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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 Agutte Publisher: Scholastic Inc Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Fever Crumb Trilogy Release Date:
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Two years ago, Fever Crumb escaped the war-torn city of London. Now she arrives in the extraordinary city of Mayda, where buildings ascend the cliffs on 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. Download and start listening now!


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  • “[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.”


  • “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.”


  • “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 by 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 by Linda Cohen | 1/22/2014

    " Broke my heart! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by 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 by 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. "

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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.