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The Book of Dragons Audiobook

The Book of Dragons

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Publisher's Summary

Edith (E.) Nesbit was a master at weaving imagination and real life into timeless fairy tales, with fantastic mythical creatures, princes and princesses, magic, and just the right touch of silliness. This is a collection of nine of her fairy tales with a common theme - Dragons! For children from five to 95, these stories are not to be taken seriously. Let your imagination run wild!

The Book of Beasts - A young king finds a magical book once owned by his great-great-great-great-great-grandfather and unwittingly sets a wicked beast loose in his kingdom. Now he must find a way to best the beast and win back the love of his subjects.

Uncle James - The island kingdom of Rotundia is normal in every way but one - all the animals are the wrong sizes. And when a purple dragon finds its way to the island and desires the princess as a birthday present, young Tom the garderner's son, along with his lap dog sized elephant Fido, must find a way to save her.

The Deliverers of Their Country - "It all started when Effie got something in her eye..." and before the week was out, the country was overrun with dragons of all sizes. Effie and Harry decide something must be done, so they set out to wake St. George.

The Ice Dragon - Have you ever wanted to travel to the North Pole? See the Aurora Borealis up close and personal? Well, make sure you catch up to George and Jane, two disobedient children, who on December 11th, set out to do just that, finding adventure and a dragon on the way.

The Island of the Nine Whirlpools - When the King and Queen were ready to have a child, the Queen did what all good queens do; she visited the local witch. But she forgot to specify the King wanted a boy child.

The Fiery Dragon - Poor Sabrinetta, granddaughter to brave St. George the dragonslayer, has been banished to her dragon-proof tower while her evil cousin rules her kingdom. But when the dragon wakes, Prince Tiresome runs to the safety of her tower, throwing her out to fend off the dragon by herself. Can she and Elfin the pigkeeper save her people before the dragon has his way with them?

The Dragon Tamers - John the Blacksmith doesn't know what is at the bottom of the stairs leading down from the dungeon. With any luck, he'll never find out. But one day when he goes into the dungeon to fetch more coal, he comes face to face with the dragon that has risen from the depths. It looks like today John's luck may have run out. Or is it just beginning?

Kind Little Edmond - Edmund is not fond of learning but he loves to find out. One day he finds out about the creatures living in the mountain near his village and thinks maybe he doesn't like finding out about things so much after all. But once the creatures have been found, there is nothing to do but find a way to save the village before it's too late.

The Last of the Dragons - As tradition holds, on her 16th birthday, the Princess must be tied to a post and left for the dragon. Of course, the Prince has always slain the dragon and saved the Princess. But this Princess is none too confident in the Prince's ability to save her. She's much better at her fencing lessons than he. So why can't the Prince be tied up and saved by the Princess? And, why must the last dragon in England be slain at all?

Public Domain (P)2017 Karen Krause

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    alias11 02-21-17
    alias11 02-21-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Loved these tales!"

    These are a series of (often) tongue-in-cheek tales of dragons and other mythological creatures interacting with princes, princesses, stable-boys, and other humans. There are several separate tales, so you can listen to it in segments, one story at a time. None of the stories depends on any of the others. The stories are entertaining, and often hilariously funny. They will delight both children and adults alike.

    The narration is smooth, and well-paced, and the voices of the various characters are varied and distinguishable.

    I was voluntarily provided a free review copy of this audiobook by the author, narrator, or publisher.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Trisha Arkansas, USA 02-09-17
    Trisha Arkansas, USA 02-09-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Cute!!!"

    This book was definitely written for children (the author gives a lot of nods to the children reading/listening to the book), but I enjoyed this as an adult. I like that it's set up like a lot of fairytales that I can listen to. It would be perfect to listen to a fairytale a night with children (they're about 30 minutes each). Each of the stories have a bit of a moral with a dragon twist. If you have children, pick this up and listen with your children!!!!

    This review copy audiobook was provided by the author/narrator/publisher free of charge.

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    Kitty ranma 02-06-17
    Kitty ranma 02-06-17

    I'm an avid reader/listener very eclectic. Classics too erotica to young adult, love paranormal, futuristic, fantasy, manga and spanking.

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    "Enchanting Childrens stories"

    In this there are about 10 or so short kids stories, most of them are delightful. The narrator has a voice easy to listen to. I'm 53 and I really enjoyed most of the stories. I believe that I'd listen to these stories over and over again with the children I know.

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    La La in the Library New York 04-12-17
    La La in the Library New York 04-12-17
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    "Classic fairytale style."
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    The narrator is spot on with her voice characterizations; I highly recommend!


    What did you like best about this story?

    The stories are classic fairytale style wrapped up in Wonderland hijinx, and Gulliver like adventure. Each one features a unique dragon.


    What does Karen Krause bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Karen's voice characterizations are stellar. It's like listening to a full cast production.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    As usual with well written fairytales, I smiled a lot.


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    Amazon Customer 02-23-17

    I have been listening to audiobooks since I was a kid. They keep me sane on long car trips and long walks.

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    "A lovely book of bedtime stories."
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Book of Dragons to be better than the print version?

    The audiobook is lovely and very soothing. It reminds me of just how you would expect a book to sound if it was being read to children in a nursery at bedtime. There are times, when I think I would have preferred the book though, just because the audiobook was so soothing I think some of the tongue-in-cheek whit was lost.


    What about Karen Krause’s performance did you like?

    Her performance from a technical standpoint is perfect. She is very clear and easy to understand. The characters have very distinct voices and the voices are charming. The recording is really lovely.


    Any additional comments?

    I was provided this audiobook at no charge by the author, publisher and/or narrator in exchange for an unbiased review via Audiobook Boom

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    Claire America 02-23-17
    Claire America 02-23-17 Member Since 2014

    I read all kinds of books, but I have an obsession with paranormal and fantasy at the moment. Sorry about any spelling mistakes/typos.

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    "A lovely collection"

    This is a collection of nine dragon stories for children (but adults will find them charming as well). The stories range fro 20 minutes to about40 minutes with most being close to 30 minutes. They would work well as bedtime stories.

    Karen does an wonderful job with the narration, it's perfectly done for children and really makes the collection come alive. I was very impressed with the number of voices she created.

    Each of the stories carries a message about doing what you are told and not getting into trouble woven into the storyline, it's really quite cleverly done.

    Note: This book was provided free by the author/narrator/publisher in exchange for an unbiased review.

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    cutelilinikika 02-20-17
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    "Interesting ideas with poor execution"

    An audio copy of this book was provided by the author/publisher/narrator through Audiobook Boom upon request. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

    When I started this I was hoping for a fun, light hearted fantasy story involving dragons. What I got was not quite what I expected.

    Each story included in this does deal with dragons, but often they are vicious and require killing. This on its own wouldn't bother me; every story needs a villain. But the way it was done wasn't interesting to me. The world building was lacking, the characters were very flat, and the narrative often seemed to go in circles rather than give real answers.

    The narration by Karen Krause was enjoyable. Her voice was easy to listen to and she did some fun voices for various characters through the story. I just couldn't overlook the issues I had with the stories themselves.

    All of the femal characters were poorly written. None of them could really think for themselves and they always required rescuing. Even in the stories that I thought were going to stray from this ended up headed back in this direction.

    These stories are intended for children but I don't think they would appeal to that many children I know. Maybe some of that just has to do with a different generation of readers, but overall I think this just lacks the humor and adventure that most children are looking for in a story.

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