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Steamborn Audiobook

Steamborn: Steamborn Series, Book 1

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Jacob, a tinker's apprentice, has never backed down from an adventure, but when a swarm of Deadlands creatures shatters the peace of Ancora, he'll face trials the likes of which he has never imagined. Forced out of the Lowlands, Jacob and his friends seek shelter behind the towering walls of the Highlands, only to uncover a terrible darkness at the heart of their city.

©2015 Eric R. Asher (P)2017 Eric R. Asher

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    Natalie @ BookLoversLife 03-15-17 Member Since 2015
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    "Original."

    This surprised me so much with how much I ended up loving it. I find steampunk can be hit or miss, and this one is definitely a hit!! This focuses on Jacob, a 15 yr old apprentice, and the fact that one single event will change his life forever!!

    The plot of this was fast paced and addicting. The world building was amazing too. It's set in a world that was decimated by war, and where all the "modern" conveniences have been lost. It's a world where steam powered devices are used for nearly everything. It's also a world where the rich live in the inner sanctum and the poor on the outside. It's a world where bugs are prevalent! And not just normal bugs, but giant supersized ones, that are often kept as pets, but more often they are dangerous ad deadly. It's a richly woven and detailed world and one that will grab you from the start.

    The characters were all amazing. Well written and developed, they really captured my attention, particularly Jacob. He was a strong, kind and brave young man and was a worthy hero in the book. I liked his friendship with Alice and how much he looks out for her. I can't wait to see what happens in the next installment.

    In all, a truly engaging and entertaining read and one that will grab you. I loved everything about this and can highly recommend this original and captivating read.

    Saskia Maarleveld was great. She read the book well and had plenty of different tones for the characters. She was easy to listen to and made the story that more enjoyable. This is the first book I've listened to that was narrated by her, but it won't be my last!

    I was voluntarily provided this free copy by the author, narrator, or publisher. This in no way affected nor influenced my thoughts.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Trisha Arkansas, USA 02-28-17
    Trisha Arkansas, USA 02-28-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Loved this book!!!"

    This book has an amazing feel to it. Jacob is a young but strong character. The book shows how just one day, one event, can change the course of your entire life. I loved envisioning the different creations Jacob and his master created and how they could work.

    There are some very suspenseful parts to this book and the narrator's voice helped to draw me into the story, wondering what would happen next. This is a book I wanted to listen to from start to finish in one sitting. I would definitely listen to an audiobook narrated by this narrator again.


    This review copy audiobook was provided by the author/narrator/publisher free of charge.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Sarah Moon Beaverton OR 02-25-17
    Sarah Moon Beaverton OR 02-25-17 Member Since 2016

    SarahMoon

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    "Great YA Steampunk novel"

    In this post apocalyptic start to a series the world is now filled with people and insects. Giant insects, nightmare sized, and yet I did not feel the "squemishishness" I thought I would. Giant pill bugs as pets. Todays modern conveniences have been replaced with candles and lightening bugs in a jar. A good steaampunk book has to have great descriptive writing to convey the gadgets that the tinker is creating, and Eric Asher has done this to perfection. I will look forward to seeing the past fleshed out more in the future books in the series. I like the interactions between the characters we have met so at, but as they venture into the outside world (outside the city walls) I expect to find differences of purposes. I definitely look forward to seeing the second novel done as an audio so I can enjoy it.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Terminator Fan 07-08-17
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    "Not too bad"

    Note: In exchange for an unbiased review, the author, publisher, and/or narrator were kind enough to provide an audio version of this book at no charge via AudiobookBlast.

    I'm very late getting this review in, and for that I apologize. I actually finished this about three months ago or more, but didn't get around to writing this until now. So, some of my memories of this story are dimmed now. I remember that I enjoyed it OK. It wasn't anything spectacular, but I did like the unique world the characters lived in. I also remember liking the narrator. She reminded me a bit of Lucy Lawless (that only stuck out to me because I'd recently watched a documentary series that Lawless narrated), and she did a good job of distinguishing the various characters and such. Overall, though, there really didn't feel like enough compelling things were going on to make the story super-interesting. Adequate, enough to enjoy in the moment, but not necessarily enough to continue with the series.

