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Dragon Haven Audiobook

Dragon Haven: The Rain Wild Chronicles, Book 2

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Publisher's Summary

The dragon keepers and the fledgling dragons are forging a passage up the treacherous Rain Wild River. They are in search of the mythical Elderling city of Kelsingra, and are accompanied by the liveship Tarman, its captain, Leftrin, and a group of hunters who must search the forests for game with which to keep the dragons fed.

With them are Alise, who has escaped her cold marriage to the cruel libertine Hest Finbok in order to continue her study of dragons, and Hest's amanuensis, the Bingtown dandy Sedric.

Rivalries and romances are already threatening to disrupt the band of explorers, but external forces may prove to be even more dangerous. Chalcedean merchants are keen to lay hands on dragon blood and organs to turn them to medicines and profit. Their traitor has infiltrated the expedition and will stop at nothing to obtain the coveted body parts.

And then there are the Rain Wilds themselves: mysterious, unstable, and ever perilous, its mighty river running with acid, its jungle impenetrable, and its waterways uncharted. Will the expedition reach their destination unscathed? Does the city of Kelsingra even exist?

Only one thing is certain: the journey will leave none of the dragons nor their human companions unchanged by the experience.

©2010 HarperCollins Publishers (P)2010 HarperCollins Publishers

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    M. Froisland Oslo, Norway 08-11-13
    M. Froisland Oslo, Norway 08-11-13 Member Since 2016
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    "A love stor where every woman is unbelievabl naive"

    Hardly anything happens in this book. Almost all the plot has to do with one or another love story. To make it even more frustrating the female characters are unbelievable naive.

    This book was a disappointment after the great start of the series.

    Also the narrater should have listened to the first book and kept similar pronunciation of names as the first narrator. Very confusing when a city and people "change" name from on book to the next.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Justin Whangarei, New Zealand 05-30-13
    Justin Whangarei, New Zealand 05-30-13 Member Since 2016
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    "Definitely not Robin Hobbs best series"
    What would have made Dragon Haven better?

    Characters that are not superficial, naive and most of the time plain stupid. Characters not having to be force feed the obvious facts in front of them to understand simple concepts.


    What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

    Ok but hampered by the material


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Disappointment - I have read many of Robin Hobbs' books and enjoyed them. This was weak and the homosexual threads added nothing to book and were poorly written. I found myself cringing because of the absurdities as I listened.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Hieng Sydney, Australia 03-11-14
    Hieng Sydney, Australia 03-11-14
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    "Change of narrator is difficult to get accustomed"
    Where does Dragon Haven rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Id say in the top 25 percentile. Great book from an awesome author.


    What other book might you compare Dragon Haven to and why?

    The clan of the Cave Bear by Jean Auel comes to mind, both books featuring strong young female characters growing up in adverse environments and harsh settings.


    Did the narration match the pace of the story?

    The narration isn't bad and the readers voice grow on you after a while. The change of narrators between books is always difficult to get accustomed to with some varying discrepancy in pronunciation, especially in names.


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

    Greff is a dickhead but I also felt sorry for him. No satisfaction for me in his end.


    Any additional comments?

    Peace.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Judith Worcestershire, United Kingdom 08-13-12
    Judith Worcestershire, United Kingdom 08-13-12 Member Since 2013
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    "Wonderful"

    Robin Hobb is a brilliant writer and it's a real joy to listen to her stories. If you enjoy fantasy fiction this is one you must not miss. This is the second in a series of 3.

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  • little bobs mum and dad
    5/11/11
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    "A satisfying conclusion"

    What an excellent sequel to Dragon Keeper! This continued in the same vein - excellent writing, excellent narration and so vivid I feel I would recognise Kelsingra myself.

    The writing is so evocative I feel as though I am right there with the characters, sharing their experiences. The characters are well rounded and completely believable, even the dragons! The conclusion to all of their individual arcs feels natural and not contrived. The narration, while different from Dragon Keeper, is still excellent, although it is a little jarring at first.

