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Here, There Be Dragons Audiobook

Here, There Be Dragons

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Publisher's Summary

The Imaginarium Geographica.
"What is it?" John asked. The little man blinked and arched an eyebrow.
"It is the world, my boy," he said. "All the World, in ink and blood, vellum and parchment, leather and hide. It is the World, and it is yours to save or lose."

An unusual murder brings together three strangers, John, Jack, and Charles, on a rainy night in London during the first World War. An eccentric little man called Bert tells them that they are now the caretakers of the Imaginarium Geographica: an atlas of all the lands that have ever existed in myth and legend, fable and fairy tale. These lands, Bert claims, can be traveled to in his ship the Indigo Dragon, one of only seven vessels that is able to cross the Frontier between worlds into the Archipelago of Dreams.

Pursued by strange and terrifying creatures, the companions flee London aboard the Dragonship. Traveling to the very realm of the imagination itself, they must learn to overcome their fears and trust in one another if they are to defeat the dark forces that threaten the destiny of two worlds. And in the process, they will share a great adventure filled with clues that lead listeners to the surprise revelation of the legendary storytellers these men will one day become.

An extraordinary journey of myth, magic, and mystery, Here, There Be Dragons introduces James A. Owen as a formidable new talent.

©2006 James A. Owen; (P)2008 Simon and Schuster, Inc.

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    K. Masheter Deal Southwest, USA 05-07-12
    K. Masheter Deal Southwest, USA 05-07-12 Member Since 2015
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    "What a fun story to listen to!"

    Take historical/literary characters you might have head of, add fictitious imaginary lands from bed time stories your Grandmother might have told you when you were a wee one, mix them all up and you get this phenomenal story. Nothing stereotypical about this blending. The reader James Langton is beyond marvelous! James A. Owen's imaginative story and James Langton's brilliant narration make a five star listen.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    papa k 03-04-12
    papa k 03-04-12 Member Since 2009
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    "A See-scape Well Mapped"

    Owen deftly sails between imagination, biography, artistic inspiration, theology, and philosophy -- without sinking his literary vessel on the shallows of forced didacticism. Bearing in mind that this composition navigates toward younger minds, his furtive allusions to characters' identities play a critical part in the story's overall mystery, and prod his readers to seek out boldly the heritage of literary masters. Owen maps out a story that pleases older or younger readers; all enjoy a sense of time-travel (either nostaligic or new) in the story's events and characters. James Langton's consistency and variety of character performance accelerates the narrative with full sails. Overall, Owen has indeed the power to summon dragons and stir a wonder about what lives beyond the veil.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    William USA 06-02-08
    William USA 06-02-08
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    "Sweet!!"

    This book is very good, as is the second book "The Search for the Red Dragon".

    4 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Joe Yakima, WA, United States 02-11-16
    Joe Yakima, WA, United States 02-11-16 Member Since 2011
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    "An amalgam of other people's stories."
    What would have made Here, There Be Dragons better?

    Something original, or some humor that worked.


    What was most disappointing about James A. Owen’s story?

    It was simply an amalgam of other people's stories, tossed in a blender. It might be okay for a young reader, and there is some literary skill shown, but the story was just like watching a randomly spliced chunks of old movies, randomly chosen by another person.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of James Langton?

    I honestly can't think of anyone who could make this story work. I suppose with what he had to work with, he did as well as anyone.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    No swearing. As previously mentioned, it might be okay for a young reader, especially if they were fans of 1800's fantasy.


    Any additional comments?

    Worst listening experience of the last year or more. Not my cup of tea.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer 02-23-17 Member Since 2016
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    "good story"

    very slow start but a good book I enjoyed the story and it was taken from several different books.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Steph MARION, MA USA 11-15-16
    Steph MARION, MA USA 11-15-16

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    "Great Fantasy"

    Pulls material from all the classic fantasy authors and successfully molds it into a totally new story .

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    Troy F. 08-31-16
    Troy F. 08-31-16
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    "I love this book!"

    Here, There Be Dragons, is a well written, original story. The story is very captivating and makes you want more.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    BJ Whimpey Utah, USA 05-23-16
    BJ Whimpey Utah, USA 05-23-16 Member Since 2014
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    "Fantasy Reborn "

    This book was a beautiful reintroduction to the high fantasy world and a fresh new look at many stories we know and love. I truly enjoyed listening to it and can't wait to continue the series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Elisabeth STANTON, CA, United States 04-24-16
    Elisabeth STANTON, CA, United States 04-24-16 Member Since 2009
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    "Story 2.5, narration 4."
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    Not really, once the characters left London (very early on) I thought it was rather dull.


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    Making allusions to well known fantasy stories felt very stale to me. I don't know if it was an attempt to be clever, but it just did not hold my interest.


    Which character – as performed by James Langton – was your favorite?

    I really enjoyed Tummeler, the badger. Though, all of the narration was done well.


    Do you think Here, There Be Dragons needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    It is a series, but I won't be continuing it.


    Any additional comments?

    The story felt very derivative, which I believe was intentional. It had a lot of potential that I think was never realized.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    E. Eiler Minnesota 02-28-16
    E. Eiler Minnesota 02-28-16 Member Since 2013
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    "a fantastic series for young and old"

    These books are wonderful, and the performance is engaging. The story can be followed by younger children, and there are literary and historical references for the adult listener. Highly recommended, we liked them so much we named our cat after the badger in the book!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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