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    Jason 06-23-17
    Jason 06-23-17 Member Since 2009

    I am listening to something everyday!

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    "Well Done!"

    Enjoyed the listen, great narrator and well developed plot. Look forward to the next installment. Worth the credit.

    "This book was provided at no cost for an unbiased review."

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    Zara Quintana 03-27-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Great Steampunk Audiobook for YSA & Adults Alike!"
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    I was provided this audiobook at no charge by the author, publisher and/or narrator in exchange for an unbiased review via Audiobook Boom. Both my twelve year old daughter and I listened to this audiobook. We both enjoyed it and look forward to the other two books in the series coming to audiobook. The author, Eric Asher did a great job creating a Steampunk World that not only pre-teens/YSA's can enjoy, but the older generations too. He did a great job with the character development and introduction to a fantasy apocalyptic world that's not too dark and doesn't have too much negative conflicts. I also appreciated how he wrote in 3rd person and set up the manuscript so that a single narrator could perform the book so there is not a bunch of back and forth with multiple POV's. Saskia Maarleveld is an excellent narrator and performs this book perfectly. I love her voice and accents she performs for the different characters in 3rd person. This is a great start for a new series and I look forward to where the next two books take us. Highly recommend for all ages.

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    Andrew Hart 03-21-17
    Andrew Hart 03-21-17 Member Since 2016

    I love a good Audiobook.

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    "love love loved it"

    great story. it was a fun and very enjoyable listen. the narrator was amazing.
    “This audiobook was given by the author, narrator, or publisher at no cost in exchange for an unbiased review via Audiobook Boom.”

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    marti 03-20-17
    marti 03-20-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Different from typical dystopian"
    If you could sum up Steamborn in three words, what would they be?

    Different. Unique. Terrifying


    If you’ve listened to books by Eric Asher before, how does this one compare?

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    What about Saskia Maarleveld’s performance did you like?

    I love the diversity of all of the character's voices. She did a great job!


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

    When Jacob made the Arm for Peter


    Any additional comments?

    This book was different from your typical Dystopian books. The thought of spiders taking over is so terrifying it had my skin crawling! The beginning did start out a little slow for me, but when it picked up I enjoyed it! I'm looking forward to reading the other books when they come out. I'd like to keep up with Jacob and the gang! All in all I would recommend this if you like dystopian and sci-fi! This book was provided in return for an honest review by audiobookblast..........com

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    Bill Tillman Sandy OR. 03-18-17
    Bill Tillman Sandy OR. 03-18-17 Member Since 2017

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    "Steamborn"

    This tale keeps you riveted to you seat. The narrator does a fantastic job, it's hard not to think she is not several people. Steanpunk is one of my favorite fantasy forms. Jacob a tinker's apprentice and his best friend Alice manage to find trouble at every turn. An invasion of bug creatures changes lives for the worse.

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    Ben United States 03-18-17
    Ben United States 03-18-17 Member Since 2017

    Sci-fi/Fantasy fan with a library-worth of reading behind him

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    "Rough start, promising second half"

    This book has a charming style to its writing, and is paired well with its narrator. The gaps to me lay with the oddly lopsided worldbuilding. It is a world with many questions, and the tipbits you're given are intriguing, but at times you are left wondering about normal aspects of the world which separate you from the story. The size of the city, the place of various people in it, even how the economy could function. While I know these are often not touched on in novels, things the characters say left me thinking that they'd make more sense if I'd had more of the author's knowledge of the workings of the world. I set aside most of this at first because it seemed a YA novel, and I allow more of a focus on characters there, but as the book progressed and violence escalated and began to suspect it wasn't YA after all. I wanted to know more! I'm certain details will be fleshed out in future novels, and I hope that it will feel more evenly done, and less like light being cast just to a few areas immediately surrounding the characters. The characters are enjoyable and observing their inventions is interesting. I am able to suspend disbelief on how easily crazy things are invented, because there's a certain association between the word "tinker" and mad scientist-level inventing. I will likely purchase the next book, as this one ended strongly enough to keep me wanting more.

    I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audiobook by the author, narrator, or publisher.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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