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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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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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fantastic story

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

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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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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.....

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Loved it

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

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Superb.

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

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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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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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read this when i was a kid and it still holds up

title says it all, over 15 years later and i still enjoyed it, would highly recommend regardless of your age, its in young adult but i think anyone would enjoy this and look forward to the film

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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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  • 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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  • Scott D Galbiati
  • 16-07-18

fun listen, could have been longer w/ more details

hunted down this audiobook because I saw the trailer to the Peter Jackson movie and wanted to know more about what the heck that was about... Felt the author could have done a better job at describing the environment, the machines, the history of the world setting and the history/backgrounds of EVERY character a little bit more...

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  • Nik
  • 02-07-18

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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  • Dustin G. Lancaster
  • 23-06-18

good story.

easy listen. worth the risk of credit. only tried since movie is coming out soon.

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  • Sara @ A Gingerly Review
  • 22-06-18

Not for me

The blurb is what made me interested in this story, but the delivery is what caused me to DNF. The narrator was wrong, the story was choppy & scattered, nothing was clearly thought out. This was terrible and I'm sorry I used a credit on it.

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  • V. Hampton
  • 12-06-18

A YA novel until it's not.

The narrator was solid and diverse in his performance. Great world building too. Also, it has a slam bang ending with a heart wrenching twist that I won't spoil. A good opening for a new literary world. And a quick read at 8 hours.

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  • goblinking
  • 08-06-18

Great storyline.

The action is very well paced as it follows the paths of a couple separate plot lines that all converge into a unique ending that is summed up very well with the final line of dialogue...

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  • Anonymous User
  • 08-06-18

Worth a read

It's not the best or worst book I've ever read. But it's not forgettable either. I'll be buying book 2 and seeing where the story goes.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 18-05-18

Not what I'm used to, but...

I had wished for more detail in the story, but it is still a good read.