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4.13 out of 54.13 out of 54.13 out of 54.13 out of 54.13 out of 5 4.13 (23 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: October 2010 ISBN: 9781442334113
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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.”

    AudioFile

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

    Booklist

  • “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 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 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 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 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." "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Wendy | 12/30/2013

    " a great continuation of an interesting series "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Aj | 12/24/2013

    " I really enjoyed this book, not only because it was writter by Scott Westerfeld (who is awesome) but because it ended perfectly. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Briony | 12/16/2013

    " Better than the first one. I can't wait for the sequel to come out at the end of the month. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Amy T-D | 11/28/2013

    " The middle book, for me, is all about reading it quickly so I can get to the last book. Reading it fast also makes it easy to overlook the unrealistic stuff. Greatly enjoyed it. Perfect for a long car ride. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Alma Ramos-McDermott | 11/1/2013

    " A bit more interesting than the first part. Alot of action, along with the fantasy and historical fiction kept me reading to the end, and wanting to read the next book in the trilogy to find out what happens to the main characters. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Michelle Farmer | 9/6/2013

    " This is a Great Steampunk Series! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Blair | 6/8/2013

    " cheesy but an interesting young adult steampunk take on WWI "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Austin | 5/19/2013

    " Just like the first book, this one was good, but it was missing something. I like the two concepts of Clanker and Darwinist and the illustrations are really good. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Robyn Schultz | 5/12/2013

    " 2nd in a trilogy. Still enjoying it. Clankers and Darwinist. I just love Steampunk. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Greymalkin | 6/29/2012

    " Enjoyed this very much. Action got a bit muddled and pacing slowed down in spots but the world continues to be fun and I like the historical touches. Stuff with Lilit was very entertaining. Look forward to reading the next (and last) one! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lacey | 8/28/2011

    " I am going to get my hands on the third book hopefully soon because this book I couldn't put down. A great book just like the first with new adventures, dangers, and twists for the characters. Scott Westerfield has a GREAT imagination! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rayna | 5/19/2011

    " Major plot developments made this one a lot more enjoyable to read than the first book. I love reading the "Afterwards" in these books about the differences between the real WWI and this one. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Dina | 5/17/2011

    " I liked it even better than the first one...probably because it took me no time to get into the setting. Dylan Sharp is one gutsy girl, Prince Alek had better get ready to love a commoner, and I can't wait to find out what happens next. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kathryn | 5/17/2011

    " Better than Leviathan. This book felt like it had come into its own. And it had a much better plot ark than the first book, which read as a long and rather directionless set-up for books two and three. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 James | 5/14/2011

    " Good second book. Can't wait for the third... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Monika | 5/9/2011

    " Is the third one out yet...? "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Nicole | 5/5/2011

    " Love the characters and action in this alternate-reality series set during WWI. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Wendy | 5/5/2011

    " Once again, I found myself wishing this was written for an older audience because the author is good at character developing and action scenes. However, it is pretty clean since it isn't an adult book! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sara | 4/29/2011

    " Still really good, but all second books in trilogies pale in comparison to the first. "

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About the Author
Author Scott Westerfeld

Scott Westerfeld is the author of the Leviathan series, the first book of which was the winner of the 2010 Locus Award for Best Young Adult Fiction. His other novels include the New York Times bestselling Uglies series, The Last Days, Peeps, So Yesterday, and the Midnighters trilogy.

About the Narrator

Alan Cumming is an award-winning actor, singer, writer, producer, and director. He recently starred in an acclaimed one-man staging of Macbeth on Broadway and appears on the Emmy Award–winning television show The Good Wife. Cumming won a Tony Award for his portrayal of the Emcee in the Broadway musical Cabaret. He is the winner of the 2015 Audie Award for Best Autobiography/Memoir narration and Best Narration by the Author Award as well as an Audiofile Earphones Award. He hosts PBS Masterpiece Mystery and has appeared in numerous films, including Spy Kids, Titus, X2: X-Men United, The Anniversary Party, Any Day Now, and Eyes Wide Shut.