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His Majesty's Dragon Audiobook

His Majesty's Dragon: Temeraire, Book 1

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Publisher's Summary

Aerial combat brings a thrilling new dimension to the Napoleonic Wars as valiant warriors rise to Britain's defense by taking to the skies - not aboard aircraft but atop the mighty backs of fighting dragons.

When HMS Reliant captures a French frigate and seizes its precious cargo - an unhatched dragon egg - fate sweeps Captain Will Laurence from his seafaring life into an uncertain future and an unexpected kinship with a most extraordinary creature.

Thrust into the rarified world of the Aerial Corps as master of the dragon Temeraire, he will face a crash course in the daring tactics of airborne battle. For as France's own dragon-borne forces rally to breach British soil in Bonaparte's boldest gambit, Laurence and Temeraire must soar into a baptism of fire.

Don't miss the rest of the Temeraire series:
Book 2: Throne of Jade and
Book 3: Black Powder War.

©2006 Naomi Novik; (P)2007 Books on Tape

What the Critics Say

  • Locus Award, 2007
  • Hugo Award nominee, Best Novel, 2007

"Delightful...Novik seamlessly blends fantasy into the history of the Napoleonic wars." (Publishers Weekly)

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    Teresa Blue Ridge, VA, USA 10-24-08
    Teresa Blue Ridge, VA, USA 10-24-08
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    "A Magical Series"

    I fell in love with the author's depiction of sentient dragons whose morality rivals those of men. The underlying themes of duty and obedience vs honesty and loyalty resonate with our world today. I only wish the author could continue this series! I look forward to more from Naomi Novik.

    9 of 11 people found this review helpful
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    Kevin 08-08-12
    Kevin 08-08-12 Member Since 2010
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    "Unique, fun, and well-written!"
    Would you listen to His Majesty's Dragon again? Why?

    I've already listened to this book 5 times. It's a fun listen. I have recommended it to several friends as a great "serious enough to pay attention to, but fun enough to listen to in the car" book. Light on the silly supernatural (no sexy vampires here) and heavy on personal interaction and historical setting, the Temeraire series is a great way to enjoy an alternate universe of the Napoleonic Wars. Novik's books in this series explore many of the continents of the early 19th Century complete with dragons and foreign cultures that are well-researched and described.


    What other book might you compare His Majesty's Dragon to and why?

    Hard to compare... Master and Commander? ... but with dragons.


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

    Vance's narration is wonderful. Covering accents from around the world and a great diversity of characters, he does an excellent job of giving a feel for the language and actions in the books.


    Any additional comments?

    This is the first book in a great series!! I highly recommend this book to readers who yearn for historical fiction mixed with fantasy. This is no witches, spells, sexy vampires fighting with musclebound werewolves for silly high school girls who only know the word "Beautiful" to describe things. This is much more a travelogue or war story set in the age of cannons and sails with real historical figures intermixed with aerial corps of dragons. <br/><br/>

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Kenneth Richmond, TX, United States 11-01-11
    Kenneth Richmond, TX, United States 11-01-11 Member Since 2010
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    "Good Series."

    This series and Jack Campell's lost fleet series have a lot in common for me. Protagonists that are the model of perfection, couched in dilemma’s that really only need a strong decisive commander to overcome.

    But like the lost fleet series, I'm not 'desperate' to find out what happens next. Perfect to read when I’m waiting, and solid entertainment whenever I have the time just not quite....gripping enough to be great.

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    Neil Amsterdam, Netherlands 03-04-11
    Neil Amsterdam, Netherlands 03-04-11 Member Since 2012
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    "Solid, well researched, entertaining fluff..."

    I don't mean that in a bad way. I am a reader of many kinds of books. I tend towards 'lit-fiction,' science and history. Fantasy series are my guilty pleasure, and this is the fourth i've embarked on after Tolkien, Martin, and Joe Abercrombie. In some ways, this is the best series of the lot, in some ways the worst. THE GOOD: The world itself is very interesting, the presence of dragons being an entertaining twist on what otherwise is precisely the stuff of Horatio Hornblower or Master and Commander. High-seas, for-king-and-country, rule Britania, huzzah! Rousing and fun. The narrator sounds convincingly of-the-period. The thought into how Dragons have shaped the world is also admirable. The battles are unique and riveting. THE BAD: The characters are almost entirely flat, uncomplicated vessels for the plot. The dialogue isn't bad, but they don't have DEPTH. OVERALL: A rousing listen, but it won't stay with you!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Winona Decatur, AL, United States 10-06-08
    Winona Decatur, AL, United States 10-06-08

    College student, Mom and Grandma.

