Though I didn't dislike Westerfeld's book, I find that the writing style doesn't thrill me. I often found that I could guess where the story was going well before we got there. There was some interesting ideas but the execution of the plot was fairly mundane.
However, I would search out other books narrated by Alan Cumming. He offered a lot of colour to the voices of the characters and I really appricated his sense of pacing. Overall, very well done.
This is a hard question. I guess it depends on what my friends want a book. If they want some escapist storytelling, then this book does the job. I would also recommend this book to anyone who is interested in alternate history or steampunk. The imagry of the Darwin and Clanker "machines" is great.
However, I would not recommend this to my friends who enjoy "literature".
I read very quickly. Alan Cumming gives me a pace that ebbs and flows with a natural cadence to expand on what is written in the story. He also does very well giving personality to each character's voice.
Leviathan is the first part of a trilogy. As you finish the first book, it is clear that this was the intention of the author from the start. His formula for the book was quite obvious. I haven't finished the third book so I don't know if there are any plots left unresolved.
I enjoyed the book. The plot was fairly mundane but I found the imagery of the Darwin and Clanker machines worth the ride. I just finished Charles Darwin "Origins of Species" and have been watching Ted Talks on NetFlix. This book serves as an excellent "what if" story merging where we have been and where we could go as our society progresses.
Love to read, and love to hear a book read to me.
What a fun and inventive story, with engaging characters, and such an interesting take on the time period (WWI). Alan Cummings is an exceptional reader, which of course is no surprise. I really enjoyed this. I must read the sequel, Behemoth.
I loved this story. The characters might have had a little more depth to them, but for the most part I just loved it. The sheer creativity of the setting was wonderful. It was a fun ride from start to finish -- and the girl in the story kicked some butt without being cliche, which was a plus.
Alan Cumming's narration was perfection! He is definitely in my top picks for narrators along with John Lee and Jim Dale.
I down loaded this book after reading other reviews that applauded the story and narrator. I have to say, they were right. I loved this book and was quickly drawn into the plot and found myself engaged with the characters. Alan Cummings is one of the best narrators I have listened to and he was able to bring this story to life for me. At this point I have completed the other 2 books in the series as I had to find out how things progressed and ultimately how they would end. Excellent Series, would highly recommend. Don't let the alternate universe thing deter you, it just made me wonder...What if?
I typically like drama in the narrator, but Alan Cumming was overly dramatic to the point of distraction. And his mock-German accent was inconsistent and unrealistic. Ugh. The story itself was an unsettling mixture of admiration for the teen heros, painting them first as naive and then as smarter than the surrounding adults. I typically enjoy fiction aimed at preteens and teens, but in this case, I found it a waste of my listening time. And the final straw was that the story ended in the middle. Clearly a setup for a sequel, but without enough resolution to make one feel that they had arrived at anything other than a disappointing break in the story. And if you want to hear the end, you better buy the next installment. I'll save my money and my credits.
Yes I would, if they liked Steam Punk, Sci-Fi or adventure. I might even recommend it as a starter for touching the waters of Sci-Fi. Not sure if I would recommend to a true history lover, as although many references are historical, the twists on them would probably bother a war story or history lover. I could be wrong though.Although it started slow for me, when it got going, I would look forward to my next day's drive so that I could listen again!
Not sure as I stated before this is really my first taste of this type of book. I have read The Hunger Games series and although it's not quite the same genre and I liked Hunger better, it does have it's parallels of battles, friendships and adventure.
Not sure I want to say as I don't want to give something away here.
Yes it was once it got going. Unfortunately I only listen in my car, but it made me look forward to the next drive.
I liked it very much and I will be getting the other 2 in the series. Looking forward to what happens next!
I chose this book for two reasons, the Steampunk genre and the AWESOME Alan Cumming. Neither failed me and I am looking forward to the other two books in the series because of both the above reasons.
I thought this was a historical novel. I probably read the brief carelessly. It it a fantasy fully of imaginary stuff i don't care for.. Didn't finish it. It probably is not that bad if you like this kind of story but be forewarned.