Crudrat

Narrated by: J. Daniel Sawyer, full cast
Length: 7 hrs and 3 mins
4.4 out of 5 stars (164 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Original score by Danny Schade

Welcome to Wheel: a perfect world without poverty, disease, or want. Tinkered and tuned in every way for maximum order by Rank and Spoke, every child knows her destiny - so long as she can take the neural implant.

The defective, whose bodies reject the implants, do not exist. Ghosts. Cyphers. Haunting the edges of society, living on scraps, killed for sport. A lucky few, the Crudrats, scrape out a perilous living cleaning the toxic wastes from the great machines that power the station.

Meet Maura. Cypher. Crudrat. Grown too tall, alone in a spaceport with no use for her, doomed to starve. With only her crud-eating murmel and an alien monster to help her, she must find a way to survive, or escape, before they catch her and blow what's left of her life, and her companions, into space.

From the pen of Gail Carriger, ArtisticWhispers Productions presents an unabridged full-cast young-adult adventure that brings golden age-style science-fiction into the 21st century, stuffs it full of heart and gives it a finely polished, gleaming edge.

©2009 Gail Carriger (P)2014 ArtisticWhispers Productions, Inc.

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wish more books would do this.

I loved how this book was read. the story is also fantastic. But a whole cast reading a book is my new favorite way to listen to one.

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Full cast...not so great.

The pitch and volumes of the various cast members seesaws distractingly, to its detriment. The story tone is a change for Carriger. I've loved her other series for their witty dialogue and laugh out loud action. Crudrat is a fast moving story without the humor of the author's previous offerings. The world building is solid and clearly this is the first in a series. But this is geared more for a middle grade reader more than the Parasol Protectorate, Finishing School, and Custard Protocol series. Take it or leave it. It's a quick read or listen.

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Unexpectedly brilliant

I have been a fan of Gail Carriger since discovering the parasol protectorate, so didn't think twice about trying this audiobook. Although the full cast approach took some getting used to, it was a really enjoyable experience, and another fantastic story by this author. Please, please, please write a sequel soon!

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Entertains, Surprises, Delights! My new favorite!

Would you listen to Crudrat again? Why?

Choices of cast, music, and sound effects make the world of the young Crudrat come alive and set a pace which almost mimics the fast and deft movements of the young "cypher" as she jumps, flips, and runs through the perilous tunnels she must to earn her share of air and food. The quality of the performance and the story itself have led me to return to this book and listen again and I confess, again!

What was one of the most memorable moments of Crudrat?

Crudrat and "Fuzzy" walk into the community meal hall and Crudrat is awed by the quantity of food just left out for anyone to eat. Her delight and incredulity lead her to squirrel a little of this and a little of that into the pockets of her threadbare clothes.

Which scene was your favorite?

Crudrat's work partner the composed and self-assured mermal (catlike creature), Biscuit finds himself in the embarrassing situation of 0 gravity! This is a small example of many favorite scenes.

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

There is a moment when Crudrat tells Fuzzy's Aunt, Manzanilla, the ruler of the city, how she has experienced recognition and value in her city, beyond anything she experienced in Crudrat's own world that branded her "cypher", of no value.

Any additional comments?

This is an example of the successful combination of a good story with a good performance creating an outstanding audible book!

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Excellent

I enjoy most of this author's work. I gave this a try. The story is excellent. It's a world easy to visualize. The characters are great. A good space adventure.

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This book is incredible

I cannot honestly say enough positive things about this book. The only downside is that there is only one of them! (Although I do understand that it’s a completely different voice for the inimitable Miss Carriger, so it’s hard to inhabit that headspace.) if you’re looking for an incredible sci-fi adventure, this is your book. Gail writes with a creativity and originality that borders on astounding in all of her work, but this one is my favorite. It’s a full cast recording, so if you’re not used to that it does take a little while to get into that cadence. This book is also a major departure from her Finishing school and parasol protectorate series, so if you’re looking for steampunk this isn’t that. If you’re looking for more in the same universe, 5th Gender does take place there, but it is an *explicit* romance (but also of the same high quality plot line). Read this book - it is WELL worth your time.

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I desperately need more books in this universe!

This was my second or third time listening and again I am reminded of Anne McCaffrey's writing. Higher praise I cannot give. Ms. Carriger has shared that another story in this universe may be next up in her writing schedule. I dearly hope the wait isn't too much longer; I know it will be worth the wait!

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Great story!

I loved the story and the characters and the “alien” cultures. A fun, light-hearted romp. But I was disappointed in the audio. First, the narration was way to fast. I had to slow down the playback so as to not miss have the words. Second, I found the music and background sound effects to be distracting and too loud, often making the dialog difficult to hear. I did think that the voice actors were all quite good, but I could have done without the music and sound effects.

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Loved it.

Very entertaining, story sucked me in. I would love to see further adventures with these characters.

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awesome interglacial tale

loved it, funny as all Hails books, wonderful characters, story and hope for even the unwanted.

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  • Dix
  • 01-05-20

Space adventure

I really enjoyed this - it reminded me a little of the classic sci-fi novel ‘Barbary’ by Vonda N. McIntyre. Not the same story, but it has some overlap. I loved the adventure, and the characters. It is designed for young people not aged folk like me, but I still enjoyed it.

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  • A. Coleman
  • 02-09-19

Such imagination

Like all Gail Carriger books, Crudrat introduces a complex world, so different from ours. I do hope there are plans to continue writing more books in this world. I love all the books Gail Carriger has written and the audio performances always bring the stories to life.

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  • Roobarb
  • 06-03-17

Different from the others

Not the same.e as Gail's other books but I enjoyed read it and now listening to it. Will there be more? I do hope so.