Last Dragon Standing Audiobook by Rachel Aaron (REVIEW)

Posted by on Mar 30, 2018 in Reviews | 28 comments

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Rachel Aaron

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On March 30, 2018
Last modified:March 29, 2018

Summary:

Last Dragon Standing Audiobook

By: Rachel Aaron

Narrated by: Vikas Adam

Published by: Audible Studios 3/1/17

Last Dragon Standing Audiobook by Rachel Aaron read by Vikas Adam

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Heartstrikers #5

13 hrs and 11 mins

Genre: Urban fantasy

Last Dragon Standing Audiobook Sample

Last Dragon Standing Audiobook

5 Hearts

I can’t believe this series is over. It has been such a fun ride. I grew to love all of these characters, even several of the minor, secondary characters. If you are even a little bit fond of dragons (and let’s face it, who doesn’t love dragons), you have to try this series. These are some of the best dragons that I’ve read.

Now fans of the series will know who is on the cover. Yes, that is Brohomir (aka Bob, the seer of the Heartstrikers). He has had his hand in things that will come out in this book since before we were all born. We will also learn more about his pigeon companion.

How to write this review without spoiling this series for those that haven’t read it (or need to get caught up)? The previous book ended with quite the cliffhanger and this one picks up where that one left off. Julius and his friends are trying to save the world. And he is again able to do something that no dragon has been able to accomplish in centuries. He brings all the dragon clans together to fight for a common goal.

So I’m not going to get further into the plot of this story, because spoilers, but I will tell you some reasons why I think you really need to pick up this series. First, DRAGONS. I mean do you really need more reasons? Okay, second. The characters in this series. They are so diverse in personality. There are the dragons, Julius, Amelia, Bob, Chelsie, Fredrick, Justin and I can’t leave out Bathesda, their mother, and that is just listing the major ones in the Heartstriker clan. There’s also the Chinese dragons, the daughters of the three sisters and some others that we will meet in this book. There is also Marci, who has been Julius’s best friend and sidekick throughout this entire series. She is a mage and a pretty kickass one too. There’s spirits like Ghost, Raven, Algonquin and more. I also have to mention General Jackson, who is a very unique character who works for the UN. Myron is another mage that works with UN too. All of these characters are amazing.

Julius and Marci are the two main characters in this series. Their relationship grows throughout the entire series and comes to a climax in this book. I loved watching them support each other as they both accomplish things that one would think was impossible. So many people looked down on both of them, but they still were able to stand together to makes things happen.

The world that Aaron has built is pretty awesome. It is set in the future. Magic has made a comeback and Detroit (Detroit Free Zone, aka DFZ), which plays a major part of this story. It is almost a character in its own right. This book pretty much plays out entirely in the DFZ.

If you haven’t read this series, I can’t recommend it enough. It has action, suspense, humor, a little romance and DRAGONS. If you like Urban Fantasy series, this is one of my favorites.

Last Dragon Standing Audiobook Narration

5 Hearts

If you even remotely like audiobooks, then this is a series that is a must listen. Vikas Adam does an amazing job with the narration of this entire series. He voices a large collection of male and female voices and does an amazing job with them all. He really puts passion into the voices of these characters and brings them to life. You feel their sorrow, their anger and every other emotion that the characters feel throughout the entire series. I really love his voices for Bob and Amelia.

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.

    28 Comments

  1. Yeah reviewing a series is hard for non or future fans I know Melanie but you did a great job. It looks like a great series. Thanks

    • Thanks Debbie. I’ve found that some reviews are easier to write than others when you’re trying not to be spoilery. When a large character dies is usually the hardest for me. There were some things I couldn’t mention which made this one more difficult, but that why I stayed with just talking about characters.

  2. I did nt read a single word.
    I am sooooooooooooooooooooooo jealous
    JELLY!

    • I completely understand. Now, I’m sad that I have no more Julius and Merci in my future. I’m sure I will revisit the series at some point, though.

  3. it’s a series I so want to try!

    • It is such a fun series. I hope you’re able to try it one day.

  4. I’ve got this series on the list. 🙂 I’m so glad it ended on a high note for you.

    • I think you would enjoy this series, Sophia. Full of snark, action and some romance. The characters are great and Vikas Adam as the narrator is amazing.

  5. It’s always great when a series ends well. This is one I also want to try. I like dragons! I’m happy it ended well for you. Great review! Anne – Books of My Heart

    • I had so much fun this series. It will always be a standout favorite for me.

  6. I actually have the first and third books in this series on audio. I plan to pick up the others as I go. I started the first book and it didn’t grab me in the first few minutes and I moved on to something else. You have convinced me that I really need to go back and try again. I am so glad you enjoyed this one as much as you did, Melanie!

    • It has been a really long time since I listened to the first book. I can’t remember if it started out slow or how long it took for me to get hooked. I feel like every book is better than the previous. The characters are just so much fun.

  7. Hmmm… only five books in the series?! Maybe I should give it a try. Thanks!

    • I so wish there were more. The characters in this series are so much fun. I’m really going to miss them. I know this will be a series I revisit more than once.

  8. Great review.Now, of course, I want to read the series and hells yes..DRAGONS!

  9. Dragons are definitely awesome and this series sounds amazing!Added book one to my GR TBR. I need to give it a try, such good ratings!

    • It is such a fun series. Full of all kinds of snark. I laugh out loud so much when I listen.

  10. Dragons are everything! lol Yay for it ending on such a high note. I need to try these, I think.

    • I know, right? Dragons are so much fun, and these are some of my favorite dragons. I can’t recommend this series enough.

  11. This sounds like a pretty cool series. Dragons are cool! More dragon fic!

  12. I love dragons and added this to my wish list. This sounds really good and the covers are great. Great review!

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