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Steamborn Audiobook

Steamborn: Steamborn Series, Book 1

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Jacob, a tinker's apprentice, has never backed down from an adventure, but when a swarm of Deadlands creatures shatters the peace of Ancora, he'll face trials the likes of which he has never imagined. Forced out of the Lowlands, Jacob and his friends seek shelter behind the towering walls of the Highlands, only to uncover a terrible darkness at the heart of their city.

©2015 Eric R. Asher (P)2017 Eric R. Asher

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    Trisha Arkansas, USA 02-28-17
    Trisha Arkansas, USA 02-28-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Loved this book!!!"

    This book has an amazing feel to it. Jacob is a young but strong character. The book shows how just one day, one event, can change the course of your entire life. I loved envisioning the different creations Jacob and his master created and how they could work.

    There are some very suspenseful parts to this book and the narrator's voice helped to draw me into the story, wondering what would happen next. This is a book I wanted to listen to from start to finish in one sitting. I would definitely listen to an audiobook narrated by this narrator again.


    This review copy audiobook was provided by the author/narrator/publisher free of charge.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Sarah Moon Beaverton OR 02-25-17
    Sarah Moon Beaverton OR 02-25-17 Member Since 2016

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    "Great YA Steampunk novel"

    In this post apocalyptic start to a series the world is now filled with people and insects. Giant insects, nightmare sized, and yet I did not feel the "squemishishness" I thought I would. Giant pill bugs as pets. Todays modern conveniences have been replaced with candles and lightening bugs in a jar. A good steaampunk book has to have great descriptive writing to convey the gadgets that the tinker is creating, and Eric Asher has done this to perfection. I will look forward to seeing the past fleshed out more in the future books in the series. I like the interactions between the characters we have met so at, but as they venture into the outside world (outside the city walls) I expect to find differences of purposes. I definitely look forward to seeing the second novel done as an audio so I can enjoy it.

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    Andrew Hart 03-21-17
    Andrew Hart 03-21-17 Member Since 2016

    I love a good Audiobook.

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    "love love loved it"

    great story. it was a fun and very enjoyable listen. the narrator was amazing.
    “This audiobook was given by the author, narrator, or publisher at no cost in exchange for an unbiased review via Audiobook Boom.”

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    marti 03-20-17
    marti 03-20-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Different from typical dystopian"
    If you could sum up Steamborn in three words, what would they be?

    Different. Unique. Terrifying


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

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    What about Saskia Maarleveld’s performance did you like?

    I love the diversity of all of the character's voices. She did a great job!


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

    When Jacob made the Arm for Peter


    Any additional comments?

    This book was different from your typical Dystopian books. The thought of spiders taking over is so terrifying it had my skin crawling! The beginning did start out a little slow for me, but when it picked up I enjoyed it! I'm looking forward to reading the other books when they come out. I'd like to keep up with Jacob and the gang! All in all I would recommend this if you like dystopian and sci-fi! This book was provided in return for an honest review by audiobookblast..........com

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    Hounds of God Sandy OR. 03-18-17
    Hounds of God Sandy OR. 03-18-17 Listener Since 2010

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    "Steamborn"

    This tale keeps you riveted to you seat. The narrator does a fantastic job, it's hard not to think she is not several people. Steanpunk is one of my favorite fantasy forms. Jacob a tinker's apprentice and his best friend Alice manage to find trouble at every turn. An invasion of bug creatures changes lives for the worse.

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    Ben United States 03-18-17
    Ben United States 03-18-17 Member Since 2015

    Sci-fi/Fantasy fan with a library-worth of reading behind him

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    "Rough start, promising second half"

    This book has a charming style to its writing, and is paired well with its narrator. The gaps to me lay with the oddly lopsided worldbuilding. It is a world with many questions, and the tipbits you're given are intriguing, but at times you are left wondering about normal aspects of the world which separate you from the story. The size of the city, the place of various people in it, even how the economy could function. While I know these are often not touched on in novels, things the characters say left me thinking that they'd make more sense if I'd had more of the author's knowledge of the workings of the world. I set aside most of this at first because it seemed a YA novel, and I allow more of a focus on characters there, but as the book progressed and violence escalated and began to suspect it wasn't YA after all. I wanted to know more! I'm certain details will be fleshed out in future novels, and I hope that it will feel more evenly done, and less like light being cast just to a few areas immediately surrounding the characters. The characters are enjoyable and observing their inventions is interesting. I am able to suspend disbelief on how easily crazy things are invented, because there's a certain association between the word "tinker" and mad scientist-level inventing. I will likely purchase the next book, as this one ended strongly enough to keep me wanting more.

    I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audiobook by the author, narrator, or publisher.

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    Michelle @ In Libris Veritas Georgia 03-17-17 Member Since 2015
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    "Worth a Listen!"

