A Dragon of a Different Color Audiobook by Rachel Aaron (REVIEW)

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Review of: A Dragon of a Different Color Audiobook
Rachel Aaron

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A Dragon of a Different Color Audiobook

By: Rachel Aaron

Narrated by: Vikas Adam

Published by: Audible Studios 9/12/17

A Dragon of a Different Color Audiobook by Rachel Aaron read by Vikas Adam

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Heartstrikers #4

21 hrs and 26 mins

Genre: Urban fantasy

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A Dragon of a Different Color Audiobook

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Man, how to write this review without spoiling this series for people who haven’t started (and I highly recommend you start it). If you’re not familiar with this series, it mostly follows Julius, a dragon who is too nice. In this futuristic world, dragons exist and they are very selfish. The pretty much think only for themselves. The might do something for the family, but only because a strong family is good for them, not by any sense of duty to their family members.

Julius is a Heartstriker. They are the largest dragon clan. His mother, Bethesda, has had several clutches of eggs. She names all the children based on which clutch they are from. Everyone in the first clutch started with A (Amelia, the plains walker, is the only one left). Second clutch is B (Brohomir or Bob, the great seer of Heartstriker, is the only one left). There are several C (Chelesa, Bethesda’s shade and enforcer, is the most vital to the story).

The Fs have been sealed into the human forms their entire life. They have forced to work as servants to the rest of the clan. Bethesda never told anyone why this was the case. But she has her reasons (which we know before the start of this book, but many characters still don’t know).

The Js are the youngest group. With Julius, being the last to hatch from the clutch, so he is considered the youngest of all the Heartstrikers. He has spent most of his life hiding from the others, so not to get bullied.

There is also Marci. She is a human mage that Julius befriends in Detroit. She befriends a spirit in the shape of a cat named Ghost. He quickly grows in power and becomes a more powerful spirit and a vital character in his own right. There are other spirits, mostly Algonquin, the spirit of the lakes. She is working to control humans and she really hates dragons.

There is a whole lot more about this series. Here’s what you really want to know. This series is really fun. There are moments of laughter, of sadness (my eyes were watering in the first 10% of the book), of action. The characters are really well developed, even the side characters (I really love Raven who has a larger part in this book. YAY!). The stories are really good too. Not only is the overall story arc great, but each book is amazing in it’s own right.

In this book, we get to finally meet the highly secretive Chinese dragons. Their leader, the Golden Emperor, comes to take over the Heartstrikers. He has a good reason and they aren’t what you might think. Julius is also able to work his magic and niceness on the emperor. Algonquin makes her move. Bob does something unthinkable. The world will not be the same at the end of this book as it was at the beginning. Oh, more people learn the secret about the Fs.

There is only one more book to this series. *sobs* I’m both extremely excited to get to the next book. I can’t wait to see where Julius takes dragons. He is changing so much with his niceness. He might not look at himself as a leader, but he is a very good one.

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I love the narration of this series. It is a series I would consider to be an audio only. Vikas Adam does such an amazing job with the narration here. There is a wide array of characters, from crabby Bethesda, to the weird seer, Bob, to the eccentric Amelia, the spirits of Ghost, Raven (I really love the voice of Raven) and Algonquin. He really nails the voices of both men and women. I think each voices matches the character’s personality perfectly. He is also really good with his inflection. Remember how I said my eyes were watering in the first 10% of the book, yeah, he is partly to blame for that. He is also to blame for the times I laughed out loud. If you haven’t tried this series on audio, I highly recommend it.

On another note, Vikas Adam was just inducted into Audible’s Narrator Hall of Fame. You can read more about Vikas Adam on his Hall of Fame page. While you’re at it, check out all the 2017 inductees.

Author: Rachel AaronHello, my name is Rachel Aaron, author of Nice Dragons Finish Last, the best-selling writing productivity book 2k to 10k, and The Legend of Eli Monpress, published by Orbit Books. I’m also the author ofFortune’s Pawn, the first book in the rollicking fun Paradox Science Fiction trilogy (now complete) under the name Rachel Bach. Confused yet? I know I am!

I was born and raised in Atlanta, but I currently live a lovely, nerdy, bookish life in Athens, GA with my faster-than-the-speed-of-light son, perpetually understanding husband, and fat weiner dog. I write full time, all the time, but when my family can drag me away from my own books, I love reading fantasy (urban and traditional), Romance (paranormal and Regency), and Science Fiction (all kinds). I also enjoy video games, Minecraft, anime, manga, hanging out at conventions, and overdone, epic things.

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Narrator: Vikas AdamVikas Adam was born in British Columbia and lived in various parts of Canada, the US, and a stint in India, before his parents settled in Dallas. After receiving his Bachelor of Fine Arts in Acting/Directing from Syracuse University, he returned to Dallas and worked professionally as an actor, director, and producer in addition to teaching acting for various non profit arts organizations. He segued into the administrative side as Program Director for Junior Players, Dallas’ oldest non profit youth arts organization but continued to garner critical favor as an actor working with some of Dallas’ most reputable companies. After a number of successful years, Vikas decided it was time to further his craft and chose to attend the UCLA School of Theater, Film & Television three-year professional program to secure his Master of Fine Arts in Acting. While packing his bags in preparation for his move, Adam appeared on seven episodes of Pink (2007), a Webby Award winning dark comedy series starring Natalie Raitano. Post graduation has seen Vikas appearing on television as well as various web series and indie films, in addition to a successful career as an audiobook narrator.

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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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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.