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.
I would recommend this audiobook to anyone that likes alternate histories or the steam punk genre.
Ooh, I don't know that I can compare this book to anything I have read. It is different from what I usually read, but had an intersection of topics I typically read, like history (particularly turn-of-the-past-century and WWI) and science fiction. I have always loved the alternate history or alternate universe or alternate reality concept, like Star Trek's
Of course I like Deryn Sharp, I always like stories about young women struggling to do what they want or become what they want; I have a daughter and I want her to become whatever she wants. I love stories with what my friends call warrior girls, like Dark Angel. But I especially like the boffin Dr. Nora Barlow -- Alan Cumming does her so very well, I smile at the remarks of this confident and intelligent woman.
Don't know, sorry.
I haven't completed listening to this book yet, but love it, and the reading by Alan Cummings is great (although I can tell that it is sometimes a bit difficult to switch accents between Dylan and Alek)! I will want to
The pitch to the publisher probably sounded good: lonely teens from different backgrounds unite to bring peace to a world at a First World War stage in history using gene altered creatures and advanced machines. Mix a little Romeo and Juliet with Darwin, Around the World in 80 Days in a balloon, a walking biped man attached machine from Avatar, the Victorian lady from
The story setting should have been on a more different planet and not try to spoonfeed British/European history to us again; I bet this writer teaches middle school history in Britain. Stop borrowing and think beyond the future multiplex cinema sales (which I hope never happens for this one) to future generations wanting to read the story.
Disappointment for sure. It sounded like a publisher assigned his friend the history teacher the task of coming up with a long
British kids might like this, but I bet Americans will be bored stiff.
The opposite of bravery is not cowardice but conformity. --Robert Anthony Contentment is, after all, simply refined indolence. --Thomas C.
It fits in great with the other books in this series. LOVE the characters, Westerfield brings wonderful characters to life.
The accent he affected for the Clankers was a bit distracting but grew on me.
I really didn't know what to expect out of this alternative history story. Set at the onset of WWI in a different universe, this book 1 of a series, draws you into the story quickly and keeps you there. The storytelling is fast paced, interesting and gets you to want to listen to the rest of the series. Well worth the time
Interesting concept---Charles Darwin, in addition to describing evolution, also discovered DNA ("life threads") and ushered in an era of British bio-engineering. Meanwhile the central European powers have a steampunk-style mechanical technology. And Archduke Ferdinand gets assassinated in Sarajevo, touching off World War I.
I really thought the setting was neat, but the story around it was so-so at best. Teen-aged girl sneaks into military, teen-aged boy flees from evil Germans, a secret cargo, accident to bring the parallel plotlines together, etc, etc. Pretty formulaic storyline, but I think the storyline was there just to give an excuse for the setting. The problem is that, about halfway through the story, the setting was fully described, and all we had left to interest us was plot.
This is the first of a trilogy, but I'm not really interested enough to bother with books 2 and 3.
Well delivered by the narrator.
I loved the contrast between Darwinist bioengineers and clanker machinists. The simple good nature of the young protagonists in this narrative is also quite refreshing.
Has some similarities in terms of plot and setting with Agatha H and the Airship City by Phil + Kaja Foglio.
He does some wonderful voices for some of the clanker characters. His performance was generally quite good.
Without giving away too much, I was quite sympathetic to the plights of the young protagonists when they wound up in conflicts where they seemed outgunned and outmanoeuvred.
While I completely enjoyed this book as a young adult, I think it would be an excellent book for teenage readers, too. It is fun without too many mature topics.