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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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Brilliant Book and perfectly read.

Loved the story and the narrator. Couldn't wait till the next chance to hear more.

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Quick and fun steampunk alternative history of WWI

This book was a fun and easy listen! I love alternate histories and this has been on my to-read list for a while, though partially because I had seen the art and maps that are associated with the physical books, which are great. I was a little worried about it being YA and maybe feeling a bit teen-ish and while it does have it's moments I defiantly enjoyed this book.

The one thing I will say is that I felt like this first book was mostly a lot of set up and introduction to the world that this alternative history is set in. As though the main drive was to introduce these new aspects and make sure its two main characters met up for a more important future plot that will come up later. That was the general impression I got- that x, y, z things have to happen and so our heroes end up traveling together but nothing too big occurred outside the initial starting catalyst (aka the beginning of WWI). I also see that there seems to be a set up for a romance in the future? I'm not sure how I feel about it at the moment but I'm going to hold my judgement until I've read the next two books and see how it goes.

I keep going back and forth between giving this book a 4 or a 5 so I'll just say it's a 4.5 overall. Generally a quick and enjoyable WWI alternative history.

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I love this book

This is such a great book I also have the hardcover, which I recommend if you want to see all the amazing illustrations. Great read for YA and even adults, there is something for everyone.

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steampunk at its best . . . a blend

of history / alternative timeline and adventure. Well worth a listen, reminds me of early sci fi of my youth.

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Amazing Performance

The story is interesting, but the characters are amazing. I enjoyed the journey Alec and Darren have made. I’m not sure I would have enjoyed it as much if I hadn’t heard it performed by Alan Cumming, he is truly talented and does so many great voices. Audible 20 Review Sweepstakes Entry

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steampunk alternative WW1

I have to say this book checks a lot of boxes for me. The narrator is amazing at accents and every character has a recognizable voice. The idea of following Archduke Ferdinand's son in the wake of his assassination is fascinating to me because while Alek is fictional, Ferdinand did have children and it didn't occur to me to wonder what happened to them till I read this book. The steampunk alternative world this series is set in is fascinating as well. The way the world starts off so different than the real world is already interesting, but then seeing how that changes WW1 takes this book to another level. After finishing this series I was very tempted to actually write to the author and see how other parts of the world we don't see were changed. I also highly appreciated that the author takes time at the end of each book to discuss what happened in real life and the changes he made so those unfamiliar with WW1 don't walk away with only alternative history. The only thing that somewhat irked me about this book was how long it took the two main characters to meet up. The first part kind of feels like 2 separate books happening side by side because Alek is in Austria-Hungary and and Deryn is in the UK. It is totally worth waiting for them to meet up, though. I thoroughly enjoyed this book and series and highly recommend them. AUDIBLE 20 REVIEW SWEEPSTAKES ENTRY.

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Amazing the first time, stunning the second!

Blending alternative history and futuristically romantic science, coupled with the struggles of class and gender relevant to the late WWII time period, Westerfeld crafts an amazing world that is easy to get sucked completely into.

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Leviathan is a great twist on the Great War

I first picked up Leviathan back in 2006. At the time I was only looking for an easy read for a essay I had to write for class. But after only reading a chapter of Leviathan I became fascinated with this book. Now, 11 years later, I own the series both by means of physical copies of the book and on Audible. Because this is on Audible I will stick with the audio review and not focus so much on what I like about physical copies of the book. Alan Cumming is possibly one of the best narrators they could have chosen for this book. He has such enthusiasm when he reads that you feel very immersed and can picture everything that is going on in your head. I mean, the guy even gets the female voices down so well that you'd feel as though this is what the characters really sounded like. If it weren't for the fact that I prefer actually reading a book as opposed to listening to a book this would be the best thing in the world. But ever since I became an adult and had adult responsibilities I don't really have much time left for reading. That time is even now cut short due to my recent Enlistment in the military. So as I drive to wherever I am needed I am very thankful to have such a great book to listen to over and over again.

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Being a girl in a boys world could be tough....

Once again, Scott Westerfeld takes you into a world you'll seldom forget! Being a fan of the "Uglies" series, my expectations were quite high and I was not.for.a.moment. disappointed! Message lizards- that are able to not only relay your words verbatim, but also IN YOUR OWN VOICE?! A ship that's.....alive?? Giant jellyfish that can be used to take you on as if you were in a hot air balloon??!
I thoroughly enjoyed that this story, as fictional as it was still held some remarkable truths about the war, which the author, at the end of the book explains to his readers. All in all a GREAT START to AN AMAZING SERIES

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pretty good

the book is obviously geared towards younger early teenage audiences, but I loved the concept of it. If the author was to add more depth and detail this would be an awesome story. The narrator did a pretty good job considering the variety of accents used in the story.