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A Natural History of Dragons: A Memoir by Lady Trent | [Marie Brennan]

A Natural History of Dragons: A Memoir by Lady Trent

You, dear listener, continue at your own risk. It is not for the faint of heart - no more so than the study of dragons itself. But such study offers rewards beyond compare: to stand in a dragon's presence, even for the briefest of moments - even at the risk of one's life - is a delight that, once experienced, can never be forgotten….All the world, from Scirland to the farthest reaches of Eriga, know Isabella, Lady Trent, to be the world's preeminent dragon naturalist.
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Marie Brennan begins a thrilling new fantasy series in A Natural History of Dragons, combining adventure with the inquisitive spirit of the Victorian Age. You, dear listener, continue at your own risk. It is not for the faint of heart - no more so than the study of dragons itself. But such study offers rewards beyond compare: to stand in a dragon's presence, even for the briefest of moments - even at the risk of one's life - is a delight that, once experienced, can never be forgotten….All the world, from Scirland to the farthest reaches of Eriga, know Isabella, Lady Trent, to be the world's preeminent dragon naturalist. She is the remarkable woman who brought the study of dragons out of the misty shadows of myth and misunderstanding into the clear light of modern science. But before she became the illustrious figure we know today, there was a bookish young woman whose passion for learning, natural history, and, yes, dragons defied the stifling conventions of her day. Here at last, in her own words, is the true story of a pioneering spirit who risked her reputation, her prospects, and her fragile flesh and bone to satisfy her scientific curiosity; of how she sought true love and happiness despite her lamentable eccentricities; and of her thrilling expedition to the perilous mountains of Vystrana, where she made the first of many historic discoveries that would change the world forever.

"Saturated with the joy and urgency of discovery and scientific curiosity." (Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) on A Natural History of Dragons)

©2013 Bryn Neuenschwander (P)2013 Macmillan Audio

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    Bonnie Bellmore, NY, United States 04-17-14
    Bonnie Bellmore, NY, United States 04-17-14 Member Since 2001

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    "Kate Reading makes this audio book devine"
    What did you love best about A Natural History of Dragons?

    Victorian history with touches of bizarre chemistry and creatures of unfathomable grandness. It has a "Steam-Punk" feel but keeps you in that Victorian era. The main character is a young woman way ahead of her time. Luckily she's able to find some one to share it with. In a time when women were expected to stay and home and look pretty, our heroine wants to grow with knowledge


    What other book might you compare A Natural History of Dragons to and why?

    I don't think I've come across any book like this. It is the memoir of a woman who is now in her old age telling of how she started out as a child with interests in nature and and especially Dragons.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    There are so many I don't want to spoil the story, there are twists and turns that really make the story interesting.


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

    When Jacob tells Isabelle "Don't let them get away with this." I won't spoil it .


    Any additional comments?

    I've read reviews of people who read the kindle version, and the print version. I have to say Kate Reading makes this story come alive. She is marvelous with accents, voices both male and female, and showing emotions. I can't wait to read the next in the series.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Lorie J. ODonnell 04-03-14

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    "Wonderful, both in story and in narration"

    This is a book that defies neat and orderly description. It is, in turn, an adventure, a fantasy, a steampunk mystery, a romance, and a most excellent scientific treatise. I enjoyed it from start to finish, and look forward to the continuation of the series.

    The narration was spot on!

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    Connie Hope, BC, Canada 03-22-14
    Connie Hope, BC, Canada 03-22-14 Member Since 2010

    Science fiction, fantasy, historical fiction...take me away!

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    "Victorian Lady discovers her passion for dragons"

    Engrossing story told by Lady Trent, documenting her early life and fascination with dragons, culminating in a dangerous trip to distant lands to study them closely. Amazing narration, lovely story. I hope there are more volumes to come!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Booklover 06-28-14
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    "Lovely story, excellent reading"

    A lovely "memoir" told by an older woman who overcomes the odds in her world in order to become a natural scientist who studies dragons. Her passion takes her on adventures with both rewards and losses. Superb reading by the appropriately named Kate Reading adds to the charm of the main character. I am looking forward to the next in the series!

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    Scott United States 06-02-14
    Scott United States 06-02-14 Member Since 2011
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    "Worth a chance"

    I don't particularly enjoy reading books where the main character is narrating the story, but if you can work passed that and you're not a sexist, then this is a pretty good book. The story is lacking at times I guess, but the plot is sound. Narration is okay, but nothing great. Wouldn't recommend it, but I also wouldn't stop anybody from trying it.

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    William Los Angeles, CA, United States 05-30-14
    William Los Angeles, CA, United States 05-30-14 Member Since 2008

    On level 5 of Robot Hell

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    "Dragons like you've never seen them."
    What did you like best about this story?

    It felt so natural and real. In the midst of the dangers and trials you were reminded the heroine was a naturalist at heart and the scientific observation and inquiries did not disappear in favor of action at moments of crisis.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The exploration of the ruins I would have to say. It was a moment of timelessness in a world of the fantastic. The heroine and reader both shared a glimpse into ancient eons.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Oh very much so. I sank right into the book hated having to stop and start repeatedly.


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