    This book is definitely more adult than the first, and while not explicit I would advise caution for those with young ones in the house.

    My only criticism is that the series is too short - I would have loved to listen to more of these books! Also, Robin Hobb has written many other books based in the same world, and a reading of these would make this later series a lot easier to understand than diving straight in as I did at first.

    A highly recommended listen, although it is very addictive so allow more time than usual!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Annie
    Nuneaton, United Kingdom
    2/11/15
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    "Shame"

    While I was getting hooked with the 1st book was then left diss interested with the change in narrator? Saskia Butlar was excellent why why why book two with Jacqui Crago seemed a completely different Book. Ruined the whole book

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Steve
    Preston, Lancs, United Kingdom
    6/12/10
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    "Good story about t'dragons ;)"

    I really liked it, a good continuation of the previous book - if you haven't read/heard number 1 I doubt you will get the most out of this one - but I agree with the other reviewer, why did they change the narrator?? This narrator is good, but the change was disconcerting. One of the characters went from sounding like Ray Winstone in book 1 to Alan Bennett in book 2! Although I personally wouldn't let it put me off a third installment as if the narrators had been the other way round I might still have flagged it as a problem. You do have to pay attention though as it can be a little tricky to tell which character is talking, though I am undecided if this is a fault with the audio process or some decision the original author took. Bottom line if you loved the first one they get this now! If you only liked the first one maybe wait till you can get it cheap, if you didn't like the first one then this won't turn you around.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Jeremy
    hawes, north yorkshire, United Kingdom
    4/10/10
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    "Changed!"

    While the book is very good, the story flows well and the characters develop believably, the narrator has been changed from the first book, and its not a good change, the original narrator was very good for the series, and expressed the characters well, so that you knew who she was portraying without needing to be told, but this narrator has ruined the book for me, if she is narrating the next installment, I doubt I will get it, shame.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    11/5/16
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    "One narrator not three..."

    These books need 1 author for the whole series not three different narrators across 4 books.

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  • Erin P.
    9/14/16
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    "Christian Bale as Batman reads Dragon Haven"
    What would have made Dragon Haven better?

    The story is riveting! It picks up right where the last book left off and pulls you in immediately. I am speaking of the book though. The audio version is WAY different. The narrator constantly uses this deep, raspy, put on voice that reminds me of Christian Bale in batman....but female! She is completely over the top and it doesn't get better as the story goes on. I couldn't get past chapter 4, sadly. She ruined it.


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  • kirsty mackay
    7/25/16
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    "As this 2nd part of the chronicles unveils the Meaning of Life R.Hobb continues the storyline adeptly."

    I would say this book is a must read for anyone seeking wisdom in life. It slowly unveils the storyline Showing all the way forward for the human race packed with small wisdoms it shows the dragons and live ships need for the gaps in their memories to be fulfilled and teaching them all that brute force is not the true quality needed in a dragon but that which their race finds slightly abnormal that for life to be truly enjoyed they need Love,Loyalty and kindness to find the way to their beloved Kelsingra not only between each other but the humans they consider their inferiors and also that without effort and unity any of them can fail even the strongest amongst them- A must read for anyone wishing to elevate the human race to becoming HUMANKIND .

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • maaniuch
    3/15/16
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    "Disappointed Robbin Hobb fan"

    Not a bad book, but not even close to Ships and Traders trilogy. Hopefully gets better after that...

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Annalivia Ford
    UK
    2/13/16
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    "All this narrator switching needs to stop"

    I really dislike Anne Flossink and I very much enjoyed the narrator who read this installment of the rain wild chronicles. I love the northern English accent and the way she could make amusement shine through. Of all of the ones that have narrated these different books she is my favorite and to my dismay she is the only one doing the single book

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Pod55
    8/30/15
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    "Complex imaginative storytelling"

    Book 2 of 4, the ongoing story unfolds, weaving several threads with complex characterisation in detail. Imaginative and descriptive.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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