow Audiobook

Greatshadow: The Dragon Apocalypse, Book 1

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After stealing a priceless relic from the Church of the Book, Infidel is the world's most infamous mercenary. Now she's got her eyes on a new prize, the fabled treasure trove of the dragon Greatshadow. Joining forces with a band of dangerous rogues, can she survive her own allies long enough to face the dragon?

Greatshadow: Book One of the Dragon Apocalypse can be listened to as a standalone novel or as the first book in a four novel series following the a group of eclectic rogues, scoundrels, and pirates who find that they are mankind's last hope of surviving the combined might of the primal dragons. All four novels are available in the omnibus edition Dragon Apocalypse: The Complete Collection, featuring a stunning cover by Hugo Award winning artist Julie Dillon.

©2012 James Maxey (P)2017 James Maxey

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    Petra 07/06/2017
    Petra 07/06/2017
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    "Such a lot of fun"

    This was my first ever dragon book, it is also the first book in a four-part series, but it works perfectly fine as a standalone.
    Told in first-person, the narrator isn't the protagonist making this quite an original way of relaying the story. Stagger, the narrator, actually dies right at the start of the story. Following his long-term companion around in ghost-format, Stagger tells the story of Infidel, a super strong female mercenary, and his secret love interest.
    I really enjoyed Stagger's perspective. He was funny and endearing although he had basically been a drunk and a scoundrel most of his life.
    The plot itself is a fairly typical action-adventure quest featuring a group of incompatible rogues setting off to slay a powerful dragon, Greatshadow, the dragon of fire. As I'm generally not a huge fan of fantasy epics, I appreciated that this was fast-paced action and entertainment rather than loads of world building. Characters were introduced with sufficient history and they, as well as the setting, were described thoroughly enough to make it easy to imagine the island, the dragons, the immortals, the orcs etc.
    The rather mixed bunch of characters surrounding Infidel were all likeable and fun despite the expected tension within their group. I really enjoyed the "romantic" elements of Infidel's story as well although some of it was getting very close to being cheesy. Still, the arc about Stagger and Infidel's relationship, which neither of them had honestly and fully appreciated until Stagger wasn't alive anymore, was an interesting addition to all the sword wielding action.

    Jake Urry brought the characters to life in a spectacular fashion. His dragon voices were menacing, his portrayal of The Three Goons was wonderful, in particular No Face. I like how Jake makes female characters sound believable and not like cartoon-type characters. There was a large cast of characters involved, but it was always clear who was talking due to Jake Urry's differentiation and tones. To be honest, I wouldn't have sat down to read this in book-format, it's just not my thing, but listening to this was phenomenal and so much fun.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Caroline Turner 21/07/2017
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    "Brilliantly Narrated"
    Where does Greatshadow rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Greatshadow ranks highly on my list of audiobooks I've listened to so far as it's a fascinating story narrated brilliantly by Jake Urry.


    Have you listened to any of Jake Urry’s other performances? How does this one compare?

    Yes, I have and he just keeps on getting better and better.


    Any additional comments?

    I loved this audiobook, the story came to life in the capable hands of Jake Urry who, in my opinion, is one of the best narrators I've come across so far. A fabulous and enjoyable listen that I would highly recommend.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    TerryHeth 07/06/2017
    TerryHeth 07/06/2017 Member Since 2017
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    "Enjoyable"

    Not my usual genre but I enjoyed this.
    Fantasy & always moving story.
    Jake Urry as always did a great job narrating and keeping the story flowing with life.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Melanie Preston Lewis London 07/06/2017
    Melanie Preston Lewis London 07/06/2017
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    "Out of this world fantastic"
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    What a book! Mr Maxey has the most wonderful imagination. The characters, Infidel, Stagger, Aurora are so brilliant, each one is so carefully thought out and brilliantly drawn. I loved The Goons. There is absolutely everything in this story; fantasy, romance, love, hate, betrayal, dysfunctional family relationships, the whole range of writing genres. As if the genius writing is not enough, the book's level is raised to an even higher stratosphere due to the narration by Jake Urry. How he manages to make all the voices of all the different players and keep them separated in his head is beyond me. He even makes No Face's speech consistently incomprehensible, (you'll understand why this is important when you listen to the book!). This is a work of art, written by a master author and narrated by a master actor and most definitely should be listened to by all. It will take you to places you'd never even dreamed of! 5 stars simply don't seem enough!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Madison, WI, United States
    08/08/17
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    "If you enjoy fantasy at its best, this is a must"

    Stagger and Infidel are bounty hunters searching for highly prized dragon bones.  While chased by pygmies, Stagger accidentally stabs and kills himself with his bone knife,  and is transformed into a ghost tied to his knife, he must go where it goes.  Infidel, the beautiful warrior with impenetrable skin and unnatural strength, mourns his death, not knowing Stagger is still following her.  She joins a strange band of magical warriors and priests to slay the elemental dragon, Greatshadow, to free the world of his control of fire.

    This is an extremely complex story with imaginative characters and demons.  Maxey paints a richly detailed world of magic and adventure: impenetrable armor that only exists as long as long as 300 monks pray for its existence, a deceiver who can change reality by convincing others of his lies, a mercenary who can change into an animal from the tattoos on his body, an ice priestess who can freeze anything with a touch and many, many more.  The story’s originality and fresh ideas alone are worth the visit, but it is the richly developed characters that will keep the listener enjoying the ride.

