No Good Dragon Goes Unpunished Audiobook by Rachel Aaron (REVIEW)

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Review of: No Good Dragon Goes Unpunished Audiobook
Rachel Aaron

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On September 30, 2016
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No Good Dragon Goes Unpunished Audiobook

By: Rachel Aaron

Narrated by: Vikas Adam

Published by: Audible Studios 9/13/16

No Good Dragon Goes Unpunished Audiobook by Rachel Aaron

4.5 stars rating

Heartstrikers #3

18 hrs and 50 mins

Genre: Urban fantasy

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No Good Dragon Goes Unpunished Audiobook

4.5 Hearts

I was very excited to get my hands on the third installment of the Heartstriker series by Rachel Aaron. I stumbled upon this series last year and it has been a favorite of mine since listening to book one, Nice Dragons Finish Last. This is a story about a fairly young dragon, about twenty years old, who is a bit of an outcast from dragonkind because he is too nice. Dragons are pretty ambitious creatures who think mostly for themselves. He is part of the largest clan in the world, lead by his mother, Bethesda Heartstriker, who some call the “broodmare” because of the number of hatchlings she has. She names each group of offspring by starting all their names the same, starting with the first group of A’s, then B’s, then C’s and so forth. They also judge each member not only by the letter, but where they are within that letter, who hatches first or last, etc. Julius, isn’t only the most regroup of J’s, he was also the last one to hatch, so that makes him the youngest.

In the first book, Julius hooks up with a human mage named Marci. They’ve become really close friends and have been together since they met. She has a spirit named Ghost, that takes the form of a cat. Ghost has been building in power and becoming a larger force. Marci is getting more powerful and knowledgeable too. There’s also been an extremely slow build towards what might become a relationship between the two of them.

This story picks up where One Good Dragon Deserves Another, ends. Julius is trying to set up his council. Two of his older brothers are trying to come up with votes. There is also some who don’t want to see the council even form. Because of the formation of this council, this story is taking place in Heartstriker Mountain in Arizona. Bethesda has called all of her children home for this vote, so we start to meet a lot more of the Heartstrikers. The big thing here is we meet the F’s. The F’s are all sealed, which means they can’t turn into their dragons. They are also forced to stay at the mountain and work for Bethesda. No one really seems understand why Bethesda decided to make the F’s do this.

While Julius is dealing with council business, Marci goes into the town to meet up with her mage idol that works for the UN, Sir Myron Rolands. Along with him there, is an augmented human warrior woman who has a raven who is a spirit. General Emily Jackson is head of the UN’s Magical Disaster Response Force. They take Marci back to Detroit, where magic is more plentiful, to feel Ghost her spirit. They are wanting Marci to help with humans as they learn more and more about magic. They also believe Marci to be the first Merlin since magic came back to Earth.

We have a ton of new characters that we meet, like David, one of the Heartstriker D’s and a senator. Not only do we have Bob, Julius’s oldest brother and seer of the Heartstriker clan in this story, but there are many of the characters I’ve come to love, Amelia, Chelsie (we learn a ton of about Chelsie), Justin, Ian and even some of the dragons from the Daughters of the Three Sisters clan. Algonquin, the extremely powerful lady of the lakes in Detroit, makes an appearance too.

There is so much that happens in this book. Murder plots, kidnapping, more secrets than you can count. We learn a lot about Chelsie, the prologue is even about her when she was much younger. We learn more about magic and what is going on, though there is still a lot missing here. We learn more about Algonquin. There are several questions that are answered, but I think more questions are brought up before the end of the story. This story has quite the cliffhanger ending, but with some hints thrown in for good measure. The last hour of the book had me glued to my earbuds. I wish I was like Bob and could see what is going to happen in the future.

If you haven’t tried the Heartstriker series, I highly recommend it. Each book is better than the last. As with most Urban Fantasy stories, I highly recommend you start with book one and work your way chronologically through the series. Each story builds on the previous book. If you’re at all interested in audiobooks, I can’t recommend the audio enough. Vikas Adam really nails it.

No Good Dragon Goes Unpunished Audiobook Narration

4.5 Hearts

Vikas Adam has continued to amaze me with his narration of this series. There are a ton of characters with many different personalities and he nails them all. He does an amazing job with the flamboyant Amelia, the voice of Bob, who’s crazy with all of his prophecies in his head, David the politician, Bethesda and her tyranny, Cheslie, Justin, Julius and Marci are all great. Add in the spirit Ghost, not to mention Algonquin and I can’t ask for anything better. He does a great job with both the men and the women voices. He really brings out the tones needed for each scene. If you haven’t tried him yet, I highly recommend him.

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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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.


  1. Sounds like there is a lot going on in this but all in a good way and handled well. It sounds like a really fun series to start.

    • It is such a fun series. I hope you get a chance to try it. 🙂

  2. This series sounds right up my alley! I’m glad this series continued to deliver book after book! 🙂

    • It is a very good series. I think you would love it. There is humor, some action, a little action and most of all DRAGONS. LOL

  3. This sounds intense. Quit adding series to my wishlist…lol

    • I hope you get a chance to try it. It is a fun series. I just love Julius and Marci.

  4. Sold Sounds like a series I need to try. I havent’ read an good UF lately and I am craving a good new series to dig my teeth into. I am going to see if my library has the first one.

    • Try requesting it if they don’t. It is such a fun book.

  5. I’m so happy this series is getting better and better! Now I’m going to totally wonder why the F’s can’t change into dragons, too! Killing me over here!!!! 🙂

    • Sorry, not sorry. This is such a fun book and right up your ally Kristin. There was so much I wanted to put into this review, but I also didn’t want spoilers. I can’t even imagine having to write the next one. There are so many spoilery things in this series. 🙂

  6. What a fun title. I was hoping this was the first in a series, so I could get in at ground level. haha.

  7. Oh I need to look out for the narrator! The series is a no brainer since dragons! 🙂 Oh yea… going to have to bug the library to get these on audio!

    • This series has a been a ton of fun. It is hard to go wrong with DRAGONS. LOL

  8. I love dragons so I might have to give this series a try.

    • This series is so much fun. Action, DRAGONS, some romance, humor. It is great.

  9. I like the pun titles of this series, they make it sound like a fun series. And I love a good slow building romance. And the world building surrounding the dragons and the letters and such sounds very interesting. I might have to check this series out! Great review!

    • Thanks, Lola. It has been a really fun series. I really like the titles too. The title of the first one is what caught my eye. I’m so glad I grabbed it.

  10. this looks good Melanie, thanks. BTW is the author 13 or what LOL

    • She does look young, doesn’t she. I have no idea how old she is. She writes under two names. She must be doing well for herself.

  11. I love this fascinating dragon world you have described and that there is magic users with spirits. And ha! Detroit is a magic powerhouse. That’s great.

    I’ll have to check these out.

    Hmm, I saw this narrator on a list of options today, but went for a different one to review. I’ll have to keep in mind that he’s good.

    Nice review, Melanie!

    • This is the only series that I’ve listened to with this narrator, but he’s really been nailing it. I would definitely check out other things by him.

  12. Ah yes I really heard great things about this book, it’s in my wishlist. I want to try!

  13. a nice dragon? XD well that def different. I love dragons and this look like a fun series. The cover is also kick ass

    • I know. Who’s ever heard of a nice dragon. His mother is appalled by it. LOL

  14. Oooh hellooooooo I have a credit on Audible right now 😉 You had me sold on dragons, then you said mages and I’m like GIMMIE hahaha Hope you’re having a great weekend!

    • I think you will love Nice Dragons Finish Last. It will really get you hooked on this series.

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