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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (785 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Philip Reeve Narrator: Jenny Agutter Publisher: Scholastic Inc Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Fever Crumb Trilogy Release Date: July 2012 ISBN: 9780545426480
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The second, thrilling adventure in the Fever Crumb trilogy from the brilliant and award-winning Philip Reeve.



NARRATOR:Jenny Agutter
FORMAT: 7 CDs, Unabridged

Two years ago, Fever Crumb escaped the war-torn city of London in a traveling theater. Now she arrives in the extraordinary city of Mayda, where buildings ascend the cliffs on funicular rails, and a mysterious recluse is building a machine that can fly. Fever is the engineer he needs - but ruthless enemies will kill to possess their secrets.
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Quotes & Awards

  • “[Reeve has] a remarkable ability to combine a strong, engaging, and beautifully paced story line with a passion for argument and ideas: makes much of what passes for young adult fiction seem very thin indeed.”

    Irish Times (Dublin)

  • “Jenny Agutter performs the feat of receding into the background, driving the narrative and letting the plot and characters come to the fore…Agutter gets to use her skills, too, making the most of opportunities for vocal acrobatics as she portrays traveling actors, high priestesses, Mafiosi, and, most impressively, the squawking speech of mutant seabirds.”

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  • “British actor Agutter’s vocal talents literally and figuratively give flight to this tale…Agutter is skillful at accents, from proper British to Irish, Scottish, French, and Italian, which reflect the myriad characters Fever meets along the way. Listeners will become spellbound by buildings that ascend cliffs on funicular rails, strange squawking birds called angels, scary villains, and weird vehicles of all shapes and sizes…This action-packed, riveting tale will leave kids salivating for Fever’s next adventure.”

    Booklist (audio review)

  • “Reeve’s tale is well-crafted, and its rich language evokes the familiar but strange world in which Fever lives. The compelling, taut saga is heightened by Jennifer Agutter’s dramatic narration. Distinct characters and characterizations are effectively achieved through voice changes and varied pace.”

    School Library Journal

  • “Much in this book is utterly charming, including the generous and colorful theater folk; Fever and Arlo’s delight in unlocking the secrets of flight; the talking ‘angels,’ who are the last vestiges of a genetically engineered species of seagulls; and references to present-day technology with the names now humorously garbled…Interesting and inventive.”

    VOYA

  • “Reeve’s writing, already excellent, shines here as he turns his attention to the romantic, in both the human and poetic senses…Imaginative, inventive, and exciting.”

    Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Alice | 1/27/2014

    " A great follow-up to Fever Crumb. Following the somewhat traumatic events of Book One, Fever's run away and joined a theatrical troupe as their technomancer (sort of combination IT nerd/electrician/Jill of all trades), and the majority of the action takes place in Mayda, a Mediterranean, beach-side town built on the sides of a crater (Reeve identifies Mayda as "somewhere off the coast of present-day Portugal"). It's a lovely change from the steamy dirty grimy London of the first book, but Mayda has just as many imaginative flights of fancy. My favorite was probably the Funicular Houses, who creep up and down the sides of the crater using a system of weighted tanks of water. Fever gets caught up in an aeronautical adventure, and very exciting hijinks ensue. There's even some romance, but it didn't bother me. A great book and I'm adding Reeve to my "must read all the books" authors list. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Linda Cohen | 1/22/2014

    " Broke my heart! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Wally | 1/20/2014

    " I liked this book better than the first book in the series, Fever Crumb; probably because I didn't feel as lost. In this book, Fever is 2 years older, and has joined a traveling theater group somewhere in Europa. In one small city, she meets a young scientist with dreams of flight, and becomes interested in the possibilities, but more than one person wants to end those dreams and rid the world of anyone with those dreams. Good story, recommended for middle school readers. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Brenda Kahn | 1/18/2014

    " This brilliant sequel to Fever Crumb picks up two years later. Fever has been traveling with a theater company, fostering Kit Solent's children and seeing to the lighting and electrical needs of the troop. When they stop in Mayder, she crosses paths with Arlo Thursday, a brilliant recluse, who is building a flying machine. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jessalyn King | 1/14/2014

