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  • The Book of Dragons

  • By: E. Nesbit
  • Narrated by: Karen Krause
  • Length: 4 hrs and 53 mins
  • 4.0 out of 5 stars (23 ratings)

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The Book of Dragons

By: E. Nesbit
Narrated by: Karen Krause
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Publisher's summary

Edith (E.) Nesbit was a master at weaving imagination and real life into timeless fairy tales, with fantastic mythical creatures, princes and princesses, magic, and just the right touch of silliness. This is a collection of nine of her fairy tales with a common theme - Dragons! For children from five to 95, these stories are not to be taken seriously. Let your imagination run wild!

The Book of Beasts - A young king finds a magical book once owned by his great-great-great-great-great-grandfather and unwittingly sets a wicked beast loose in his kingdom. Now he must find a way to best the beast and win back the love of his subjects.

Uncle James - The island kingdom of Rotundia is normal in every way but one - all the animals are the wrong sizes. And when a purple dragon finds its way to the island and desires the princess as a birthday present, young Tom the garderner's son, along with his lap dog sized elephant Fido, must find a way to save her.

The Deliverers of Their Country - "It all started when Effie got something in her eye..." and before the week was out, the country was overrun with dragons of all sizes. Effie and Harry decide something must be done, so they set out to wake St. George.

The Ice Dragon - Have you ever wanted to travel to the North Pole? See the Aurora Borealis up close and personal? Well, make sure you catch up to George and Jane, two disobedient children, who on December 11th, set out to do just that, finding adventure and a dragon on the way.

The Island of the Nine Whirlpools - When the King and Queen were ready to have a child, the Queen did what all good queens do; she visited the local witch. But she forgot to specify the King wanted a boy child.

The Fiery Dragon - Poor Sabrinetta, granddaughter to brave St. George the dragonslayer, has been banished to her dragon-proof tower while her evil cousin rules her kingdom. But when the dragon wakes, Prince Tiresome runs to the safety of her tower, throwing her out to fend off the dragon by herself. Can she and Elfin the pigkeeper save her people before the dragon has his way with them?

The Dragon Tamers - John the Blacksmith doesn't know what is at the bottom of the stairs leading down from the dungeon. With any luck, he'll never find out. But one day when he goes into the dungeon to fetch more coal, he comes face to face with the dragon that has risen from the depths. It looks like today John's luck may have run out. Or is it just beginning?

Kind Little Edmond - Edmund is not fond of learning but he loves to find out. One day he finds out about the creatures living in the mountain near his village and thinks maybe he doesn't like finding out about things so much after all. But once the creatures have been found, there is nothing to do but find a way to save the village before it's too late.

The Last of the Dragons - As tradition holds, on her 16th birthday, the Princess must be tied to a post and left for the dragon. Of course, the Prince has always slain the dragon and saved the Princess. But this Princess is none too confident in the Prince's ability to save her. She's much better at her fencing lessons than he. So why can't the Prince be tied up and saved by the Princess? And, why must the last dragon in England be slain at all?

Public Domain (P)2017 Karen Krause

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Loved these tales!

These are a series of (often) tongue-in-cheek tales of dragons and other mythological creatures interacting with princes, princesses, stable-boys, and other humans. There are several separate tales, so you can listen to it in segments, one story at a time. None of the stories depends on any of the others. The stories are entertaining, and often hilariously funny. They will delight both children and adults alike.

The narration is smooth, and well-paced, and the voices of the various characters are varied and distinguishable.

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Gorgeous Storytelling brought to life by K. Krause

This is such a lovely listen. I am halfway through listening to these short stories by E. Nesbit. Stories of little Kings and brave princesses, large dragons, magic books and newts! I decided to write this review before listening to all the short stories for a couple reasons.

1. It only takes an hour or two of listening to Karen Krause to fall in love with her storytelling (I was hooked before the end of the first story!).

She is able to immediately transport you to the various lands and make you laugh at the little quirks of our young heroes/heroines. She captures the innocence of the children, the starchiness of the more wiser and the playfulness of the beasts. You can clearly hear Nesbit's gentle reminders of 'how we, of course, would never do this or that!'.

2. This book is meant to be enjoyed and not rushed through. What child would want you to rush through a story?!

I'm on chapter 5 and come back to listen to a story or two when I'm in the mood for a little adventure!

Bravo to Ms. Krause and her wonderful performance in bringing this classic to life.

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