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    "Can't get enough"

    This is a twist of fate that you will never guess. It talks about true friendship and everlasting love. You will cry, you will laugh and you will get mad but you will stick with it to the end. Leaving you craving for more.

    8 of 10 people found this review helpful
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    Hannes cupertino, CA, United States 10-22-10
    Hannes cupertino, CA, United States 10-22-10 Member Since 2016
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    "47 years too late"

    (I'm 57) I haven't finished the book and probably won't. They are reasonably well written, well-narrated and so forth, but as I was listening to the rather predictable "plot", I realized how much I would have enjoyed this at age 10....seriously, these are excellent children's books.

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    William T. Mendoza Seattle, WA, USA 01-30-15
    William T. Mendoza Seattle, WA, USA 01-30-15

    Mad Willy

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    "Worth a Listen"

    People have been telling me for years to read this. I was resistant. Glad I finally relented. Likable characters. Interesting dragons. The plot is alright. Good descriptions. An excellent narrator.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Joki Helsinki 04-13-14
    Joki Helsinki 04-13-14 Member Since 2009
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    "Enjoyable Napoleonic Wars Alternate History"

    This is an enjoyable alternate Universe regency England era book, featuring an upstanding captain and the dragon for which he comes to care. His Majesty's Dragon is definitely a first book in the series, setting up the characters and having them go through training to prepare for more action in later books.

    Story: Navy Captain Will Laurence finds himself with a prize: a captured French ship with a dragon egg in the hold. But the egg is hardening and about to hatch and a person must be paired with the dragon. The dragon chooses Laurence and the captain finds himself taken from all he holds dear as his life changes from being a naval officer to an aerial combatant atop his rare dragon, Temeraire. But along the way, the two will get to know each other, deal with diversity and prejudice, learn more about the mysterious Temeraire, and train heavily to prepare to defeat Napoleon.

    Most of the story is the interaction of Laurence and Temeraire, with a few battle scenes near the end. As a build up first book, it's about character and relationships, man and dragon learning to navigate the new world upon which each is thrust. Most of the story takes place at the dragon training academy in Scotland and we are introduced to quite a few interesting characters - both human and dragon.

    Laurence is an upstanding regency hero and at heart this is a love story between Laurence and Temeraire. Novik does a great job of giving us so many personalities and types but all within the historical Napoleonic Wars settings.

    Although I enjoyed the story, I did feel a bit let down by the action/war scenes (after all the build up for 90% of the book. When the battle finally happens, it feels anticlimactic and like more could have been done with it). I couldn't help but come up with all kinds of scenarios in which the dragons could have been better utilized. That said, though, Novik does a good job of making the dragons less anthropomorphic and more alien to the humans who work with the

    I listened to the Audible version of this book and the narrator did an excellent job.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Cisco Rivera 08-14-12 Member Since 2010
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    "Entertaining but Not Riveting"

    This book was a nice mix of Master and Commander and the Eragon series. I am not typically a fan of dragon focused fiction with the exception of the Paoloni series (but that is a whole other review). This book was entertaining and easy to listen to all the way through to the end….. However it was not riveting. The book had so much more potential to delve deeper into this world. I wanted more about the characters, the setting, and the dragons. While I try not to let details of the period distract me, I can’t help but notice them. Perhaps I have been spoiled too much from Bernard Cornwell’s books, but I enjoy books of this genre that can not only have a good story line, but also have great details of events, attire and equipment. While the author did a nice job of describing the dragons and their equipment, the same cannot be said about the military equipment, which at times was inaccurate. These are small and did not ruin the overall experience. I am troubled by the fact at the end of this book I was not compelled to get the next book in the series or even put it into my wish list. This is not the feeling I like to have when I start a new series, and therefore I doubt if I will continue to listen to these books. I would recommend this book if you are absolutely bored and want an easy to listen to book without much thinking required. I would rate it PG-13 as far as content and therefore could be a good listen for a family road trip if you are fine with your kids watching a movie of that rating.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Tedd Dover, NH, United States 06-06-12
    Tedd Dover, NH, United States 06-06-12 Member Since 2012
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    "very likeable characters"
    Would you recommend His Majesty's Dragon to your friends? Why or why not?

    yes. it was recommended to me by a friend. the story concept didnt seem that interesting, but as I read I found that the true enjoyment comes from the lead character and his dragon and their friendship, not some much the historical-fantasy setting.<br/><br/>superb dialogue.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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