Now China has discovered that its rare gift, intended for Napoleon, has fallen into British hands, and an angry Chinese delegation vows to reclaim the remarkable beast. But Laurence refuses to cooperate. Facing the gallows for his defiance, Laurence has no choice but to accompany Temeraire back to the Far East, a long voyage fraught with peril, intrigue, and the untold terrors of the deep. Yet once the pair reaches the court of the Chinese emperor, even more shocking discoveries and darker dangers await.
©2006 Naomi Novik; (P)2007 Random House Inc. Random House Audio, a division of Random House Inc.
"Throne of Jade is a solid second entry in what is shaping up to be an intriguing series." (Bookmarks Magazine)
Loved the book, just thought I'd point out an issue with the recording. Part 2 of the download for me started about 40 minutes from the end of the book! by trial and error I discovered that the part 'begins' about 1 hour and 9 minutes after hitting play. So, if you have no idea what's going on when you start part 2, fast forward and give it another try as this is an excellent series.
I verified with Audible's folks that the stream had been fixed before downloading the files. They assured me it was but I remained skeptical. I just finished listening and all is well. Thank you Audible!
This book continues where the first one left off. The relationship between the dragon and the sailor explored further, and to the point where It start become cumbersome. This book is pedestrian and repetitive compare to the first book. There is some intrigue in the story line, but that does not take place till last few chapters of the book. If I have to read this book over again, I probably will skip few chapters in the middle and not lose much in the story line.
Narration is great as Simon does a great job and because of his work, I was able to complete the book. If you have some time to waste go for this book, but it is as good as the first one.
The series greatest strength, it's world, is still intact here. Set in China, this expands the world to include a fake-historical look at China that feels quite well researched and believable. The weakness of the series, character depth, is not patched up very well, unfortunately. Characters are still woefully one-dimensional. Also, there is far less battle in the book, and one of these sorely strains credulity. However, the setting is so enhanced by the anglo-sino culture clash, that this book stands on equal footing with me as the first novel. Again, I'm not sorry I listened, but wouldn't highly recommend either.
Learn, understand, then decide whether you accept or reject.
The only reason I didn't give this story five stars is because it seems to escape from the setup it built in the first book and instead took the story to China. However, the epic settings and detailed scenes do the series justice.
This book continues the first book's excellent historically-based theme while nicely picking up the plot soon after the conclusion of the first book. I was pleasantly surprised to not only see little time lapse, but that this book did not introduce some random new plot device, but instead continues with the story of what China thinks about Temeraire's current condition, which was brought up many times near the end of the first novel.
Naomi displays once again an excellent knowledge of life at sea and the amazingly thought out logistics of her world. Wonderfully detailed descriptions of another of her world's civilizations fill the tail end of the novel.
I am still a bit annoyed with the odd time jumps that appear inside the story, but this time the beginning of important events are not cut off, which was my primary qualm with the first novel. Other than that, my only complaint are minor "conveniences" that would occasionally push the plot in favor of the good guys, such as a perfectly timed arrival or lucky not-quite-related events. Most of these, however, are things that could very well have happened and do not force you to "suspend your disbelief" much at all. Both of these complaints are minor and greatly overshadowed by the book as a whole.
From an audiobook standpoint, Simon Vance does a fantastic job portraying the various characters' voices, including very authentic-sounding accents! He also has a voice that is easy to listen to for long periods.
I give Throne of Jade 4.8 stars out of 5.
I was very confused at the jump in the story. Now I will follow your instructions. I love the books and the narrator is the absolute best there is.
I'd give it a 5 for the story itself but the problem with the audio being off mentioned in the previous review is quite annoying.
I doublechecked the paperback version of the book (which I would not have bought except for this problem) and there are no pieces of the story missing, just misplaced. After part one, the story continues at 1:09:05 of the second part and once you've finished, go back to the beginning and play the rest.
I've been reassured by audible's tech support that they are aware of the problem and when it is fixed, I'll be notified and a corrected version made available for download.
I love the series, but Throne of Jade is pretty skippable, one of the weaker entries; I skipped it earlier and came back to it, and honestly, it could have stayed skipped. From the events in the subsequent books, I'd have thought what happened to get them to China and their discoveries there would be monumental, but this is not the case. The Chinese experience is much more movingly felt as Laurence and Temeraire come back to the West and interact with Europeans again.
Throne of Jade does set up or foreshadow some events later in the series, which might have made it more interesting if read in order.
Simon Vance has a lovely voice, but he bores me to the point I never want to finish a book he's reading. That's never been more clear than here, with a series I know I love on paper. While not being literally monotonous, he somehow manages to actively repel me. I suspect a cadence thing - he just keeps going at the same pace, doing voices but not adding beats or speeding up or letting speeches and events have their own meaning and rhythm. In this book, I also dislike his character voicings.
Laurence is always an unreasonably gentlemanly officer, with a stick up his backside, but when I read him he seems passionate and caring, and occasionally deeply torn on a point of honor. And he's being slowly, insinuatingly, hopelessly corrupted by his dragon. In Vance's reading all I hear is the stick; he sounds old and red-faced and blustery, like a naval officer in an Austen novel.
Vance's Temeraire is a little breathy and snakelike, which is not a bad interpretation, as dragons are kind of serpentish, but he doesn't capture the dragon's charm and humor -- all the wheedling, the naivete, the unabashed battle-lust and materialism and the earnest efforts to follow Laurence's very high mores.
Many people seem to really love Vance; this is just a minority report and a dissent with his choices for this book.
I'd rather have spent the time to read it myself. Often narration adds to a book that might be weak, but in this case, the narrator's take on characters I already loved came between me and the book.
There are no listener reviews for this title yet.
Report Inappropriate Content