• Predator's Gold

  • Mortal Engines, Book 2
  • By: Philip Reeve
  • Narrated by: Barnaby Edwards
  • Length: 9 hrs and 36 mins
  • 4.6 out of 5 stars (2,731 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

The second book in the exciting Predator Cities series!

When Tom and Hester's little scrapyard aircraft is pursued by rocket-firing gunships, the ice city offers sanctuary. But it is no safe refuge. Devastated by plague and haunted by ghosts, Anchorage is heading for the Dead Continent.

©2003 Philip Reeve (P)2017 Scholastic Inc.

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the middle was disappointing

the beginning was good, the ending was good, the middle was insufferable. I only finished it because the first book was Mortal engines. Without giving too much away, I struggled through that cliche big misunderstanding Trope where all the characters have an unneeded conflict and then have to go and mope and do things that are completely out of their character. if you can get through that, it's almost worth it for the end.

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Thank you!

imaginative. so well written, that it allows our imagination to give illustrated life to the characters. it is very easy to lose yourself in this series.

the best way to listen to any story is with an open mind. do not try to out maneuver or out wit the story. this is a series that requires an open mind.

my friend argued that "Christopher Columbo" did not discover America in 1924. there's your sign. have a great listen. audible up!

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Book 2 emphasizes that this series is a YA title

I didn't enjoy this as much as Book #1. This title made the series to me a definite YA title. It did, however, leave me in suspense enough to finish the series.

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great series. well read

I love the depth of character and plot twists!
well performed and easy to follow.

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Fascinating Story World

The story is strongly written and the world building is interesting and original. Well done.

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Predictable

I thought Barnaby Edwards' narration was just as great in this book as Mortal Engines, but the story was unfolding so predictably that I actually had to stop halfway through and didn't listen for two days before finally finishing out of sheer curiosity. The ending was exactly as I'd thought and seeing the synopsis for the next book I won't be listening to it. I love the world it takes place in and Philip Reeve's style, but I don't want to figure out in the first chapter what will happen through the whole book.

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Edge of my seat so good,

can't wait to hear the next one. so many questions left look you wanted me to review I decided to be nice and review don't boss me around because my review isn't long enough.

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Misogyny is NOT “kindness”

This story features a very unique and intriguing world and voice actor. It’s characters, however, are less so. The male lead is repeatedly described as “kind” yet rarely if ever displays that attribute. The author has made him self-serving and closed minded, rude and uncaring. He only values women based on their beauty and/or willingness to have sex with him. The author clearly defines “kindness” as having sex with unattractive girls, telling them he loves them, and then cheats on them. The author has also created a female lead character whose only personality trait is self-hatred which is most decidedly NOT a legitimate personality. Creating a character like Hester Shaw who has been scarred and disfigured is fantastic, having her only concern in an apocalyptic future world where survival is a struggle be her beauty and wether or not she can keep dating a guy that clearly doesn’t care about her is absolutely horrendous. The moment someone prettier then Hester Shaw comes along Tom immediately begins to treat Hester horribly and to fetishize over the new girl. Never once does Tom even think about his looks but Hester’s every waking thought is about Tom and her beauty, or rather lack thereof. I may have worded this as though it were the fault of Hester or Tom, because how can fictional characters be at fault? No, this is simply yet another misogynistic male author perpetuating the idea that the only goals women have in life are to be beautiful and to date a man and that men can do whatever they want to whoever they want and call it kindness. I’m so sick of stories like these. If I could give it fewer stars I would.

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Quite the follow up to Mortal Engines

I have enjoyed the expansion of the world Mortal Engines. This 2nd book was as exciting and diverse in locations and characters. Have already downloaded book 3.

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meh....

Can't say I loved it. Didn't know what to expect. Just didn't really like it.

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  • Alex Taylor
  • 01-23-18

Exciting adventure

Even better and more exciting than the first one!! This only makes me more excited to listen to the 3rd and 4th books, although will be surprised if they beat this book.

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  • ian
  • 03-14-19

great read

second book flows on from a great read excellent story really enjoyed this book look forward to the next one

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  • Neil
  • 03-18-18

Better than the first

Wow, this second book in series is even better than the first. A performance to match the greats and a story that will hook you from the start. Enjoy

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  • Anonymous User
  • 02-23-18

Brilliant continuation

A different story following some of the same characters expanding on this imaginative world.....Brilliant , I’m off to download the next one .

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  • Brian
  • 12-19-17

Traction cities move on!

I read the book with my son a few years ago . Revisiting it through Audible has been great fun, and Barnaby Edwards’ narration is first rate. The characterisations are first rate, the plot draws you in, and I was completely emersed in the world of traction cities. Can’t wait to get started on ‘Infernal Devices’

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  • Will Malone
  • 01-19-18

a great read

carried on straight after the first book this did not didssapoint will read the next in the series for sure .

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  • maxime
  • 03-24-19

Great read!

I like the author's voice in the story, and about voice, Barnaby Edwards delivers a great performance with the different voices, it's almost like watching a movie!

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  • Tom D
  • 03-02-19

great

A little hurried towards the end in the wrap up, but pretty good overall. Thumbs up

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  • Mrs. S. J. Caldwell
  • 02-19-19

Listening as a family

Even better than the first book and managed to keep mum, dad and boys aged 11 and 13 hooked. Good to read together.

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  • Jon
  • 01-15-19

Exciting story for all the family

Absolutely loved it!! Great performance and story. I've listened to it several times its superb

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  • CamJam
  • 01-31-18

Exceptional story and performance.

I am new to this genre but am so glad to have found it.

If you enjoyed Mortal Engines, this one is just as good.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 01-20-18

Well worth reading

I really enjoyed this book as much as the first well worth reading I say.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 10-28-20

Worth ya time

if you have finished the first book this story is fantastic. pretty dark in places which is good. ramps up to the end and leaves a lot open for book 3

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  • LOGA CHANDRAKUMAR
  • 08-15-18

Loved it

I’m hooked on the series. Fills the hole left by hp. Recommend it highly to anyone

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 12-04-17

Not at all childish!

Published as a children's book but at 62 I found it a very satisfying and engaging tale.
Well written and equally well performed in this audio version.
Better than the sloppy writing and editing of many, so called, adult offerings.