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Boneshaker | [Cherie Priest]

Boneshaker

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.
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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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    Joe SEATTLE, WA, United States 08-30-12
    Joe SEATTLE, WA, United States 08-30-12 Member Since 2014
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    "Stteampunk and zombies? I swore I never would, bu"
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    I swore to myself a long time ago that I would never read any steampunk novels or any zombie novels, yet here is a novel with both. Surprisingly, I really enjoyed this book. Living in Seattle it was prertty cool reading about the history of the city and seeing how the changed it.

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    Paul Z. Wixom, MI 04-03-12
    Paul Z. Wixom, MI 04-03-12 Member Since 2009
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    "Great Book"

    I remember hearing about this book when it forst came out but I kept putting it off... well after audible had it on one of there monthly sales I finally got around to picking it up. Now I see what the buzz was all about, and I wish I had not waited so long to pick it up. I hope the rest are as well written.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Gary POPLAR GROVE, IL, United States 02-26-12
    Gary POPLAR GROVE, IL, United States 02-26-12 Member Since 2013
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    "Narration better then the story"
    What did you love best about Boneshaker?

    I also loved the Narration of the book.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I loved the mix of Steampunk & Zombies.


    What does Wil Wheaton and Kate Reading bring to the story that you wouldn???t experience if you just read the book?

    I've never read the printed book, but I find many of the modern Audio books better then the printed book. Older audio books were dry reads but today we have more voice acting done. They are almost to the quality of a radio drama. I wouldn't say this one goes that far but the narrator does well with the accents and subtle voice changes for different characters. Wil Wheaton and Kate Reading brings the characters to life. If you don't have a mind that will give them 3D from reading a audiobook may and in this case Wil Wheaton and Kate Reading did just that.


    Any additional comments?

    I think this book was very good for the first in a series. I can't wait to get to the second book. I've always found the weakest book in a series is the first book. From the fact the writer becomes better at writing to the fact that we already know much of the back ground story. Sadly this isn't true of Movies.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Joshua Bentley Covington, WA United States 02-13-12
    Joshua Bentley Covington, WA United States 02-13-12 Listener Since 2009

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    "Great Book, Decent Performance"
    If you could sum up Boneshaker in three words, what would they be?

    steampunk, zombies, and zeppelins


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I think that Captain Cly might be one of my favorite characters. He's no-nonsense and does what he has to in order to survive, but he loves his ship and is an honorable and decent man in his own way. Second on the list would probably be Jeremiah Swackhammer.


    Have you listened to any of Wil Wheaton and Kate Reading ???s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I have listened to Wil Wheaton narrate Ready Player One. To be honest, I would have preferred he narrate this entire book. Kate isn't bad, but I found some of her characterizations a little annoying (like Swackhammer with his mask on).


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I didn't have any extreme reactions to the book except for enjoyment. It's a great blend of genres and Priest does a marvelous job of simple descriptions that are complex in their meaning. Many times I've had to pause the audiobook to consider the way she described something and just mull it over in awe.


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    "unknown" GREENVILLE, SC, United States 09-26-11
    "unknown" GREENVILLE, SC, United States 09-26-11
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    "well done!"
    What did you like about this audiobook?

    I have not read the print version.


    How has the book increased your interest in the subject matter?

    I loved all of them really, very interesting and diverse.


    Does the author present information in a way that is interesting and insightful, and if so, how does he achieve this?

    there are many scenes that I enjoyed including the one where Blue's widow slides down the air shaft into the city after meeting the crew. I also enjoyed the scene with the princess throwing knives as well as blue's son climbing the buildings to get away from the rotters. I loved the ending, the biographer coming to interview maynard's daughter and not finding her left it up in the air as to what she decided to do other than not return home, kept the interest in reading the next book.


    What did you find wrong about the narrator's performance?

    I loved the whole book!


    Do you have any additional comments?

    the book was well read and I really liked the change in readers, the change from male to female kept the two story lines separate and clear to the listener.

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    wendy NJ 08-31-11
    wendy NJ 08-31-11 Member Since 2010

    Tell us about yourself!

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    "this is a great audiobook!"

    Great! I loved this story. It's very atmospheric & such a trip. I loved the characters. So sad to see the end of the story & have to leave them.

    1 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Rick Olympia, WA, United States 11-07-10
    Rick Olympia, WA, United States 11-07-10 Member Since 2009
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    "I was't too sure about this one at first."

    This is the first audible book that I've listened to with two narrators. It was a bit distracting at first as it seemed disjointed. It did finally come together and I enjoyed the book. It is a very interesting story of an alternate history. Since I live in the Pacific Northwest, it was fun to listen to the descriptions of Seattle and other areas of the Puget Sound. A good purchase.

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    leslie newhall, CA, United States 10-20-10
    leslie newhall, CA, United States 10-20-10
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    "Good.... Just not GREAT!"

    I was looking for books in the steam-punk genre and stumbled across Boneshaker. The book kept me engaged for several days as I painted a mural in a friend's house. With sufficient steam-punk details to satisfy, and two good narrators, I stayed interested for the duration of the listen. I did enjoy the complete absence of female victims here. It was refreshing to let the old broads be both wise and kick ass- and not even a little concerned about the suppleness of their body parts. I wanted to LOVE this book, for all its uniqueness, but somehow I think the thing that will last the longest for me- is the cool cover art.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Camille KIRKLAND, WASHINGTON, United States 07-21-10
    Camille KIRKLAND, WASHINGTON, United States 07-21-10 Member Since 2008
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    "Unintresting"

    Predictable and uninteresting and unintelligent characters. Boring plot.

    I was looking for something lite as I just finished the Dune Series but was let down. For a lite read with worthwhile characters and plot check out the Mystborn series.

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    Jefferson Fukuoka, Japan 07-15-10
    Jefferson Fukuoka, Japan 07-15-10 Member Since 2010

    I love listening to or reading books--especially fantasy, science fiction, children's, classics, & historical.

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    "A Well-Read Mother-Son Steampunk Zombie Story"

    I found Boneshaker to be entertaining, suspenseful, involving, moving, humorous, and well-read by Kate Reading and Wil Wheaton. In the story Briar Wilkes goes searching for her spunky and ignorant son Zeke in an alternate history, never-ending Civil War-era downtown Seattle encircled by a 200-foot wall enclosing a nightmarish surface poisoned by "Blight" gas and overrun by ravenous man-eating zombie "Rotters," beneath which different pockets of stubborn, independent, or power-hungry people try to survive.

    Kate Reading reads Briar Wilkes' point of view chapters and Wil Wheaton Zeke's, and both speak clearly with appropriate pacing and emotion and are pleasurable to listen to in their base narration voices and various character voices. As some listeners have noted, when Briar and Zeke's plot strands begin to intertwine in the second half of the novel and the same characters begin showing up in each other's chapters, we notice the (inevitable) difference between Reading doing certain character voices and Wheaton doing them, but I found their different styles complementary rather than jarring, enjoyed changing from one reader to the other, and even almost believed I was listening to this chapter narrated by the boy's mother and that chapter by her son (even though the narration is third person).

    Cherie Priest is good at putting her believable main characters and savory supporting ones into intense situations that reveal more about their environments, personalities, or backgrounds. I wish she had done more with some things, like the shambling mobs of generic zombies, the Chinese air-maintenance faction, and the formidable Boneshaker machine, but, thanks to Reading and Wheaton, I couldn't stop listening to her exciting, character-driven story.

    1 of 4 people found this review helpful

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