Aleksandar Ferdinand, prince of the Austro-Hungarian Empire, is on the run. His own people have turned on him. His title is worthless. All he has is a battle-torn Stormwalker and a loyal crew of men.
Deryn Sharp is a commoner, a girl disguised as a boy in the British Air Service. She's a brilliant airman. But her secret is in constant danger of being discovered.
With the Great War brewing, Alek's and Deryn's paths cross in the most unexpected way - taking them both aboard the Leviathan on a fantastical, around-the-world adventure. One that will change both their lives forever.
©2009 Scott Westerfeld; (P)2009 SImon & Schuster
The story is quite original. Scott Westerfeld has built an entire steampunk universe that is so interesting that my ten year old son now wants to study biologoy so he can be a Darwinist!
My favorite character is Deryn, the female lead.
I had never heard Alan Cumming previously do an audiobook, but he really makes the stroy and the characters come alive. Very nuanced and compelling voices for each of the characters. He even gets the American characters spot on.
In an alternate timeline, where animals are as man-made as machines, can one girl and one boy meet, fall in love and end World War I?
My California ears lost many of the German accented words especially when they were spoken softly. If it weren't for that I might have liked the story itself more.
Bought this book on sale and was not expecting too much. I was surprised. It was well written and very entertaining. The odd premiss was developed well and the characters were also well developed. I will definitely continue the series.
WWI What if?
The suspense of will the secrets be uncovered by others? or by him?
When she almost tells him.
Laughed out loud many times
I really enjoyed the The Uglies series, and this book did not disappoint. A little difficult to understand the "beasties" in the beginning of the book, but by the middle it all made sense. I'm starting the second book in the series right away.
Oh man, when I picked this up I had no idea what FUN I was getting into. Alan Cumming has by far and away delivered one of the absolute best performances I have experienced with Audible. This book and its sequels are packed with witty dialog (full of accents!) and tons of action and Alan Cumming narrates with such enthusiasm and skill that you just can't help but be drawn into all of it.
Aside from the narration, I absolutely love every bit of the story itself. As another reviewer states, you've got to get the physical copy to enjoy the illustrations if you're a fan, but there's so much to love here even without the eye candy -- clever characters you want to root for, a fascinating spin on real-world history, and of course, the beasties and contraptions. This is a wonderful specimen of alternate history and the steampunk genre, with a squick of romance thrown in. It is marketed as a young-adult series and there's definitely nothing wrong or inappropriate with that, but I'm an adult and I enjoyed the hell out of it. This series is top of my list, not just for Audiobooks, but for books in general. Do not miss out!
Wonderful alternate history of preWW I. Positive male and feme protagonists for kids to relate to. But Alan Cumming's accent proved too difficult for the middle school children with whom I tried to listen to this.
Midwest, USA native.
To anyone that loves a steampunk twist on history and a sweet romance. No trash here.
Alan is fantastic!! I would try other books by him just because he does such a great job.
From the first chapter, this book mixes two favorites of mine: Herbert's Dune and Forester's Hornblower series. Within that, the author gives us some real things to consider about gender roles and our relationship with technology. Most importantly, he handles these issues as secondary to his plot and characterization, so the story moves along without becoming preachy.
First one. As soon as his space series is on audible, I'll be getting it.
Fantastic reader. Bought the book because of the reader, bought the next two books in the series because of the reader and the author. Unique voices for every character. Really shows what a professional actor brings to a reading.
'All at once' is for late night cram sessions and visiting in-laws.
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