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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: Series: The Temeraire Series Release Date: September 2007 ISBN: 9780739354209
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“A new writer is soaring on the wings of a dragon.”
–The New York Times

“Enthralling reading–it’s like Jane Austen playing Dungeons & Dragons with Eragon’s Christopher Paolini.”
–Time, on His Majesty’s Dragon


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.


“A gripping adventure full of rich detail and the impossible wonder of gilded fantasy.”
–Entertainment Weekly, on His Majesty’s Dragon

“A thrilling fantasy . . . All hail Naomi Novik.”
–The Washington Post Book World, on His Majesty’s Dragon


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Listener Opinions

  • 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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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

David Thorn spent his childhood in the Channel Islands off the coast of France, was schooled in England, and then immigrated to the United States at the age of twenty-three. He is retired from international commerce and currently resides in California.