Author: Craig A. Price Jr.
Narrator: Reuben Corbett
Length: 5 hours and 46 minutes
Series: Dragonia Empire, Book 1
Publisher: Craig A. Price Jr.
Released: May 30, 2018
Genre: Epic Fantasy
The Resistance struggles to find a way to defeat the Dragonia Empire; all hope seems lost against the dragon riders, until they discover an island full of wyverns.
Devarius has lost everything. His parents murdered, his sister kidnapped, and the new village he called home: destroyed. The Dragonia Empire has gotten out of control, destroying anything and everything in its path searching for the Resistance.
Devarius is left with little choice but to find the Resistance, join them, and hope he can help them defeat the Dragonia Empire once and for all to bring peace to the land of Kaeldroga.
Craig A. Price Jr. is a USA Today Bestselling Author. His novel, The Crimson Claymore, an Epic Fantasy Adventure novel that has garnered millions of reads, was featured in fantasy, had more than 17,000 votes, and more than 1,000 comments/reviews on the social networking platform for readers and writers, Wattpad.
Reuben Corbett is a professional voice actor and narrator. He has a very dynamic voice with a general american accent. He does high quality voice overs.
With the narration I really enjoyed his skills with accents and making characters sound distinct. The narration kept me hooked on the story which is great for an audiobook! I’d definitely recommend him for another listen if he’s done other works! Audio production seems great as well with no distinguishable sound issues/bloopers. I give it a 5/5 stars.
Story wise I really liked the overall plot and the action. I thought the concept was interesting and liked how our author unfolded everything. There is a lot of depth in it! My main issue is that the women in the story are pretty helpless and useless even though they supposedly know how to do things. I’m not sure if the author did this on purpose to show how dumb his male characters were being around the female ones or if it’s just an underlying thing that came out in writing. It’s strangely misogynistic in parts especially when the male lead tells the female that she can’t be around him or he will be distracted…even though she has all these bad ass skills… However these weird parts aren’t too prevalent in the novel so it’s not something that made me too frustrated with the story. I just wish the females were done better and less of a damsel in distress way. I give it a 3.5/5 stars.
I received this audiobook as part of my participation in a blog tour with Audiobookworm Promotions. The tour is being sponsored by Craig A. Price Jr.. The gifting of this audiobook did not affect my opinion of it.
Author Craig A. Price Jr.: Reasons to be an Audio Book Listener
You know, I hear an argument all the time. What is better? Paperback, eBook, or Audio. And a lot of the time, I see people who either read paperback or eBook shame people who listen to audio, calling them ‘lazy’, or not ‘real’ readers.
I don’t know what’s happened in our culture the past few years, but the land social media really brings out the bad, hypocritical, and criticism of people.
This is the reason why I’m so against the “Common Core” math that has been forced upon the recent generation of American children.
Growing up, I learned many things from school and from my parents. One of the most important lessons is: everyone is different. And it’s okay to be different. We’re all unique, and we’re all wonderful.
There is no “one” way to do math. What is 9 x 4? 9 + 9 + 9 + 9 = 36. 4 + 4 + 4 + 4 + 4 + 4 + 4 + 4 + 4 = 36. 9 + 9 = 18 + 18 = 36. 4 x 4 = 16 + 16 = 32 + 4 = 36. 4-1 = 3 tenths and 9-3 = 6 ones : 36. Put 10 fingers in the air, count 4 from left to right, put that finger down. You have three fingers on the left, or 3 10s, then you have six on the right of the downed finger, or 6 ones. 36.
There is no one way to get there. Any different people have an easier time with a different path.
In school, we learned about different types of learners: visual, auditory, reading/writing, and kinesthetic. Each learning type responds best to a different method of teaching.
There are people who read a book and retain more than those who listen to a book. However, there are people who retain more who listen to it than read. And there are people who read and listen to their favorite book because they want all they can get out of it.
Now, why should you listen to a book? Well first, if you’re skeptical, take the boring narrator out of the equation. If you’re thinking about that guy who used to do the “Dry-Eyes” Visine commercials, then you’re listening to the wrong narrator. You need to think of a narrator like Robin Williams. Someone who can do voices for each character. Someone engaging, who keeps you so involved, that you almost think a movie is going on inside your head! Those are the audio books that are fantastic. So if you’re on the fence about audio books, first, find a fantastic narrator. Then, give it a shot.
The best thing about audio? You can “read” anywhere. In your car, while you’re doing the dishes, or mowing the grass, or even at work! I used to love using Plugfones. (Earphones that have the protection of earplugs!)
