A Natural History of Dragons: A Memoir by Lady Trent

Unabridged Audiobook

Release Date
October 2013
10 hours 19 minutes
Marie Brennan begins a thrilling new fantasy series in A Natural History of Dragons, combining adventure with the inquisitive spirit of the Victorian Age.

You, dear reader, continue at your own risk. It is not for the faint of heart—no more so than the study of dragons itself. But such study offers rewards beyond compare: to stand in a dragon's presence, even for the briefest of moments—even at the risk of one's life—is a delight that, once experienced, can never be forgotten. . . .

All the world, from Scirland to the farthest reaches of Eriga, know Isabella, Lady Trent, to be the world's preeminent dragon naturalist. She is the remarkable woman who brought the study of dragons out of the misty shadows of myth and misunderstanding into the clear light of modern science. But before she became the illustrious figure we know today, there was a bookish young woman whose passion for learning, natural history, and, yes, dragons defied the stifling conventions of her day.

Here at last, in her own words, is the true story of a pioneering spirit who risked her reputation, her prospects, and her fragile flesh and bone to satisfy her scientific curiosity; of how she sought true love and happiness despite her lamentable eccentricities; and of her thrilling expedition to the perilous mountains of Vystrana, where she made the first of many historic discoveries that would change the world forever.

'Saturated with the joy and urgency of discovery and scientific curiosity.'—Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) on A Natural History of Dragons

An NPR Best Book of 2013
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Fascinating, funny, gripping and even heartbreaking. A wild ride of a tale and I truly relished. Can't wait to read the next installment.

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Luke S.

Firstly, I'd like to say that Kate Reading's voice brings to life Marie Brennan's eloquent words. This is a beautiful marriage between author and narrator. The story is carefully woven and written from a mature woman's perspective, a reflection on her naive youth. A must for readers and listeners alike.

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Andrea O

This was wonderful to listen to. It's great how the narrator combined an element if fantasy and mixed it in with a touch of sci fi. The reader was great as well. She had a voice that gives off the same stuck up and funny air as the protagonist. Really cool and I do recommend it.

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