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Publisher's Summary

In the early days of the Civil War, rumors of gold in the frozen Klondike brought hordes of newcomers to the Pacific Northwest. Anxious to compete, Russian prospectors commissioned inventor Leviticus Blue to create a great machine that could mine through Alaska’s ice.

Thus was Dr. Blue’s Incredible Bone-Shaking Drill Engine born. But on its first test run the Boneshaker went terribly awry, destroying several blocks of downtown Seattle and unearthing a subterranean vein of blight gas that turned anyone who breathed it into the living dead.

Now it is 16 years later, and a wall has been built to enclose the devastated and toxic city. Just beyond it lives Blue’s widow, Briar Wilkes. Life is hard with a ruined reputation and a teenaged boy to support, but she and Ezekiel are managing. Until Ezekiel undertakes a secret crusade to rewrite history. His quest will take him under the wall and into a city teeming with ravenous undead, air pirates, criminal overlords, and heavily armed refugees. And only Briar can bring him out alive.

©2009 Cherie Priest (P)2010 Macmillan Audio

Critic Reviews

"Intelligent, exceptionally well written and showcasing a phenomenal strong female protagonist who embodies the complexities inherent in motherhood, this yarn is a must-read for the discerning steampunk fan." ( Publishers Weekly)

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  • Luke
  • Vancouver, BC, Canada
  • 04-03-13

Ewwww

If you are a 12 year old girl with an under-developed sense of self-worth, and if you are just dying to read the 26th installment of that cheaply-made teenage vampire serial you love so much... you might just like this book as well...

That is if the narration wasn't so bad.

Wil and Kate are actually two of my favourites, but Kate especially really botched this one. Just don't read it. You will thank me later.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

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  • Jack
  • Seattle, WA, United States
  • 10-13-11

Good listen

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Yes, I would recommend this. It's a highly original story with great characters.

What other book might you compare Boneshaker to and why?

This fits in with the other 2 books of the Clockwork Century trilogy. Love that there are 3 great books with strong women lead characters who can care for themselves & kick some butt.

Which scene was your favorite?

The scenes in King Station were creepy but so well brought to life! I will never go through that station again without thinking of the big fight there.

3 of 5 people found this review helpful

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Underwhelming

An entertaining enough adventure, but it felt like the book equivalent of skipping rocks over a pond. The characters never really gained any depth, and the plot was very episodic. I'm amazed by its Hugo nomination, to be honest. I guess everyone else likes zombies more than me - I was just here for the steampunk. The readers added a lot to my enjoyment - I thought they were great.

4 of 7 people found this review helpful

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I like the story, but..

I am having a very hard time with Kate Reading's narriation. It's probably just me, but I find her reading style jarring, and look forward to the chapters by Wil Wheaton because they are smoother. Kate's voice often goes up in a questioning manner at the end of a statement. And her emphasis on words is often distracting. Wil's portions are much better to listen to.
The story is good, well written and enjoyable!

4 of 7 people found this review helpful

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Outstanding in Every Way

Having read Priest's Clockwork Century series, I decided to hear Boneshaker read. I was not disappointed. This unique, vivid, steampunk yarn is unforgettable, and the narrator's tag-team to bring Priest's characters even more alive -- even the undead.

By far, the best narration I have yet experienced.

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One of my favorites revisited

Boneshaker is one of my all-time favorite novels and when I recently thought about re-reading it, I looked up the audiobook. Dang! I loved the performance and the dichotomy of the male (Wil Wheaton!) and female narrators, depending on the POV for the chapter.

Now I just need to get Mr. Wheaton to narrate one of my titles...

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Steampunk Thriller

One part steampunk, one part walking dead - this is a book that will keep you interested in what comes next and narrated by two very good voice actors.

It's well written and has enough of a dose of steampunk gadgets and intrigue to keep you guessing at what will come next. An enjoyable story with characters that you care about, even the minor ones.

For those who care, there is some language but not so much that overly detracts from the story.

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great story

I didn't like the fact that it had two narrators, but the story was excellent. A wonderful mesh of a Western and Steam Punk, it had me wanting more. I will be getting the next in the series.

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steampunk+zombies+Wil Wheaton= infinite awesome!

I loved how the story switched between the two narrators. The story had depth and I found myself captivated by every character. I would recommend this story to anyone and already have.

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Steampunk Tolstoy

Is there anything you would change about this book?

Nothing needs to be changed.

What other book might you compare Boneshaker to and why?

Crime and punishment, The Brothers Karamazov, Anna Karenina. Thick, slow Russian literature.

What about Wil Wheaton and Kate Reading ’s performance did you like?

I'm sure Mr, Wheaton doesn't want to be pigeon holed into a roll, but that's not my problem. Having Wesley Crusher read the story was distracting at first.

Was Boneshaker worth the listening time?

Yes

Any additional comments?

This work is Pure Steampunk, just be warned it's dense.