I love audio, and have listened to hundreds of audio books. And I’m super excited about my series: Dragonia, because the narrator does a fantastic job with fantastic voices for each character!
Q&A with Paedyn
- What would you do if you found a penguin in the freezer?
Invite it to dinner. Probably play some dice. Show it how to make fire. It ought to get pretty cold in that freezer, ehy?
- If you were a tree, what kind of tree would you be and why?
I would be a ravishingly good looking one. And I’d probably be on fire.
- Would you rather fight one horse-sized duck, or 100 duck-sized horses?
The duck sized horses would be really cute, but I’d totally want to fight a horse sized duck. And then I would want to ride it. I mean, imagine that, riding a giant duck into battle? I would be all, swish-swish-swish, fear the ol’mighty duck! Taste the end of my rapier! Quack! Oh, wow, could you imagine if I rode a fire-breathing horse-sized duck into battle? All would fear me!
- How would you sell hot cocoa in Florida?
In a dragon mug. Everyone likes dragons. And the reason it’s so hot is because it’s made with fire.
- How many basketballs would fit in this room?
At least two-hundred and thirty-seven. The problem is … I think my dragon would eat them!
- You’re a new addition to the crayon box, what color would you be and why?
Freakishly Firey Fire. I’d be the hottest addition!
- What is the funniest thing that has happened to you recently?
So, I farted while my dragon burped. You see, he has firey burps. And let’s just say I flew without him this time.
- Describe the color yellow to someone who is blind.
It’s a cold day. Frozen flakes hit your face as you step in soft, cushony paradise. Snow. It is on the ground all around you. You’re cold. You shiver. You pee into the snow. Suddenly you’re warm and tingly all over. Yellow.
- If you were a pizza deliveryman how would you benefit from scissors?
I would cut flowers out of people’s yards, you know, to help trim things up. Or, you know, find some beautiful girl to give them to. You know, a dragon might be more helpful. And I totally have one of those. What if I delivered pizzas on the back of a flying dragon? And heated the pizzas with the fire of dragons’ breath! Yes. Totally.
- Why is a tennis ball fuzzy?
So you can gently rub it on your face. Then you can throw it in the air. Now you need a dragon for this next part. Catch it on fire! Fuzzy burns.
- If you could throw a parade of any caliber through your office, what type of parade would it be?
Dragon Fire Party. Enough said.
- What would you do if you were the one survivor in a plane crash?
Tell everyone that it would have been safer to ride a dragon!
- If you woke up and had 2,000 unread emails and could only answer 300 of them how would you choose which ones to answer?
Any emails that had the word ‘Boat’ in the subject.
- If you could have a machine that produced $100 dollars for life, how much would you be willing to pay for it?
Less than a hundred dollars. I mean, if you’re only going to profit a total of a hundred dollars, why would you spent more?
- How lucky are you and why?
I’m totally lucky. Just ask your partner. And, I have a dragon.
- If you could only choose one song to play every time you walked into a room for the rest of your life, what would it be?
Wannabe by Spice Girls.
I tell yah what I want, what I really really want,
FIRE, DRAGONS, BOATS
I wanna I wanna I wanna zigga zik ahhaha.
- If you could get rid of any one state, which would it be and why?
California. Fire breathing dragons aren’t safe there.
- A penguin walks through the door right now wearing a sombrero. What does he say and why is he here?
poderosamente caliente aquí, arrastrar!
He’s never fit in and wants to be in warmer climate.
- You’re in a room with three light switches, each of which controls one of three light bulbs in the next room. You need to determine which switch controls which bulb. All lights are off to begin, and you can’t see into one room from the other. You can inspect the other room only once. How can you find out which switches are connected to which bulbs?
Have my dragon light up the room. Then eat all the light bulbs. Wait, what’s the question again?
- How would people communicate in a perfect world?
- Why are manhole covers round?
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October 2, 2018 at 2:17 am
Thank for your the thoughtful, honest review. =)
I will say that the oppression of the female characters in book one is by design. It’s met with a bit of irony as Devarius is discriminated at times for the color of his skin, but he does some of his own because of his need to protect. Also it has a lot to do with him having strong feelings for her, not wanting her to get hurt, but also not wanting to get too close.
I will say that in Dragonia 2, there are two prominent female characters that the whole story revolves around, both showing great strengths, and proving to a lot of the men that they’re just as or more capable than they are.
I’ve had a lot of fun writing this series. =)