How to Date Your Dragon Audiobook by Molly Harper (REVIEW)

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Review of: How to Date Your Dragon Audiobook
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Molly Harper

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On February 14, 2018
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Summary:

How to Date Your Dragon Audiobook

By: Molly Harper

Narrated by: Amanda Ronconi, Jonathan Davis

Published by: Audible Studios 1/23/18

How to Date Your Dragon Audiobook by Molly Harper read by Amanda Ronconi and Jonathan Davis

4 Hearts rating image Hot Listens

Mystic Bayou #1

6 hrs and 24 mins

Paranormal Romance

How to Date Your Dragon Audiobook Sample

 

How to Date Your Dragon Audiobook

4 Hearts

So Audible has been doing some straight to audio books lately. I’ve listened to a few short stories from some favorite authors of books that went straight to audio in the past, including I’m Dreaming of an Undead Christmas. But, I had only listened to short stories. This is my first full-length novel that was audio only. Since I mostly just listen to books anyway, audio only isn’t a problem for me. If you’re not a fan of audiobooks, I would expect that this will be released as an ebook eventually, I just don’t know when. I would recommend you give this a try on audio though. I think it might surprise you.

As a HUGE fan of Molly Harper, I jumped on a chance to try a new series, especially in the paranormal worlds (I swear I will try her contemporary romances one day). The fact that Amanda Ronconi is the main narrator didn’t hurt either (Again, I’m a HUGE fan). So, this story takes anthropologist Jillian Ramsay to a small town in Louisiana called Mystic Bayou. There, she is to talk to and observe the people and how they live together. Mystic Bayou is a town full of supernaturals. They live out in the open and have learned to put their differences aside and become a community. There are bear shifters, thunderbirds, fae, witches, etc. And yes, even dragons.

In addition to Jillian, there is also Bael. He is the hero of the this story and also the sheriff in these parts. He is a gruff man, who doesn’t have a large number of friends. He is also looked down upon from his family because he isn’t dragon enough. He is also half human, which doesn’t do him any favors in his family’s eyes. The fact that he is down courting a human is just another black spot too, but he doesn’t care. He is good friends with the mayor, and bear shifter, Zed. Zed is very much a character that I would expect in a Molly Harper novel. He was funny, flirty and just a all around good guy. I really hope we will get a story with him one day.

So it isn’t long after Jillian shows up into town that people start dying. Of course, there are people looking in her direction. But Bael is trying his best to protect her. The suspense of the this story was a lot of fun, if you could say it was fun as people are dying. The romance is really sweet, though there is a lot of communication issues because Jillian doesn’t understand dragon culture. Dragons are very secretive, so she had no idea of the meaning of some of Bael’s moves, which he then sees as rejection. But they eventually work that all out.

This book has the humor you would expect from a Molly Harper novel. There were many chuckle-worthy moments and times that I was really glad I wasn’t drinking something, or I would’ve sprayed it everywhere. Let’s just say, don’t even try to force unwanted pony play on a unicorn. At this time, it does not appear that this story is set in the Half-Moon Hollow world. The supernatural creatures in this book are not out in the open. There is also no real mention of vampires. However, it wouldn’t surprise me if there wasn’t a tie-in later in the series, the same way she did with the Naked Werewolf series. Either way, this is a fun series. If you’re a fan of any of Harper’s paranormal works (I can’t speak for any of her contemporary romance, they are still on my TBR), I would highly recommend this story.

UPDATE: per author, ebook will be out in about 6 months.

How to Date Your Dragon Audiobook Narration

4.5 Hearts

As I said, I’m a huge fan of Amanda Ronconi. I think she is the perfect narrator for Molly Harper’s stories. She is great at bringing out the humor and snarkiness of the characters that Harper creates. I love her male and female voices and her pacing and tone are perfect. This is the first Molly Harper story where they’ve brought in a male narrator to do the male POV chapters. I know that the addition of a new narrator to a beloved series can be prickly with some. I’ve listened to a few where a new narrator was added similar to this one (Silver Silence by Patricia Briggs being the most recent). I am not completely adverse to the idea. I also didn’t mind Jonathan Davis as a narrator. I thought he did a good job with the gruff Bael. The issue that I had with him (I didn’t notice this issue with Amanda Ronconi at all), was that I could tell when he had to go back rerecord a sentence here and there. His tone would change or the volume was different for just a sentence or so and then go back to the original tone. When that happened, it was distracting and would pull me out of the story. If that was done smoother, I would’ve given this narration 5 stars. But because of this issue, I just can’t do it. I really hope that this issue is resolved before they start book two (I’m already eager for the next story in this series).

