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Boneshaker Audiobook

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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    Jeremy Colorado Springs, CO, United States 10-29-10
    Jeremy Colorado Springs, CO, United States 10-29-10
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    "Never finished"

    The book started out okay, and the switch from male to female narrator was fine with me. The only problem is that as the book moved along, I just lost interest. The characters and their struggle were too generic, and the situation they were in was not explained adequately enough for suspension of disbelief. I'm a big fan of steampunk, so I probably held on longer than someone who might not be into the genre. I figure the last third of a book should keep you hooked, and this one most definitely did not.

    Not a bad book by any means, but there are other books out there that better deserve your time.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Ig ISSAQUAH, WASHINGTON, United States 01-09-14
    Ig ISSAQUAH, WASHINGTON, United States 01-09-14 Member Since 2013
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    "A little underwhelming"
    Would you try another book from Cherie Priest and/or Wil Wheaton and Kate Reading ?

    Probably try it. Maybe the author hits their stride later on. The readers were great.


    Any additional comments?

    The characters were largely uninteresting and the steam-punk and zombie elements seemed to me like the author had written a late 19th century novel and their publisher asked, "Say... Zombies and steam-punk are big now. Think we could throw some of those in?"

    Also the characters were kind of one dimensional. Each of them felt like they could be defined in a single paragraph and a short one at that. No one displayed any complex emotions or ever seemed to be more than just a card-board cut-out of a person.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    John Denver, Colorado, United States 10-20-13
    John Denver, Colorado, United States 10-20-13 Member Since 2010
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    "Hit and Miss"

    I liked this book, but with some reservations. I am not a fan of the genre (this is my first steampunk and first zombie book), but my mind was open. I felt that the story was good enough and the main characters were believable. I also felt that Kate Reading phoned it in a little (or her accent was just weird) and that Wil Wheaton just didn't click for me. If I were to change something to improve the story I would like for the characters to enter the city sooner and for Mrs Blue to go to the bar immeadiately (so we know by contrast that her son is in deep trouble sooner). Also the Doctor could have twirled his moustache some more, I felt.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Seppo Finland 10-15-12
    Seppo Finland 10-15-12
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    "Real people and Zombies that support the story"

    Here's the book that totally turned my mind around about Steampunk. It even had zombies and for once they did not make me yawn.

    But in contrast to many other stories this one does not rely on witty comments about stiff Victorian gentlemen or basic romantic plot. Its about family or rather about a mother and her son with a long unspoken history lurking somewhere in the past.

    The world, characters and nuances feel very real and plausible. People are actual persons and the absence of absolute good and evil feels very good for a change.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Joe SEATTLE, WA, United States 08-30-12
    Joe SEATTLE, WA, United States 08-30-12 Member Since 2015
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    "Stteampunk and zombies? I swore I never would, bu"
    Any additional comments?

    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
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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

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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.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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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.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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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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