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.
Just A little bibliophile!
I highly recommend this well-written story filled with adventure and intelligent humor. The characters are tremendously appealing, particularly the spunky and unique herione. It also features abundant references to, and elements of, history and geography, which make it all the more engrossing and entertaining. The narration by Alan Cumming is masterful, as he brings to life multiple characters and voices of varied nationality.
A less annoying hero
The heroine was solid. Her part of the story was much more interesting than her male counterpart
The only thing that I can find positive to say about this book at the moment is that Alan Cumming read it to me. And even despite that, I was bored for most of it. Deryn's character/story was more interesting that Alek's. She was far more resourceful and less annoying than her male counterpart. Alek was headstrong and disregarded every piece of good advice that he was given, ending up in one bad position then another throughout the entire book. Very annoying...But sadly, if it weren't for Alek's poor decision making, there wouldn't have been much of a story here. Every single bit of action/plot twist was due to his idiocy. Not a great foundation for a book, at least not in my opinion.
The premise for Westerfeld's trilogy is very interesting -- factions of the world divided between those who put their trust in technology (and build giant robot warriors) and those with faith in Darwin and genetic engineering (who design flying whales that people can live in). It has some historic fiction as it loosely recounts the origins of WWI.
The characters are just awful. I thought I would enjoy the plucky main female character. And I did -- for about 10 minutes. Then she became a senseless brat and lost all of her initial gumption. The main male character started out less promising, had some initial development, and then apparently forgot that he had any interesting skills. For example, when we first meet him, he is fighting with his trainer (because that's what rich aristocrats with over-protective father's do: they train to protect their lives). But as soon as he meets the female character, he apparently forgets that he has any training whatsoever and allows a girl half his size to beat him up.
I admit, I stopped 3/4 of the way through the book. The characters made me want to rip them out of the audio player and strangle them. The living whale was interesting for about 20 minutes, and then never, ever again.
The book has some amusing details and Westerfeld has obviously given a great deal of thought to how to use animals as weapons (bats that eat flechettes and are then trained to poop them onto enemies). I only wish he'd given nearly as much thought to his characters or plot.
I am married with a teenage son and run my own business. As I am visually impaired, audio books are my life.
My hubby enjoyed this novel as it had a lot of technical stuff in it as well as the sic fi. Me on the other hand could not get my teeth into it. I got halfway through before deciding to drop it. I do like sic fi but this one was a bit too wishy washy for me
I had a very hard time suspending disbelief while listening to this story. Believe it or, not it was the Clanker tech that disappointed. Really, the Germans thought a walker was more efficient than a wheeled or tracked vehicle. I'd have bought it if they had WWII messershmitts and and panzers 40 years early.