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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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    Hugo 07-13-16
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    "great story, inaccurate chapter divisions"

    Fantastic story and narration. The chapter divisions made by audible don't match up with the actual chapters in the book, which is very frustrating. Otherwise I highly recommend it

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    Paul Foster 07-12-16
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    "A great start to the series"

    I found this series after going through most of the Richard Sharpe books. It's a great alternative.

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    jonathanjaehnert 07-08-16 Member Since 2016
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    "incredible story"

    this book immediately got me hooked and i can not wait to listen to the rest of the series.

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    Brandi Donathan 07-05-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Strong characterization carried it through"

    I particularly enjoyed the strong bond developed between Temeraire and Lawrence. Novak seemed absolutely dedicated to building that relationship and she succeeded.

    This was an extremely enjoyable book and I look forward to starting the next...in about 5 minutes.

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    Marc D. Strickland 06-28-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Outstanding!"

    Best series I've read to date. Can't wait to listen to the next book. I recommend to anyone wanting a history novel with a perfect fantasy twist.

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    Meredith Liberty, Tunisia 06-20-16
    Meredith Liberty, Tunisia 06-20-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Napoleonic aerial warfare? Bring it on!"

    I'm an old fan of Horatio Hornblower and Captain Lord Ramage, so I couldn't resist at least taking a peak at seeing a new twist on the old Napoleonic naval warfare genre. His Majesty's Dragon doesn't disappoint in that regard. For one thing, Captain Lawrence is an excellent blend of my old favorites - all Ramage's refinement and noblesse oblige mixed with all Hornblower's dour and yet occasionally quixotic temperament. Accidentally plucking a naval captain from the deck of his ship and sticking him with a dragon is a delightful premise and re-imagining the time period with the inclusion of dragons and aerial combat is great fun.

    This is the first of the series but reads well as a stand-alone.

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    Heather Robinson 06-17-16 Member Since 2016
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    "loved it!"

    I absolutely love this narrator! And of course the book was fabulous as well! I highly recommend it

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    "awesome book"

    loved every bit of this story, would really like to see a movie in the near future.

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    "Novik & Vance an inspired text brilliantly performed"

    Naomi Novik has built a most intricate, thoughtful, visually breathtaking alternate Earth timeline with dragons, while respecting current historical views of Napolean, Native Americans, The English colonizing mindset, Chinese and Japanese isolation, dragons playing the role of western clipper ships, and so on. All novels in this series dovetail to a mm. Central prig cum scoundrel hero, Will, his name a palimsest, is a quixotic Oedipus. Simon Vance is an always superb narrator, any text, any genre; think Alec Guinness from 'Kind Hearts and Coronets' to Obi-wan Kenobi.

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    "A page turner."
    Would you listen to His Majesty's Dragon again? Why?

    Every character and setting comes alive. Every plot turn suprises you and every dragon battle is intense. I am trying not to spoil anything. Just read it.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Its the most engrossing book and book series I have read since I was a child.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Its like the pringles of books. You just can't pick one.


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

    Yes but I won't spoil it.


    Any additional comments?

    Read this book and series.

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