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Welcome to the astounding world of Predator Cities!

Emerging from its hiding place in the hills, the great Traction City is chasing a terrified little town across the wastelands. Soon, London will feed.

In the attack, Tom Natsworthy is flung from the speeding city with a murderous scar-faced girl. They must run for their lives through the wreckage - and face a terrifying new weapon that threatens the future of the world.

©2001 Philip Reeve (P)2017 Scholastic Inc.

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Only some small problems

Overall, I liked both the story and performance. My only real problems are that the reader struggles with the female voices and the antagonist's plan is bat-shit crazy.

9 of 9 people found this review helpful

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Creative but hard to stay engaged in

This is the first book in the Hungry City Chronicles, there are four books in this series. I was really excited to read this book; I thought it was something I was going to absolutely love. It ended up being okay but wasn't as engaging as I had hoped.

I listened to this on audiobook and the narration was well done. Edwards does a great job with having distinct voices for each character and with portraying emotion. It’s a book I would recommend listening to if you like audiobooks.

Part of my issue with this book was all the jumping around between characters; this made it so I never really engaged with any of the characters that well. When I finally really started getting into the story it jumped somewhere else.

The idea of cities that eat each other for resources is incredibly creative but I had some trouble suspending my disbelief about how this all worked. This was just a concept that was hard for me to process and really envision.

The characters were all so-so for me. They were kind of interesting but not all that engaging.

Overall this was an okay read but I don't plan on continuing the series. I just wasn’t that engaged in the story or the characters. The idea behind this alternate world is interesting but hard to find believable. I’ll be seeking out other steampunk series to read in the future.

22 of 24 people found this review helpful

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Garbage

How interesting are cities on tracks you must be asking? What a weird but actually interesting idea you must be thinking if you are reading this review. What if I told you... this is the wrong book to answer that question? What if I told you that the only interesting aspect of this book is completely in the background and gets maybe 5-10 minutes reading time in vague detail? You would lose interest right? Well let me save you some time and money and say that none of those questions were hypothetical.

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Not a horrible listen, but not great.

The story was ok. I ended up having no emotional connection with any of the main characters. I did eventually come to like some of the ancillary guildspersons.

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welp

Fotm fantasy series that reads through like a young adult fiction. It is an interseting idea, and the world building was good. However, I found the main characters to be whiney and unlikable; yes, even Hestor.

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  • Stacyksu
  • Dallas, TX, United States
  • 10-10-18

Slow Burn of a story

The imagery of the traction cities was engaging early in the story and by midway through the book I was wanting more. Parallel to the universe - the main character development starts fast and simmers after chapter 3-4. I will be continuing the story in the next book and enjoyed the read; but I believe the author wanted London to be a titanic stand alone character, and it really felt
like a backdrop to a pretty standard fiction about politics and cover up of a government conspiracy. Perhaps we will get more into the apocalyptic steam punk detail in the continued books. I recommend it..

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something different

definitely a departure from the typical young adult dystopian novel I really love the independence of the characters I love how it's not based on everyone survives in the end I like how it describes greed

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Superb!

One of the best and most organic stories I've ever read. Read this book, you will not regret it.

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good concept that went goofy real fast.

about mid book it becomes bad pirate parody. "The Crimson Permanent Assurance" was much better.

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Great story

Great narrator. Bit harder to stick with through the middle, but great in the end.

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  • connor
  • 12-28-17

amazingly narrated story

it has been years since I read this book and re-visiting this on audible made it so much better then I remember and the narration is first class and really brings the characters to life in a way I din't think would be possible

6 of 6 people found this review helpful

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  • mrs rose anne underhill
  • 11-08-17

Amazing adventure

This is another brilliant book by a very talented author, I loved reading it and enjoyed the audio book just as much . I can't wait for the rest of the series to be out !

