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The dragon keepers and the fledgling dragons are forging a passage up the treacherous Rain Wild River. They are in search of the mythical Elderling city of Kelsingra, and are accompanied by the liveship Tarman, its captain, Leftrin, and a group of hunters who must search the forests for game with which to keep the dragons fed.

With them are Alise, who has escaped her cold marriage to the cruel libertine Hest Finbok in order to continue her study of dragons, and Hest's amanuensis, the Bingtown dandy Sedric.

Rivalries and romances are already threatening to disrupt the band of explorers, but external forces may prove to be even more dangerous. Chalcedean merchants are keen to lay hands on dragon blood and organs to turn them to medicines and profit. Their traitor has infiltrated the expedition and will stop at nothing to obtain the coveted body parts.

And then there are the Rain Wilds themselves: mysterious, unstable, and ever perilous, its mighty river running with acid, its jungle impenetrable, and its waterways uncharted. Will the expedition reach their destination unscathed? Does the city of Kelsingra even exist?

Only one thing is certain: the journey will leave none of the dragons nor their human companions unchanged by the experience.

©2010 HarperCollins Publishers (P)2010 HarperCollins Publishers

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A love stor where every woman is unbelievabl naive

Hardly anything happens in this book. Almost all the plot has to do with one or another love story. To make it even more frustrating the female characters are unbelievable naive.

This book was a disappointment after the great start of the series.

Also the narrater should have listened to the first book and kept similar pronunciation of names as the first narrator. Very confusing when a city and people "change" name from on book to the next.

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  • Justin
  • Whangarei, New Zealand
  • 05-30-13

Definitely not Robin Hobbs best series

What would have made Dragon Haven better?

Characters that are not superficial, naive and most of the time plain stupid. Characters not having to be force feed the obvious facts in front of them to understand simple concepts.

What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

Ok but hampered by the material

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

Disappointment - I have read many of Robin Hobbs' books and enjoyed them. This was weak and the homosexual threads added nothing to book and were poorly written. I found myself cringing because of the absurdities as I listened.

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Really worth the effort i think.

Good book with interestingly moral problems so make desicsions on. I liked it alot. Good buy

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  • Hieng
  • Sydney, Australia
  • 03-11-14

Change of narrator is difficult to get accustomed

Where does Dragon Haven rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Id say in the top 25 percentile. Great book from an awesome author.

What other book might you compare Dragon Haven to and why?

The clan of the Cave Bear by Jean Auel comes to mind, both books featuring strong young female characters growing up in adverse environments and harsh settings.

Did the narration match the pace of the story?

The narration isn't bad and the readers voice grow on you after a while. The change of narrators between books is always difficult to get accustomed to with some varying discrepancy in pronunciation, especially in names.<br/>

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

Greff is a dickhead but I also felt sorry for him. No satisfaction for me in his end.

Any additional comments?

Peace.

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Wonderful

Robin Hobb is a brilliant writer and it's a real joy to listen to her stories. If you enjoy fantasy fiction this is one you must not miss. This is the second in a series of 3.

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  • Annie
  • 02-11-15

Shame

While I was getting hooked with the 1st book was then left diss interested with the change in narrator? Saskia Butlar was excellent why why why book two with Jacqui Crago seemed a completely different Book. Ruined the whole book

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  • little bobs mum and dad
  • 05-11-11

A satisfying conclusion

What an excellent sequel to Dragon Keeper! This continued in the same vein - excellent writing, excellent narration and so vivid I feel I would recognise Kelsingra myself.

The writing is so evocative I feel as though I am right there with the characters, sharing their experiences. The characters are well rounded and completely believable, even the dragons! The conclusion to all of their individual arcs feels natural and not contrived. The narration, while different from Dragon Keeper, is still excellent, although it is a little jarring at first.

This book is definitely more adult than the first, and while not explicit I would advise caution for those with young ones in the house.

My only criticism is that the series is too short - I would have loved to listen to more of these books! Also, Robin Hobb has written many other books based in the same world, and a reading of these would make this later series a lot easier to understand than diving straight in as I did at first.

A highly recommended listen, although it is very addictive so allow more time than usual!

