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The Voyage of the Basilisk

A Memoir by Lady Trent
Narrated by: Kate Reading Narrator
Series: Memoirs by Lady Trent, Book 3
Length: 11 hrs and 45 mins
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Publisher's Summary

Devoted readers of Lady Trent's earlier memoirs, A Natural History of Dragons and The Tropic of Serpents, may believe themselves already acquainted with the particulars of her historic voyage aboard the Royal Survey ship Basilisk, but the true story of that illuminating, harrowing, and scandalous journey has never been revealed - until now.

Six years after her perilous exploits in Eriga, Isabella embarks on her most ambitious expedition yet: a two-year trip around the world to study all manner of dragons in every place they might be found. From feathered serpents sunning themselves in the ruins of a fallen civilization to the mighty sea serpents of the tropics, these creatures are a source of both endless fascination and frequent peril. Accompanying her is not only her young son, Jake, but a chivalrous foreign archaeologist whose interests converge with Isabella's in ways both professional and personal.

Science is, of course, the primary objective of the voyage, but Isabella's life is rarely so simple. She must cope with storms, shipwrecks, intrigue, and warfare, even as she makes a discovery that offers a revolutionary new insight into the ancient history of dragons.

©2015 Bryn Neuenschwander (P)2015 Macmillan Audio

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It's like your favorite Jules Vurne, but dragons!

Ms.Brennan keeps the reader intrigued with both an accurate storytelling for a time depicted in her novels and by focusing on characters that are not of the height of society but in fact or deemed lesser than. Through the works of Elizabeth she underscores what it must have been like to be a woman of science in a time. where a woman's place was considered to be at best in the kitchen or producing babies. I also appreciate how she has come to an understanding of her depiction of dragons to the point of giving a thorough depiction of scale(pun) and skeletal structure it leaves me feeling like I'm reading an encyclopedic account of actual creatures in our own world.

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Love this series!!

Each book has something new and exciting and it definitely keeps me wanting to move to the next one. I can't recommend this series enough!

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Great listen!

Loved the story and the narrator brings it to life. Laughed out loud! Great listen!

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Phenomenal As Always!

Love it so much! Cant wait to listen to #4! I'm buying it right now!

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Define “Dragon”

Stretching my understanding of dragonness - a wonderful exploration of the wide variety of creatures that can be included, depending on the criteria you use. Each new one has history and personality without ever bogging down in anthropomorphism the way so much dragon fiction does.
More exciting adventures, cultural clashes, new characters, further development of the ongoing set - I love listening to these stories for their own sake, as well as for the natural science perspective. Looking forward to starting on the next book tonight.

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What a great blend of scientic fantasy...

or maybe it's fantastical science, either way, if science had been this cool when I was young I would have followed a very different path!!! And what a refreshing twist a true classic - Dune!!!

Keep it coming!

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Love this series! 34e book as good as the 2nd one

I'm still very impressed with the depth of research and the storytelling that Marie Brennan brings to the Memoirs of Lady Trent series.

An excellent series. This book deals mainly with sea dragons, although there are many other adventures that are part of the journey.

Terrific!

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I can't wait for the next book!!

This series is exceptionally well written and performed. The reader is perfect - I think I've enjoyed it more by listening to her than I would have if I'd read it myself. I can't wait for the fourth book. Isabella is my hero. All young women should read this and be inspired by her.

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Great story perfectly read!

Isabella is a most credible naturalist with fascinating adventures in her career. Looking forward to the next in the series.

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Another great installment

Marie Brennan delivers another volume of adventure, which Kate Reading brings to life.

If you enjoy dragons, period adventures, or witty memoirs (like Richard Feynman's), this is a series to try. This volume, set on a journey around the globe, feels a little more rushed than the previous two books, but was still really enjoyable.