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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (9,106 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Kenneth Oppel Narrator: David Kelly Publisher: Full Cast Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: August 2007 ISBN:
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Matt Cruse is a cabin boy on the Aurora, a huge airship that sails hundreds of feet above the ocean, ferrying wealthy passengers from city to city. It is the life Matt's always wanted; convinced he's lighter than air, he imagines himself as buoyant as the hydrium gas that powers his ship. One night he meets a dying balloonist who speaks of beautiful creatures drifting through the skies. It is only after Matt meets the balloonist's granddaughter that he realizes that the man's ravings may, in fact, have been true, and that the creatures are completely real and utterly mysterious.

In a swashbuckling adventure reminiscent of Jules Verne and Robert Louis Stevenson, Kenneth Oppel, author of the best-selling Silverwing trilogy, creates an imagined world in which the air is populated by transcontinental voyagers, pirates, and beings never before dreamed of by the humans who sail the skies.

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Emily Rietz | 2/14/2014

    " an intriguing, futuristic YA novel with nautical twists and delightful protagonists "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Valley Cottage Library | 2/2/2014

    " SUMMER READING REVIEW: "While this is not an adult book, I did listen to the entire book on cd while driving to Virginia with my family. I loved that it was exciting enough for all of my kids, ages 6-11, as well as entertaining enough for me. The person reading the story was not dull and monotonous and they used different voices for different characters. It had romance, adventure, and pirates. What more could you ask for?" -Melissa Carton "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 MizziQ | 1/27/2014

    " This is one of the best books I have EVER READ! It was AMAZING! I can't believe you are wasting time reading this. GO! NOW! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Arwen | 1/26/2014

    " A rousing adventure with pirates, airships and a mysterious island. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Heather | 1/11/2014

    " This was a fun, YA adventure! My boys will love this book someday and I am having my daughter read it right now! It made me want to Google air ships of the early 1900's! I have always been fascinated by the Hindenburg. What really pulled me in and what was most fascinating about this story was the discovery of an odd species existing on and around the island. It makes you wonder...are there really unknown species waiting to be found in some remote part of the world??? "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kristin | 1/11/2014

    " I think it started out slow, but turned out to be a pretty good read. It is more like an adventure book than a sci-fi. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Libby | 1/1/2014

    " I love Kenneth Oppel's specific choice of his words, and the fact that he manages to create a strong female lead without her being obnoxious or inhuman. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rebekah H. | 12/15/2013

    " It was pretty good, though slow to start. It took off after the first half. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dawn Trlak-Donahue | 11/25/2013

    " This book is set in the past and reimagines the world as if airships (like a combo of the Hindenburg/Titanic) were the main method of travel. Place names are similar, but not exactly the same. I really enjoyed the story and the main characters-looking forward to reading the next in the series. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jen | 11/18/2013

    " This is an enjoyable book set in a world where airships are a main form of transportation. I enjoyed the detailed world and learning about how the airships worked. Mat Cruse was a captivating character I'd like to read more about. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sheri Radford | 11/17/2013

    " Second time I've read this book, and it was just as wonderful as the first time. Interesting characters, compelling plot, and lots of swashbuckling action. Brilliant! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jadie | 11/14/2013

    " I thought it was amazing. Has a bit of everything. Series is great. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jason | 11/13/2013

    " Was a fun read. I wanted to read something from the Steampunk genre and saw this recommended on several lists. It was definitely a 'light' read intended for a younger audience, but I liked it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lori | 10/22/2013

    " Great YA novel about action on an airship. Can't wait to have my 9-year-old read it so we can compare notes. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Maxwell Heath | 9/18/2013

    " There's airships. And flying cat creatures. And a shipwreck. And sky pirates. And an ornithopter. And romance. And action. Basically, everything a good alternate history/steampunk novel should have. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Leisy | 7/14/2013

    " I loved this series. It is somewhat juvenile- but a great easy fun read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Breanna | 6/28/2013

    " This was such a well written book in terms of establishing characters and things like young romance. It was a cute and short read! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Heidi | 6/24/2013

    " Absolutely Swashbuckling! Great Pirate story. Couldn't put this down. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mary | 3/25/2013

    " This is the absolute best book I have ever read! I even read it twice which is really rare for me. I felt like I was in another world when I read this book and I find muyself wishing I could go back daily! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kermit | 1/6/2013

    " I like the idea of flying cloud cats---but not enough to read the additional books in the series. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 B. | 7/4/2012

    " This book is just begging to be made into a movie. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Beverly | 5/17/2012

    " I liked this book so much because it caught my attention right away. There was never a dull moment. Action packed! Can't wait to read the next one. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Joy | 11/12/2011

    " This is a semi-steampunk book. Good for young/middle grade readers. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Daniel | 9/26/2011

    " Reread this to get ready to read the sequels. It's a lighthearted adventure yarn in which brave sailors pilot their airship around the world and face storms, unruly passengers, and pirates! It's a classic ship story, really, but in a zeppelin, and everything is better with zeppelins. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mayde | 9/12/2011

    " I really liked this book. Great story, with some uncommon elements. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Nate Daniels -The Piano Player- | 6/14/2011

    " This book is epic all the way through. It is suspenseful and just amazing! I read this book and loved it! Great job Oppel. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Honeybee | 5/23/2011

    " I read this one for LIBR 2395 and did a book talk on it. Such a fantastic story that really allows the reader to escape into the book from everyday life. I haven't read any Oppel since the Silverwing books and I'd forgotten what a good writer he is. "

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

    " A decent clean story, geared toward teenage boys. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 TikiPaws12 | 5/13/2011

    " This is one of the best books I have EVER READ! It was AMAZING! I can't believe you are wasting time reading this. GO! NOW! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ashie | 5/5/2011

    " It was amazing and I plan on reading it again soon. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jamon | 4/29/2011

    " Listened to book on tape, the audio book had a full cast which made it fun. The story had some good parts of excitement and tension but in taking a step back...the plot was weak "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 D | 4/26/2011

    " Well written and paced. One of my most enjoyable reads in my recent memory. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kyle | 4/24/2011

    " How has this book not been made into a movie yet?
    Amazingly action packed and interesting story line. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Elesa | 4/20/2011

    " This is a book about a cabin boy aboard an airship. Which basically means it is Steampunk Fiction. Fun! And it is such a great swashbuckling adventure. I loved every minute!

    Adventure!

    And though it is the first in a series, the story is complete, with no lose ends. "

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About the Author
Author Kenneth Oppel

Kenneth Oppel is the author of numerous books for young readers. His award-winning Silverwing trilogy has sold over a million copies worldwide and been adapted as an animated TV series and stage play. Airborn won a Michael L. Printz Honor Book Award and the Canadian Governor General’s Literary Award for children’s literature; its sequel, Skybreaker, was a New York Times bestseller and was named Children’s Novel of the Year by the Times. Born on Canada’s Vancouver Island, he now resides in Toronto with his wife and children.