• In the Labyrinth of Drakes

  • A Memoir by Lady Trent
  • By: Marie Brennan
  • Narrated by: Kate Reading
  • Length: 10 hrs and 31 mins
  • 4.8 out of 5 stars (804 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

In the Labyrinth of Drakes: the thrilling new audiobook in the acclaimed fantasy series from Marie Brennan, as the glamorous Lady Trent takes her adventurous explorations to the deserts of Akhia.

Even those who take no interest in the field of dragon naturalism have heard of Lady Trent's expedition to the inhospitable deserts of Akhia. Her discoveries there are the stuff of romantic legend, catapulting her from scholarly obscurity to worldwide fame. The details of her personal life during that time are hardly less private, having provided fodder for gossips in several countries.

As is so often the case in the career of this illustrious woman, the public story is far from complete. In this, the fourth volume of her memoirs, Lady Trent relates how she acquired her position with the Royal Scirling Army; how foreign saboteurs imperiled both her work and her well-being; and how her determined pursuit of knowledge took her into the deepest reaches of the Labyrinth of Drakes, where the chance action of a dragon set the stage for her greatest achievement yet.

©2016 Bryn Neuenschwander (P)2016 Macmillan Audio

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Beautifully orchestrated

After loving book 3 a lot, I did not think I would be surprised again by another in the series.
Book 4 was overall a very enjoyable read, especially parts 3 & 4. The end of part 3 in particular was masterfully realized. Also, in part 4 we got some interesting explanations about the names used in this book.
Part 2 has some pointless plotlines that led to nowhere, and it's the one part that could have been edited a bit more.
Not much else to say really, without straight out spoiling, it's book 4 in the series, just read it. :D

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could not stop listening

I loved every breath-taking moment of this narrative. Marie Brennan's words drew me along and swept me away through the beautiful telling by Kate Reading. I simply could not stop listening. I would highly recommend this series to anyone who loves dragons, or is simply interested in fantasy writings. The telling allows the reader to hang on every word and draws forth the vivid imagry of tramping through an arid desert during civil unrest and unknown dangers.

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Please May I Have Some More

Would you listen to In the Labyrinth of Drakes again? Why?

I would listen to In the Labyrinth again. Kate Reading is the perfect narrator for the voice of Lady Trent. Marie Brennan has a style of writing that infuses adventure with humor and just touch of romantic interest. Her characters are well rounded, interesting to get to know. Putting the book in memoir style with the first person makes the listener connect with the characters and their surroundings and makes the plot more involved.

What other book might you compare In the Labyrinth of Drakes to and why?

This book, and indeed the series, stands apart, but I think the Dragon Keeper series by Robin Hobb has one or two similarities. In both books there are past civilizations, with close connections to dragons, who had been wiped out. There were also people trying to discover more about those connections.

Which scene was your favorite?

In the Labyrinth of Drakes has quite a few really good scenes so it is hard to pick a favorite, but when she finds the covered staircase and the group decide to stay to investigate, you can feel their excitement and can't wait to find out what is at the bottom of them.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

I normally only get to listen to audiobooks on my drive to and from work, but for this series I found myself sitting in my vehicle when I got home, telling myself I would listen to just a little bit more.

Any additional comments?

This series is the first from Marie Brennan that I have read or listened to, but probably won't be the last. I sincerely hope that we have not heard the last of Lady Trent and company because there are a lot of unanswered questions about her life and their discoveries. Kate Reading gave a wonderful narration, as usual. It was actually a search of her works that led me to this series and I am very glad it did.

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Another great story for the series

It has been several months since I finished book 3, but I finallly listened to book 4, and I was not disappointed. Isabel Camherst and Tom Wilkers are still working on their studies of dragons, and they are now working for the military to create a breeding program for dragons. Every attempt thus far has been unsuccessful; will Isabel and Tom be successful?

Of course, if all they had to do was start a successful breeding program, things might be simple. But their progress is complicated by politics, previous acquaintances reappearing, attempted murders, kidnappings, and the ever-consistent underestimation of Lady Camherst due to her sex.

But none of that will stop Camherst and Wilkers.

I have loved this series since I listened to the first one, and book 4 does not disappoint. I loved going back into this world, aided by Kate Reading's narration - there could not be a better voice for Lady Camherst. I cannot wait until I have a chance to listen to book 5, though I also know i will be sad at finishing the series and leavig the world. As such, this will absolutely be a serues that I listen to more than once.

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Stunning

Kate Reading uses her incredible talent to read the characters right off the pages. Marie Brennan plucks your mind entirely away from your body, calling you away to climb distant mountains and push through lush jungle with Isabella at your side. Kate, you can talk me through the craziest adventures and to the deepest emotions with such ease, and I thank you for it.

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Good listen, but not the best in the series

Adds a very sweet (emotionally) element, but lacks the intense, climactic action action scene of the previous books in the series. That's not at all to say it's boring. There are some very good action sequences and lots of really interesting plot and character development. And I could listen to this narrator's performance all day!

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Exciting

It was intriguing and exciting from the start to the end. I loved listening to it.

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Best one yet!

I enjoyed this one even more than the first 3. The author seems to be really hitting her stride. And developments in the major story arcs were great, moving the series along nicely!

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I love this series.

I love this series and highly recommend it to anyone. it is a great tale with a little bit of everything from adventure to romance to sci-fi.

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Another gem

Marie Brennan spins another dragon tale in a most engaging fashion. She engages the reader early, and the story unwinds smoothly and urbanely, full of wry humour, with a plot that makes sense.

Ms. Brennan's equal in talent, Kate Reading delivers another peerless performance. She does justice to the genteel humour in the tale, and is really just perfect as the voice of the heroine.