An unusual murder brings together three strangers, John, Jack, and Charles, on a rainy night in London during the first World War. An eccentric little man called Bert tells them that they are now the caretakers of the Imaginarium Geographica: an atlas of all the lands that have ever existed in myth and legend, fable and fairy tale. These lands, Bert claims, can be traveled to in his ship the Indigo Dragon, one of only seven vessels that is able to cross the Frontier between worlds into the Archipelago of Dreams.
Pursued by strange and terrifying creatures, the companions flee London aboard the Dragonship. Traveling to the very realm of the imagination itself, they must learn to overcome their fears and trust in one another if they are to defeat the dark forces that threaten the destiny of two worlds. And in the process, they will share a great adventure filled with clues that lead listeners to the surprise revelation of the legendary storytellers these men will one day become.
An extraordinary journey of myth, magic, and mystery, Here, There Be Dragons introduces James A. Owen as a formidable new talent.
©2006 James A. Owen; (P)2008 Simon and Schuster, Inc.
The audio provides a delightful take on the dialogue of unique characters, like a talking badger that chucks blueberry muffins at opponents and a wise, tea-drinking dragon with wispy white whiskers.
It draws heavily on Tolkien, Lewis, Wells, and other classic science fiction and fantasy authors while putting a new spin on the protagonists' journey.
Meeting the Cartographer
Very nearly, yes.
Great read for anyone that's enjoyed the classics, can handle a chapter book (10 or above?) or just wants a fun fantasy read!
Owen deftly sails between imagination, biography, artistic inspiration, theology, and philosophy -- without sinking his literary vessel on the shallows of forced didacticism. Bearing in mind that this composition navigates toward younger minds, his furtive allusions to characters' identities play a critical part in the story's overall mystery, and prod his readers to seek out boldly the heritage of literary masters. Owen maps out a story that pleases older or younger readers; all enjoy a sense of time-travel (either nostaligic or new) in the story's events and characters. James Langton's consistency and variety of character performance accelerates the narrative with full sails. Overall, Owen has indeed the power to summon dragons and stir a wonder about what lives beyond the veil.
I just didn't like it. So much time was spent on introducing the characters, but very little was spent on the climax. As a kids book I guess it is alright but as someone who was looking for some light, entertaining, listening.. well, this wasn't it. Also, there were just too many contradictions.
Take historical/literary characters you might have head of, add fictitious imaginary lands from bed time stories your Grandmother might have told you when you were a wee one, mix them all up and you get this phenomenal story. Nothing stereotypical about this blending. The reader James Langton is beyond marvelous! James A. Owen's imaginative story and James Langton's brilliant narration make a five star listen.
Audiobook Junkie... Love all types of Science Fiction
This was just too much of a child's book to keep me entertained. The characters had no depth and acted foolishly. The story was very predictable and there was an agonizing wait at times for the characters to come to obvious conclusions the author was presenting. I found this fantasy story to be all over the place. Also I couldn't understand the rationals of most of the characters. I will credit the author with an active imagination but I didn't find much cohesion. The characters were immature and it felt like they were playing at war in the end (and it was all very PG). The narration is fine if you like to be talked to like a child. The voices really emphasized the shallow, and at times generic feel of the story and characters.
If you are an adult, skip it. There are better books in the fantasy genre for kids. Try Magic Kingdom for Sale by Terry Brooks, Bartimaeus series by Jonathan Stroud or Neil Gaimans Graveyard book.
I enjoyed the book and story
I liked them all and John
He was a professional reader and did a good job
Many both with ups and downs
Look forward to the next book in the series
I loved it. My daughter loved it. Kudos to all. The performance was great. the characters were spot on. Bonus!
This was a good story all the way through but really the ending made it awesome.
Yes because the reader did an excellent job of voice acting. You could tell by the inflection of his voice who was speaking.
The ending was unexpected and delightful.
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