I've been an Audie Awards judge since 2008. I have enjoyed audiobooks since the days when they were called "Books on Tape".
Kate plays off the leather duster, gun slinging steampunk cougar babe really well in this spin on the zombie genre. Will Wheaton lends to the whole act with his fantastic sort of "boy wonder" voice that time seems to have not changed since his Star Trek days. Good story. Facts are a little confusing at first in the story, but work themselves out in the end. Great ending. Feels like you are watching a zombie movie in your mind. Every detail is clear.
What a book! Priest does a bang-up job creating the perfect alternate universe for her characters. You can smell the oil coming off of the airships and the zombies are so real that you can hear them shuffling along the next block. Reading and Wheaton made miracles taking the book off of paper and into your computer. Great to listen to while travelling. All of Priest's books are well worth the read!
Cherie Priest's Boneshaker is well-told, well-narrated, and despite the zombie gore, manages to tell a rather sweet story about mothers and sons. I decided to download this novel after listening to the first two books in the Leviathan series by Scott Westerfeld because I felt the need for more steampunk in my life, and I wanted to see what it might look like outside of YA-novel-world.
I was not disappointed. Both Kate Reading and Will Wheaton do an excellent job with narration, and even though they don't use exactly the same voices for the same characters, it wasn't hard to follow who was speaking because there are good cues in the text itself. Besides the quality of narration, the story arc is well-plotted and has a good mix of action and dialogue. Briar's quest to save her son, and his quest for the truth about his father, avoids schmaltz and sentimentality but is still moving.
My only caution is that you should avoid listening while eating once the action of the novel moves into the sealed-off section of Seattle. I was eating a snack and listening when zombie mayhem broke out in the story, and the descriptions of what exactly happens to a zombie's head when it gets shot made my snack much less appetizing. Other than that, which was my own fault for not knowing better, I wholeheartedly recommend this book!
With all the hype surrounding Cherie Priest's books, I was really looking forward to this one. But I was sorely disappointed by what it really is: a lame mishmash of Star Warsy "Are you my dad?" and zombies. Even the zombies were extremely uninteresting.
Overall this was a fun listen, it had potential to be great, but needed to be longer so as to further develop the characters. Zombies, guns, and action, don't expect it to be anything more and you will not be disappointed.
Seemed like more or less an excuse to trot out both the zombie and steampunk tropes. Liked the narration by Kate Reading and Wil Wheaton, but I just kept expecting more from the story. Cause of zombie curse - was left hanging. Explained in maybe two sentences. Wasn't really satisfied with it. All those buildings in Seattle had foundations, no? Why no mysterious gas released then? Perhaps I'm picking at nits.
Felt as though it could have been deeper seemed mainly travelogue with zombies and airships. If I could give it a 5/10 - that's where it would stand. Didn't deserve a 40% rating (2 out of 5) so it gets 3 stars (grudgigly at that).
And now I am sorry I do. This was really boring and if you aren't into the gimmick of the genre, you may find it so as well.
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A solid story performed by two solid narrators. This is the book about a mother and a son with a difficult past, how the revisit this past in the slum glum zombie-infested centre of a fictitious "steampunk" Seattle and how they, by overcoming mountainous obstacles, reinvigorate their own relationship. A thoroughly enjoyable listen.
If you love Steampunk, the Civil War era, science fiction and the macob, and a bit of mystery, you will love Boneshaker. If you can believe in the probable, and not the possible. Subterranean boring machines. Gases from the earth that cause deformities. Airships, zombies, and gadgets reminiscent of the Wild, Wild West. And one of those great endings that is left for you to write for yourself. If you love all of this, you wil love Boneshaker.