Author: James Maxey
Narrator: Jake Urry
Series: Dragon Apocalypse, Book One
Length: 13h 20m
Publisher: James Maxey
Released: May 29, 2017
Genre: Epic Fantasy
Greatshadow is the primal dragon of fire, an elemental evil whose malign intelligence spies upon mankind through every candle flame, waiting to devour any careless victim he can claim. The Church of the Book has assembled a team of twelve battle-hardened adventurers to slay the dragon once and for all. But tensions run high between the leaders of the team who view the mission as a holy duty and the super-powered mercenaries who add power to their ranks, who view the mission primarily as a chance to claim Greatshadow's vast treasure trove. If the warriors fail to slay the beast, will they doom mankind to death by fire?
About the Author:
James Maxey’s mother warned him if he read too many comic books, they would warp his mind. She was right. Now an adult who can’t stop daydreaming, James is unsuited for decent work and ekes out a pittance writing down demented fantasies about masked women, fiery dragons, and monkeys. Oh god, so many monkeys. In an effort to figure out how Superman could fly, James read a lot of science, books by Carl Sagan and Stephen Jay Gould and Stephen Hawking. Turns out, Superman probably wasn’t based on any factual information. Who would have guessed? Realizing it was possible to write science fiction without being constrained by the actual rules of science proved liberating for James, and led to the psuedo-science fiction of the Bitterwood series, superhero novels like Nobody Gets the Girl, and the steam-punk visions of Bad Wizard. In 2015, James was honored as the Piedmont Laureate by the United Arts Councils representing Orange County, Durham County, and Wake County. This is almost certainly a sign of the ongoing cultural decay gripping the nation. James lives in Hillsborough, North Carolina with his lovely and patient wife Cheryl and too many cats.
About the Narrator:
Jake Urry has been narrating and producing Audiobooks since February 2016, and in that time has released 17 titles, including The Cryptic Lines by Richard Storry, White is the Coldest Colour by John Nicholl, and the PI Harlan Ulrich series by Ambrose Ibsen. His narration work is often dark and suspenseful, and he developing a reputation for Mysteries, Thrillers and Horrors. In 2017 Jake will be working on more work by John Nicholl and Richard Storry, along with a sprinkling of Fantasy adventures.
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, amazing narration!!!
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.
Q&A with Narrator Jake Urry
- When did you know you wanted to be an audiobook narrator?
- How did you wind up narrating audiobooks? Was it always your goal or was it something you stumbled into by chance?
- Did you find it difficult to “break into” audiobook narration? What skill/tool helped you the most when getting started?
- A lot of narrators seem to have a background in theatre. Is that something you think is essential to a successful narration career?
- What type of training have you undergone?
- How do you manage to avoid burn-out? What do you do to maintain your enthusiasm for narrating?
- Are you an audiobook listener? What about the audiobook format appeals to you?
- What are your favorite and least favorite parts of narrating an audiobook?
- What would you say are your strongest narration abilities?
- Is there a particular genre you feel unsuited for? Have you ever declined a project because you didn’t think you were right for it?
- What about this title compelled you to audition as narrator?
- How closely do you prefer to work with authors?
- Who are your “accent inspirations”?
- How did you decide how each character should sound in this title?
- What types of things are harmful to your voice?
- Has anyone ever recognized you from your voice?
- Have there been any characters that you really connected with?
- If you had the power to time travel, would you use it? If yes, when and where would you go?
- How does audiobook narration differ from other types of voiceover work you've done?
- Do you read reviews for your audiobooks?
- If so, which ones stand out to you most, positive or negative?
- What type of the review comments do you find most constructive?
- Who is your “dream author” that you would like to record for?
- If you could narrate one book from your youth what would it be and why?
- What do you say to those who view listening to audiobooks as “cheating” or as inferior to “real reading”?
- What bits of advice would you give to aspiring audiobook narrators?
- What’s next for you?
- Bonus question: Any funny anecdotes from inside the recording studio?
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