• The Dragon's Path

  • The Dagger and the Coin, Book 1
  • By: Daniel Abraham
  • Narrated by: Pete Bradbury
  • Length: 15 hrs and 41 mins
  • 4.4 out of 5 stars (390 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

All paths lead to war....

Marcus' hero days are behind him. He knows too well that even the smallest war still means somebody's death. When his men are impressed into a doomed army, staying out of a battle he wants no part of requires some unorthodox steps. 

Cithrin is an orphan, ward of a banking house. Her job is to smuggle a nation's wealth across a war zone, hiding the gold from both sides. She knows the secret life of commerce like a second language, but the strategies of trade will not defend her from swords. 

Geder, sole scion of a noble house, has more interest in philosophy than in swordplay. A poor excuse for a soldier, he is a pawn in these games. No one can predict what he will become. 

Falling pebbles can start a landslide. A spat between the Free Cities and the Severed Throne is spiraling out of control. A new player rises from the depths of history, fanning the flames that will sweep the entire region onto The Dragon's Path - the path to war.

©2011 Daniel Abraham (P)2018 Hachette Audio

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glad I didn't listen to reviews

I almost didn't purchase the audible book. a lot of the reviews on the narrator was so bad. I did anyways. I read first two books a long time ago. forgot the author. and finally found it years later. so gave it a shot. I have listened to a lot of books on here and yes I have come across bad narrators. I'm legit confused why this has such bad ratings. narrator wasn't bad. Makes me wonder if narrator was changed.
My advice is give it a shot. You can always change your mind after a chapter or two. I didn't. now off to book 2❤

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Phenomenal Audiobook and Excellent Beginning!

I've loved this series in print and am now enjoying it again in audio form. Excellent narrator brings the phenomenal story to exhilarating life. I cannot recommend this enough. A fantasy masterpiece with some of the most delightful characters and most brilliantly crafted world building.

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Really wanted to like it

I really wanted to like this book and I will continue listening to this series. I think there is something here but it was pretty boring. The narration was awesome. My only complaint about it is that some parts are really quiet and others are really loud. Listening to it with headphones hurt my ears.

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Truly Recommend

Political intrigue, great cast of characters, and a fun series of interrelated plots. There is none of the dense exposition that haunts so many books in the genre. The book took some time for me to really get into it, but I'm so glad i gave it a chance. Once the characters pulled me in, the story never let me go and has continued strong into The Kings Blood.

I found the narration to be truly excellent, differentiated voices that I felt fit the characters, and my only quibble was with the quick transitions between chapters that could have used longer pauses and explicit chapter referencing rather than just stating which character it was focused on. Still, this is truly one of the better fantasy books I've read in a long while and I dont hesitate to recommend it.

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Narration is a 15 hour action movie trailer

I was so excited to read an be acclaimed fantasy series by the writer of The Expanse. and the story seems awesome. But 20 minutes in, I can't imagine sitting through 100 hours of this smarmy, broad jawed, gravely Gaston schtick. There's no expression or variety. Everything sentence is treated with the same generic "In a world..." tone and pacing. Give the sample a listen, and if you think you can handle this for 15 hours, you'll probably enjoy the book. Otherwise, it's a damn shame, because this seems like a really good book.

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loved it!

this is the best fantasy I've read in a long time. great characters. great world.
if you want to see a map or breakdown of races of people the author has it on his website.
http://www.danielabraham.com/books-by-daniel-abraham/the-dagger-and-the-coin/the-dragons-path/map-of-the-world/

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Had potential, but narrative felt detached

This book started off in intriguing ways and has an interesting world...but then not much of consequence happened. Much of the plot felt adjacent to the real action. Even the things that did happen were not written in an engaging way, like the reader is watching the whole world unfold from a bird's eye view with the writer. Case in point: there is a scene where one character sneaks around and betrays another. There is hardly any suspense, no real moment of fear of getting caught, little effort at describing trepidation. I stayed with the book the whole way through hoping something exciting would happen. But it doesn't. It's like the whole book is just set up for the next, but you'll see reviews for the next book in the series that say the same thing...it's almost like the author planned to write a trilogy and was told to stretch the plot out over five books.

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Amazingly compelling story!

There wasn't a dull moment. Even the political intrigue was so intensely and obviously fraught with danger that you couldn't turn away from it for fear of missing the next turn of the story. Absolutely masterful.

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Compelling Beginning to this World

Felt like it got off to a slow start, but it definitely drew me into the author's vision. The characters grow in complexity, and the themes of history, economics, religion, and political behaviors become intertwined in interesting ways. The reader's skillful interpretation of the characters really aided my enjoyment of the book. on to the next one in the series!

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Good for those that want a magic light world

This probably sounds silly but I just hated almost all of the main characters. I honestly was cheering for most of them to get killed or to lose by the end of the book I feel like the author spent so much time trying to make the characters grey they just became dislikeable.

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