Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Audio Tour: Greatshadow

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Thank you for visiting my stop on the Greatshadow audio tour!

About the Audiobook

Author: James Maxey
Narrator: Jake Urry
Length: 13 hours 20 minutes
Publisher: James Maxey⎮2017
Genre: Epic Fantasy
Series: Dragon Apocalypse, Book One
Release date: May 29, 2017
Synopsis: Greatshadow is the primal dragon of fire, an elemental evil whose malign intelligence spies upon mankind through every candle flame, waiting to devour any careless victim he can claim.
The Church of the Book has assembled a team of twelve battle-hardened adventurers to slay the dragon once and for all. But tensions run high between the leaders of the team who view the mission as a holy duty and the super-powered mercenaries who add power to their ranks, who view the mission primarily as a chance to claim Greatshadow's vast treasure trove. If the warriors fail to slay the beast, will they doom mankind to death by fire?
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Review

.I haven't read a good dragon story in a while, and I've heard this one mentioned a few time, and when I saw it was on tour, I decided it was time to finally pick it up! The first chapter or two I'll admit I wasn't the biggest fan of the story. It actually wasn't until Relic what introduced that I was hooked. That being said, I did like the story, but up to that point it was only a 3 star read for me. It also took me a while to adjust to the style and sound of the narrator. This is the first adult fantasy I've listened to on audio, (yeah I'm still a newbie with audio books haha) and it's a lot different than the other books I listened to. The being said, the most I listened the more I realized that Jake Urry was the perfect pick for this story! Both his sound and his reading style fit well with this dark fantasy, and really added to the overall experience. 

As far at the story goes, like it said, it took me a while to get into it, but once Infidel met the guys she would be working with, and the real quest started, I really loved the story. The characters were well written, and I enjoyed how different they were, and yet how well they all fit into the story. The plot, to kill a vicious dragon, has been done hundreds of times, and yet this one felt new and fresh, yet old and timeless all at once! 

I really enjoyed both the performance and the story and rate both a solid 4.5 star, the only reason they aren't a 5/5 is that it took me a little while to really get into the story, but even the first part was good, I just didn't love it as well as the rest. I am excited to see where this series goes, and to listen to other books Jake Urry has worked on!


I received this audiobook as part of my participation in a blog tour with Audiobookworm Promotions. The tour is being sponsored by Jake Urry. The gifting of this audiobook did not affect my opinion of it.

About the Author: James Maxey

James Maxey’s mother warned him if he read too many comic books, they would warp his mind. She was right. Now an adult who can’t stop daydreaming, James is unsuited for decent work and ekes out a pittance writing down demented fantasies about masked women, fiery dragons, and monkeys. Oh god, so many monkeys.
​In an effort to figure out how Superman could fly, James read a lot of science, books by Carl Sagan and Stephen Jay Gould and Stephen Hawking. Turns out, Superman probably wasn’t based on any factual information. Who would have guessed? Realizing it was possible to write science fiction without being constrained by the actual rules of science proved liberating for James, and led to the psuedo-science fiction of the Bitterwood series, superhero novels like Nobody Gets the Girl, and the steam-punk visions of Bad Wizard.
​In 2015, James was honored as the Piedmont Laureate by the United Arts Councils representing Orange County, Durham County, and Wake County. This is almost certainly a sign of the ongoing cultural decay gripping the nation.
​James lives in Hillsborough, North Carolina with his lovely and patient wife Cheryl and too many cats.
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About the Narrator: Jake Urry

Jake Urry has been narrating and producing Audiobooks since February 2016, and in that time has released 17 titles, including The Cryptic Lines by Richard Storry, White is the Coldest Colour by John Nicholl, and the PI Harlan Ulrich series by Ambrose Ibsen. His narration work is often dark and suspenseful, and he developing a reputation for Mysteries, Thrillers and Horrors. In 2017 Jake will be working on more work by John Nicholl and Richard Storry, along with a sprinkling of Fantasy adventures.
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Audio Excerpt


Aug. 23-24

Narrator Interview

  1. When did you know you wanted to be an audiobook narrator?
It was around the time I listened to Samuel West’s narration of Nineteen Eighty-Four, in my first year of University (2009). It wasn’t the first audiobook I’d listened to, but it was the first that made me think ‘I’d love to do that for a job!’ I never really thought I’d get the opportunity though, and even though I was training to be an actor I thought it would be a really difficult trade to get into for someone in their twenties!
  1. How did you wind up narrating audiobooks? Was it always your goal or was it something you stumbled into by chance?
After leaving uni, and going through the typical ‘what do I do with my life now??’ phase, I decided to take a risk and get some recording equipment, then started auditioning for work. It was after a few months of mixed success and getting disheartened by endless corporate and cheesy advertising auditions that I stumbled upon ACX, Amazon’s platform for audiobook creation, and realised that they’d made a way for people like me to audition and get audiobook work in a really straightforward way.
  1. Did you find it difficult to “break into” audiobook narration? What skill/tool helped you the most when getting started?
Not really once I’d figured out how ACX works, they make it really easy, and I chose books that I thought I could bring something to and be passionate about. A handful of authors trusted me with their work early on and it blossomed from there! Aside from ACX, the thing that helped me the most was that I’d been listening to all sorts of audiobooks for a long time, so had a bit of a head start because I knew first hand what makes people enjoy audiobooks.
  1. A lot of narrators seem to have a background in theatre. Is that something you think is essential to a successful narration career?
I wouldn’t say it was essential, but it definitely helps, especially when it comes to coming up with character voices. When I started I already had a backlog of different characters I’d played and some of them ended up in my narrations, or I could just tweak them to suit the new character. It’s not cheating, honest!
  1. What type of training have you undergone?
I did a BA course in Acting, which involved a lot of theatre and some voiceover work, so it was really good preparation for narrating and coming up with voices.
  1. How do you manage to avoid burn-out? What do you do to maintain your enthusiasm for narrating?
It can be difficult, because like any self-employment there’s no one there to keep you on track and manage your time for you. But I keep the energy up by choosing books that I really love the sound of, and finding characters that I love voicing. And I set myself really obscure targets, like after my next title comes out, I’ll have over a million words of audio that I’ve produced! It doesn’t really mean anything but it gives me a kind of ‘psychological high five’.
  1. Are you an audiobook listener? What about the audiobook format appeals to you?
Yes, I got hooked on audiobooks with Harry Potter (the US Jim Dale versions, not that the Stephen Fry one’s aren’t amazing!) and was completely blown away by how Jim Dale brought to life the story and characters in a different way than when I sat and read the books. I got hooked on audiobooks because it’s a format that let me take in the story more fully that when I read physical books. I see them as two completely different experiences and today I listen to as many audiobooks as I can!

Giveaway: $10 Amazon Gift Card

Runs Aug. 20th-27th⎮Open internationally

Greatshadow Giveaway: $10 Amazon Gift Card

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