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Summary

The final book of the thrilling Predator Cities series!

London is a radioactive ruin.

But Tom and Wren discover that the old predator city hides an awesome secret that could bring an end to the war. But as they risk their lives in its dark underbelly, time is running out. Alone and far away, Hester faces a fanatical enemy who possesses the weapons and the will to destroy the entire human race.

The final book in the Predator Cities series, Philip Reeve's A Darkling Plain is the winner of the Guardian Children's Fiction Prize.

©2006 Philip Reeve (P)2018 Scholastic Inc.

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Mortal Engines Series

I have just binge listened to this fantastic series of books. I read them years ago but to hear Philip Reeves world and characters brought to life by Barnaby Edwards made me re-read them. The stories throughout the Mortal Engine series really ignite the imagination, they are so solidly thought out. This is definitely one series I would be happy to listen to over and over.

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Just Brilliant

A great end to the story right down to the last paragraph and another great performance by Barnaby Edwards.

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Wow.

wow, what a story. what an ending!
(it wants more words for the review but all I can say it wow. it's wonderful)

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Terrific book

Loved the whole series, this book convinced me to stop sleeping around and find a wife. It will change your life, I was but a boy before I read this book, now I have blossomed into a man.

(I hope they don't ruin the film now)

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A breathtaking story

An inspired and truly breath taking story that will stay with me for years, brilliant.

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Made me sad to finish. Amazing

I thought it was brilliant. Probably the best series I've ever read. Cannot see how the film will live up to the books

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Sad to see it end.

An excellent end to a great series, The narrator really helps to bring these characters to life.

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Really good ending to the series

Really enjoyed this series. Hestor continues to be a really complicated character. Tom continues to not deserve her. The ending is very fitting and couldn't argue with it really.

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Fantastic

will be in for a right treet if Jackson can bring these books to the big screen.

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Great story, mediocre performance.

The Mortal Engines series is among my favorite reads, however the performance of the reader in this audio book was pretty mediocre. inconsistent voices for characters and sometimes completely wrong voices lead to a disjointed and sometimes unenjoyable feel.

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  • Ryan R.
  • 28-06-18

An amazing series, the end is amazing.

Ive not really written that many book reviews. This series is quite good and these 4 books i listened to are a story I think Ill always remember. For me the ending in particularly appealing as I found it bittersweet, epic, real and tearfull. Im not even really sure how to describe the experience of this series and how much I enjoyed it.

So I will say this, this series presents a hostile, yet rich world full of problems that people dont really have answers for, fight and war with each other, brutalize each other and more often than not justify their actions based on their own personal experiences.

Much like real life. If this series is anything it's a testiment to humans ability to be a rainbow of colorful people both bad and good and somewhere in between. Like all the best stories it contains lessons people can learn from, if we just took more time to think about our actions.

While part of me had wished some of these characters had a happier or perhaps more detailed ending I wouldnt change anything the author has written here. The way it closes these characters stories and then moves on, is the truth of all stories, time moves on and eventually leaves behind all characters.

Well perhaps one gets to go on a little longer than the others, lol. The last of the Lazarus Brigade indeed.

If I had to ask for anything else from this story it would have been a last scene for O.D.I.N. as it ended itself. I was curious if it was truly sentient and what it might have done if given a chance to think for itself, but it certainly forfilled its creators purpose, if in a different manner than intended.

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  • Craig Goeke
  • 17-05-18

Outstanding.

One of the best audiobooks I've ever bought. An amazing series. Every point I wanted was addressed

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  • Kayne D. Hoff
  • 27-04-18

all four books are worth the time

The whole world is full of intrigue and the narrator brings the characters who live in it alive.

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  • JSes
  • 23-03-18

Fantastic Ending

This book, and the series at that, seemed to whisk by so quickly. It really was a fun ride. I really didn't want it to end, and I felt like it was never going to, but when it was said and done, it felt so.... fitting.... Subtle. The performance is one of the best I've heard. I'm very excited that they're making these into movies. I can't wait to hop onto the traction cities again.

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  • Michele Barbalet
  • 01-03-18

Best ending of a series

This series will be one I listen to over and over. A great story and Barnaby Edwards is fantastic at narrating.

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  • Bryan D Howard
  • 25-02-18

Hester Shaw is my hero!

Just finished A Darkling Plain and I can’t say enough about this book and the entire series. Wonderful characters, nightmarishly fantastic world, and incredible story telling are just a few phrases to describe how much in love I am with these books. Barnaby Edwards did a incredible job narrating this series. He gave every character a distinct voice and personality. Thank you Mr. Reeves for creating such a powerful and beloved story.

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  • ABahm
  • 22-02-18

Enjoyed

I enjoyed this series I felt as though I was riding in the sky’s with the characters (on the bird roads) on a air ship and side by side thru all the highs and lows of the story.

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  • Andrew
  • 06-02-18

what a finale

I read Mortal Engines when I was 12, and only got a couple chapters into Predators gold when I set it down...I am now 22 and over the past 2 months or so I have bought the series of Audio books and listened to them on walks and commutes. Not only is the writing just as good as I remember...but Darkling Plane is the finale the quartet deserves...tying the stories together in a way that is not only immesurably satisfying but also beautiful in the way it's ends our time in the world of the Mortal Engines. I can only hope the coming movies do the books some semblance of justice, but even if they don't I will forever recommend this series as one of my most personal favorites. Exceptionally well read Mr.Edwards, and beautifully crafted Mr.Reeve.

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  • Brandon
  • 02-02-18

Tears Tears Tears

This is an epic ending to mortal engines. It left me wanting to start over at book one.

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  • James Hill
  • 23-01-18

An Enjoyable End

Very good and fulfilling ending to Tom and Hester's story. I loved that they wrapped up all of the characters stories.