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Leviathan | [Scott Westerfeld]

Leviathan

It is the cusp of World War I, and all the European powers are arming up. The Austro-Hungarians and Germans have their Clankers, steam-driven iron machines loaded with guns and ammunition. The British Darwinists employ fabricated animals as their weaponry. The Leviathan is a living airship, the most formidable airbeast in the skies of Europe.
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Publisher's Summary

It is the cusp of World War I, and all the European powers are arming up. The Austro-Hungarians and Germans have their Clankers, steam-driven iron machines loaded with guns and ammunition. The British Darwinists employ fabricated animals as their weaponry. The Leviathan is a living airship, the most formidable airbeast in the skies of Europe.

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

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    Tara Belleville, MI, United States 03-27-12
    Tara Belleville, MI, United States 03-27-12 Member Since 2015
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    "A different genre for me that I thoroughly enjoyed"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes I would, if they liked Steam Punk, Sci-Fi or adventure. I might even recommend it as a starter for touching the waters of Sci-Fi. Not sure if I would recommend to a true history lover, as although many references are historical, the twists on them would probably bother a war story or history lover. I could be wrong though.Although it started slow for me, when it got going, I would look forward to my next day's drive so that I could listen again!


    What other book might you compare Leviathan to and why?

    Not sure as I stated before this is really my first taste of this type of book. I have read The Hunger Games series and although it's not quite the same genre and I liked Hunger better, it does have it's parallels of battles, friendships and adventure.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Not sure I want to say as I don't want to give something away here.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes it was once it got going. Unfortunately I only listen in my car, but it made me look forward to the next drive.


    Any additional comments?

    I liked it very much and I will be getting the other 2 in the series. Looking forward to what happens next!

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    Monika 03-20-12
    Monika 03-20-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Great Fun!!!"

    I chose this book for two reasons, the Steampunk genre and the AWESOME Alan Cumming. Neither failed me and I am looking forward to the other two books in the series because of both the above reasons.

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    Sally Davis 03-19-12
    Sally Davis 03-19-12

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    "Disappointed"

    I thought this was a historical novel. I probably read the brief carelessly. It it a fantasy fully of imaginary stuff i don't care for.. Didn't finish it. It probably is not that bad if you like this kind of story but be forewarned.

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    Christopher Lindale, TX, United States 03-13-12
    Christopher Lindale, TX, United States 03-13-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Who would have thought that whales could fly??"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    If you like a well written book that takes history & interjects a whole new twist you might like this.


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Kurt Lansing, MI, United States 03-13-12
    Kurt Lansing, MI, United States 03-13-12
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    "Creative History"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I would recommend this audiobook to anyone that likes alternate histories or the steam punk genre.


    What other book might you compare Leviathan to and why?

    Ooh, I don't know that I can compare this book to anything I have read. It is different from what I usually read, but had an intersection of topics I typically read, like history (particularly turn-of-the-past-century and WWI) and science fiction. I have always loved the alternate history or alternate universe or alternate reality concept, like Star Trek's


    Which character – as performed by Alan Cumming – was your favorite?

    Of course I like Deryn Sharp, I always like stories about young women struggling to do what they want or become what they want; I have a daughter and I want her to become whatever she wants. I love stories with what my friends call warrior girls, like Dark Angel. But I especially like the boffin Dr. Nora Barlow -- Alan Cumming does her so very well, I smile at the remarks of this confident and intelligent woman.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Don't know, sorry.


    Any additional comments?

    I haven't completed listening to this book yet, but love it, and the reading by Alan Cummings is great (although I can tell that it is sometimes a bit difficult to switch accents between Dylan and Alek)! I will want to

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    Jackie Shreveport, LA, United States 03-12-12
    Jackie Shreveport, LA, United States 03-12-12 Member Since 2011
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    "A good escape for teens,less satisfying for adults"
    What would have made Leviathan better?

    The pitch to the publisher probably sounded good: lonely teens from different backgrounds unite to bring peace to a world at a First World War stage in history using gene altered creatures and advanced machines. Mix a little Romeo and Juliet with Darwin, Around the World in 80 Days in a balloon, a walking biped man attached machine from Avatar, the Victorian lady from


    What could Scott Westerfeld have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    The story setting should have been on a more different planet and not try to spoonfeed British/European history to us again; I bet this writer teaches middle school history in Britain. Stop borrowing and think beyond the future multiplex cinema sales (which I hope never happens for this one) to future generations wanting to read the story.


    Would you listen to another book narrated by Alan Cumming?

    maybe


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Disappointment for sure. It sounded like a publisher assigned his friend the history teacher the task of coming up with a long


    Any additional comments?

    British kids might like this, but I bet Americans will be bored stiff.

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    Emily 03-12-12
    Emily 03-12-12

    The opposite of bravery is not cowardice but conformity. --Robert Anthony Contentment is, after all, simply refined indolence. --Thomas C.

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    "Barking crickets!"
    What other book might you compare Leviathan to and why?

    It fits in great with the other books in this series. LOVE the characters, Westerfield brings wonderful characters to life.


    What about Alan Cumming’s performance did you like?

    The accent he affected for the Clankers was a bit distracting but grew on me.


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

    Laugh, definitely!!


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    Robert Whitby, ON, Canada 03-12-12
    Robert Whitby, ON, Canada 03-12-12 Member Since 2009
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    "Surprising and fun listen"

    I really didn't know what to expect out of this alternative history story. Set at the onset of WWI in a different universe, this book 1 of a series, draws you into the story quickly and keeps you there. The storytelling is fast paced, interesting and gets you to want to listen to the rest of the series. Well worth the time

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Joel D Offenberg 03-12-12 Member Since 2015
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    "Wonderful setting...story, meh."

    Interesting concept---Charles Darwin, in addition to describing evolution, also discovered DNA ("life threads") and ushered in an era of British bio-engineering. Meanwhile the central European powers have a steampunk-style mechanical technology. And Archduke Ferdinand gets assassinated in Sarajevo, touching off World War I.

    I really thought the setting was neat, but the story around it was so-so at best. Teen-aged girl sneaks into military, teen-aged boy flees from evil Germans, a secret cargo, accident to bring the parallel plotlines together, etc, etc. Pretty formulaic storyline, but I think the storyline was there just to give an excuse for the setting. The problem is that, about halfway through the story, the setting was fully described, and all we had left to interest us was plot.

    This is the first of a trilogy, but I'm not really interested enough to bother with books 2 and 3.

    Well delivered by the narrator.

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    Daniel Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada 03-07-12
    Daniel Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada 03-07-12 Member Since 2013
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    "Good, Lighthearted Steampunk"
    What did you love best about Leviathan?

    I loved the contrast between Darwinist bioengineers and clanker machinists. The simple good nature of the young protagonists in this narrative is also quite refreshing.


    What other book might you compare Leviathan to and why?

    Has some similarities in terms of plot and setting with Agatha H and the Airship City by Phil + Kaja Foglio.


    What does Alan Cumming bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    He does some wonderful voices for some of the clanker characters. His performance was generally quite good.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Without giving away too much, I was quite sympathetic to the plights of the young protagonists when they wound up in conflicts where they seemed outgunned and outmanoeuvred.


    Any additional comments?

    While I completely enjoyed this book as a young adult, I think it would be an excellent book for teenage readers, too. It is fun without too many mature topics.

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