The Dragons of Babel

  • by Michael Swanwick
  • Narrated by Dan Butler
  • 12 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Winner of five Hugo Awards, Michael Swanwick is an icon within the fantasy community. In The Dragons of Babel he effortlessly blends magical elements and post-industrial atmosphere to craft a unique and unforgettable tale.
When a mechanical war dragon crash lands in his village and declares itself king, Will le Fey is forced to become its lieutenant. Although he eventually breaks his enslavement, Will is banished by the townspeople, who no longer trust him. While he travels, he befriends a superhuman con artist and an immortal girl with no memory. And when the trio winds up in the extraordinary Faerie metropolis of Babel, Will becomes a champion to the tunnel dwellers below the city.
In a starred review, Publishers Weekly praises this “heady literary stew” and describes it as “modern fantasy at its finest.” Narrator Dan Butler’s reading captures the full scope of Swanwick’s astonishing epic.


What the Critics Say

“Swanwick continues to turn traditional ideas of Faerie life upside down while remaining true to ancient Celtic Faerie lore. This masterfully written expansion of an iconoclastic vision belongs in all libraries of all sizes.” (Library Journal)


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Customer Reviews

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Narrative is monotonous and no personality. I was so confused by the end of the first chapter, 'the winged ones' (the kids? the dragons?) The coolest part of this book and we are blindfolded by a stone grandmother whom died in and explosion that did the town no harm?? Are the dragons evil? If so why js the protagonist so in aw of them?
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- ericbyers

Book Details

  • Release Date: 11-11-2010
  • Publisher: Recorded Books