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Publisher's Summary

Welcome to the astounding world of Predator Cities!

Emerging from its hiding place in the hills, the great Traction City is chasing a terrified little town across the wastelands. Soon, London will feed.

In the attack, Tom Natsworthy is flung from the speeding city with a murderous scar-faced girl. They must run for their lives through the wreckage - and face a terrifying new weapon that threatens the future of the world.

©2001 Philip Reeve (P)2017 Scholastic Inc.

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Only some small problems

Overall, I liked both the story and performance. My only real problems are that the reader struggles with the female voices and the antagonist's plan is bat-shit crazy.

7 of 7 people found this review helpful

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Creative but hard to stay engaged in

This is the first book in the Hungry City Chronicles, there are four books in this series. I was really excited to read this book; I thought it was something I was going to absolutely love. It ended up being okay but wasn't as engaging as I had hoped.

I listened to this on audiobook and the narration was well done. Edwards does a great job with having distinct voices for each character and with portraying emotion. It’s a book I would recommend listening to if you like audiobooks.

Part of my issue with this book was all the jumping around between characters; this made it so I never really engaged with any of the characters that well. When I finally really started getting into the story it jumped somewhere else.

The idea of cities that eat each other for resources is incredibly creative but I had some trouble suspending my disbelief about how this all worked. This was just a concept that was hard for me to process and really envision.

The characters were all so-so for me. They were kind of interesting but not all that engaging.

Overall this was an okay read but I don't plan on continuing the series. I just wasn’t that engaged in the story or the characters. The idea behind this alternate world is interesting but hard to find believable. I’ll be seeking out other steampunk series to read in the future.

17 of 19 people found this review helpful

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Not a horrible listen, but not great.

The story was ok. I ended up having no emotional connection with any of the main characters. I did eventually come to like some of the ancillary guildspersons.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Fantastic Characters in a Fantastical World!

The main characters in this book made me feel for them the whole way through (mostly)! While protagonist Tom could be a bit whiny at times, the cast really grew into its own and left my jaw on the floor by the end. While the wasteland world setting has been done a lot recently, I feel that the world building in this book makes it feel fresh and exciting again! Give it a listen, or a read, whatever suits your fancy!

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I love this book and I love the narration

I travel a lot so audio books are a must. This book is so good. The story is engaging, the narration is so good that I've exclaimed out loud. I really love Barnaby Edwards. Listening to this book is the adult equivalent of a loved one reading to you before bed.

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Great Premise, Weak Writing

The good first, it's creative, it presents a "what if" of fantasy in a really cool and intriguing way.

However, the story is plagued by poor writing. awkward dialogue, flat characters, and lots of unrealistic situations presented as "coincidence" threw me out of the immersion over and over.

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Fun YA Adventure - Similar to Golden Compass

If you like the Golden Compass or other YA fantasy adventures, you'll dig Mortal Engines.

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Good sci fi book

The story starts a little slow and at times made me turn the book off. But the overall story was good and I enjoyed it.

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couldn't stop listening

this mortal world is magical in every turn. unpredictable in every way. the ending will shock you

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Good narrating

Great narrating, sorry it's a bit on the predictable side, but still enjoyable, surely good enough for young adults.

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  • connor
  • 12-28-17

amazingly narrated story

it has been years since I read this book and re-visiting this on audible made it so much better then I remember and the narration is first class and really brings the characters to life in a way I din't think would be possible

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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  • mrs rose anne underhill
  • 11-08-17

Amazing adventure

This is another brilliant book by a very talented author, I loved reading it and enjoyed the audio book just as much . I can't wait for the rest of the series to be out !

5 of 6 people found this review helpful

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  • Neil
  • 03-07-18

fantastic story

Great story and brought to life by a masterful performance. Barnaby Edwards is my new favorite .

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 02-26-18

This is just an amazing book!

Amazing narrator, amazing story and characters. I usually listen to audiobooks in the evening as they have the added value of rocking me to sleep when I struggle relaxing. Usually I fall asleep in fifteen to thirty minutes maximum. But i found with this book that it actually did the opposite, it kept me awake with adventures so awesome that I just had to listen to what was happening next!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 02-08-18

I loved it and I’m looking forward to the film now.

A fantastic alternative to the apocalypse stories we know and love as science fiction fans. Gripping your attention all the way through with some truly brilliant reading, I’m off to listen to the next book.....

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 01-06-18

Loved it

Loved this book it was amazing. Looking forward to the next one and the upcoming movie

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • Ian C Dando
  • 01-02-18

Superb.

On all fronts this audiobook delivers, great characters, fascinating story line and wonderful narration - what more is wanted from an audiobook??

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • MEJP
  • 12-23-17

good pace and story

the narrator did really well betrayed the characters well and I could to distinguish them easily.
the story itself is very good. I will be buying more in the series
I'm looking forward to the film that is coming out next year 2018

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 08-01-18

really good and unusual

Really enjoyed this story, and very original. it's a little far-fetched in some parts of it, but that didn't spoil it and the story was very good

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  • Katrina
  • 07-26-18

loved it!

Loved it great story and great character, however it was defiantly directed at a younger audience.

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  • Michael
  • 01-16-18

A different type of story

I decided to give this series a go after seeing the teaser trailer for the movie. From the trailer to what i have heard I can see there is possibly going to be some big changes from the book to the movie. The story is unique and is full of action and adventure a good listen or read.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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  • Casey
  • 07-20-18

Excellent performance, decent story

The setting of Mortal Engines is very absorbing and interesting, and there is a lot of action to enjoy. The plot itself is a fairly standard YA action-adventure, but is well worth listening to, especially due to Barnaby Edwards excellent narration and voicework.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 02-14-18

read it before Jackson's film comes out

thinking about putting my house on tracks and having it eat the neighborhood. then I'll roam the suburban fields looking for fat two story homes with double garages. after I have the resources I can corner the market with electric houses on wheels sticking it to Elon musk and his puny Tesla cars!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 02-19-18

rollercoaster

although it took a little to get use to the characters once the get you your got. great book

0 of 1 people found this review helpful