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Boneshaker Audiobook

Boneshaker

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Publisher's Summary

In the early days of the Civil War, rumors of gold in the frozen Klondike brought hordes of newcomers to the Pacific Northwest. Anxious to compete, Russian prospectors commissioned inventor Leviticus Blue to create a great machine that could mine through Alaska’s ice.

Thus was Dr. Blue’s Incredible Bone-Shaking Drill Engine born. But on its first test run the Boneshaker went terribly awry, destroying several blocks of downtown Seattle and unearthing a subterranean vein of blight gas that turned anyone who breathed it into the living dead.

Now it is 16 years later, and a wall has been built to enclose the devastated and toxic city. Just beyond it lives Blue’s widow, Briar Wilkes. Life is hard with a ruined reputation and a teenaged boy to support, but she and Ezekiel are managing. Until Ezekiel undertakes a secret crusade to rewrite history. His quest will take him under the wall and into a city teeming with ravenous undead, air pirates, criminal overlords, and heavily armed refugees. And only Briar can bring him out alive.

©2009 Cherie Priest (P)2010 Macmillan Audio

What the Critics Say

"Intelligent, exceptionally well written and showcasing a phenomenal strong female protagonist who embodies the complexities inherent in motherhood, this yarn is a must-read for the discerning steampunk fan." (Publishers Weekly)

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    Howdy Ho 04-07-16
    Howdy Ho 04-07-16
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    "meh"

    book was recommended, so I tried it. forced my way through it. save yourself, skip this one.

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    M. Bodaly Seattle WA USA 02-15-16
    M. Bodaly Seattle WA USA 02-15-16
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    "It's like someone found the thesaurus"
    What would have made Boneshaker better?

    The plot unnecessarily dragged on due to wordiness that makes me think this was a NaNoWriMo book. I also didn't finish this book. I made it a few chapters in


    Would you ever listen to anything by Cherie Priest again?

    Likely. This wasn't a terrible book... just wasn't for me.


    Did Wil Wheaton and Kate Reading do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    Yes. The reading was great. I was actually able to keep up.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Boneshaker?

    I didn't finish reading this sooo I dont think I should answer this question.


    Any additional comments?

    Nope.

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    Kathy Abbott 02-08-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Amazing"

    finished in 2 days, couldn't stop listening to it. must read. this would make an amazing movie

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    Coulton P. 11-18-15
    Coulton P. 11-18-15
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    "it just isnt for me"

    it looked interesting but it didnt pull me in i had to force read it

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    Amazon Customer Chicago, IL 10-01-15
    Amazon Customer Chicago, IL 10-01-15 Member Since 2012

    a man of the dark

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    "Protagonist never takes agency"

    Briar could have solved a lot of problems right from the start by telling people core information. she also loses all initiative once she is in the walled city... asking pointless questions and never taking control.

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    Veronica 09-04-15
    Veronica 09-04-15
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    "Uniquely enticing story. "

    Pros: Setting, Plot, Story, Narration
    Cons: Left some characters fates unknown.

    Would like to see a sequel which continues story & ends with fates of all characters known.

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    DabOfDarkness Ojo Caliente, NM, United States 06-17-15
    DabOfDarkness Ojo Caliente, NM, United States 06-17-15 Member Since 2011
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    "Seattle at it's most interesting!"

    Briar Wilkes is the widow of a mad man and great inventor, the late Dr. Blue. She and her teenage son, Ezekiel, must live with the everlasting shame of the horrible disaster Dr. Blue’s mining engine (Boneshaker) caused to downtown Seattle. Blight gas was released all those years ago, turning hundreds of people into the walking dead before that section of the city could be walled off. But now Ezekiel, on the cusp of manhood, goes in search of answers and Briar is hot on his heels. Set in the 1860s Pacific Northwest, this alternate steampunk history will keep you glued to the story.

    This was my first Cherie Priest book but will not be my last. The story opens by dropping us into Briar’s life and we pick up the history as we go along. Briar has secrets and lots of folks want to know if her husband, Dr. Blue, is truly dead, including her son. Hence, Ezekiel heads off on his own to find some answers. Of course, this means going into the walled off, deadly gas zone. The folks outside the wall have so many stories about those stuck on the inside, but Ezekiel and his mom are about find out the truth of the matter.

    And that is when it gets really interesting. The folks inside are rotting slowly. And there are those who have gone completely zombie. But for the most part, there is still a society of folks trying to scrape by living in underground Seattle. There’s all sorts of requirements to staying save, taking in as little gas as possible, so it’s complicated. It was fascinating to see how this society worked, and the response to Dr. Blue’s widow.

    Eventually, Briar has to make a tough trade with guy who runs the underground gas zone. Plus she then has to decide whether or not to tell her son the truth. It was so intense! Toss in some airships, a few crazy weapons, a few handicap folks with mechanical bits, and you have a great story.

    The Narration: Wil Wheaton and Kate Reading did a great job. Most of the story is told through Briar’s eyes, so we hear more of Reading. Wheaton was awesome as a confused, somewhat angry teenager. Both had distinct voices for both female and male characters.

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    david 04-04-15
    david 04-04-15
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    "many directions"

    the story did not seem focused at first. but it coellesked soon enough. the good narrators helped. it left an obvious opening for a sequel. which I will read want to read of course.

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    Gray Ottawa, ON 04-02-15
    Gray Ottawa, ON 04-02-15
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    "It didn't shake my bones but it was a good listen."
    If you could sum up Boneshaker in three words, what would they be?

    Fun Entertaining Predictable


    What did you like best about this story?

    Well paced, good character development (as far as it went)


    Which scene was your favorite?

    None stand out to me but the atmosphere throughout was excellent.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Nope - but I did enjoy the story.


    Any additional comments?

    A good introduction to the steampunk genre. The story is a good one but to me it had a bit of a juvenile fiction feel. Nevertheless, I really enjoyed the book and will probably listen to it again. I did leave the book wanting to know more about the fate of the characters but not quite enough for me to follow up and purchase the next book (yet).

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    Joe 03-30-15
    Joe 03-30-15
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    "Outlawsyn"

    awesomeness steam punk zombie airships need I say more I think not awesome awesome great good wonderful the best

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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