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On her first assignment out of the Academy, young healer and scholar Shannon Macaulay is summoned to the struggling kingdom of Regone to see to the wounds of a young but crippled king. When the unwanted attentions of an aggressive knight and the sudden appearance of a hated dragon turn her world upside down, she decides to take matters into her own hands even if doing so proves dangerous. Finding herself strangely drawn to the company of the dragon, Gnaw, Shannon must force herself out of her safe world of books and botany to come to the aid of her unexpected ally in a strange kingdom, cursed by a fateful encounter with a dragon and the loss of a beloved prince. Can she learn to put aside her fears, and perhaps sacrifice her deepest desires, to help a friend and restore a family?
©2012 H. L. Burke (P)2016 H. L. Burke
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3 out of 5 stars
By Christine Newton on 05-02-17

3.5* - charming story, okay narration

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I liked this story - it was written for an audience considerably younger than myself, but I found it charming nevertheless. It's the first book in a series, but it's not written with a suspenseful cliffhanger that can sometimes frustrate readers.

I'm less enthusiastic about the narration. It's a personal, very subjective opinion - but I really, really, really don't enjoy when narrators exaggerate their voices for characters of opposite genders. It turns a flowing story into a melodramatic farce when those characters are voiced. I'm not actually as grumpy as that sounds, but it's a serious peeve. I liked the story but I will not go out and purchase an audiobook where the narration of the other gender sounds fake and ridiculous. I like the story enough that I'd be willing to read a written copy of the next installment, but the narration simply isn't compelling when voices are exaggerated. It's much more effective (in my opinion) to change the tone of voice a little bit and change the texture or timbre to make the voice sound less feminine. I'm sure that I don't speak for all audiobook listeners! But I think that there may be one or two other audiobook fans who maybe feel like I do about this particular peeve.

I provided this review in exchange for a complimentary copy of the audiobook fro the author, narrator, or publisher.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Tammy on 04-24-17

great for all Ages

I was gifted this audio ARC from the author/ Narrator for a honest and unbiased review
This is my first novel by H L BURKE and it was extreamly well written.
Mary Ann Weathers did an ok job, unfortunately there were a few times I felt the Voice didn't match what "I" perceived what it should of been.
This great little story of an enchanted dragon and a very unique friendship between a women and the dragon and magic. Clean no language issues or sex.
I highly recommend this book to anyone young to

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4 out of 5 stars
By Amy on 06-13-17

YA fantasy Mystery

Where does Dragon's Curse rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

This book was very much not what I expected but none the less i found it very Interesting.That said there is so much to like here. Great characters like Shannon , a strong female lead and so much good humor including what may be the world's first double act of this variety!Gnaw is superb . I think the treatment of magic and the way it is linked to life force and emotion is also very well done.I do wish she had put the clues together a little faster in this book but I still enjoyed the ride.The duo's tactics and the ebb and flow of the tale are both imaginative and quite riveting. Mary Ann Weathers narrates all of the books in this series and I found her engaging .She does well in conveying the emotion involved and the highs and lows in this book as they are extremely real, it makes you feel at the right times, and keeps you there, waiting and hoping things turn out okay.

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This book series is 100% going to be One of those rare series that end all too quickly leaving you feel very glad that you read it but also a little sad that it's over. This one has it all for me; a great story, great characters and some on the nail humour,Emotion and kinship The key point when listening to the latest book in this series is obviously to confirm that it delivers on the promise the first few books made and this one does that in spades! I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audiobook by the author, narrator, or publisher.I received this title for free in exchange for an unbiased review.As always this is my honest opinion .

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5 out of 5 stars
By Peter on 05-01-17

Not your normal dragon story.

H. L. Burke has written the characters very well, I especially like main character’s banter Mary Ann Weathers adds to this giving the characters life with their great narration and unique voices. The story is well written and paced, it is engaging from start to finish and is rather charming to boot.

This was well worth listening to and I would be interested in finding out what happens next in the character’s lives.


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3 out of 5 stars
By Samuel on 10-19-16

Meh

While having is somewhat decent storyline the narrator has a bad habit of shouting into the microphone

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