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3.00066431806744 out of 53.00066431806744 out of 53.00066431806744 out of 53.00066431806744 out of 53.00066431806744 out of 5 3.00 (1,987 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Naomi Novik Narrator: Simon Vance Publisher: Recorded Books, LLC Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Temeraire Series Release Date: March 2012 ISBN: 9781464048975
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Former Aerial Corps captain Will Laurence and his faithful dragon, Temeraire, have been put out to pasture in Australia—and it seems their part in the war has ended just when they are needed most. The French have invaded Spain, forged an alliance with Africa’s powerful Tswana empire, and brought revolution to Brazil. With Britain’s last desperate hope of defeating Napoleon in peril, the government that sidelined Laurence swiftly offers to reinstate him, convinced that he’s the best man to enter the fray and negotiate peace. So the pair embark for Brazil, only to meet with a string of unmitigated disasters that forces them to make an unexpected landing in the hostile territory of the Incan empire. With the success of the mission balanced on a razor’s edge, an old enemy appears and threatens to tip the scales toward ruin. Yet even in the midst of disaster, opportunity may lurk—for one bold enough to grasp it.

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Les | 2/11/2014

    " Nice to visit with Captain Laurence and company again. I very much enjoy the old world gentleman's dialog. I think this book should have been split up into several short stories though. Ending seemed rather uneventful. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jason Page | 2/8/2014

    " A good book, but after being blown away by the first 5 books in this series the last two have left me feeling unsatisfied. Novik has set-up a number of intersting plot points in the last 2 books, but they haven't really gone anywhere. Her pacing in upcoming books will really need to improve to bring me back to my former level of excitement for this series. I liked the book, but it had so much more potential than was realized here. Lawerence and Temeraire are fascinating characters, and Novik's love for fantasy and Napoleonic history is obvious. The potential will bring me back for an 8th adventure. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rick Cook | 2/3/2014

    " As good as the other best books in the series. The stubborn nature of dragons is called into question and tamped down a bit, as was highly necessary after letting them run wild for the past six books. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jennifer | 1/22/2014

    " Wasn't as good as some of the early books but always fun to read about Temeraire. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Foggygirl | 1/10/2014

    " This is the best series ever! The only bad thing now is the wait for the next book! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 David Katherman | 1/9/2014

    " A lot of travel log, but Novik has a really impeccable grasp of the setting in which this alternate history takes place. This book is looking like a return to the kind of book the first five were, and which the last wasn't. I really enjoy the flavor. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Brenda Pike | 12/12/2013

    " Temeraire's back! This book departs from the depressing trend of the last few in the series. Laurence is reinstated and they sail off to Brazil with many familiar characters. So good, I even find Iskierka charming. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jody | 11/18/2013

    " Maybe the series is wearing thin for me but I found it hard to get into this book and the almost Yoda-ish ponderous way of speaking. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Thomas Umstattd | 7/17/2013

    " If you have made it this far through the Temeraire books, you don't need much of a sales pitch to read this one. I will say this is MUCH more interesting than Tongues of Serpents. It is also delightfully funny. I can't wait for the next book to come out. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lancem | 3/20/2013

    " A good entry into the series "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Argent | 3/7/2013

    " much improved from the previous outing, crucible of gold takes a little while to get going, but once it does, it soars. the occaisonal dash of humorous was very welcome and overall, I was very pleased with this book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Cathryn | 12/13/2012

    " They finally leave Australia!!! Much closer in feel to the earlier books, though not as good as the first one. Overall a good and quick read. Lots of great moments with old lovable characters and several new interesting characters as well. Looking forward to the next one. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jag | 11/14/2012

    " Would have been four stars, but it just sort of ends abruptly. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jessica | 9/15/2012

    " cool book. kinda worried about them going into north america though.... "

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About the Author
Author Naomi Novik

Naomi Novik is the acclaimed author of several novels and series. In 2007 Novik received the John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer at the World Science Fiction Convention. A history buff with a particular interest in the Napoleonic era, she studied English literature at Brown University, did graduate work in computer science at Columbia University, and participated in the design and development of the computer game Neverwinter Nights: Shadows of Undrentide. She is also the author of the graphic novel Will Supervillains Be on the Final?, and she lives in New York City with her family and six computers.

About the Narrator

Simon Vance (a.k.a. Robert Whitfield) is an award-winning actor and an AudioFile Golden Voice with fifty-eight Earphones Awards. He has won thirteen prestigious Audie Awards and was Booklist’s very first Voice of Choice in 2008. He has narrated more than eight hundred audiobooks over almost thirty years, beginning when he was a radio newsreader for the BBC in London.