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The Dread Wyrm

Narrated by: Neil Dickson
Series: Traitor Son Cycle, Book 3
Length: 29 hrs and 55 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (236 ratings)

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Summary

Some are born to power, some seize it and some have the wisdom never to wield it.

The Red Knight has stood against soldiers, against armies and against the might of an empire without flinching. He's fought on real and on magical battlefields alike, and now he's facing one of the greatest challenges yet. A tournament.

A joyous spring event, the flower of the nobility will present arms and ride against each other for royal favour and acclaim. It's a political contest - and one which the Red Knight has the skill to win. But the stakes may be higher than he thinks. The court of Alba has been infiltrated by a dangerous faction of warlike knights, led by the greatest knight in the world: Jean de Vrailly - and the prize he's fighting for isn't royal favour but the throne of Alba itself.

Where there is competition there is opportunity; the question is, will the Red Knight take it? Or will the creatures of the Wild seize their chance instead?

©2015 Miles Cameron (P)2015 Hachette Audio

Critic reviews

"A stirring, gritty and at times quite brutal epic fantasy." (Tor.com)
"This series promises to be the standout epic fantasy for the ages." ( Fantasy Book Critic)

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I hate it when they change the narrator

Where does The Dread Wyrm rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

I really love this series, but why change the narrator? All the characters sound different and their personalities have changed with the new narrator and it is like reading a different story. I think I may have to return this one and read it instead of listening. Very disappointing.

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Dread Wyrm?

I haven't finished it yet, can't get past the terrible accent that Tom and Gavin are given by the new narrator, or the way that Gabriel has a lost a lot of his personality.

Who might you have cast as narrator instead of Neil Dickson?

Matthew Wolf. Having listened to about thirty hours of Matthew Wolf reading the first two books in the series, it just doesn't work having a new narrator. With Matthew Wolf, I really enjoyed his laconical, understated Red Knight, the way he said 'you loon!' in mad Tom's accent and I find myself going back through whole passages and trying to hear those voices in my head over the new narrator.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Nope, too long.

Any additional comments?

Please don't change the narrator mid series. If I had started off listening to the new narrator at the beginning of this series it might have worked, but it is too much of a change now and it has ruined a brilliant story for me.

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Stop changing narrators!

It's so annoying when the narrator changes - all the accents change and it disrupts the story massively. Scotsmen become northern, young men become middle age men, Welshmen become Scotsmen etc.

Also false advertising as the cover clearly says it's narrated by the previous two book's narrator.

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Love the Book..not the Narrator

Would you consider the audio edition of The Dread Wyrm to be better than the print version?

Having both Audio & Kindle versions I would say they both have their advantages.

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Dread Wyrm?

For me, it was the death of de Vrailley. After having his preconceptions of his own holiness shattered by the revalation he was being aided by the wild, he sought a death that would give him back his self recespect. The rescue of the Queen at the tournament and of course the climactic battle that allied men & the wild on both sides.

Did Neil Dickson do a good job differentiating each of the characters? How?

Sadly, I was disapointed with Neil Dickson's narration. He seemed to pay no attention to the characterisations created by Matthew Wolf. Tapio Hatija seemed to stutter and the Galles had lost their Gallic accents and Bad Tom seems to have become Welsh! Interestingly, the cover does state that Wolf is the narrator, wich makes me wonder why Dickson is reading it now.

Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Only the narration! Sorry. I couldn't resist that cheap shot

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Fantastic Story - Dont Like The New Narrator

Would you consider the audio edition of The Dread Wyrm to be better than the print version?

Have not read the print version.

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

No. I find his narration to be annoying and very pretentious. I am very disappointed that Matthew Wolf is not narrating this story. Neil is not as good as Matthew. Neil messed up many things, such as Bad Tom's accent has been changed to a Welsh accent, but in the first two books he sounded Scottish. Plus he has changed the pronunciation of many character names.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

No

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good book,,changed narrater .WHY

If you could sum up The Dread Wyrm in three words, what would they be?

good as the rest ,,u like the others u will like this

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i got the two books and was loving the narrator ,then the third book is good but WHY O WHY change the narrator, it ruined it for me

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Fantastic listen

What did you like most about The Dread Wyrm?

I have listened to all three book they are all gripping, the inter-linking of story lines across the narrative keeps you on your toes. 90 hours very well spent!!!

What did you like best about this story?

The story line and the inter-linking of the various sub plots

Which scene did you most enjoy?

ALL

Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

No, just rapt attention

Any additional comments?

When are Audible going to release the remaining books????

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Change of narrator doesn't quite ruin it

The new narrator isn't too bad in general but his range of accents is pretty awful. Bad Tom has gone from being a Scotsman to a Welsh pirate who's been hitting the rum too hard, the Galles have also become pirates, Gabriel has a new accent which really doesn't seem to fit his character. It's still worth listening to for me, the narrator is fine when reading in his own voice.

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Change of narrator ruined a very good series

So, having really enjoyed the first two books in the series narrated by Matt Wolf. the decision to change narrators for book three is an epic fail. Mr Wolf brought feeling to the characters in line with some of the best narrators that I've had the pleasure to listen to. However, Mr Dickson lack that ability to provide a good range of voices so all the characters sound pretty much the same. Like angry pirates. I use the word angry as he shouts most of the dialogue and makes everything sound aggressive and confrontational when it's not supposed to be. This in turn means that all characters lose the emotion that was built brilliantly by Mr Wolf in the first two books.
Unfortunately, this is so bad and annoying this book will have to be returned and the 60 hours invested in what was turning out to be an epic knight’s tale wasted.

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Why change narrator!

Great books but this new narrator makes the lead character sound like something from a bad Robin Hood film! Could he not have taken a lead from the previous guy!

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  • 08-10-18

Shocking narrator

The new narrator for this series is a big backward step. His characterisation, particularly of Bad Tom - who went from Welsh to Irish via the West Country and various parts of Northern England, but never once alighting in Scotland where he is obviously intended to come from - wad very poor and voices, even the principals', changed throughout. With that and some very wayward pronunciation and phrasing it really detracted from the book for me.

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  • 10-02-19

Thrilling story from beginning to end!

The story was thrilling from beginning to end. Loved it and I thouroughly enjoyed it! Great narrator as well!

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  • Nicolai
  • 14-11-17

Best so Far

The story in this book was the best of the series yet. While i was offset by the change of narrators, Dickson still well enough job. Had the started the series i would not have minded but when coming into established characters it gets rough. Overall i really enjoyed it and was on the edge of my seat many a time, think i listened to atleast 5 hours straight at one point.