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Throne of Jade

Temeraire, Book 2
Narrated by: David Thorn
Series: Temeraire , Book 2
Length: 6 hrs and 36 mins
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“Readers with a penchant for both Patrick O’Brian and Anne McCaffrey may have found their perfect match. Naomi Novik beautifully renders an 1800s Europe in which naval buffs and dragon lovers will be keen to immerse themselves.” (Alan Dean Foster, author of the Pip & Flinx series)

When Britain intercepted a French ship and its precious cargo - an unhatched dragon's egg - Captain Will Laurence of HMS Reliant unexpectedly became master and commander of the noble dragon he named Temeraire. As new recruits in Britain's Aerial Corps, man and dragon soon proved their mettle in daring combat against Bonaparte's invading forces.  

Now China has discovered that its rare gift, intended for Napoleon, has fallen into British hands - and an angry Chinese delegation vows to reclaim the remarkable beast. But Laurence refuses to cooperate. Facing the gallows for his defiance, Laurence has no choice but to accompany Temeraire back to the Far East - a long voyage fraught with peril, intrigue, and the untold terrors of the deep. Yet once the pair reaches the court of the Chinese emperor, even more shocking discoveries and darker dangers await.

Dragon tales: don't miss the rest of the Temeraire series.
©2006 Naomi Novik (P)2007 Random House Inc. Random House Audio, a division of Random House Inc.

Critic Reviews

  • Locus Award, 2007

"Throne of Jade is a solid second entry in what is shaping up to be an intriguing series." (Bookmarks Magazine)

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Wait for the UNABRIDGED version!

I love the Temeraire series. From the first page of the first book I was hooked. That said, I do not recommend getting this audio! Abridged audiobooks somewhat annoy me, but I bought it because an unabridged version wasn't available.

In this case, if you listen to this version you will have no clue as to what's going on in the forthcoming Book 4, since the dragon illness mentioned in this book is completely excised from the audio version - and is a focus of Book 4, according to the author herself.

I was overjoyed to see Book 3 was recently released in an unabridged version. Now, if only the first two will be... it can't happen too soon! Buy another audio, get the book instead, but wait to purchase this one in the unabridged format, whenever it is released here at Audible.

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Fascinating Read

This book is just as fascinating as the first one. They go to China and explore Temeraire’s roots. The Chinese have a whole culture based on dragons. There are some interesting Chinese court politics and plots are exposed by Temeraire and Laurence.

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  • 01-30-13

Interesting and Entertaining Series

If you could sum up Throne of Jade in three words, what would they be?

Very Entertaining book.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Temeraire is the most interesting character. A dragon that can talk and learn...c'mon - no brainer.

What does David Thorn bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

His accent and timing really bring the story alive. At first I found his voice dull, but I later realized the story would not be nearly as interesting if someone else read it. I hope he is reading the remaining books, as well.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

No idea...but I would watch it. :)