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Mortal Engines

Mortal Engines, Book 1
Narrated by: Barnaby Edwards
Series: Mortal Engines, Book 1
Length: 8 hrs and 57 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (1,814 ratings)

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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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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

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Well that was good.

My brother recommended this. Said it was one of the best stories on the planet. He should know. So I risked it for a biscuit and got a cakes worth. Also bought the job lot for me mams birthday. Fantastic story and the narration is second to none. In fact the narration is probably the best I have on Audible. Blimmin brilliant.

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Brilliant from start to finish

First audiobook and I loved it. Completely lost myself in the story and I am looking forward to the next one

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A Steampunk Classic!

A fantastic adventure powerful enough to engage all ages and which works beautifully as an audio book. Excellent narration builds upon outstanding storytelling to deliver a truly satisfying experience.

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loved it, proper storytelling

absolutely fantastic performance. And a great story - really enjoyed it! Can't wait to listen to the next in the series

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Fantastically narrated! Listen to this book!

Absolutely brilliant. The narration is incredibly captivating. An absolute must for any avid audible listener!

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  • Adam
  • Wetherby, UK
  • 23-01-19

The film peaked my interest, the book made me love

I actually only saw trailers to the film which released in December 2018 but what I saw intrigued me. After a google I discovered it was based on a novel and so that became my next purchase.

I absolutely loved it. The concept, the world and the story are great. Reeve is able to establish a intriguing and unique world (kind of a cross between Mad Max and Howl’s Moving Castle).

Barnaby Edwards is an excellent narrator and brings convincing array of characters (well voiced and uniquely identifiable) throughout. I would highly recommend it. I’m gutted to have missed the film but will definitely catch it upon DVD release.

I’ve already bought Book 2, didn’t even wait for my next credit!

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just fantastic narration and story.

A cracking tale from start to finish. Transported me away from my commute and to a different world. Philip populates his futuristic setting in a highly convincing way. Highly recommended to anyone looking for a bit of escapism.

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I do like Philip Reeve

Read this book a long time ago when I bought it for my son before the series was complete. Now that it is being made into a film I wanted to refresh my memory. This audio book is well done. There is good chacterisation in dialogue and varied enough between characters. Would definitely recommend it.

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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 !

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  • Karissa Eckert
  • 26-11-17

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.

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  • Chris
  • 05-03-19

How have I never heard of this?

I can’t believe I’ve never read this until now. Great story- the Steampunk tech is so rich, it draws you in. The performer not only has amazing voice acting, but manages to deliver dialogue with more expression than I’ve ever heard on an audio book. I’d actually seek out more by this performer just to hear him- he’s that good. Highly recommended if you are a fan of sci fi, adventure, or fantasy - or just good books well read.

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  • R. A. Paine
  • 20-07-18

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.

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  • Nancy D.
  • 30-11-17

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.

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  • HappyCow
  • 18-01-18

Kids adventure story with violent themes

It starts off interesting but deteriorates into predictable land with helpful conveniences popping out of nowhere and numerous "when all hope seemed lost until..." moments that rob the story of it's potential excellence. Towards the end, things are jumping around so much is easy to forget where the characters are and what their task is. I may read the second book just to see if it gets better.

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  • Michael Vincent Sr
  • 05-03-19

Good Book.

A nice easy Book, I do recommend. The Movie - I Don't recommend. Enjoyed this.

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  • Utilisateur anonyme
  • 04-03-19

Awesome

What a great story and read very well. Absolutely gripping. I can't wait to listen to the whole series.

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  • Merry Belle
  • 25-02-19

Big wheels keep on turning...

I was drawn to this series after the film, and delightfully surprised to be excited about a youth series - well developed characters, cool idea about a post apocalyptic world, and look forward to more.

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  • Dogs & Horses
  • 19-12-18

Fine for a road trip, but not compelling

I wanted to love this, but in the end I am not going to continue the series. The narrator was very good and I would listen to another book narrated by Barnaby Edwards. He managed to distinguish each character and keep them easily identifiable by the listener.

The world building here is somewhat unique, but Dr Who has done the mobile super cities in a couple of episodes dating way back and relatively recently. That's fine, but the tv show versions were easier to grasp the concept of and the reasons why they exist. The plot here is pretty simple and easy to get ahead of. I liked this book, but that's all.

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  • Pinakeep
  • 02-12-18

Action Adventure and Fast Paced

Its a fast paced, action, adventure book. The writing is good. The narration was good as well. The characters are likable. Makes you want to read the other books.

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