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  • Steve
  • 06-12-10

Good story about t'dragons ;)

I really liked it, a good continuation of the previous book - if you haven't read/heard number 1 I doubt you will get the most out of this one - but I agree with the other reviewer, why did they change the narrator?? This narrator is good, but the change was disconcerting. One of the characters went from sounding like Ray Winstone in book 1 to Alan Bennett in book 2! Although I personally wouldn't let it put me off a third installment as if the narrators had been the other way round I might still have flagged it as a problem. You do have to pay attention though as it can be a little tricky to tell which character is talking, though I am undecided if this is a fault with the audio process or some decision the original author took. Bottom line if you loved the first one they get this now! If you only liked the first one maybe wait till you can get it cheap, if you didn't like the first one then this won't turn you around.

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  • Jeremy
  • 04-10-10

Changed!

While the book is very good, the story flows well and the characters develop believably, the narrator has been changed from the first book, and its not a good change, the original narrator was very good for the series, and expressed the characters well, so that you knew who she was portraying without needing to be told, but this narrator has ruined the book for me, if she is narrating the next installment, I doubt I will get it, shame.

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  • Abigail
  • 12-03-17

Great book but the narrator was really off putting

The lady that reads this book sounded alternately like she needed to blow her nose, clear her throat and worst of all; take a drink so her mouth didn’t sound claggy and clicky and dry. So horrible a sound. I only persevered as I have listened to every other book in the series, and this was next. Just hoping she only reads this one!!! Yuck!

The book otherwise is fantastic as always for this series

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  • Dave Watts
  • 10-18-17

Much better than Book 1

The plot and interaction between the characters is much more engaging than Book 1. You want to keep listening to find out what happens next! It's well narrated too. Recommended.

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  • Keren
  • 09-27-17

Very good narrator

I enjoyed Jacqui Crago's performance as narrator. She very effectively brings the characters to life.

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  • GarethHanraha
  • 07-13-17

Great book, annoying narrator voice

Loved the story. Thought the narrator did a good job of differentiating characters. However wasn't a fan of her accent choices in all cases. Also, she needed to drink water! There was a constant dry mouth clicking sound that was very off putting and she often sounded as though she had a cold.

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  • Charis
  • 06-16-17

Narration was poor - story was excellent

This has been the only time any narration has sounded like an amateur, no individual voices to distinguish.

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  • Sarah Dawn
  • 04-23-17

I Wish Jacqui Crago Did The Whole Series

Would you listen to Dragon Haven again? Why?

I am currently listening to it again. As ever, Robin Hobb's character and plot development is a thing of beauty. This book is beautifully paced.

What about Jacqui Crago’s performance did you like?

I just love her voice. I find it incredibly soothing, and though I don't mind Saskia at all, I prefer Jacqui and find myself wishing she had more audiobooks to her name!

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  • Matt
  • 05-03-16

II would have appreciated same. narrator.

Love the book, love the characterisation, but with a different narrator to the first book it took a while to get into it again. how will the third book carry? is there a reason one narrator can not narrate a whole series of books?

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  • Anonymous User
  • 08-24-17

Gripping story, had me engaged for hours at a time

Would you consider the audio edition of Dragon Haven to be better than the print version?

narration was excellent, allows me to listen while doing other things where i wouldn't normally be able to read.

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  • Gabrielle
  • 07-11-17

Narrator mouth noises offputting

Good story - although not as good as previous stories. Narrator mouth noises very distracting - sounds like she has a dry mouth and needs a drink of water. Her actual narration would be good if it wasn't for the other constant background noises.

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  • Luke
  • 04-21-17

Hanging in there

Really struggled with the new narrator - completely changed the characters, and I didn't feel it was particularly well read.
Having said that, the story developed, and I liked that the characters learnt a lot about themselves without the drama being dragged out too much.

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  • Kristin
  • 10-11-16

Fascinating and fantastic

The Rainwilds is such an interesting setting, I was impressed by how immersed I was in the dragons journey of survival through it. The struggles between the imperious, yet weak dragons and the humans that tended them was compelling

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  • Damon
  • 09-07-16

Much better than the first of this series.

Much better than the first book of the series. That seemed to just be setting things up for this book. Audio seemed badly recorded in first few chapters but got better.