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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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    justin 12-16-16
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    "Fun Story"

    Different from your normal dragon stories it is still a great listen. So just sit back and enjoy.

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    david mazur 12-09-16
    david mazur 12-09-16 Member Since 2016
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    "hard to stop listening"

    expensive on audible but really enjoyable. can't wait for next free book next month.

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    michael denis 11-21-16 Member Since 2016
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    "First time listener to audible books"

    I've read this series in the past...but equally enjoyed the narrated version by Simon Vance...love them both!

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    Karen H. Friedman 11-19-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Horatio Hornblower with Dragons"

    Great book, especially for lovers of fantasy and Napoleonic era stories. I convinced my husband, who likes the former but not the latter, to read it. It's a little slow going, but Temeraire has managed to win him over.

    I think the performance was great, with the exception of Temeraire's voice, which sounds kind of like a nerdy robot. That's my only complaint, though!

    After starting the second in the series, I really see the first as little more than a character and setting introduction. So for anyone who finds it slow going but likes the premise, I'd say stick with it, because the second is much more interesting so far.

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    Benjamin Hewett Houston 10-13-16
    Benjamin Hewett Houston 10-13-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Jane Austen rides a dragon."

    My favorite book this last quarter is His Majesty's Dragon, by Naomi Novik,
    hands down. I am not a regency era expert (see my comparison of Jane Austen
    and J. R. R. Tolkien), but the banter between characters, the careful phrasing, the pacing, and the social intrigue all felt very much like an
    Austen novel. Then add intelligent dragons and the Napoleonic wars. As with Scott Westerfeld's Leviathan and the general steampunk genre, I was dubious about this book. At first glance, mixing dragons and Jane seems like a stretch.

    Or perhaps a pulled muscle.

    But Novik's style reduces the sensationalism without killing the magic. The characters have some depth, the dialogue is tasteful, and the action scenes are laden with layered meaning. The story sails by in a blink, and I didn't
    bat an eye when my kids asked to listen in. Only the ending felt rushed, as if the regency muse stepped out for a tea break while Novik was penning the last few pages.

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    Rachel 09-01-16
    Rachel 09-01-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Fantastic audible book!"

    Loved it, loved the narrator. A very well written story comes alive through the narration. I would highly recommend this book to anyone looking for a new series to listen to.

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    Timothy 08-08-16
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    "entrancing"

    Amazing voice for the book, the book its self kept me enthralled the entire time.

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    Abigail 08-01-16
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    "great everything really"

    listened on way to work, finished quickly. very addictive. different from regular fantasy stories. you too should join the aviators.

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    Just Passing Through 07-29-16
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    What did you love best about His Majesty's Dragon?

    Well, certainly if you like alternative histories you want the history part to be factual enough to be believable before it veers off into the fiction part. As far as that goes, Novik did a superlative job.

    But, for me, His Majesty's Dragon boils down to the relationship between Lawrence and Temeraire. It's a joy to watch the changes in the ever-so-proper Lawrence brought on by the youthfully exuberant (and innocent) Temeraire.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    No question, it's Temeraire. And Vance does such an amazing job of giving voice to him from the time he's fresh out of the shell through the equivalent of his childhood/adolescence that you could almost, maybe imagine that dragons are real.


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

    I actually bought this book in paper when it was first released and tried several times to get into with no success. Everything about the book should have been catnip to me, but it just didn't work for some reason. Then, last year, I decided to give the audiobook a shot and yowza! Simon Vance totally brought it to life for me. He did a great job with the various characters (the women were a bit of a stretch, but no more than expected) and accents, but he really shone with the two main characters. He presented Lawrence as the quintessential British naval officer with his crisp tones, and gave a remarkably nuanced performance as Temeraire. I loved how he imbued so much meaning to Temeraire's "oh's" with just the slightest difference in inflection. (I confess that I've adopted some of those "oh's" for my own use. Haha.)


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    The Napoleonic Wars. . . with Dragons!


    Any additional comments?

    A few thoughts about the series: After listening to this book, I immediately glommed the rest of the audiobooks in the series. I had a tense wait until the final book was released a few weeks ago but was very satisfied when I finally finished it. I know that some readers/listeners found the quality of the books in the series to be uneven, to the point where some of them bailed. While I would definitely rate some of the books much higher than others, I can't say that I was disappointed in any of them and I think that may be due, in part, to Simon Vance's mesmerizing narration. I was so sad when I reached the end of the last book, heard "Audible hopes you enjoyed this book," and had to say goodbye to Temeraire . . . but I can't wait to start it all over again with this book someday soon.

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    Amazon Customer 07-25-16 Member Since 2012
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    "An excellent tale well told."

    I am told that a review requires 20 words, so these are my words. thanks.

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