When HMS Reliant captures a French frigate and seizes its precious cargo - an unhatched dragon egg - fate sweeps Captain Will Laurence from his seafaring life into an uncertain future and an unexpected kinship with a most extraordinary creature.
Thrust into the rarified world of the Aerial Corps as master of the dragon Temeraire, he will face a crash course in the daring tactics of airborne battle. For as France's own dragon-borne forces rally to breach British soil in Bonaparte's boldest gambit, Laurence and Temeraire must soar into their own baptism of fire.
©2006 Naomi Novik; (P)2007 Random House Inc. Random House Audio, a division of Random House Inc.
"Delightful...Novik seamlessly blends fantasy into the history of the Napoleonic wars." (Publishers Weekly)
I have to admitt that I greatly enjoyed this book, but it leaves out so much detail of the actual book. We need to get an Unabridged edition of this audiobook.
I wanted it to go on forever. Absolutely amazing!!! The narrator made the Dragon(s) and people sound just right. His pacing was also very good and I was able to follow along during the several battle scenes without getting lost in the action. The naval battles were also very well described.
The story: A wonderful alternate history of the Napoleonic war where dragons provide the aerial support for both sides of the conflict. Good swashbuckling fun written in an engaging prose that is evocative of the period it is set in without being cumbersome. Naomi Novik has created a wonderful secondary world and filled it with loveable characters both human and draconian; the death scene of one of the dragons brought tears to my eyes. Highly recommended.
The audiobook: David Thorn was an excellent choice for the narrator of Novik's series. His characterizations are different enough without being vocal caricatures, and his nasal, high tonality for the voices of dragons creates a trademark which allows the listener to just enjoy the ride without having to puzzle out who's speaking. Superb narration on a par with Simon Prebble's.
A little different: This entire series isn't alternate reality, but rather fantasy. A fun read if you can forget high school physics. And, as accurate as it is, the English 18th century attitude does get a bit tiresome.
I had trouble figuring out what genre this book would appeal to.
It didn't really have anything unique or insightful to capture the imagination of those who might enjoy a book like Eragon, nor did it have a lot of action or provide a good intermingled plot with actual history.
Overall, it is written with a lot of pompous dialogue and very little story and action.
I think I'll pass on the others for now.
Enjoying audiobooks daily!
I listened to this book a while a go and forgot to review it. I liked the story a lot, but the narration left a bit to be desired. It moved well and I will finish this series eventually. Good for anyone that loves dragons and history mashed up together.
"Excellent version of a great book"
I was lucky enough to get a free copy of this story as an ebook and loved it so much that I bought the rest of the series.
So I hoped that this audio book would live upto the standard of the origional. I wasn't disapointed.
The narrator took the effort to bring the book alive and allowed you to immerse yourself in the story.
I only have one slight quible with the voice he used for Temeraire didn't sound as I would imagine a very large dragon to sound
"Napoleonic Sea Battles with Dragons"
You will find it hard to beat this mix of historic based storyline with a fantasy twist.
The narrator makes each character come alive with clearly defended voices you could imagine being real.
When this series was recommended to me I was immediately interested, after listening to the first three stories I can not wait for Audible to obtain the 4th book.
What more can I say, any book which includes broad siding an enemy ship and dragons gets my vote.
These books are well worth a read.
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