UPDATE: I’ve been told that the audio issues have been updated. Downloading an updated copy from Audible should fix this issue.

Being a huge fan of vampire movies and TV shows, I wondered, what would be the most humiliating way possible to be turned into a vampire- a story that a vampire would be embarrassed to share with their vampire buddies over a nice glass of Type O. Well, first, you'd have to make the protaganist a bit of an accidental loser. She's single, almost 30, and a librarian working in the small Kentucky town where she grew up. This "triple whammy of worry" has made her a permanent fixture on her Mama's prayer list. And despite the fact that's pretty good at her job, she just got canned so her boss could replace her with someone who occasionally starts workplace fires. She drowns her sorrows at the local faux nostalgia-themed sports bar and during the commute home, she's mistaken for a deer and then shot by a drunk hunter. And then she wakes up as a vampire. And thus, Jane Jameson and the wacky denizens of Half-Moon Hollow were born. It took me almost a year to complete and edit a draft of the book, which I planned as the first in a three-book series. I spent three months using agentquery.com to ruthlessly stalk potential literary agents. (There were a lot of lists involved, I don't want to re-live it.) I was gently rejected by at least half of them. I corresponded with some very nice, very patient people, but ultimately signed with the fabulous Stephany Evans of Fine Print Literary Management. Stephany was willing to take to the time to give me advice on how to imp Being a huge fan of vampire movies and TV shows, I wondered, what would be the most humiliating way possible to be turned into a vampire- a story that a vampire would be embarrassed to share with their vampire buddies over a nice glass of Type O. Well, first, you’d have to make the protaganist a bit of an accidental loser. She’s single, almost 30, and a librarian working in the small Kentucky town where she grew up. This “triple whammy of worry” has made her a permanent fixture on her Mama’s prayer list. And despite the fact that’s pretty good at her job, she just got canned so her boss could replace her with someone who occasionally starts workplace fires. She drowns her sorrows at the local faux nostalgia-themed sports bar and during the commute home, she’s mistaken for a deer and then shot by a drunk hunter. And then she wakes up as a vampire.

And thus, Jane Jameson and the wacky denizens of Half-Moon Hollow were born.

It took me almost a year to complete and edit a draft of the book, which I planned as the first in a three-book series. I spent three months using agentquery.com to ruthlessly stalk potential literary agents. (There were a lot of lists involved, I don’t want to re-live it.) I was gently rejected by at least half of them. I corresponded with some very nice, very patient people, but ultimately signed with the fabulous Stephany Evans of Fine Print Literary Management. Stephany was willing to take to the time to give me advice on how to imp

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Narrator: Amanda Ronconi

I am an actress, narrator and writer who divides my time between New York City and Upstate New York.  I have a BFA from NYU where I studied at the Stella Adler Conservatory.  I have performed in theaters around New York City as well as regionally at The Alley, Capital Rep and many productions at the Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey.

My Off-Broadway solo comedy, Shirley at the Tropicana, received critical acclaim and was subsequently featured in The New York Times.  Film and TV credits include Daydream Believer (Slamdance 2001’s Best Dramatic Feature winner), The Understudy, Deadly Sins (ID Discovery), IFC’s Get Hit and Chasing Paradise. National network and regional commercials include Chase Bank, Sony and Blue Cross/Blue Shield.  My voiceover work encompasses over 70 audiobooks available on Audible.com.

Narrator: Jonathan Davis

Narrator: Jonathan Davis

Jonathan Davis, a three-time recipient and fourteen-time nominee of the Audie Award, has earned accolades for his narration from the New York TimesPublishers Weekly, the American Library Association, Booklist, the Audio Publishers Association, AudioFile magazine, and USA Today. He has narrated a variety of bestsellers and award-winners for top publishing houses and national audio divisions, including Penguin Random House Audio, Harper Audio, Hachette Audio, Recorded Books, Blackstone Audio, Macmillan Audio, Simon & Schuster Audio, and Audible, Inc. He has narrated over forty titles of the Star Wars franchise for Lucasfilm Ltd./PRH Audio, including several iconic movie tie-ins, has participated with Star Wars Celebration, and has built a significant fan base. Jonathan’s work as a narrator includes films and programming for National Geographic Television, NOVA, PBS, VH1, and Francis Ford Coppola.

