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Publisher's Summary

Audie Award, Fantasy, 2016
As the smallest dragon in the Heartstriker clan, Julius survives by a simple code: keep quiet, don't cause trouble, and stay out of the way of bigger dragons. But this meek behavior doesn't fly in a family of ambitious magical predators, and his mother, Bethesda the Heartstriker, has finally reached the end of her patience. Now, sealed in human form and banished to the DFZ - a vertical metropolis built on the ruins of Old Detroit - Julius has one month to prove he can be a ruthless dragon or kiss his true shape goodbye forever. But in a city of modern mages and vengeful spirits where dragons are considered monsters to be exterminated, he's going to need some serious help to survive this test. He only hopes humans are more trustworthy than dragons....
©2014 Rachel Aaron (P)2014 Audible Inc.
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"Narrator Vikas Adam's streamlined voice can smoothly shift from the easygoing tones of Julius to the venomous arrogance of his mother, Bethesda.... Adam pays close attention to the characters and their evolution. For instance, as Marci becomes further empowered, the nervous quaver in her voice lessens. This is urban fantasy at its best." (AudioFile)
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By Leon Miller on 07-26-15

Almost shockingly wonderful.

Would you consider the audio edition of Nice Dragons Finish Last to be better than the print version?

Possibly, because as an audio book, it truly soars. Vikas Adam is among the best narrators I’ve ever heard. There were a wide range of character types, and Adam not only gave each a distinct personality, I was convinced he had help. Each character’s voice and personality was so specific and unique that I didn’t believe only one person was portraying them; I had to go back to the book description several times to check that he was indeed the sole narrator.

What other book might you compare Nice Dragons Finish Last to and why?

As an interesting and creative mashup of urban fantasy and SciFi, I don't know of much to compare it to. Since it includes mystery and humor, my first thought was that it was similar to a Harry Dresden book, but set 200 years in the future.

Which character – as performed by Vikas Adam – was your favorite?

Justin, because he was sort of a "dragon as dude" and "dragon as jock" and "dragon as frat." The way Adam portrayed him was funny and sexy.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

I was struck by how the reader is swept up into the action at the very, very beginning. That was masterful on the part of the author.

Any additional comments?

Once you get past the terrible title, you have an entertaining and often thrilling mashup of urban fantasy and SciFi. In the near future, a natural disaster releases magic back into the world. A quiet young dragon must prove himself, and in so doing rescues a damsel or two, saves a friend, kills some monsters, and gets the girl. It sounds absurd, but with excellent world-building, an intricate plot, delightful characters, and great humor, it works.<br/><br/>This book not only was great entertainment; it also introduced me to two great talents. I’m looking forward to the next in the series and to exploring other works written by Rachel Aaron or narrated by Vikas Adam.

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By Suzanne on 01-07-15

A nice dragon story - finally

I really liked this book and cannot wait for the next installment. I know I compare a lot of fantasy to Jim Butcher's Dresden files but hear me out...

I feel that this book is very much like the first one that Butcher did of Dresden. It isn't perfect but it really sets the ground-work for a promising series and characters that will entrance readers over the next decade or more. I like the main character and I really like the way that Rachel has blended Dragon Myth into a not so distant future that is believable but yet fantasy based and altogether rich and full of imagination. I would like to point out that the book does seem to be for maybe younger audiences (16 to 20) it does have promise for more and the content as well as themes seem to be multilayered so that meaning and pov changes depending on a readers age for several scenarios. Well worth the read or listen no matter what your age really.

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By Mr Anthony Geoghegan on 01-09-15

Really a great read

I enjoyed it massively. A nice balance of fun, adventure and romance. The narrator is excellent too with some of the best sounding female voices I've heard from a male reader in an audio book.

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By William on 01-28-16

great scott its a good listen.

What did you like most about Nice Dragons Finish Last?

I wanted to dislike this book, i mean a future world were dragons are shape shifters and magic has arrived back in the world. whats not to hate about this over used set up. but my god its well done.

Would you be willing to try another book from Rachel Aaron? Why or why not?

yes bought the next one. rock on tank badgers.

Which character – as performed by Vikas Adam – was your favourite?

bob as he is so wacjy and well thought out.

If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

just when u thought it was safe to give the safe word....

Any additional comments?

right, i dont give a book or audible book praise that often ladies and gents but here. right here is a good listen. its not serious so dont expect it to be. its not edgy so dont expect that. what it is . its fully realized characters. its a B E A Utiful world. fully fleshed like that pretty tubby girl who lives down the lane. you may feel guilty but its a hell of a ride / listen. its just done well. its not adult it not brutal. normally a must for me. but its fleshed out so well hell i dont care. this is the audible book u would take home to ur mum. the one who dosent do her make up like a hoe. <br/><br/>long and the short. young dragon trapped in a human body thrown out into the world with 98 bucks and flip all else. enjoy enjoy enjoy u people. it is fun. plain and simple. takes 2-3 hours to get going. always read the label. do not ingest,<br/><br/>

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By Katy on 09-06-17

modern dragon story

loved it. the male narrator does the voices well.
very imaginative setting and rather new for a dragon story. no blasphemy or swearing, which is a plus. and nice undertones of romance and friendship

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