Oh man, when I picked this up I had no idea what FUN I was getting into. Alan Cumming has by far and away delivered one of the absolute best performances I have experienced with Audible. This book and its sequels are packed with witty dialog (full of accents!) and tons of action and Alan Cumming narrates with such enthusiasm and skill that you just can't help but be drawn into all of it.
Aside from the narration, I absolutely love every bit of the story itself. As another reviewer states, you've got to get the physical copy to enjoy the illustrations if you're a fan, but there's so much to love here even without the eye candy -- clever characters you want to root for, a fascinating spin on real-world history, and of course, the beasties and contraptions. This is a wonderful specimen of alternate history and the steampunk genre, with a squick of romance thrown in. It is marketed as a young-adult series and there's definitely nothing wrong or inappropriate with that, but I'm an adult and I enjoyed the hell out of it. This series is top of my list, not just for Audiobooks, but for books in general. Do not miss out!
Wonderful alternate history of preWW I. Positive male and feme protagonists for kids to relate to. But Alan Cumming's accent proved too difficult for the middle school children with whom I tried to listen to this.
Midwest, USA native.
To anyone that loves a steampunk twist on history and a sweet romance. No trash here.
Alan is fantastic!! I would try other books by him just because he does such a great job.
Wondrous alternative history
The wild count. He shows a great analytical mind and fits what would be expected.
He understands the European slang and it sounds right coming from him.
From the first chapter, this book mixes two favorites of mine: Herbert's Dune and Forester's Hornblower series. Within that, the author gives us some real things to consider about gender roles and our relationship with technology. Most importantly, he handles these issues as secondary to his plot and characterization, so the story moves along without becoming preachy.
First one. As soon as his space series is on audible, I'll be getting it.
Fantastic reader. Bought the book because of the reader, bought the next two books in the series because of the reader and the author. Unique voices for every character. Really shows what a professional actor brings to a reading.
'All at once' is for late night cram sessions and visiting in-laws.
This was an interesting genre and although I am very disapointed at how the first book ended and find it cheap to have split the story up this way, it was interesting enough to give it a second chance. I do have my doubts though.
His attempt at the various accents and at performing men, womens and children's voices were pretty good considering.
1- Beware of Series whose individual parts fall short of expectations.
2- Beware of Surveys that don't ask the important questions first but are clearly biased with the order in which they pose questions.
I wanted to try out some Steam Punk and recall there were favorable comments about this book.Beware, its written for early teens. I got over that.However, midway through the book I realized I'd be stuck with a series, that is if I wanted to know how it all worked out. But at minumum, I expected that by the end of the first Book I would feel that something was complete. Instead I find this series is artificially cut up. This could easily have been combined with another 6-8 hour book to give us a complete story. A bit of a rip. I feel mislead by the comments I read and will re-read them after I save this review.
Yes, because the narrator did an excellent job providing accents for all the characters which made it much more enriching.
Yes, because its a great Steampunk novel and quick & easy - No, because its a series and not everyone wants to commit to multiple books in order to start & complete a story.
No, the jumping between lead characters made it easy (in a good way) to stop at appropriate moments and still cause a good amount of tension and suspense to build.
The author choose to use the word "barking" for a filler in almost every sentence spoken by Deryn - which became very repetitive and annoying. Its almost as if he were using it in place of a expletive, which was even more irritating since it felt half-assed. It is a young adult novel though, so I prefer "barking" over something more vulgar.
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.