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Starclimber | [Kenneth Oppel]

Starclimber

Matt Cruse is back in the phenomenal third volume in Kenneth Oppel's bestselling, award-winning series - and this time he's heading for outer space. Airborn and Skybreaker, the first two books in the series, have been among our best-selling and most-honored titles, and we think you'll find this one just as thrilling - if not more so. Featuring an international cast of larger-than-life characters, this is adventure fiction at its finest.
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Matt Cruse is back in the phenomenal third volume in Kenneth Oppel's best-selling, award-winning series - and this time he's heading for outer space. Airborn and Skybreaker, the first two books in the series, have been among our best-selling and most-honored titles, and we think you'll find this one just as thrilling - if not more so. Featuring an international cast of larger-than-life characters, this is adventure fiction at its finest.

©2009 Kenneth Oppel (P)2010 Full Cast Audio

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    pakkmom Morgan Hill, CA, US 12-07-10
    pakkmom Morgan Hill, CA, US 12-07-10 Member Since 2006

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    "A bit disappointing"

    As the third book of this series, Starclimber has a lot to live up to. Oppel has done a great job in developing an interesting and truly original storyline. Its quite believable in a fantastical sort of way. As long as he is writing about the Starclimber, the problems that occur to the ship and the people on board and the solutions to the life threatening dilemmas, the writing is crisp, clear and exciting. Its the development of Matt and Kate which is problematic. Since the story arc has covered several years, there should be some sign of Matt and Kate maturing and having learned from their experiences and mistakes. Instead, its as if Oppel wasn't sure how to develop their characters and had them behave as rather immature and selfish teenagers. Kate's character is so willful and self-centered that it is difficult to be sympathetic or to even like her. Matt's character behaves so jealously and is so insecure that he doesn't seem to be the same person we've seen in the previous two books. Their interaction with each other does not bode well for a long term relationship as it is full mistrust, selfishness and immaturity. Its hard to believe that they really care for each other.
    The series seems to have come to end in this book as there is closure on a number of story lines. Perhaps Oppel will produce more, but if he does want to continue with the Matt and Kate characters, he'll need to spend more time developing them.
    The voice actors portraying the various characters are all excellent as in the previous productions. Well, the scots character early in the book was rather grating and sound levels with his voice were very loud and unnecessarily startling and explosive. However, overall, this series is one of the best I've ever listened to and one I can recommend.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Jadn Lawrenceville, ga, United States 12-08-10
    Jadn Lawrenceville, ga, United States 12-08-10 Member Since 2015
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    "Riveting"

    This was absolutely a marvelous book and I could hardly wait to finish it. It was ingenious and I enjoyed getting to know the characters into further depths. There were unique twists and intrigue. This is a definitive recommendation if you enjoy adventure fantasy. Although listed under the young adult section, it is really marvelous for any age.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Bryan 08-12-15
    Bryan 08-12-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Last Book of My Favorite Trilogy"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes and no. Most of this books story arc is the process in getting to the final journey. I didn't really like that.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Starclimber?

    I'd say that the most memorable moment in Starclimber was when Kate and Matt were able to be alone on the Starclimber.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    My favorite scene in the book was when Matt stares out into the stars and first hears the "Music of the Spheres".


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

    When Kate rips Matt's heart out at the announcement ceremony.


    Any additional comments?

    It's a great book with a lot of ups and downs. I highly suggest either reading it or listening to it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Derrick 07-12-15
    Derrick 07-12-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Starclimber: A larger than life cast"
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    The story is amazing! Throughout the book you are constantly surprise as Matt Cruse constantly runs into trouble. I have listened to this book so many times while at work along with the rest of the series. So worth the money to get them all!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Charles Grayson Memphis, TN USA 09-17-14
    Charles Grayson Memphis, TN USA 09-17-14 Member Since 2008
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    "Great Entertainment, if Physics Isn't Your Thing"

    All three books of this series have been great fun and I hope this one is the last, because it ends on the right note. As others have observed, the tone of the story is very Jules Vern-ish, with the same spirit of adventure and the casual disregard of physics in building the story.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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