Amazing Audiobooks (#AA2024) Featured Review: Zachary Ying and the Dragon Emperor by Eric Yang

  • Zachary Ying and the Dragon Emperor
  • by Xiran Jay Zhao
  • Narrated by Eric Yang
  • Simon & Schuster Audiobooks | Simon & Schuster Audio
  • Publication Date: November 11, 2022
  • ISBN: 9781797158914

Zachary Ying and the Dragon Emperor by best-selling author Xiran Jay Zhao takes readers on an exciting journey through Ancient China with a modern twist. Zachary Ying is a normal boy just trying to navigate school, figure out his identity as a Chinese American, and play his favorite virtual reality video game, Mythrelm. Suddenly, his game becomes more reality than virtual when his VR headset is possessed by the spirit of Qin Shi Huang, the First Emperor of China. Zachary, his two new friends, and three of China’s former emperors embark on a journey across China to save the world.

Narrator Eric Yang brings the story to life with his masterful narration and multiple character voices. The audiobook format for this story is also excellent to help readers learn pronunciation of Chinese words and names throughout the story.

This book is perfect for readers who enjoy authors such as Rick Riordan, Aiden Thomas, and Elizabeth Lim. It is also a good story for those who enjoy games like Yugio, Pokemon, Dungeons and Dragons and other roleplaying games.

-Haley Shaw

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