Audible is the balm for an itch I can't scratch that sits right between my ears.
Scott Westerfeld has satisfyingly concluded the story of Derron and Alec in the final installment of the series, tying things up enough to avoid leaving listeners hanging while leaving avenues for future installments. Once again the fantastic alternative universe of Klankers and Darwinists was brought to life in satisfying detail and a variety of new locales visited including the far east and northern America.
The inclusion of various people and events from history has once again been well done and creatively used within the story. The afterward explanation of these historical ties and the factual information about the events and people was both interesting and entertaining.
I once again thoroughly enjoyed the reading by Alan Cumming, his voicing of the various characters each unique and consistent. Alan has a great range and did justice to all of the various nationalities included in this book, though too much more of the American accents may have become a bit much it never detracts from the story.
The only bad thing about this book is that it is the last in the series. I can only hope Westerfeld has another story brewing that we can look forward to.
Alan Cumming is every bit the pro as a reader. His reading gives voice to each character and is flawless.
This was a great pairing of author and reader and was a set that we purchased books 2 & 3 the morning of the release and had them listened through within days.
I will listen to them again so it was well worth the price.
Loved this whole series. Loved the narration. I was a little disappointed with the way Westerfield wrapped up the ending, but otherwise very satisfied with this purchase.