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Goliath | [Scott Westerfeld]

Goliath

Alek and Deryn are on the last leg of their round-the-world quest to end World War I, reclaim Alek’s throne as Prince of Austria, and finally fall in love. The first two objectives are complicated by the fact that their ship, the Leviathan, continues to detour farther away from the heart of the war (and crown). And the love thing would be a lot easier if Alek knew Deryn was a girl. (She has to pose as a boy in order to serve in the British Airforce.) And if they weren’t technically enemies.

The tension thickens as the Leviathan steams toward New York City with a homicidal lunatic on board....

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Publisher's Summary

The riveting conclusion to Scott Westerfeld’s New York Times best-selling trilogy that’s “sure to become a classic” (School Library Journal).

Alek and Deryn are on the last leg of their round-the-world quest to end World War I, reclaim Alek’s throne as Prince of Austria, and finally fall in love. The first two objectives are complicated by the fact that their ship, the Leviathan, continues to detour farther away from the heart of the war (and crown). And the love thing would be a lot easier if Alek knew Deryn was a girl. (She has to pose as a boy in order to serve in the British Airforce.) And if they weren’t technically enemies.

The tension thickens as the Leviathan steams toward New York City with a homicidal lunatic onboard: secrets suddenly unravel, characters reappear, and nothing is at it seems in this thunderous conclusion to Scott Westerfeld’s brilliant trilogy.

©2011 Scott Westerfeld (P)2011 Simon & Schuster Audio

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    Eileen Alexandria, VA, United States 09-28-11
    Eileen Alexandria, VA, United States 09-28-11 Member Since 2010
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    "Wow!"

    Barking spiders! What a fantastic, breathtaking finale to this great series! If you enjoyed Leviathan and Behemoth, you will not be disappointed with Goliath. This is edge-of-your-seat, high-stakes, nonstop adventure, with plenty of humor, drama, history and everything fans of this series have come to expect. If you have not read or listened to Leviathan or Behemoth, DO IT NOW!

    Alan Cumming gives another virtuoso performance in this third installment, and his ability to give a different voice and accent to every single character (human or otherwise) - while maintaining Westerfeld's lightening-fast, witty dialog and downright cinematic action sequences - continues to be astonishing.

    I also recommend picking up print versions of this series, if you can, because Keith Thompson's intricate illustrations add a whole new dimension to the books, providing great visual aids. I actually read this in print first, and then listened to the audio version afterward.

    The only downside is that now the trilogy is complete, unless Westerfeld decides to continue the adventures of Deryn, Alek & Co. in a new series (which he certainly leaves the story open for...fingers crossed!).

    Five stars all around!

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Jack Seattle, WA, United States 10-13-11
    Jack Seattle, WA, United States 10-13-11
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    "Outstanding finale!"
    What did you love best about Goliath?

    I loved their visit to Japan the best. Deryn and Aleks eat noodles at a roving noodle cart, and that scene has stuck in my mind!


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    Well, the ending is left open so that there could be a sequel. Please, Mr Westerfeld, we'd like more Deryn and Alek!


    What about Alan Cumming’s performance did you like?

    He's hilarious and does such a funny job with the German accents.


    Any additional comments?

    If you have listened to the earlier two, you are already downloading this one! If you haven't, go download Leviathan and you'll soon be downloading this one as well. ;)

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Rachel Castro Valley, CA, United States 10-02-11
    Rachel Castro Valley, CA, United States 10-02-11 Member Since 2010
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    "A Satisfying Conclusion to a Wonderful Trilogy!"

    So often young adult series' with a romantic subplot wrap up the trllogy by focusing on the romance and in doing so betray the swashbuckling and independent female protagonists character (yes Hunger Games, I am looking at you). No so with Goliath, which wraps up the adventure and romance of the previous two installments without losing the spirit of adventure that made the first two books so entertaining. I highly recommend this series!

