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Leviathan Audiobook

Leviathan

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It is the cusp of World War I, and all the European powers are arming up. The Austro-Hungarians and Germans have their Clankers, steam-driven iron machines loaded with guns and ammunition. The British Darwinists employ fabricated animals as their weaponry. The Leviathan is a living airship, the most formidable airbeast in the skies of Europe.

Aleksandar Ferdinand, prince of the Austro-Hungarian Empire, is on the run. His own people have turned on him. His title is worthless. All he has is a battle-torn Stormwalker and a loyal crew of men.

Deryn Sharp is a commoner, a girl disguised as a boy in the British Air Service. She's a brilliant airman. But her secret is in constant danger of being discovered.

With the Great War brewing, Alek's and Deryn's paths cross in the most unexpected way - taking them both aboard the Leviathan on a fantastical, around-the-world adventure. One that will change both their lives forever.

©2009 Scott Westerfeld; (P)2009 SImon & Schuster

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    Carly San Diego, CA, United States 05-17-11
    Carly San Diego, CA, United States 05-17-11 Member Since 2015

    Environmental engineer with a SciFi/fantasy addiction.

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    "Wild fun!"

    This is my first time writing a review since becoming a member a year ago. While I've thoroughly enjoyed many of these audio books, this is one of the first that completely pulled me in. I'd been trying to multi-task and take care of the dishes as I listened to the book, but gave up after the third time I found myself standing there with a dish suspended over the sink for 5 minutes. I've really enjoyed the other two Scott Westerfeld series I've read (Uglies, Peeps), but this is by far my favorite!
    It takes a highly engaging story to keep me still for more than a few minutes ~ and even more so to keep me up well past the witching hour.
    I really loved hearing Alan Cumming's deliberate and enchanting character voices. Daryn's personality came across so crisply, even while switching between "he/she" references as a girl airman. And Dr. Barlow - what fun!
    For those who've enjoyed other books by Westerfeld - you won't be disappointed. For anyone who enjoys a good steampunk and/or alternate history genre - I'd highly recommend this as well. Heck, if you have even a squig of interest in concepts pertaining to biomechanics or fabricated animals - read up!
    Cheers!

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    WendyT1 Newark, NJ, United States 10-01-11
    WendyT1 Newark, NJ, United States 10-01-11

    audible listener!! :o)

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    "Barking Crickets!"
    Where does Leviathan rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Great story! Scott Westerfield writes really wonderful characters who carry everything.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The plot was nice but a bit simple. So I liked the world he invented (all the beasties!) and the characters the best. The dialog is hilarious!!


    Did Alan Cumming do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    Yes :)


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Oh yeah, and then I bought the next two in the trilogy!!


    Any additional comments?

    Barking delightful

    6 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Pamelia A. Michigan 10-30-16
    Pamelia A. Michigan 10-30-16 Member Since 2014
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    "Brilliant!"

    If you like steampunk, do yourself a favor and give it a listen. If you don't like steampunk, do yourself a favor and give it a listen. The characters are vibrant and likable. The setting is fascinating - even moreso if you have any knowledge of WWI.

    Alan Cumming gives a genius performance. Each character has their own voice and you never get confused as to who is speaking. The accents and delivery are spot on.

    My only problem with the book is that it has no ending. Not even a cliffhanger - the book just stops. I'm pretty sure that Westerfeld wrote a 1200 page book and the publisher said "no no, we need a trilogy!" To which he replied "fine!" And cut his manuscript neatly into thirds. I was literally howling at my car stereo when the story ended.
    This is the reason the book doesnt get 5 stars overall, but I will definitely get the other 2 books.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Alexander Austin, TX, United States 09-03-12
    Alexander Austin, TX, United States 09-03-12 Member Since 2016

    Sculptor and costumer

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    "Listen to this you bumrags."
    What did you love best about Leviathan?

    I love the scenery, the beasties, the boffins, Deryn Sharp, the alternate steampunk history and everything else about this book.


    Any additional comments?

    this is something adults and young adults both can love. this is not trash writing and the adventure has so much to offer in terms of getting lost in a story. I feel everything about this story was handled with care. it is not slap-dash. if you need to just get lost for a while, give this a try.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Kirk Hansen Salt Lake City 04-30-12
    Kirk Hansen Salt Lake City 04-30-12 Member Since 2004
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    "Easy, entertaining listen"
    What made the experience of listening to Leviathan the most enjoyable?

    Well developed main characters. Secondary characters were developed just enough without wasting time and words on unnecessary paragraphs. The story and technology are well thought out and interesting. It's YA but an entertaining diversion from reality.


    Have you listened to any of Alan Cumming???s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    This was my first experience with narrator Alan Cummings. His performance was very good. It did not grab me right away but I warmed up quickly. His characterizations make each person easily identifiable. He narrates all three in this series and there is excellent continuity on narration (I've listened to series before where the same narrator actually pronounces proper nouns differently from book to book in the same series! Very annoying).