    The plot is far too complex to describe here.  Each character has his or her own reason for searching out the elemental dragon, Greatshodow.  One wants to kill it for king and country, others just for the money, another as an enslaved magician and Infidel to bury her grief.  It is an epic adventure that will satisfy fantasy lovers.

    Jake Urry performs the story magnificently.  He brings the story to life with his exceptional voice and character portrayals.  A beautiful dance of narrator and story and a pleasure to listen to.

    Greatshadow is a thoroughly entertaining action adventure fantasy.  It even throws a bit of philosophy into the mix about when messing with nature is going too far.  It is book one in the series, but stands alone as a complete novel.  You’ll definitely want to listen to book two when it is available.  If you enjoy fantasy at its best, this is a must listen.  Highly recommended.

    Audiobook was provided for review by the narrator.

    Please find this complete review and many others at my review blog

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    8 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • Amazon Customer
    10/06/17
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    "Awesome!"

    Fast paced, funny, full of adventure and romance. Great book, great narration, just perfect.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Josh R
    16/06/17
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    "A truly original epic fantasy"

    Greatshadow is a truly original epic fantasy. The story it’s self is that a group of unlikely allies get together to try and kill a dragon, and anything that can go wrong, will go wrong. There is a good amount of silly mixed in, but it kept me engaged from start to finish. I didn’t want to pause the book at all, which is hard to say for most 13 hour novels. What really sets this book apart from other epic fantasy novels is the way in which the story was told. I’ve never heard of another story told from the POV of a dead guy, who isn’t really the main character. Plus, there are a few times that he breaks the fourth wall, but it an entertaining and well-done way. There is also large and diverse cast that shouldn’t be able to work together, yet somehow, they do... Kind of. The story has fantastic narration, with Jake Urry performing a huge amount of voices, but keeping them all separated and easily distinguishable. He especially does a great job with the dragon voices. Overall, this was a thoroughly entertaining book and I can’t wait for book two.

    This audiobook was provided by the narrator at no cost in exchange for an unbiased review.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • med c
    09/06/17
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    "Greatshadow"
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    A great fantasy book with some really cool additions to the wonderful world of dragon mythology. I loved the story telling devise, thought it worked really well and very much look forward to reading the next in the series.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Amazon CustomerBeliever
    01/08/17
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    "Epic Fantasy"

    I got this ARC via audiobook boom. Listening to 13 hours of action mixed with humor, zany characters, and tragedy and an awesome narrator was a great way to spend time crocheting. All told through the voice of a dead man.The only problem I have with the whole story is that for 13 hours the story ends in a cliffhanger. I have yet to understand how a mind that can produce such a story can't find a better transition to the next story without it being a cliffhanger. I was able to relate to the characters and enjoy the story until the end. Why?

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Amazon Customer
    09/08/17
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    "Interesting"

    Zany fun characters with a lot of funny larger than life moments. Interesting story telling and world. If you enjoy a fun romp with dragons and crazy characters this is for you

    I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • PattyH
    Iowa
    10/10/17
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    "Amazing story!"

    I came close to giving up on this audible, not because of the story but rather my personal preference on the music and sound effects at the beginning. I find it distracting.
    I'm thrilled I kept listening. This story is epic!. you will fall in love with the characters and you will laugh, weep and cheer them on while holding your breath.
    So sit back, relax, if you can, and listen to one of the best audibles I've listened to in a long time.

    The narrator, Jake Urry is a top reason I didn't give up on this audible. He has become one of my favorite narrators. He will take you into the story to experience it along with the characters. With this audible Jake Urry takes you on a wild ride!

    I requested a copy of this audible and I am thrilled to give my honest unbiased review.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • pjsvoice
    Baltimore, MD
    29/09/17
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    "Fabulous"

    Loved this book. Gripping story and fantastic character development. Jake Urry did a great job with all the voices. He also had a dry wit that was perfect for the main character

    I was provided the copy at no cost in exchange for an honest review

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Mary
    Rocky River, OH, United States
    15/09/17
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    "Glad I made it past the opening"

    The opening seemed very slow and static, with the protagonist watching everything and doing nothing--it almost killed my interest. BUT...I give the author credit for trying something very hard and taking a huge risk with this opening, because while Stagger is the POV we're in, the protagonist of the story is really Infidel, his female companion.

    The story starts as little more than a D&D type escapade, but eventually digs deeply into morality, theology, love, second chances, and more--all while keeping up a happy patter between the questing characters, and moving them along in their quest to kill the dragon. I really loved the interplay between the goons, and the goons and Aurora, and the fact that Aurora and Infidel, along with the Black Swan, are all very powerful women in their own rights. Still, there was much "male gazing" about (Stagger was a bit moony, IMO), and I didn't find that Stagger actually had much of a character arc. While it was nice to see him letting the more capable Infidel handle things, he did this straight through, from the start to the finish. Now, maybe there's more to come in Book 2, but Book 1 seemed a final product, so his change didn't seem substantial enough to satisfy me.

    All that said, this was a fun book. Lots of jokes and ribald fun. Serious adventure fans will love this one! I want to give the story 3.5 stars, just for the character interplay (especially between Reeker and Menagerie). The narrator really deserves a shout-out for his solid performance, too!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Tiffany
    Bellevue, NE United States
    11/09/17
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    "Greatshadow: The Dragon Apocalypse"
    Would you listen to Greatshadow again? Why?

    Yes. There is so much going on, I'm sure I missed something


    Any additional comments?

    I love this genre. It's unusual to have a ghost tell the story as things are happening. Jake Urry does a wonderful job of bringing you into the story. I received this audiobook for free through Audiobook Boom for my unbiased review.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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