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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (13,860 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Scott Westerfeld Narrator: Alan Cumming Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Leviathan Series Release Date:
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“The request line for the sequel can start forming now.”*

The behemoth is the fiercest creature in the British navy. It can swallow enemy battleships with one bite. The Darwinists will need it, now that they are at war with the Clanker Powers. 
Deryn is a girl posing as a boy in the British Air Service, and Alek is the heir to an empire posing as a commoner. Finally together aboard the airship Leviathan, they hope to bring the war to a halt. But when disaster strikes the Leviathan’s peacekeeping mission, they find themselves alone and hunted in enemy territory. Alek and Deryn will need great skill, new allies, and brave hearts to face what’s ahead. 

“…Westerfeld’s brilliantly constructed imaginary world will capture readers from the first page. Full of nonstop action, this steampunk adventure is sure to become a classic.”

—School Library Journal, starred review of Leviathan 
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Quotes & Awards

  • “The action is nonstop in Westerfeld’s thrilling sequel to last year’s Leviathan—fans of that book won’t be disappointed...This exciting and inventive tale of military conflict and wildly reimagined history should captivate a wide range of readers.”

    Publishers Weekly (starred review)

  • “Narrator Alan Cumming skillfully keeps this complex and compelling story on track. The gorgeous descriptions, dramatic dialogue, and offbeat humor are enhanced by his nuanced performance. An afterword by Westerfeld helpfully explains what is true and what is not.”


  • “This is first and foremost a high-concept action series, and Westerfeld knows how to pound a pulse while tickling the imagination.”


  • “The team of Scott Westerfeld and Alan Cumming keep the action literally flying along in this spellbinding sequel to Leviathan...Westerfeld’s ingenious juxtaposition of factual events of World War II with the fantastic is brought to life with Alan Cumming’s spot-on vocalization...Listeners are sure to be captivated and will be left clamoring for more.”

    School Library Journal (starred audio review)

  • Winner of the AudioFile Earphones Award
  • A New York Times Bestseller
  • Winner of the 2011 Locus Award for Best Young Adult Book

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Jon | 2/6/2014

    " Another great book from Westerfield. Can't wait to read Goliath, on the other hand I don't want the series to end. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Shanda | 2/3/2014

    " YA steampunk, 2nd in the leviathan series "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Beth S. | 1/23/2014

    " This book was incredibly fun. I liked it even better than the first book in the trilogy, Leviathan. Westerfield does an amazing job of developing his characters while keeping the pace brisk and action packed. The alternative reality/historical fiction plot is imaginative and held my interest throughout, while also being well researched and true to the historical concepts or essence of WWI Europe. I can't wait for the third book to come out! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Tilden | 1/18/2014

    " Very good story, with good characters. Alan Cumming is a very good reader. I'll be sure and obtain more audio books that he's read. Can't wait to find out what happens in "Goliath." "

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