    Steamborn is one of those really need novels that sort of reminds you why you enjoy reading in the first place. I've had a rough go of it trying to basically choke down books this year, but Steamborn was utterly effortless with its amazing world building and attention to detail.

    This book made me question why I don't read more steampunk novels because if I could find more like this I would be in heaven all day every day. Steamborn follows Jacob, the young apprentice to their town's tinker. Jacob is a wonderful protagonist! He's kind-hearted, brave, and talented; and he has a thirst for knowledge that I really admire. We also have Alice, his best friend, who matches him in intelligence and kindness but really stands on her own in ferocity. Their friendship is amazing. They look out for and rely on each other, and I love that they stick together to fiercely throughout the story.

    For a novel that doesn't hit 300 pages, it has some amazing world building woven into the story, and I think that's due in part to Asher's wonderful writing style. He packs in plenty of details to make the story rich and vibrant without ever loading it down to the point of tedium. He tantalizes us with tidbits of information on the world outside of Ancora and builds up the mystery around hidden history and old wars while creating a lovely city filled with gears and insects. Which brings me to his rather cool use of insects! I'm not a fan of bugs in general, though there was a time that I ran wild in the grass and caught all manner of things that would make me go full ninja mode now, but I utterly love the idea of insects being such a huge (figuratively and literally) part of society and their ecosystem. We get everything from terrifying creatures called Widow Makers to knee high Pill Bugs that are kept as pets.

    Saskia Maarlevald is one of my favorite narrators and when I see her name on something I know I'll enjoy listening to it, even if was something as dull and lifeless as a phone book. She has a wonderful reading voice and she's fantastic as really embodying the characters she's reading for.

    I can honestly say I'm so ready for book two, I'm just deciding if I want to wait for the audio or get the ebook. It's an inventive, fun and fast paced story that has rekindled my love of reading.

    I received this audio in exchange for an honest review. This in no way has affected my opinion, and all thoughts are my own.

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    Natalie @ BookLoversLife 03-15-17 Member Since 2015
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    "Original."

    This surprised me so much with how much I ended up loving it. I find steampunk can be hit or miss, and this one is definitely a hit!! This focuses on Jacob, a 15 yr old apprentice, and the fact that one single event will change his life forever!!

    The plot of this was fast paced and addicting. The world building was amazing too. It's set in a world that was decimated by war, and where all the "modern" conveniences have been lost. It's a world where steam powered devices are used for nearly everything. It's also a world where the rich live in the inner sanctum and the poor on the outside. It's a world where bugs are prevalent! And not just normal bugs, but giant supersized ones, that are often kept as pets, but more often they are dangerous ad deadly. It's a richly woven and detailed world and one that will grab you from the start.

    The characters were all amazing. Well written and developed, they really captured my attention, particularly Jacob. He was a strong, kind and brave young man and was a worthy hero in the book. I liked his friendship with Alice and how much he looks out for her. I can't wait to see what happens in the next installment.

    In all, a truly engaging and entertaining read and one that will grab you. I loved everything about this and can highly recommend this original and captivating read.

    Saskia Maarleveld was great. She read the book well and had plenty of different tones for the characters. She was easy to listen to and made the story that more enjoyable. This is the first book I've listened to that was narrated by her, but it won't be my last!

    I was voluntarily provided this free copy by the author, narrator, or publisher. This in no way affected nor influenced my thoughts.

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    I Feel the Need, the Need to Read book blog 03-15-17 Member Since 2014

    I have a blog that I review and showcase books on. I am very picky about audio book narrators. I'm a bookaholic and apologize for nothing.

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    "Steampunk with a twist"
    If you could sum up Steamborn in three words, what would they be?

    Imaginative, fun, entertaining.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I loved all of the giant bugs and the different species/races of people.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I don't have a favorite scene.


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

    Not that I can think of.


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    Michelle Denver, CO, United States 03-08-17
    Michelle Denver, CO, United States 03-08-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Another great fantasy book from Eric Asher!"
    What did you love best about Steamborn?

    What I enjoyed most is the world this novel is based in. There is a rich and deep history full of mysteries, many of which go unanswered in book 1. Not only is the city and world surrounding it written well, the political tensions and intrigues are also done very well. Every character carries with him or her pieces of this history or political conflicts making each character an integral part of the overall story.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    It was a tie between Jacob and Charles. Jacob because I related to his curiosity of how things worked, and how to improve them. Charles because he has such a rich history and background that I am intrigued to learn more about.


    What about Saskia Maarleveld’s performance did you like?

    I found her narration quite enjoyable. Her voice was very pleasant to listen to with a hint of an accent. The voices were all performed excellently. Each character was consistent and distinct.


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

    I am no good at writing taglines unfortunately, but a movie of this would be excellent!


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