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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (7,453 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Naomi Novik Narrator: David Thorn Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Temeraire Series Release Date: September 2007 ISBN: 9780739354209
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An illness is striking down England's Aerial Corps dragons one by one. Even many of the strongest have died, and the surgeons have no cure. When Temeraire and his ragtag band of fellows return from their desperate flight across Asia and Europe, they are kept sequestered for their own safety?--but Izkierka, their valuable Turkish fire-breathing dragon, is stricken. In desperate hopes of finding a cure before Napoleon realizes that England is vulnerable, Temeraire, Laurence, and a small group journey to Africa in search of aid.

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  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 April | 1/31/2014

    " This one was pretty much the worst one out of all of them. Novik needs to up the standards. In my opinion she hasn't been doing that except from the first to the second book. It's starting to get a bit boring. All the details and so many pages for something. The ending seemed like it should have been in the next book. The series is just getting more sad over time. Temeraire and Laurence never get a break and both aren't happy with how things are but seem to trudge along. All Laurence wants is to make Temeraire happy, but he can't. Laurence makes a big sacrifice here. I have to read the next book because I have to see what happens to Laurence and Temeraire, but Novik is probably going to take till the end of it to finally get to it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kareemah | 1/18/2014

    " Love the whole series. Excellent Drangoning without being too Pern-ish "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tyler | 1/17/2014

    " Impressive read. Always something new and refreshing. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jen | 1/6/2014

    " Just as good as the other 3 in this series. Like the way that the story doesn't just go for the cop out ending. Reminds me very much of Patrick O'Brien and the relationship between Jack and Maturin. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Savannah | 1/6/2014

    " With this fourth episode, the series deviates further into alternate history, but in a marvelous and well-developed way. Mainly, though, the obvious episode plot is a set-up for what is looking to be the series plot, the gradual shift of Laurence's opinions on the whole issue of personhood and civil rights for the dragons. Killer ending, too, when that issue comes up against the mores of the period. Basically, read this episode straight through in one sitting (yead, didn't get much else done that day). "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Emilyla | 12/12/2013

    " This book seemed to get back the spunk and charector that the second and third books seemed to be lacking in! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lee Sidonie | 10/13/2013

    " I cried.... I was reading this book in the early hours of the morning and I was moved so much by Captain Will Laurence's sacrifice that...I cried "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Diana Sandberg | 10/3/2013

    " Still more amazing than the last. Africa, now, and a dire illness that threatens the kill every last dragon on earth. The search for a cure, the incursion into uncharted lands in the interior of the continent, encounters with exotic cultures. So exciting. Very well done. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kathleen | 2/4/2013

    " Fourth in Naomi Novik's series about Temeraire and his rider, this is another great book. The setting this time is Africa. Who knew there were so many different kinds of dragons in the world? "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Zarakoda | 10/26/2012

    " 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 Shaun Major | 9/22/2012

    " It might not be O'Brian or Austen, but it is still a very clever reimagining of the Napoleonic era - with a draconic difference. Perhaps not as strong as the earlier novels in the series, but captivating nevertheless. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Nickolas Chaplin | 11/18/2011

    " There better be a 5th "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 alex | 5/20/2011

    " Loved it - this alternate world continues to evolve well. "

  • 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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