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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.

    3 of 3 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.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Melanie Preston Lewis London 07/06/2017
    Melanie Preston Lewis London 07/06/2017 Member Since 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!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Anonymous 24/11/2017
    24/11/2017 Member Since 2017
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    "Thank you Jake Urry!"

    I would never have picked this book, but the narrator gave me a code so I decided to give it a go. I’m so glad I did! Absolutely brilliant and fab narration as always by Mr Urry! Can’t wait for the next one :-)

    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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  • AudioBook Reviewer
    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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    10 of 10 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.

    5 of 5 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.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Natalie @ BookLoversLife
    23/08/17
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    "Intriguing Fantasy."

    Whilst being chased through the jungle by pygmies, Stagger and Infidel have no choice but to jump off a cliff into the water. Unfortunately Stagger accidentally stabs and kills himself with his knife. He then becomes bound to the knife and has to go where it goes. Infidel, is distraught but gathers up his knife and flees. She needs a job so joins a quest to slay the mighty Greatshadow, but the gang of unlikely accomplices have there work cut out for them trying to slay an elemental Dragon.

    I have to say that I did not expect to love this as much as I did!! The author has created a very vivid and intrinsic world and one I absolutely adored! There is so much happening within the pages that it was impossible to put down. The world the author created was extremely well crafted and pleasantly unique.

    Character wise, we have a wide variety of them but each was well written and developed. We have a warrior whom is nearly indestructible, a priest who can sense lies and other untruths, he is also powerful in his own right, we have a deceiver who can make you believe anything, a man who can bring armor into being just by opening a book and more, plus we have dragons!!! It was amazing to read about them all.

    The plot was fast paced and so entertaining. The quest they set out on is impossible because everyone who has tried has failed, plus, how can you defeat the Dragon of fire? I also loved how the story was told!! It was told via Staggers POV, even though he is a ghost!! It was a refreshing way for it to be told and I thoroughly enjoyed Stagger!

    In all, an intriguing, exciting and adventurous tale and I'm so glad it seems to be a series. I want to know more about the world and characters!!

    Jake Urry surpassed himself with his narration here. Every book I've listened to that he has narrated has been a 5 star narration, but this one was even better. The sheer amount of tones and voices he had was phenomenal! He was goofy and silly when needed (the goons) and tense and serious when called for. His voice for the dragons were amazing and he nailed the performance of the whole book. Amazing narration!!!

    I was voluntarily provided this audiobook for free from the author, narrator, or publisher. This in no way affected nor influenced my thoughts.

    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?

    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.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Alex Shvartsman
    Brooklyn, NY, US
    24/10/17
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    "Fun, over-the-top adventure romp"

    Usually I'm not big on D&D-like adventures, but this book totally won me over, even though its plot literally involves descending into dungeon-like ruins to fight an actual dragon.

    This novel is well-written, well-narrated, and full of larger-than-life characters that would feel at home in one of Simon R. Green books. In fact, it's really a superhero novel masquerading as a fantasy adventure. There's much to laud here: a snarky, engaging voice, satisfying character arcs, and thoughtful world-building, but what really stands out is the sense of fun that emanates from every chapter.

    Maxey is a master storyteller and I'm already reading the sequel (which I bought as an ebook as it wasn't available in audio as of the time this review is being written.)

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Lomeraniel
    Spain
    23/08/17
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    "Great worldbuilding and charismatic characters"

    Greatshadow, who dwells in the Isle of Fire, is one of the called primal dragons. His power is the power of fire, which he can use to spy on men, control them, and even kill them. The Church of the Book has decided to send a mission to slay Greatshadow, and has enlisted twelve member on this quest, but their backgrounds are so diverse, that tensions grow amongst the group.

    Even though I like fantasy, I am quite picky with this genre, and I found that many fantasy books do not fulfill my needs. When I came across this book though, I knew I was against something different, something special, and later I discovered that it was just not due to the story, but also because of how it was told. The book is told from the point of view of Stagger, a bounty hunter which is always seen in the company of Infidel, an indestructible and super strong woman, who doubles as Stagger's friend and bodyguard. The curious thing is that Stagger dies on the first chapter of the book, but he continues to be the narrator of the story in the form of a ghost.

    There quite some characters (just the company is formed by twelve members). A tip for this is writing down the names and main characteristics so not to get lost. The characters are varied and interesting, and their relationships create a dynamic driving the story forward. The most developed characters are Stagger and Infidel, and we will discover new things about them along the story, like peeling layers upon layers. 

    There is adventure, action in this book, but also humor, love, and mystery. Listening the story from the point of view of a dead man was sometimes heartbreaking. A good sign of how well developed the characters are and how well the book is written.

    The most amazing thing of this book is the world building. The events happen on the Isle of Fire. I am not sure what is beyond this Isle, since only the Silver City was mentioned, and it was not clear to me if it was on it. I especially liked the description of Common Ground, a village made out of docks and ships on a bay. This part totally made me think of 'The Secret of Monkey Island', and it left me wanting for more. I would also like to learn more about the Vanished Kingdom and how evolved their society was.

    Again, with this kind of book I would appreciate having a map on hand. I ignore whether the printed and the ebook versions have one. It is a pity that audiobooks get ignored regarding this. Since audiobook distributors do not include a map, I think it would be a great idea for the authors to include this on their website.

    The main story arc is complete, but the book ends on a kind of a cliffhanger and opens a door to new adventures. Nevertheless the end gave me a feeling of closure in a way that I was not annoyed by the cliffhanger. I was mystified by the Black Swan, and I suspect that we will hear a lot more from her in future books.

    One of the reasons for the success of this book is Jake Urry's great narration. His deep voice and interpretation skills trapped me from the start in a way that I could not let go. I finished this 13-hour book in just two days, so this shows how this book got me hooked. Each character had a unique voice and style, which helped in bringing them to life. I was surprised at first at hearing a British narrator for an American book, but after some minutes through the story I realized that Urry had the perfect voice and skills for this book. No one else would have been the same. The audio production was spotless. I have to mention that in the first chapter, when Stagger is still alive, there are some sound effects not present in the rest of the book. I wonder if this was intentioned. They were okay but I am happy that Urry did not use them for the rest of the book since I found them a bit distracting. I think they add an extra dimension to the story, but since this is not often used in audiobooks, it mainly distracts me from the story. And adds more "interferences" to the background noise outside (sometimes I listen to audiobooks while walking on the street or taking the metro).

    It was a very enjoyable listen, and I am looking forward to the sequels and other audiobooks narrated by Jake Urry. 

    I received this audiobook as part of my participation in a blog tour with Audiobookworm Promotions. The tour is being sponsored by Jake Urry. The gifting of this audiobook did not affect my opinion of it.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Jess
    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

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • James Marsh
    Tucson, AZ USA
    13/11/17
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    "Ghosts, Dragons, Shapeshifters and More!"

    James Maxey, author of the Bitterwood series and Nobody Gets the Girl has written another series of epic fantasy with captivating characters, twists you won't see coming and a surprising amount of heart and philosophy.

    It's epic fantasy with wit and a sense of adventure and it's not to be missed.

    If you are hesitant to read a fantasy series that is incomplete have no worries. They're all written and published! Jump in now and enjoy the rest of the audio books as they are released!


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    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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