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Dragonsbane

Narrated by: Derek Perkins
Length: 11 hrs and 16 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (138 ratings)

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When the Black Dragon seized the Deep of Ylferdun, young Gareth braved the far Winterlands to find John Aversin, Dragonsbane - the only living man ever to slay a dragon. In return for the promise of the King to send help to the Winterlands, Aversin agreed to attempt the nearly impossible feat again.

With them, to guard them on the haunted trip south, went Jenny Waynest, a half-taught sorceress and mother of Aversin's sons.

But at the decadent Court, nothing was as expected. Rebellion threatened the land. Zyerne, a sorceress of seemingly unlimited power, held the King under an evil spell, and he refused to see them. Meantime, the dragon fed well on the knights who had challenged him.

In the end, Aversin, Jenny, and Gareth had to steal away at night to challenge Morkeleb, largest and wisest of dragons.

But that was only the beginning of the perils they must face.

©1985 Barbara Hambly (P)2012 Audible, Inc.

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Didn't want to leave Jenny and the dragon

I found myself in my head all day after finishing Dragonsbane, wanting to wander off into the world of Jenny and John, and the dragon. I love Barbara Hambley's stories. I love that she has strong female characters who have both self determination and a purpose in life beyond that of a husband and children- and Jenny's dilemma is no less significant now than it was when the book was written, maybe more so. I also love a good love story - and it is a love story, even if they have been together ten years, and have two children. The narrator does a decent job, manages to get most of his phrasing right, even if he does say "nitch" for niche....

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one of my favorite listens

I've loved Barbara Hambly since I first read her in college, but it had been several years since I read her. Picking this up on the recommendation of another favorite author, Brandon Sanderson, re emphasized what I knew all those years ago--Hambly's writing is lyrical, fluid, and sensitive. And the reader was exactly right--emotive without over-performing, allowing the felicity of Hambly's prose to take center stage.

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Absolute Love

This book is such a gem. Pure poetry and beautifully delivered. I looked forward to listening and hearing how Barbara Hambly skillfully intertwined and developed each character.

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  • Jason
  • Sherwood, OR, United States
  • 04-28-19

Meh - Slow Story But Enjoyable

A more than slightly neurotic witch who spends most of the book in her head, rehashing the same events that result in anxiety, worry, envy, anger, frustration, fear, and guilt. The narrator does a good job and that salvages the story from being insufferable.

The overall story is good but pacing is very slow because the scenes that move the plot forward are short and far between and the time spent in the main character's head, where she replay's the same events, make up the majority of the book.

I can't recommend it but I did enjoy it and don't regret listening to it. Check it out if you want to feel better about yourself because you'll realize that at least you're not as conflicted as this character.

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Enjoyable story! Creativity meets individual thinking

I really liked this book. I felt like it opened my mind to new ways at looking at magic, dragons, and characters. If you like fantasy and you like dragons you should enjoy the his book.

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Beloved favorite

The novels in this world that follow Dragonsbane are also excellent novels, but this one forever remains my most loved novel.

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Wonderful

Delightful characters with great interactions. Insightful, lovely, lyrical, familiar yet unique. Well worth your time. I wish the rest were available on Audible, yet this one stands satisfactorily alone.

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A story with depth and great characters

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

This has been one of the most enjoyable listens I have had in several years. The characters are fresh, free from typical tropes and the reactions to conflict are believable.

What did you like best about this story?

This has been one of the most enjoyable listens I have had in several years. The characters are fresh, free from typical tropes and the reactions to conflict are believable.

Which scene was your favorite?

It was a three act play and every act was detailed.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes.

Any additional comments?

Loved the descriptions, the actions, and the characters. Wow. This was a great discovery.

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Wonderful visuals and feelings

I liked the visuals in the telling of the story. As well as the in-depth descriptions of the humans, gnomes, and dragons.

I found I could not put the book down. The story had an arc that kept you curious about the next step.

Thoughts I was thinking about while hearing the book:
I found descriptions of the seeking of magic to be similar to that of other human professions where seeking more knowledge is necessary to advancement. The temperament of the teacher frequently tempers the attitude of the student.

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great book and narrator

the book is rath
er short but it is a good listen none the less.very nice detailing