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Railsea Audiobook

Railsea

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Publisher's Summary

On board the moletrain Medes, Sham Yes ap Soorap watches in awe as he witnesses his first moldywarpe hunt: the giant mole bursting from the earth, the harpoonists targeting their prey, the battle resulting in one's death and the other's glory. But no matter how spectacular it is, Sham can't shake the sense that there is more to life than traveling the endless rails of the railsea - even if his captain can think only of the hunt for the ivory-coloured mole she's been chasing since it took her arm all those years ago. When they come across a wrecked train, at first it's a welcome distraction. But what Sham finds in the derelict - a series of pictures hinting at something, somewhere, that should be impossible - leads to considerably more than he'd bargained for. Soon he's hunted on all sides, by pirates, trainsfolk, monsters and salvage-scrabblers. And it might not be just Sham's life that's about to change. It could be the whole of the railsea.

From China Miéville comes a novel for listeners of all ages, a gripping and brilliantly imagined take on Herman Melville's Moby-Dick that confirms his status as "the most original and talented voice to appear in several years." (Science Fiction Chronicle)

©2012 China Mieville (P)2012 Random House Audio

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    Daniel DOVER, PA, United States 02-12-13
    Daniel DOVER, PA, United States 02-12-13 Member Since 2015

    30 Year up and coming writer who hopes one day to be seen here published and loved :)

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    "Instant classic"
    What made the experience of listening to Railsea the most enjoyable?

    The voice acting and story combined with the story telling and reader's ability to make characters distinct.


    What other book might you compare Railsea to and why?

    Moby Dick, Treasure Island, Howl's Moving Castle, and Kidnapped to name a few. The story blends various aspects and tropes of these ideological worlds and settings and makes a comparison to and contrast to each. Its very enjoyable how there are hints of other stories and yet is highly distinctive and very well written.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    When Sham's bat attacks thugs for the first time as a little mouse-sized guardian.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes and more so!


    Any additional comments?

    Recommended for anyone who loves adventure stories, this book really feels like that and more. It is very Diesel Punk and Scavenger World combined but the over all story, setting, and even the very description the author used make me HOPE for a sequel...or a movie adaption sometime soon :) China's other books are often set in dystopia or cyber punk style futures/worlds but this one is very refreshing and harkens the reader back to the classic adventures like previously mentioned Moby Dick, Huckleberry Finn, Thom Sawyer, and other similar adventure tales.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    John Kenmore, WA, United States 09-18-12
    John Kenmore, WA, United States 09-18-12 Member Since 2003
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    "Giant Moles"
    What did you like best about Railsea? What did you like least?

    A true world unlike earth, but slightly similar. Plus all the unfinished avenues of thought waiting to be pursued. Really a mind engaging story.


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    No recommendations.


    Have you listened to any of Jonathan Cowley’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Not applicable


    Do you think Railsea needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    Yes. To continue the exploration of the unknown parts of that world.


    Any additional comments?

    Very enjoyable book. Would like a series.

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    Anonamouse 10-19-15
    Anonamouse 10-19-15 Member Since 2013
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    "Fun but odd."

    A great little story about trains, giant moles and finding yourself, the ending let me down a little bit but I would still recommend it.

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    Zachary Caro Cleveland, Ohio USA 03-21-15
    Zachary Caro Cleveland, Ohio USA 03-21-15 Member Since 2016

    Zac

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    "China, not my cup of tea"

    Had a hard time diving into this one... For those of you that read the book you might get my little joke... Hard time diving in?

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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