Naomi Novik is a wonderful story teller with a great imagination. She reminds me of Bernard Cornwell with her mixture of historical events and fictional characters that are so masterfully combined that the reality of our past may be forever changed. Have you ever thought of co-writing a book with Bernard Cornwell? Maybe titled Sharpes Dragons!
This book would be more interesting if it was actually about aerial combat with dragons. Yes, the last hour involved some aerial combat, but, the bringing up baby story to get to that point was very tedious. I really don't care about how many cows Temeraire had for breakfast. I was hoping that the next book would continue the story about the war with Napoleon, but, apparently it doesn't.
This series starts a little slow, with a lot of training and social interaction. But the premise rocks, and Will Lawrence, with all his stiff pride in the face of all the haphazard folks around him, is a hero to savor. I'm completely addicted.
The Temeraire series is one of my absolute favorites, but I find myself disappointed with Simon Vance as the narrator. It's not the narration that is amiss; rather, it is the dialogue that seems lacking, from the somewhat over-the-top French accents to the tentative dragon voices and feeble-sounding female voices. The story itself is compelling enough to try to make up for it, however.
The story is going nowhere and the characters are flat as paper. Yawn.
No, but definitely from other books by the same author.
He is a great narrator, with a beautiful voice and good voices for each character.
I don't think that I would buy another book by Naomi Novik or do I see myself listening to another book read by Simon Vance. He did not make the book come alive like many other readers I have listened to. A good reader can make a poor book more interesting. I am about half way through this book and don't know if I will be able to finish it. If I could I would return it.
Since I don't know if I can finish this book I think that it is safe to say that I will never buy another book by Naomi Novik. I honestly regret getting this book.
The Reader does not bring the book to life, it seems like it is a chore for him to read it.
didn't want to stop reading this book. A great one to pass on to the younger ones to get them into reading .thank you for the gift.