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    M. Lafferty 11-03-11
    M. Lafferty 11-03-11 Member Since 2008
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    "Fantastic trilogy ending"

    I loved Leviathan, but thought Behemoth lagged at bit. Goliath has restored my faith in this story. While this book had a couple of odd, unbelievable bits (the Tesla storyline was odd), the main plots of: Deryn's secret, her future as a soldier, Alec's future as a prince, and their relationship are quite satisfactory. We see more of the lady boffin and Deryn gets to be quite adventurous and daring. Alan Cumming is, as always, a fantastic narrator. Highly recommended (but read/listen to the first two books first!)

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer 09-23-11 Member Since 2010
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    "Amazing ending for an amazing series."

    The third and final book of this series, was by far worth the wait I had to endure. I won't spoil the story, however the series changing twist happens halfway through. This change doesn't kill the book, there are far more twists to come. I only wish that a second series would follow, the changes made to the world seem only open up the story even more.

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    Patrick Mineola, NY, United States 11-01-11
    Patrick Mineola, NY, United States 11-01-11 Member Since 2002
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    "Exciting Conclusion"

    This whole series is good. This final episode wraps it up really well. The narration is great and the characters are very believable for a fantasy work.

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    Patrick Sarsfield 11-01-11 Member Since 2002
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    "Exciting Conclusion"

    This whole series is good. This final episode wraps it up really well. The narration is great and the characters are very believable for a fantasy work.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    P. R. Ecker 05-04-12
    P. R. Ecker 05-04-12

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    "Entrancing and magical"

    The story continues after Leviathon, not missing a beat or a step. The characters are fantastic and the writing is wonderful. My whole family, including we parents, have fallen in love with this series of books and have read and listened to them several times. Having Alan Cumming narrate adds the the magic, fun and humor of the story. If I asked my children, they would probably give the books several more stars than allowed.

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    Brooke 04-11-12
    Brooke 04-11-12 Member Since 2011

    Audio books are my new favorite thing, I'm catching up on so many books. If you know any good dystopia novels, please recommend them to me!

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    "Favortie book of the series"

    I enjoyed this listen, I liked how Westerfeld wrapped up the trilogy and of course I loved the ending but I won't go into that! The writing was great and again the performance was FANTASTIC. I can't believe one person can successfully imitate so many different accents.

    The characters were wonderfully interesting and the plot adventurous and exciting. Good listen!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Ryan Somerville, MA, United States 03-10-12
    Ryan Somerville, MA, United States 03-10-12 Member Since 2005

    Gen-Xer, software engineer, and lifelong avid reader. Soft spots for sci-fi, fantasy, and history, but I'll read anything good.

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    "A satisfying conclusion(...?)"

    Scott Westerfeld’s entertaining “Leviathan” series pays tribute to the spirit of the “boys’ paperback adventure stories” of yesteryear, while updating a few of their conventions for the 21st century. The most obvious makeover is that we get a girl protagonist who’s disguised as a boy -- for the moment, anyway -- but proves herself as capable under pressure as any young male hero. And why not? While Westerfeld’s imaginative World War One-era steampunk alternate reality isn’t too sophisticated, it’s still a lot smarter than its old serialized forebears. The story dodges the most predictable tropes, and quietly works in some real world themes and the message that politics aren’t always simple.

    Goliath is the final book in the trilogy, and I think that fans will find it a satisfying conclusion. A few new characters are introduced in the globe-circling adventure, a few previous ones make a reappearance, and we get a taste of countries outside the Clanker/Darwinist camps (or a bit in both). There are thrills, scrapes, falling-outs between the two heroes (temporary, of course), humor, an action-packed finale, closure for plot threads both political and personal, and a hint at the possibility of further adventures.

    Unfortunately, I missed out on the print editions and Keith Thompson’s artwork, but the audio version has its own pleasures. The narrator’s store of international accents brings the mannerisms and catch-phrases of the characters to colorful life.

    All in all, a fun, imaginative YA series, and a good option for readers (or parents) looking for something a little less dour than the Hunger Games.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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