    " I listened to this in audio, and it really sprung my imagination. It brought on my cheering for the characters and yelling at them for not seeing what seemed obvious to me as the reader. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Susan | 1/13/2014

    " Maybe not as strong as the first one (or maybe I needed to re-read the first one before starting this one), but still an enjoyable read. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Yen | 1/13/2014

    " it was ok... but didnt it come out already? cuz the publishing i believed said 2010... hmm *shrugs* "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jennifer | 12/20/2013

    " Enjoying this series on audio. Noticing my predisposition to British narrators. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Anne | 11/2/2013

    " I enjoyed this book. The Hungry City Chronicles is a favorite series of mine, and I look forward to seeing how this prequel series ties things up. Makes me want to start over with Mortal Engines again! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Natalie | 10/30/2013

    " Another interesting story (mostly because im new to steampunk books), but i didnt care for how everything was wrapped up in the end. It wasn't as awkwardly cut off as "Fever Crumb", but it still seemed to leave loose ends. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Amy | 9/21/2013

    " Just finished Fever Crumb last, and lookie here, the sequel is on the shelf. <3 "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Drew | 7/25/2013

    " Another marvelous read from Philip Reeve. The guy is a great story teller. He also has a knack for developing characters who have a lot of depth. I hated to finish this book; I wanted it to go on. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lara Nguyen | 7/25/2013

    " Great short audiobook read by the author. YA steampunk fantasy, exactly what I needed. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ji Mei ^_^ | 3/24/2013

    " I thought this book was great! I loved how Fever grows from her Engineerish ways and starts to learn how to enjoy the rest of the world. I like the twists and though it seems lazy and boring at times, you still can't drop the book. I can't wait for the next one. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Batsheva | 3/5/2013

    " A quirky geek romance set in a future Mediterranean resort town. There are super-smart birds, an awkward teenage engineer and a guy thinks he can get his airplane off the ground. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Arthur | 2/13/2013

    " Another brilliant addition to the series. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Alex | 8/3/2012

    " This book was a little hard for me to get into to begin with; but once I got a few chapters into the story, I really enjoyed it. I love Mr. Reeve's unusual descriptions. His imagery can be almost poetic at times. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Carol | 6/25/2012

    " You get to know Fever Crumb even better in this story ... adventure, mystery and yes, even a love story. Very well written ... I couldn't put it down. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jessica | 4/17/2012

    " Fever's character is one I absolutely love, and to read more of her adventure was amazing. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Karyn Silverman | 2/29/2012

    " Philip Reeve is brilliant. It's just that simple. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Claire | 1/28/2012

    " these prequels to Mortal Engines are slighter, but still wonderfully full of all the quirky technology and glorious nudges of you-know-what-I'm talking-about. I love Fever Crumb, she's a great character. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Squeaky | 11/5/2011

    " I don't remember much from the first book, Fever Crumb, but I'm enjoying seeing what she is up to now. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Yoo Kyung | 10/27/2011

    " Again my struggle to enjoy British fantasy or getting it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Clara | 3/16/2011

    " Liked it and enthusiastic about the next one, but I think it would have been better if somehow the author might have been allowed by his editor or whomever not to have to spell out what happened in the last book so explicitly. I found those passages awkward. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jax | 2/6/2011

    " Not a bad story, but it feels like reading the fantasy adventure books I used to like as a kid, rather than one of the Mortal Engines series; it doesn't quite fit. I did like the book before this though "Fever Crumb", so I am hoping for good things from the next book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Durand | 12/4/2010

    " Well written with a good plot. Its a little too simplistic though and should probably be written for an older audience who grew up with the Hungry City chronicles. "

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About the Author
Author Philip Reeve

Philip Reeve is the bestselling author of the Predator Cities quartet and the award-winning Fever Crumb series. His other books include the highly acclaimed Here Lies Arthur and No Such Thing as Dragons. He lives in Dartmoor, England with his wife and son. 

About the Narrator

Jenny Agutter is an English film and television actress. She began her career as a child actor in the mid 1960s, starring in the BBC television series The Railway Children and the film adaptation of the same book. She moved on to adult roles with Walkabout, An American Werewolf in London, Logan’s Run, and Equus.