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.
Long time Fantasy fan.
not likely. Although interesting, as a story Leviathan is not particularly detailed or nuanced. It is a straight forward story and there is little reason to listen to it twice. However, the performance is outstanding and might be enough to merit a second listen.
It compares to many coming of age books, but set in a steam-punk alt reality
The details woven into the two factions' beasts and machinery was very interesting and involving.
Once again, the performance by Alan Cumming is very good, it made the book and characters for me. If this book is for a younger listener or someone who enjoys steam-punk then I would rate it a 4.5 that you would enjoy it. More mature audiences will likely find it less enjoyable, but can still appreciate what the author is doing - rate as a 3.5.
Yes. I will relisten to this book before I go on to book 3.
The death of characters is always memorable. Great afterword from the author.
The battle of Istanbul.
The War Widens.
Make sure you are part of the book's target audience - which seems to me to be young adult lovers of history and sci-fi. It just didn't hold my interest.