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3.00008853118712 out of 53.00008853118712 out of 53.00008853118712 out of 53.00008853118712 out of 53.00008853118712 out of 5 3.00 (7,455 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Naomi Novik Narrator: Simon Vance Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Temeraire Series Release Date: September 2007 ISBN: 9781415942437
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Tragedy has struck His Majesty’s Aerial Corps, whose magnificent fleet of fighting dragons and their human captains valiantly defend England’s shores against the encroaching armies of Napoleon Bonaparte. An epidemic of unknown origin and no known cure is decimating the noble dragons’ ranks—forcing the hopelessly stricken into quarantine. Now only Temeraire and a pack of newly recruited dragons remain uninfected—and stand as the only means of an airborne defense against France’s ever bolder sorties.

Bonaparte’s dragons are already harrowing Britain’s ships at sea. Only one recourse remains: Temeraire and his captain, Will Laurence, must take wing to Africa, whose shores may hold the cure to the mysterious and deadly contagion. On this mission there is no time to waste, and no telling what lies in store beyond the horizon or for those left behind to wait, hope, and hold the line.

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sonny | 2/15/2014

    " I liked this book the best of the series so far. It was full of suspenseful action and very hard to put down. See my comments for His Majesty's Dragon for more information about the overall series. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nina | 1/16/2014

    " Perhaps the best Temeraire one so far, as it deals with larger moral themes (slavery, etc.) without hitting you over the head. I ripped through this in < 3 hours. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Deborah | 1/4/2014

    " I listened to this one, as the narrator was this year's "Voice of Choice" from Booklist. He was fantastic, though I didn't particularly like the way either Laurence or Temeraire were voiced. I'd gotten a little bored with this series, but this book renewed my interest, and it was great for an audio format. But I can't believe how Novik ended it! I'm going to have to go right out and get the next one. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kspeare | 12/30/2013

    " This one jumped the shark a little bit in my mind, with the whole lost-civilization thing and all. Maybe it's an homage. Still a fun read, just not quite up to the standards of the rest of the series. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jamie (LadyJai) Dement | 12/17/2013

    " This was a very tumultuous journey for Lawrence and Temeraire and it did not end with the end of the book. The long journey home from China turned rough and nearly disasterous. The conflict between Lien and Temeraire continued. I loved seeing the integration of the African cultures into this story, from both sides of the slave-trade irons. It is amazing how Ms. Novik incorporates a very high and controversial political issues throughout this story line, and this book does not falter. I do love the interaction between the social binding, proper Lawrence and the inquisitiveness and social-political challenges of Temeraire. Temeraire always seems to change the mind and heart of Lawrence. I can guess where this all will end. But to see the journey to where it will eventually end is amazing! And I always will hold an open mind, maybe Ms. Novik will surprise me in the end. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Bonnie | 12/10/2013

    " I enjoyed this installment of the Temeraire series as much as the first and third - up until the ending. This ending does leave one hanging so that reading the next book in the series is imperative. I also wasn't sure that I found it convincing. Nevertheless, I did really enjoy the book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Alanda | 12/4/2013

    " this author makes your brain work when reading(but not to much),,,, and im not crazy about how it ends,, but over all a good book/series,,,, "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Zarakoda | 12/1/2013

    " Probably one of my favorites in the series so far because it had the feeling of a cohesive novel rather than just a few random chapters of various adventures. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tony | 9/27/2013

    " I think I like this one better than #3. While I've been trying to spread the volumes of this wonderful series out over time, the way this one ended makes me want to jump right into the next one. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Barbara | 8/16/2013

    " Will, Temeraire and others head off to Africa in search of a cure for the dread disease that is killing the dragons. They succeed in that part of the mission, but with life altering consequences for Will and Temeraire. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ryan | 7/21/2013

    " My favorite of the series, as yet. Novik creates another fascinating setting in the interior of Africa, and cut out much of the long, travel chapters that bogged down the previous books. I'm hoping Novik explores the American continent before the end of the series. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Brownbetty | 3/22/2013

    " This fourth book of the Temeraire series may actually be the best so far: it juggles a large cast, boldly shines a light on ethical middens of the nineteenth century British Empire, and is a romp the whole way through. At times I was compelled to do the upside-down dog-paddle of glee. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Kevin | 8/18/2012

    " This book was far more political than the other of the series and suffered because of it. Really only the last 200 pages had any action and took you back to the thrill of the previous books. It did end on a cliff hanger so I am committed to the next one in the series. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Katniss | 7/4/2012

    " Well this one took long enough to finish! It was a great read, but a slow one too. You just can't read it fast, or you'll miss things, important things. Cliffhanger much? "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Emmanuel | 12/6/2011

    " Expanding into Africa with not much resolution. Becoming more of a continuing series. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Siobhan | 8/31/2011

    " Lots of adventure in Africa. Huuuuuuge cliffhanger ending. Comments on slavery and female emancipation alike. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Benjamin Newland | 6/13/2011

    " Down to Africa they go. See review from book 1 of the series. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jessica | 5/11/2011

    " I will be biting my nails 'til the next book in the series... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Suzanne | 5/8/2011

    " I really liked the alt history of Africa aspects of this one.
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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Celtic | 5/5/2011

    " First of the series I've read; an enjoyable romp in the mold of Flashman in Dahomey but with dragons (!) and a very stiff upper lip. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Marissa | 4/24/2011

    " Great! This series is completely addictive, and this book is a wonderful addition. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Bekah | 4/23/2011

    " Best book of the series, without a doubt. She finally started to address some of the issues that the main characters have been dealing with between the lines. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Elaine | 4/4/2011

    " I knew the basic plot points before I read the book. I really did not see how the author was going to make some of the events plausible -- but she did. Nicely wrought story. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Helen | 3/31/2011

    " #4 Temeraire, much better than #3 "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Megan B | 3/9/2011

    " This was my first book on CD, besides the dramatized Narnia books. I loved it. It took me a while, but it was great. Already have book #5 here at the house, ready to play this afternoon and good thing! #4 ended in a cliffhanger! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Amanda | 2/10/2011

    " I want a dragon. That's all I'm sayin. Well, preferably a vegetarian one, but still... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tina | 1/20/2011

    " I liked the plot of this book a lot, and the depiction of the ancient culture of dragons and their relationship to certain tribes in Africa. It ends with a cliffhanger and surprising twist in the story that has me dying to read the next book! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 r23s15 | 1/17/2011

    " interessanti solo le ultime pagine...peccato perchè il primo mi è piaciuto... "

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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.