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This book was a very enjoyable listen and i loved every minute. I love stories with dragons and riders and this was just what i needed. If you are a fan of Christopher Paolini then this book is for you. The narration was very good and you could identify between the different characters. I have already purchased books 2 and 3 so i'm off to listen to the next in the series.
1 of 1 people found this review helpful
I've always liked the legends of dragon riders and their dragons and we always seem to start with the young dragon picking a youthful, untalented, inappropriate male but they become a single unit to conquer their enemies, usually highly placed corrupt individuals or royalty. Sometimes both. Fledging is not far from being a cookie cutter work but with some different characters, some new twists, and a "wild" dragon doing the selecting and having a rather droll sense of humor, this listen is well worth the credit and time. But At the third chapter I was despairing of having a narrator who was using an exaggerated, artificial voice that was ruining a good book with his too enthusiastic, artifical reading. Thank goodness by the fifth chapter he had relaxed and began a natural cadence read. I haven't looked but I'm sure he does the next book. Hope he starts relaxed and doesn't waste any story.
8 of 8 people found this review helpful
This new dragon series has a twist to it: the lead character is half-human and half-elf. As a result, he is disliked but nearly all humans and elves.
The story gets off to a slightly slow start, but the action and drama later on is worth the somewhat slow start. The slow beginning is necessary to set the foundation for the lead character's home life and background as well as his entry into the elite dragon riders' academy. His chief instructor and his best friend turn out to be his sole support, along with his unique dragon. There are two female characters who lend potential love interests as well.
Overall, this is a strong start for this young adult series. I am also a big fan or Eragon and the Inheritance Cycle (Eragon, Brisngr, Eldest, & Inheritance). This series is a bit lighter weight, without the added complexity of dwarves, extensive use of exotic languages or such a wide cast of characters and subplots. Nonetheless, Fledgling is worthwhile in its own way and on its own unique strengths. I've already purchased the second audiobook in this series, Avion, and can't wait to listen to it next.
Finally, the narration is first rate throughout. All characters are given appropriate voices, and the general narration is pleasant to listen to. He is a good choice for this series.
6 of 6 people found this review helpful