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Crucible of Gold Audiobook

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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (1,984 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:
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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 Review by 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 Review by 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 Review by 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 Review by Jennifer | 1/22/2014

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

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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 over forty 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.