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Tongues of Serpents Audiobook

Tongues of Serpents: Temeraire, Book 6

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Publisher's Summary

A dazzling blend of military history, high-flying fantasy, and edge-of-your-seat adventure, Naomi Novik’s Temeraire novels, set in an alternate Napoleonic era in which intelligent dragons have been harnessed as weapons of war, are more than just perennial bestsellers—they are a worldwide phenomenon. Now, in Tongues of Serpents, Naomi Novik is back, along with the dragon Temeraire and his rider and friend, Capt. Will Laurence.

Convicted of treason despite their heroic defense against Napoleon’s invasion of England, Temeraire and Laurence—stripped of rank and standing—have been transported to the prison colony at New South Wales in distant Australia, where, it is hoped, they cannot further corrupt the British Aerial Corps with their dangerous notions of liberty for dragons. Temeraire and Laurence carry with them three dragon eggs intended to help establish a covert in the colony and destined to be handed over to such second-rate, undesirable officers as have been willing to accept so remote an assignment—including one former acquaintance, Captain Rankin, whose cruelty once cost a dragon its life.

Nor is this the greatest difficulty that confronts the exiled dragon and rider: Instead of leaving behind all the political entanglements and corruptions of the war, Laurence and Temeraire have instead sailed into a hornet’s nest of fresh complications. For the colony at New South Wales has been thrown into turmoil after the overthrow of the military governor, one William Bligh—better known as Captain Bligh, late of HMS Bounty. Bligh wastes no time in attempting to enlist Temeraire and Laurence to restore him to office, while the upstart masters of the colony are equally determined that the new arrivals should not upset a balance of power precariously tipped in their favor.

Dragon tales: don't miss the rest of the Temeraire series.

©2010 Temeraire, LLC (P)2010 Tantor

What the Critics Say

"The characters are as riveting as ever, the setting is new but convincing, and the plot, with its first-class balancing of Laurence's and Temeraire's internal and external struggles, shows Novik's continued excellence as a novelist." (Booklist)

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    Amber 06-27-11
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    "Forgetable"

    This book was so lack luster; I went to write this review and couldn't remember anything about the story. The plot for the book stayed so dead on the series' plot recipe that this book blurred into the oblivion of the old story lines. I was VERY disappointed, I love Lawrence and Temeraire...I was planing to name my next kitten Temeraire until I read this ;)

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    Pho3nix42 05-30-17
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    "Wonderful story!"

    The reviews of this book didn't leave me hopeful, but I thoroughly enjoyed the story and didn't find it droning at all.

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    Amazon Customer 05-04-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Another Great Temeraire book"

    Loved it looking forward to the next one. Novik had created another page turner that sets the next book quite well

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    Lois McDonald 04-10-17 Member Since 2009
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    "Constant struggle"

    These books are well written and engaging but it is frustrating when Temeraire and Lawrence don't seem to get anywhere better for all their struggles

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    "Soooo close
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    Everything on Naomi's side was excellent, as well as Simon, it's just that Tharkay (probably slaughtered the spelling.) should have a crisp European accent/voice I thought? I could have sworn in black powder war it stated that multiple times? I'm obviously being super over critical or at least flat wrong.. Either way.

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    jonathanjaehnert 08-22-16 Member Since 2016
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    "love this series"

    I've been listening to this whole series and have really enjoyedf the world of Temeraire. The books scratch an itch i didn't even know was there. I loved Simon Vance's American voice in this one, being an American myself and being so used to his English accent it was a surprise and made me chuckle a little bit. This book in particular may seem like it has nothing to do with the story of the series as a while but I found that it didnt mattetr to me much, I still enjoyed the hell out of it!

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    Taylor Jewell 06-28-16
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    "Another perfect addition."

    Can't get enough of Vance's performance or Novik's tale. She provides flawless environments with details she took time to admire before describing. And treats the emotions of her characters with the same reverence.

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    Pace 06-21-16
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    "An interesting continuation."

    I loved this part of Novik's amazing Temeraire Series. Though somewhat of a filler, it is still important to the overall story of the series. Taking a brake from the war gives Novik a chance to focus on new threats that test our heroes in ways they could have never imagined. Excellent book.

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    Amazon Customer 05-23-16 Member Since 2016
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    "loved it. always have always will."

    Simon does the best reading I've ever heard. and I love how he uses different voices for the characters. makes it a lot easier to follow who's speaking at the moment. lol

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    "didn't like this one as much"

    this would seem to just drag on all the other books in the series have been a lot better hopefully the next book in the series will be better

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