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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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    Carly San Diego, CA, United States 05-17-11
    Carly San Diego, CA, United States 05-17-11

    Environmental engineer with a SciFi/fantasy addiction.

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    "Wild fun!"

    This is my first time writing a review since becoming a member a year ago. While I've thoroughly enjoyed many of these audio books, this is one of the first that completely pulled me in. I'd been trying to multi-task and take care of the dishes as I listened to the book, but gave up after the third time I found myself standing there with a dish suspended over the sink for 5 minutes. I've really enjoyed the other two Scott Westerfeld series I've read (Uglies, Peeps), but this is by far my favorite!
    It takes a highly engaging story to keep me still for more than a few minutes ~ and even more so to keep me up well past the witching hour.
    I really loved hearing Alan Cumming's deliberate and enchanting character voices. Daryn's personality came across so crisply, even while switching between "he/she" references as a girl airman. And Dr. Barlow - what fun!
    For those who've enjoyed other books by Westerfeld - you won't be disappointed. For anyone who enjoys a good steampunk and/or alternate history genre - I'd highly recommend this as well. Heck, if you have even a squig of interest in concepts pertaining to biomechanics or fabricated animals - read up!
    Cheers!

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    WendyT1 Newark, NJ, United States 10-01-11
    WendyT1 Newark, NJ, United States 10-01-11

    audible listener!! :o)

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    Where does Leviathan rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Great story! Scott Westerfield writes really wonderful characters who carry everything.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The plot was nice but a bit simple. So I liked the world he invented (all the beasties!) and the characters the best. The dialog is hilarious!!


    Did Alan Cumming do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    Yes :)


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

    Oh yeah, and then I bought the next two in the trilogy!!


    Any additional comments?

    Barking delightful

    6 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    manchild_420@yahoo.com Missouri, US 09-10-12
    manchild_420@yahoo.com Missouri, US 09-10-12
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    "I loved it"
    If you could sum up Leviathan in three words, what would they be?

    Wondrous alternative history


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The wild count. He shows a great analytical mind and fits what would be expected.


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

    He understands the European slang and it sounds right coming from him.


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

    Yes.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Mary Dunn San Angelo, Texas United States 05-13-12
    Mary Dunn San Angelo, Texas United States 05-13-12
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    "Excellent performance of a great story"
    What made the experience of listening to Leviathan the most enjoyable?

    Alan Cumming does a fantastic job of performing this story. He has a great range of accents so you really get a sense of the characters when they speak. He effortlessly switches back and forth from narration to Scottish to German and back again. His narration is very nuanced, flowing very well.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The story itself lends itself very well to the audio format. Without getting into a lot of dense backstory or explanation, the author still manages to portray his fantastical alternate history of a British Empire based on genetic manipulation clashing with a steampunk "Klanker" German alliance for a new version of World War I. The story manages to stay "real" and grounded in its characters while staying true to its science fiction.


    What about Alan Cumming’s performance did you like?

    Accents, accents, accents! They were, if not true to life, exaggerated just enough to fit in with the story's sense of pulpy adventure (ala Indiana Jones).


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

    "Not the World (War) You Know"


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Kirk Hansen Salt Lake City 04-30-12
    Kirk Hansen Salt Lake City 04-30-12 Member Since 2004
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    "Easy, entertaining listen"
    What made the experience of listening to Leviathan the most enjoyable?

    Well developed main characters. Secondary characters were developed just enough without wasting time and words on unnecessary paragraphs. The story and technology are well thought out and interesting. It's YA but an entertaining diversion from reality.


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

    This was my first experience with narrator Alan Cummings. His performance was very good. It did not grab me right away but I warmed up quickly. His characterizations make each person easily identifiable. He narrates all three in this series and there is excellent continuity on narration (I've listened to series before where the same narrator actually pronounces proper nouns differently from book to book in the same series! Very annoying).


    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    P. Evans Dallas, TX United States 04-25-12
    P. Evans Dallas, TX United States 04-25-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Awesome!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    yes! couldn't stop listening


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    really identified with Darren, because she follows her dream in spite of cultural norms


    What about Alan Cumming’s performance did you like?

    He's mesmerizing. I don't know how he switches accents like he does so effortlessly and so convincingly!


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Tytania891 04-24-12
    Tytania891 04-24-12
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    "A Fun Listen"
    What did you love best about Leviathan?

    I haven't actually finished listening to this story yet, but I'm enjoying the narration so much, I had to comment. So far, the story has been great fun - two very likable teenage protagonists and their adventures in the run-up to WWI. In this alternate history, the Austro-Hungarians have mechanized weapons like clankers, while the Brits have fabricated beasts (genetically engineered crossbreeds). If you like steampunk and modern European history, you should definitely enjoy this. And Prince Alec and Derryn Sharp (a Scottish girl posing as a young airman) should be a great hit with teens. But really, the best thing about this audiobook is Alan Cumming. He is stupendous. He nails all the different accents and conveys the characters' personalities so well through tone of voice -- and he reads the story with such obvious relish. It's a delight to hear. I want him to read ALL my audiobooks from now on. I might even like him better than Jim Dale and Stephen Fry. At any rate, he certainly joins them on my list of absolute favorite narrators.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Anne 04-07-12
    Anne 04-07-12
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    "overwraught"

    I typically like drama in the narrator, but Alan Cumming was overly dramatic to the point of distraction. And his mock-German accent was inconsistent and unrealistic. Ugh. The story itself was an unsettling mixture of admiration for the teen heros, painting them first as naive and then as smarter than the surrounding adults. I typically enjoy fiction aimed at preteens and teens, but in this case, I found it a waste of my listening time. And the final straw was that the story ended in the middle. Clearly a setup for a sequel, but without enough resolution to make one feel that they had arrived at anything other than a disappointing break in the story. And if you want to hear the end, you better buy the next installment. I'll save my money and my credits.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer 04-02-12 Member Since 2007
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    "Good stuff"
    If you could sum up Leviathan in three words, what would they be?

    I enjoyed this twist on WWI.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The Leviathan was my favorite. i thought it was a well thought out system.


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

    no


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    CCCii SF Bay Area, USA 03-29-12
    CCCii SF Bay Area, USA 03-29-12 Member Since 2012
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    "First rate story read to perfection"

    It's a YA novel, but a great one. The reader makes it even better. I enjoyed the tale much more than I should have as an adult. It's just fun. I try to point my students who are reading Hunger Games toward this excellent story. It has a wonderful female protagonist, plenty of action and amazing creativity.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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