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Leviathan Audiobook
Leviathan
Written by: 
Scott Westerfeld
Narrated by: 
Alan Cumming
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Leviathan Audiobook

Leviathan

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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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    J. Driver Ann Arbor, MI USA 03-26-13
    J. Driver Ann Arbor, MI USA 03-26-13 Member Since 2014

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    "A Household Favorite!"
    What did you love best about Leviathan?

    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!


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    My favorite character is Deryn, the female lead.


    Have you listened to any of Alan Cumming’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    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.


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

    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?


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    Palo Alto Resident Palo Alto, CA 02-11-13
    Palo Alto Resident Palo Alto, CA 02-11-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Performer's Accents Hard to Understand"

    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.

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    Amazon Customer Ocala, Fl USA 02-07-13
    Amazon Customer Ocala, Fl USA 02-07-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Surpriseingly good"

    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.

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    Jonathan Parkman, OH, United States 01-09-13
    Jonathan Parkman, OH, United States 01-09-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Great performance. Endearing story."
    If you could sum up Leviathan in three words, what would they be?

    WWI What if?


    What did you like best about this story?

    The suspense of will the secrets be uncovered by others? or by him?


    Which scene was your favorite?

    When she almost tells him.


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

    Laughed out loud many times


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    Deborah 12-22-12
    Deborah 12-22-12 Member Since 2015
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    "Another great Westerfeld book!"

    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.

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    KL 12-11-12
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    "Awesome!"
    What about Alan Cumming’s performance did you like?

    He's amazing with voices and accents.


    Any additional comments?

    Overall this was a great listen. Can't wait to get the sequel!

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    asp_ 12-09-12
    asp_ 12-09-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Barking spiders, but this is awesome!"

    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!

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Greta 10-21-12
    Greta 10-21-12
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    "Accent hard, especially for young listeners"
    Any additional comments?

    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.

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    Mitzi Nevada, IA, United States 09-22-12
    Mitzi Nevada, IA, United States 09-22-12 Member Since 2012

    Midwest, USA native.

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    "Steam punk all the way!!!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    To anyone that loves a steampunk twist on history and a sweet romance. No trash here.


    What about Alan Cumming’s performance did you like?

    Alan is fantastic!! I would try other books by him just because he does such a great job.


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    Mark ATLANTA, GA, United States 07-30-12
    Mark ATLANTA, GA, United States 07-30-12 Member Since 2014
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    "My Niece will get this for her birthday."
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    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.


    If you’ve listened to books by Scott Westerfeld before, how does this one compare?

    First one. As soon as his space series is on audible, I'll be getting it.


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

    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.


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

    'All at once' is for late night cram sessions and visiting in-laws.


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