5 of 6 people found this review helpful

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  • Donald
  • 09-26-18

I do like Philip Reeve

Read this book a long time ago when I bought it for my son before the series was complete. Now that it is being made into a film I wanted to refresh my memory. This audio book is well done. There is good chacterisation in dialogue and varied enough between characters. Would definitely recommend it.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • J
  • 07-19-18

an interesting and pacy listen

rattled along with well, interesting idea and enjoyable narration. a clear depiction of a post-apocalyptic world with nice steampunk overtones.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 07-07-18

Brilliant from start to finish

First audiobook and I loved it. Completely lost myself in the story and I am looking forward to the next one

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  • Sc00t
  • 06-21-18

great!

loved the story. new to audio books and it gripped me right from the start. thought it was narrated well. 5*

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  • Michael Fordham
  • 06-14-18

amazing

Amazing story.
Verry absorbing story which had me hooked. I heard about this book from the movie that's out this year and thought it sounded like a good story and I'm not wrong.
Great story telling by the autor and read by Barnaby Edwards who is now my favourite narrator.

MUST LISTEN!

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 06-13-18

Well that was good.

My brother recommended this. Said it was one of the best stories on the planet. He should know. So I risked it for a biscuit and got a cakes worth. Also bought the job lot for me mams birthday. Fantastic story and the narration is second to none. In fact the narration is probably the best I have on Audible. Blimmin brilliant.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • N. Merry
  • 04-22-18

Audible version at last

Would you listen to Mortal Engines again? Why?

I originally read this book when it was first published and loved it. I have been waiting for it to appear on audible as I do a lot of long distance driving and like to listen to a good story.Firstly I think this is Reeves best book to date. The concept of municipal Darwinism is a great way to explore flaws in today's society. The characters are engaging and a blessed relief from the usual simplistic cliches. The story is gripping, engaging and heartfelt and the audio version cannot be faulted. There is a forthcoming film of this book. I'm not surprised. I was initially concerned though as these kind of stories get ruined as they are translated to the big screen, but then discovered it was being produced by the Lord of the Rings team. I would urge you to listen first though, as the visual description is so vivid you don't need anyone else to produce them for you.

Who was your favorite character and why?

There are many engaging characters, each with something special to offer the story. It would do a disservice to select just one. Obviously Hester and Tom are wonderful as is Anna Fang, but as someone who has read the following installment too, Shrike is the character that pulls at my heart.

Have you listened to any of Barnaby Edwards’s other performances? How does this one compare?

Good narrator.

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

The part where Shrike explains why he wants to kill Hester. The destruction of other cities.

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  • Neil
  • 03-07-18

fantastic story

Great story and brought to life by a masterful performance. Barnaby Edwards is my new favorite .

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • Michael
  • 01-16-18

A different type of story

I decided to give this series a go after seeing the teaser trailer for the movie. From the trailer to what i have heard I can see there is possibly going to be some big changes from the book to the movie. The story is unique and is full of action and adventure a good listen or read.

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  • Aaron
  • 10-05-18

A Certain Modern Classic

The dystopian adventure continues with the wonderfully advanced and creative mind of Reeve. New and yet familiar characters enter the fray of anticipation in this hyperbolic socio-political commentary about the greed of man that manages to outlast annihilation. And at the centre of it all is the bonding of opposites baring the same scars in one way or another.

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  • Tom
  • 09-07-18

Compelling world and characters

The absolute strength of this novel is how effectively it depicts fantastical world's and situations.

The only issue I had was that I almost feel this book would be better read than listened to. The performance wasn't great.

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  • Casey
  • 07-20-18

Excellent performance, decent story

The setting of Mortal Engines is very absorbing and interesting, and there is a lot of action to enjoy. The plot itself is a fairly standard YA action-adventure, but is well worth listening to, especially due to Barnaby Edwards excellent narration and voicework.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 02-14-18

read it before Jackson's film comes out

thinking about putting my house on tracks and having it eat the neighborhood. then I'll roam the suburban fields looking for fat two story homes with double garages. after I have the resources I can corner the market with electric houses on wheels sticking it to Elon musk and his puny Tesla cars!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 02-19-18

rollercoaster

although it took a little to get use to the characters once the get you your got. great book

0 of 1 people found this review helpful