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Here, There Be Dragons Audiobook

Here, There Be Dragons

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Publisher's Summary

The Imaginarium Geographica.
"What is it?" John asked. The little man blinked and arched an eyebrow.
"It is the world, my boy," he said. "All the World, in ink and blood, vellum and parchment, leather and hide. It is the World, and it is yours to save or lose."

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.

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    William USA 06-02-08
    William USA 06-02-08
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    "Sweet!!"

    This book is very good, as is the second book "The Search for the Red Dragon".

    4 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Joe Yakima, WA, United States 02-11-16
    Joe Yakima, WA, United States 02-11-16 Member Since 2011
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    "An amalgam of other people's stories."
    What would have made Here, There Be Dragons better?

    Something original, or some humor that worked.


    What was most disappointing about James A. Owen’s story?

    It was simply an amalgam of other people's stories, tossed in a blender. It might be okay for a young reader, and there is some literary skill shown, but the story was just like watching a randomly spliced chunks of old movies, randomly chosen by another person.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of James Langton?

    I honestly can't think of anyone who could make this story work. I suppose with what he had to work with, he did as well as anyone.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    No swearing. As previously mentioned, it might be okay for a young reader, especially if they were fans of 1800's fantasy.


    Any additional comments?

    Worst listening experience of the last year or more. Not my cup of tea.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Cayce Atlanta, GA, United States 02-25-14
    Cayce Atlanta, GA, United States 02-25-14 Member Since 2006
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    "This is a kid's book"

    While I've liked a lot of YA novels, this one just bored me senseless. I got 1.5 hours in and gave it up. Maybe if all of the references or fantasy fiction was new to you it might be worth the time, but it just felt cliched to me. I kept waiting for something interesting to happen but kept getting hit with yet another fictional reference. It seemed to be the entire point of the book.

    If you're looking for something to share with your kids, go for it. If you're an adult who likes fantasy, keep looking.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    BJ Whimpey Utah, USA 05-23-16
    BJ Whimpey Utah, USA 05-23-16 Member Since 2014
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    "Fantasy Reborn "

    This book was a beautiful reintroduction to the high fantasy world and a fresh new look at many stories we know and love. I truly enjoyed listening to it and can't wait to continue the series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Elisabeth STANTON, CA, United States 04-24-16
    Elisabeth STANTON, CA, United States 04-24-16 Member Since 2009
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    "Story 2.5, narration 4."
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    Not really, once the characters left London (very early on) I thought it was rather dull.


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    Making allusions to well known fantasy stories felt very stale to me. I don't know if it was an attempt to be clever, but it just did not hold my interest.


    Which character – as performed by James Langton – was your favorite?

    I really enjoyed Tummeler, the badger. Though, all of the narration was done well.


    Do you think Here, There Be Dragons needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    It is a series, but I won't be continuing it.


    Any additional comments?

    The story felt very derivative, which I believe was intentional. It had a lot of potential that I think was never realized.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    E. Eiler Minnesota 02-28-16
    E. Eiler Minnesota 02-28-16 Member Since 2013
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    "a fantastic series for young and old"

    These books are wonderful, and the performance is engaging. The story can be followed by younger children, and there are literary and historical references for the adult listener. Highly recommended, we liked them so much we named our cat after the badger in the book!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Oak Norton 10-03-15
    Oak Norton 10-03-15
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    "a fun read"

    I don't know why some people didn't like this book. I thought it was enjoyable and not boring at all.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Farrell 05-07-14
    Farrell 05-07-14

    Sci-fi, detective, cozy. Only give 5s to those books I think stand above the rest. 4 is a good solid book. 3 is average, nothing special.

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    "Cute"

    Just a nice fun listen. Nothing too deep. Nice little twist with John at the end.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    breckoz 02-27-14
    breckoz 02-27-14 Member Since 2016

    Audiobook Junkie... Love all types of Science Fiction

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    "For Children"

    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.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Dennis FORT PIERCE, FL, United States 02-20-14
    Dennis FORT PIERCE, FL, United States 02-20-14 Member Since 2016

    Currently a local truck driver who has hours to listen to my audio books. I am hooked, some of my fellow drivers enjoy them also

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    "Interesting story with a twist near the end"
    Would you listen to Here, There Be Dragons again? Why?

    I enjoyed the book and story


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I liked them all and John


    What about James Langton’s performance did you like?

    He was a professional reader and did a good job


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

    Many both with ups and downs


    Any additional comments?

    Look forward to the next book in the series

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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