Jonathan was recently inducted into the Audible Narrator Hall of Fame.

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I like to thank Audible Studios for providing me with a copy of this Audiobook in exchange for an honest review.

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ML Simmons Reviewer

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Melanie Simmons
I’m Melanie and I live in Ohio. I have two horses and a dog. I’m an animal lover, avid book reader and audiobook listener. I like to live vicariously through fictional characters. I enjoy reading and listening to mostly fictional books in the paranormal genre, including Urban Fantasy, Paranormal Romance and Horror. My favorite paranormal creatures are shifters, doesn’t matter the flavor.

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  1. Ohh I do like Harper so audio would be fun

  2. How did you find out that the audio has been fixed? I am going to try redownloading, is that all you do? I’ll want to re-listen when the next book comes out.

    I really enjoyed the set up of this new series, and am excited to get more – I hope we don’t have to wait long! The mystery of the rift is interesting. And what do you think about BFF and Zed maybe?!

  3. Oh I love Molly too! I also didn’t know they were doing the audiobook first and that really intrigues me. I’m going to have to see if my library gets this one as I do think I’ll enjoy it.
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  4. Oh I didn’t know that she had another series and I confess that now I’m quite curious about this one too!

  5. This was so much fun! I love Molly Harper! I haven’t read her contemporary yet either. I have a couple on my kindle, just haven’t gotten to those yet. I’m also a huge fan of Amanda Ronconi and did notice the same issue with Jonathan Davis’s retakes. They were kind of annoying. I’m glad to hear they fixed them. I do wonder if she will tie this into Half Moon Hollow. Oh and Zed! Isn’t that the name of Jane’s friend in HMH too? I also heard a Gigi. So that got me wondering if because of the names being so similar we weren’t going to have them tie in. I guess we’ll see!

    • You’re thinking of Zeb. Similar, but not the same. Funny that the author mentioned to me about the timeframe for the ebook and the correction of the narration, but didn’t mention anything about HHM. Makes you wonder (this is how conspiracy theories are started LOL). 😀
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  6. I’m up for anything by Molly Harper and Amanda Ronconi, so I am sure I will listen to this at some point. I am pretty sure I just listened to something by Davis, yes, I had to search multiple places but it was Mean Streak by Sandra Brown. And I really enjoyed it, and his narration. So I’m glad to hear they fixed your issue. Great review! Anne

  7. Oh this looks good Melanie. I’ve been wanting to try her and it’s number 1 in a series and a genre I like. Win Win

  8. Nice review. This sounds like something I’d love. I’ll have to give it a try soon. Thank’s for sharing.

  9. I listened to one last fall that was Audible first and it later was published in other formats. I forgot they were doing this program.

    This one sounds great from the small bayou community of paranormals to the romance. And I love Amanda Ranconi’s work, too. Definitely going on the wish list.

  10. I’m not sure I’ve ever listened to Amanda Ronconi but I’ve heard amazing things. I’ve only read one Molly Harper but I really want to read more and this sounds fantastic. This may be my next audible credit!

    • Amanda Ronconi is a great narrator for books with humor. I’ve listened to her narrate several series by Molly Harper, plus a few other authors too. She is a favorite narrator of mine. I hope you enjoy this story as much as I have.
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  11. I did not know this was book one..And I wanted to try a full-length Harper book. Now I will add it
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  12. I hadn’t heard of books being released as audiobook first, but I do assume they eventually will get published in other formats as well. I am curious how this works for the authors and if new people will give audio a try now.

    The suspense sounds well done and that’s nice there is a sweet romance as well. It’s rare to find a book that’s really funny, so that sounds great this one made you laugh.
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    • I don’t know if more people will try it now. Another author that I read has one that went straight to audio. He tried to sell it to other publishers, but they were interested, but Audible was. I can’t wait to try that one.
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  13. I am planning to sign up for a trial of the romance package on Audible just so that I can listen to this book. I do like the sound of it and am intrigued by the fact it came straight to audio. I am glad that you enjoyed it!
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    • It is interesting that Audible is starting to do more of this straight to audio thing. I would be really curious about how it works money wise. Is it getting them more memberships? Are they getting more first time listeners? The marketer inside of me really wants to know. 😀
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  14. I have this on my Audible wish list. I have a lot of her books on my TBR and this sounds like another good one. I like that some books are going to audio first, since we usually have to wait months after the hardcover release. Great review!

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