    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Milton Franklin, WI, United States 03-12-12
    Milton Franklin, WI, United States 03-12-12 Member Since 2010

    I didn't do much for the first twenty years of my life, spent the next twenty in the military, and the twenty after that in college. Then, I mostly retired.

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    "Great story for a young reader"
    Would you listen to Leviathan again? Why?

    Yes, I enjoyed the imaginative story line, and the author has taken care to expand the story to include information needed to make this alternative universe understandable.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I like stories about young women who are self possessed and confident, and the main character in this story is believable.


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

    I really enjoyed the interplay between all of the characters. The story line was simple and uncomplicated, but very imaginative. This is a story for young people, about young people interacting with the world. I can imagine just about any preadolescent or early teen girl getting into the story, and what appears to be the series that will come from it.


    Any additional comments?

    If you have a preteen girl who is imaginative, and I believe that most are, and you do not object to feeding her imagination, this would be a good choice for her. Young men will likely enjoy it as well.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Anne 04-07-12
    Anne 04-07-12
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    "overwraught"

    I typically like drama in the narrator, but Alan Cumming was overly dramatic to the point of distraction. And his mock-German accent was inconsistent and unrealistic. Ugh. The story itself was an unsettling mixture of admiration for the teen heros, painting them first as naive and then as smarter than the surrounding adults. I typically enjoy fiction aimed at preteens and teens, but in this case, I found it a waste of my listening time. And the final straw was that the story ended in the middle. Clearly a setup for a sequel, but without enough resolution to make one feel that they had arrived at anything other than a disappointing break in the story. And if you want to hear the end, you better buy the next installment. I'll save my money and my credits.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Kindle Customer Bluffton, SC, United States 03-03-12
    Kindle Customer Bluffton, SC, United States 03-03-12

    Mommy of twins

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    ""Barking spiders!""

    Being a big fan of Westerfeld's other series such as the Uglies, Peeps and the Midnighters; it was a about time that I got around to the Leviathan series and as expected, Mr. Westerfeld came through once again. A fascinating read from start to finish, LEVIATHAN is a steampunk/biopunk world loosely based on occurrences that took place in Europe around WWI.

    The two major payers that dominate the story are 15 year olds who both are living a secret, that if found out could cost them everything. Deryn is a young British soldier who shows great skill and promise, over and above that of, ehem... his peers, as an airman. Of course there is a catch, well; young Deryn Sharp is actually a girl, only pretending to be a boy to follow her dream of being an airman. Needless to say impersonating a male and deceiving the military is no small offence, if found out. Then there's Aleksandar Ferdinand, the prince of the Austro-Hungarian Empire who finds himself on the run after his parents are assassinated as a trigger to starting the war. Now he and a few loyal staff/friends/family must run; keeping Alek's true identity hidden is a matter of life and death for the young prince, as it seems everyone is out to use him as a political paw or end his existence all together.

    Of course the two teen paths cross and that's when things really start to get interesting. LEVIATHAN is a fun fast paced read with bunches of action and in a true blend of steampunk and biopunk, expect to see lots of creative contraptions, living and steam. With the British Darwinist holding Darwinism in high esteem, their impressive airship, the Leviathan, is compiled of "blending" the thread-lifes of multiple animals, creating a living breathing and even eating flying ship, wherein even the weapons are of organic animal makeup. But what's a good steampunk without the steam?.. So then we have the "Clankers" or the German and Austro-Hungarian Empire, who are disgusted by the Darwinian creations, and choose to utilize steam and iron machines and weaponry. For me, that was a unique and really interesting idea on its own; to have two opposing super powers fighting with such completely different sources of ammunition. Which is better?.. Animal-hybrid or Steam-machine??


    Alan Cumming's narration is so very impressive, a real treat. With all the different accents and languages, I'm really pleased with my decision to get this book in audio format. I'd recommend LEVIATHAN to anyone looking to embark on an interesting and entertaining adventure of creativity. Now I'm off to get my hands on book #2.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Michael Amsterdam, NY, United States 11-25-11
    Michael Amsterdam, NY, United States 11-25-11 Member Since 2013
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    "Excellent for adults and kids"

    My 9-year-old son and I listened to Leviathan on our daily commute. I thoroughly enjoyed it, while he loved it - so much so that he insisted we needed to listen to the second book in the series immediately afterward.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Gian Riviera Beach, FL, United States 12-14-10
    Gian Riviera Beach, FL, United States 12-14-10 Member Since 2010
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    "Awesome Gem"

    This book is a gem, Cumming brings the characters to life in his narration. The plot moves at a very good pace. If you like steampunk, pick it up.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful

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