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Download The Book of Dragons Audiobook (Unabridged)

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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (736 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Edith Nesbit Narrator: Cathy Dobson Publisher: Red Door Audiobooks Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: November 2011 ISBN:
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First published in 1900, The Book Of Dragons is one of Edith Nesbit's best loved and most inventive children's books. Her heroes and heroines are children faced unexpectedly with real live dragons, which are fiery, fierce, ravenous, irritating, grumpy, furry and even gifted cooks! They appear from caves, from the pages of a magical book, at the North Pole or from mysterious dungeons where nobody dares enter. Her stories are superbly written and surprise and delight at every turn. Absolutely riveting.

  • I. The Book of Beasts
  • II. Uncle James, or The Purple Stranger
  • III. The Deliverers of Their Country
  • IV. The Ice Dragon, or Do as You Are Told
  • V. The Island of the Nine Whirlpools
  • VI. The Dragon Tamers
  • VII. The Fiery Dragon, or The Heart of Stone and the Heart of Gold
  • VIII. Kind Little Edmund, or The Caves and the Cockatrice

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Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Klgg | 2/13/2014

    " I love dragons and I love the way E. Nesbit writes! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Joy | 2/2/2014

    " E. Nesbit has been a favorite of mine since childhood, and I am delighted to say the stories hold up. My favorite kind of work, with sincere and fantastical story-telling for the young and the occasional witty aside slipped in for the more mature reader. "As well-plowed as any young man at Oxford," she describes the fields in one instance... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Michelle | 1/27/2014

    " Yet another childhood favorite that escaped Mama's purge. I used to read this when I wanted to kill a few hours and it's one of my favorite of the favorites. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mike | 1/24/2014

    " We were at the used book store. My 2 year old picked this book, and my wife put it back. She picked it up 2 or 3 more times, and it was only $1, so I figured I should buy it. It was fairly good. It is a collection of stories about dragons aimed at pre-teens. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Kayleigh | 1/21/2014

    " I can't stand Nesbit's writing. It's so twee and condescending. Some of these stories might actually have been fun had they not been written during a time when children were marginalized and considered stupid. Even as a child, I hated it when authors felt the need to talk down to young audiences, so this book annoyed the crap out of me. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tricia | 1/21/2014

    " This is a collection of short stories about dragons. They are written in the tone of a parent telling bedtime stories. I read the ebook version to myself, but I think one or more of my boys might enjoy them. There are certainly some laugh-out-loud funny bits and pieces, but the style is a bit stilted (perhaps true to its era?). My favorite were The Dragon Tamers, and The Heart of Gold and the Heart of Stone. What's not to love in that absurd description of a hunting herd of hippopotami? (and is a herd of 75 swine really any better for a kingdom, even if they are well-behaved?) "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Bianca Jill | 1/19/2014

    " I won't forget this book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Alysia | 1/13/2014

    " We loved this book! It had the kids and mom and dad rolling on the floor laughing in spots, and totally engrossed. Such a fun read. "

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

    " This book was so much fun! It's a collection of short stories that all feature dragons and every single one of them is filled with all the light humor of a good British children's book. This book reminded me why I became a writer. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Barb | 1/2/2014

    " Wonderful short stories for children about dragons. Written at the turn of the century, they have an old-fashioned British flavor that takes me back to some of my favorite children's literature: Alice's Adventures In Wonderland; Peter Pan; The Wind In the Willows; Mary Poppins; etc. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 David | 12/28/2013

    " Great series of short stories all involving dragons in some form. Had a great time reading a story each night at bedtime to my 8 and 5 year old. Old fashioned and dry British humor. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jailynn | 12/25/2013

    " Favorite story was the one that explained how dragons evolved into cats, kind of like how dinosaurs evolved into birds. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Anita | 12/17/2013

    " We recently read this book for bedtime and we loved it. It was one of those books that was so much fun for me to read and the kids were mesmerized with how each story was going to unfold. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 David | 12/9/2013

    " one of my favorite childhood reads "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kailey | 12/9/2013

    " Collection of short stories all including dragons. I love dragon lore! Each story has a different set of characteristics, personalities, looks, sizes, myths, and rules that describe the dragon or dragons. Wonderful writing! I adore this author! Each story is a perfect delight! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jamie | 12/2/2013

    " This is such a great read aloud! I love E. Nesbit's style. Her stories are so every-day and so fantastical all at once. My children begged for more at the end of every story. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Chris | 10/21/2013

    " This is actually the first Nesbit book I ever read. Is good. Likes them short stories, I does. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kirsti S. | 9/30/2013

    " Funny short stories. Would make a good read-aloud. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jennifer | 8/26/2013

    " Quirky short fantasy stories. A little dark and odd. Good for younger Roald Dahl readers. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tiffany | 7/1/2013

    " Really cute fairy tales about dragons for kids - love the writing "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Amie | 1/4/2013

    " Quickly becoming one of my favorite childrens books just too fun for words! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Maggie Douglas | 11/27/2012

    " Dragon themes short stories, written in the form of old fashioned fairy tales. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Laura | 11/9/2012

    " Cute and clever, a good reference for people interested in fairy tales. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rusty | 9/14/2012

    " This little book has a series of eight short stories about dragons, great first book for young readers interested in dragons. Some of the dragons are blood thirsty, some eat anything, and one even becomes the pre-runner of the cat that lives in so many homes. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ray | 2/9/2012

    " I'm not usually too big on short stories, but the ones in this book were so cute, and often absolutely hilarious at that! Very enjoyable read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Angel Leto | 11/21/2011

    " A lovely collection of short dragon related stories!! :) "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jeremiah | 11/16/2011

    " This was a wonderful collection of short stories. And yes though ideally for children, this is meant for children of all ages. It's tales were fun, and funny. Some had lessons in them. Others were fanciful and fun. I recommend this book to anyone, young or old, that loves a good little story. "

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