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.
Something original, or some humor that worked.
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.
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.
No swearing. As previously mentioned, it might be okay for a young reader, especially if they were fans of 1800's fantasy.
Worst listening experience of the last year or more. Not my cup of tea.
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.
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.
Not really, once the characters left London (very early on) I thought it was rather dull.
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.
I really enjoyed Tummeler, the badger. Though, all of the narration was done well.
It is a series, but I won't be continuing it.
The story felt very derivative, which I believe was intentional. It had a lot of potential that I think was never realized.
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!
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.
Just a nice fun listen. Nothing too deep. Nice little twist with John at the end.
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.
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