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Boneshaker Audiobook

Boneshaker

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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

What the Critics Say

"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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    Spanishviolet Dallas, TX 04-16-10
    Spanishviolet Dallas, TX 04-16-10 Member Since 2012
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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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    B. Tetrault Fresno, CA USA 04-03-10
    B. Tetrault Fresno, CA USA 04-03-10 Member Since 2017
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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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    Brian L. Parker USA 09-22-17
    Brian L. Parker USA 09-22-17
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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...

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Jeremy Hess Endicott, NY United States 09-07-17
    Jeremy Hess Endicott, NY United States 09-07-17 Member Since 2017
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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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    chris larkham 08-10-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Interesting story but..."

    I liked the story, I thought it was engaging and interesting. Wil Wheaton was great and I enjoy everything he does, but the way Kate Reading reads make me want pull my eyes out and shove them in my ears. In my opinion she gets every character wrong except maybe the jermey guy. Overall it's listenable but her parts made me want to stop listening.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Zombie 07-09-17
    Zombie 07-09-17 Member Since 2015
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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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    devkopp 06-21-17
    devkopp 06-21-17 Member Since 2015
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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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    Sarron 06-15-17
    Sarron 06-15-17 Member Since 2017
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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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    cewert 06-08-17
    cewert 06-08-17 Member Since 2015
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    "Good book. Glad I listened to it."

    My brother, who was reading this book before he passed away, wanted to finish it before he passed away. I had read him a chapter from the middle of the book. He had passed the next day. I liked what I had read and wanted to finish the book for him, so I have listened to it for him. Steve, you have now finished your book. 😉

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    Andrew S. 05-11-17
    Andrew S. 05-11-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Well written and narrated."

    The story paints a vivid picture of a post apocalyptic Seattle, and a devoted mother searching for her runaway son.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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