This is one of those rare books that keeps you interested, emotionally invested, and somehow manages to not take itself too seriously. I love a book that's humorous without being emotionally vacant or blatantly nonsensical, it's a tricky balance.
I'm not sure, I don't read much in the way of steampunk.
Alan Cumming might be my favorite narrator. He's one of the few narrators I've listened to who's attempts at the opposite sex's voices isn't distracting due to either a lack of or over-abundance of effort. Also, he reads like he's excited to share the story.
I laughed several times, I found this book very amusing.
I don't know. It took me a long time to get into it in the first place. Then again, I don't usually re-listen to audiobooks. Takes too much time.
I like the lack of real love story. There is always a love story, but this time around, it's not slapping you in the face with it.
Alan Cumming is AMAZING. Accents and character voices and inflections. So great. I would listen to him talk all the time, especially with a Scottish accent.
It made me laugh a bit I guess. It was mostly just really interesting. It's a historic story, but also steampunky and sci-fi. It's really weird and cool.
Despite it's initial weirdness, this is actually a really fun, interesting story. I'm going to buy the rest of the series because I really want to know what's going to happen next. It's WWI like you've never read before!
I think this book is targeted toward a much younger age bracket than I had originally considered. I thought it would be young adult (12-15), with personal-discovery and coming of age themes, wrapped in an introductory science/steampunk bow, but it turned out much more theatrical -- almost whimsical.
I really wish the author would have delved a bit deeper in to the science behind the either faction. The cover promised steampunk and naturalism, but delivered a society of snooty German "clunkers" and British kids that spew fake swears more than methane. I also wish he'd have left out the painfully cliche bits at the end.
Alan Cumming had a great emotional delivery. The pacing was phenomenal and all of the characters had their own distinct voices.
I thought it had a great depiction of gender equality. I liked the fact that one of the protagonists and the head scientist were both girls. The author made it known that girls were intellectual and physical equals to boys, without being preachy about it.
I really wanted to like this book and had plans to invest in the entire series. I made my decision to purchase the audiobook based on the narration by Alan Cumming. I was very pleased with the narration, but the story fell flat from me. It wasn't a -bad- book, but it didn't meet any of my expectations; it felt rushed, the depictions of the nationalities were almost offensively stereotypical, and the science was very non-committal. The author created a robust world with giant genetically engineered war machines, but then hurried to brush it off as happy bees and whale farts. I guess I expected more science and steam in my steampunk adventure.
I really enjoyed listening to Alan's reading. Going to get the next book to decide on the story. Has potential, but definitely doesn't stand on its own.
First, beautifully narrated. Second, well-written with a lot of really interesting and charming ideas. Third, a lot of action to move you through the story. Overall, a good listen.
I'm a journalist, columnist and slave to a great tale, well told.
I LOVED Alan Cumming's performance. He made every character so different and kept along at a great clip, giving credibility to the invented words of this fictional time and place. But the narrative is SO descriptive of the action (which is constant) that I had a hard time keeping up with picturing it all in my head. I kept getting lost as to who was where and who was whom and ... my sons enjoyed it. Kind of a "boy" book, I'm afraid.
This is one of those audiobooks that took me a bit of time to get in to the story; however, once I did I loved it and didn't want it to end. I liked the friendship that developed between Alek and Deryn and can't wait to see where it goes. The story has tons of mystery of intrigue. I liked how it is close to real history but just slightly different and that difference makes the world a blast. It's taken me forever to start these stories but I think I'll be listening to the rest of them fairly soon.
Steampunk/sci-fi/IT nerd with a penchant for humor and atheism. History texts get equal time with webcomics.
The themes of diesel punk alt history.
Written for young adults, but still enjoyable for adults.
I have not
Had to immediately pick up the rest of the series, and picked up the hard covers for my niece.
A good story about a ship made out of animals and the politics of war. I've decided not to continue on with the story but maybe you might like it. If you have a spare credit than by all means use it. However I wouldn't purchase this book. Maybe rent from a library or something.