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Airborn | [Kenneth Oppel]

Airborn

Matt Cruse is a cabin boy on the Aurora, a huge airship that sails hundreds of feet above the ocean. One night he meets a dying balloonist who speaks of beautiful creatures drifting through the skies. It is only after Matt meets the balloonist's granddaughter that he realizes that the man's ravings may, in fact, have been true, and that the creatures are completely real and utterly mysterious.
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Publisher's Summary

Matt Cruse is a cabin boy on the Aurora, a huge airship that sails hundreds of feet above the ocean, ferrying wealthy passengers from city to city. It is the life Matt's always wanted; convinced he's lighter than air, he imagines himself as buoyant as the hydrium gas that powers his ship. One night he meets a dying balloonist who speaks of beautiful creatures drifting through the skies. It is only after Matt meets the balloonist's granddaughter that he realizes that the man's ravings may, in fact, have been true, and that the creatures are completely real and utterly mysterious.

In a swashbuckling adventure reminiscent of Jules Verne and Robert Louis Stevenson, Kenneth Oppel, author of the best-selling Silverwing trilogy, creates an imagined world in which the air is populated by transcontinental voyagers, pirates, and beings never before dreamed of by the humans who sail the skies.

Listen to the next book: Skybreaker.

©2003 Kenneth Oppelale; (P)2007 Full Cast Audio

What the Critics Say

"Captivating." (Booklist)
"Pure fun....Kelly's voice is irresistibly likable and engaging. The original music is excellent." (AudioFile)

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    Linda Maepa 03-22-08
    Linda Maepa 03-22-08 Listener Since 2003
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    "A rollicking adventure the family* can enjoy"

    *Caveat: Depending on the age and sensitivity of your child(ren), Airborn may not be appropriate. There is a murder in the story. This story is classified as Young Adult.

    Airborn was my first "performance" audiobook and I was highly dubious about the entire idea.

    I was well rewarded for my courage. The story was performed well and was highly engaging. We are looking forward to the second book being translated to audio (if we don't just buy the physical copy first)!

    My youngest was uncomfortable about some of the material in the story, but my eldest enjoyed it so much that I had to loan him my mp3 player so he could finish it with her listening.

    I hope you enjoy this neo-Victorian adventure as much as we did.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Lessa 07-11-12
    Lessa 07-11-12 Member Since 2009
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    "One of my favorite audio "reads""
    Any additional comments?

    Airborn is about a cabin boy on an passenger air ship. It takes place in an alternate history of our world - so it may be classified as fantasy, but it is not really a fantasy story - it's an adventure story. Has an 1800's or maybe Edwardian feel. It might appear to be more of a "boy book", but there is a main character who is a girl, so there's someone girls can relate to, and a bit of wholesome romance. I wouldn't assume girls wouldn't like this one.

    There's also a bit of a mystery. The protagonist, 15 year old Matt, is likable, responsible, honest and the story is well written.

    For parents - There wasn't anything in it to give parents pause - except for a few deaths in the battles with the pirates - a couple good guys, a few bad guys, but although there were sad deaths (the good guys) nothing was too graphic. No bad language, a couple chaste kisses. I think this would be a great book to read to kids that were not old enough to read it themselves. Pretty G rated. I'd only hesitate with very young children because of the deaths, and the pirates may be scary for them.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Ashley Niwot, CO, United States 04-19-11
    Ashley Niwot, CO, United States 04-19-11
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    "Fantastic!"

    First off this audio book, is not read with one person, but a cast of characters. It is not an audio theater production as there are no sound effects (other than music that transitions from part 1 to part 2, etc). It is very well read and the multiple actors add much to the story. I highly enjoyed the multiple voices!!! I hope to find other books done in this fashion.
    As to the story - strong characters and supporting roles. Very good devolpment of both plot and character personality. Great adventure. Clean and enjoyable!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Grace Pearland, TX, USA 05-23-09
    Grace Pearland, TX, USA 05-23-09
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    "Awesome"

    This was our first introduction to Kenneth Oppel. Not the type of book elementary kids would happen to pick up and read - but Full Cast Audio made it accessible to our whole family. Good, clean entertainment for those long commutes and vacations.

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    Heath Strathmore, CA, United States 08-29-13
    Heath Strathmore, CA, United States 08-29-13
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    "Great Road Trip Book"

    Our family ranges from 5 to 36. On our summer road trip, this kept us wanting to jump back in the car for 11 hours! Definite must if you like action, adventure, and a few tense moments. We loved the different voice actors and felt the story was well performed.

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    Andrea sonora, CA, USA 07-15-08
    Andrea sonora, CA, USA 07-15-08
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    "captivating"

    My boys ages 8, 12, and 13 thoroughly enjoyed this book and its colorful characters and neverending adventures. Just when you are sure there can't be any more adventure another mishap happens and more pirate adventure happens. I found the relationship between dead father and son unrealistic but the boys ate it up.

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    Conook Hoopa, Ca USA 04-29-08
    Conook Hoopa, Ca USA 04-29-08 Member Since 2006

    Open up your eyes young one

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    "Fabulous story"

    Wonderful story and I love anything from the Full Cast Audio group. My wife listened to this story with me and wants to get the next story. I will get the next story.

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    Felicia Sunnyvale, CA, USA 04-10-08
    Felicia Sunnyvale, CA, USA 04-10-08 Member Since 2006
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    "Loved It"

    Sometimes we stayed in the car in the garage listening to this - we (myself and sons 8 and 11) were sorry when it was over, and I'm glad to see a sequel. Great story and performances! I agree with caution about sensitive listeners.

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