• His Majesty's Dragon

  • Temeraire, Book 1
  • By: Naomi Novik
  • Narrated by: David Thorn
  • Series: Temeraire, Book 1
  • Length: 6 hrs and 21 mins
  • Abridged Audiobook
  • Release date: 03-05-07
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Random House Audio
  • 4 out of 5 stars 4.1 (184 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Aerial combat brings a thrilling new dimension to the Napoleonic Wars as valiant warriors rise to Britain's defense by taking to the skies - not aboard aircraft but atop the mighty backs of fighting dragons. When HMS Reliant captures a French frigate and seizes its precious cargo - an unhatched dragon egg - fate sweeps Captain Will Laurence from his seafaring life into an uncertain future and an unexpected kinship with a most extraordinary creature.
Thrust into the rarified world of the Aerial Corps as master of the dragon Temeraire, he will face a crash course in the daring tactics of airborne battle. For as France's own dragon-borne forces rally to breach British soil in Bonaparte's boldest gambit, Laurence and Temeraire must soar into their own baptism of fire.
Dragon tales: don't miss the rest of the Temeraire series.
©2006 Naomi Novik (P)2007 Random House Inc. Random House Audio, a division of Random House Inc.
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Critic Reviews



Locus Award, 2007

Hugo Award nominee, Best Novel, 2007
"Delightful...Novik seamlessly blends fantasy into the history of the Napoleonic wars." (Publishers Weekly)
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4 out of 5 stars
By Rob on 08-01-07

Needs to be Unabridged!!

I have to admitt that I greatly enjoyed this book, but it leaves out so much detail of the actual book. We need to get an Unabridged edition of this audiobook.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Gozamer on 03-21-07

Horatio Hornblower with Dragons

I wanted it to go on forever. Absolutely amazing!!! The narrator made the Dragon(s) and people sound just right. His pacing was also very good and I was able to follow along during the several battle scenes without getting lost in the action. The naval battles were also very well described.

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16 of 17 people found this review helpful

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5 out of 5 stars
By Alan on 06-08-10

Excellent version of a great book

I was lucky enough to get a free copy of this story as an ebook and loved it so much that I bought the rest of the series.

So I hoped that this audio book would live upto the standard of the origional. I wasn't disapointed.

The narrator took the effort to bring the book alive and allowed you to immerse yourself in the story.

I only have one slight quible with the voice he used for Temeraire didn't sound as I would imagine a very large dragon to sound

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5 out of 5 stars
By Mark on 12-15-09

Napoleonic Sea Battles with Dragons

You will find it hard to beat this mix of historic based storyline with a fantasy twist.

The narrator makes each character come alive with clearly defended voices you could imagine being real.

When this series was recommended to me I was immediately interested, after listening to the first three stories I can not wait for Audible to obtain the 4th book.

What more can I say, any book which includes broad siding an enemy ship and dragons gets my vote.

These books are well worth a read.

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