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3.57 out of 53.57 out of 53.57 out of 53.57 out of 53.57 out of 5 3.57 (7 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Cherie Priest Narrator: Wil Wheaton, Kate Reading Publisher: Macmillan Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Clockwork Century Series Release Date: February 2010 ISBN: 9781427210845
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Cherie Priest's long-awaited steampunk debut, Boneshaker, opens in the early days of the Civil War when rumors of gold in the frozen Klondike brought hordes of newcomers to the Pacific Northwest. Anxious to compete, Russian prospectors commissioned inventor Leviticus Blue to create a great machine that could mine through Alaska's ice. Thus was Dr. Blue's Incredible Bone-Shaking Drill Engine born.

But on its first test run the Boneshaker went terribly awry, destroying several blocks of downtown Seattle and unearthing a subterranean vein of blight gas that turned anyone who breathed it into the living dead.

Now it is sixteen years later, and a wall has been built to enclose the devastated and toxic city. Just beyond it lives Blue's widow, Briar Wilkes. Life is hard with a ruined reputation and a teenaged boy to support, but she and Ezekiel are managing. Until Ezekiel undertakes a secret crusade to rewrite history.

His quest will take him under the wall and into a city teeming with ravenous undead, air pirates, criminal overlords, and heavily armed refugees. And only Briar can bring him out alive.

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Quotes & Awards

  • This exquisitely imaginative steampunk adventure is a joy to read! My favourite of Cherie's books. Cassandra Clare, bestselling author of the Mortal Instruments trilogy
  • Everything you'd want in such a volume and much more.... It's full of buckle and has swash to spare, and the characters are likable and the prose is fun. This is a hoot from start to finish, pure mad adventure. Cory Doctorow, bestselling author of Little Brother
  • “A steampunk-zombie-airship adventure of rollicking pace and sweeping proportions, full of wonderfully gnarly details. This book is made of irresistible.”

    Scott Westerfeld, award-winning author of The Leviatian Trilogy

  • “Intelligent, exceptionally well written, and showcasing a phenomenal strong female protagonist who embodies the complexities inherent in motherhood, this yarn is a must-read for the discerning steampunk fan.”

    Publishers Weekly (starred review)

  • “Cherie Priest wove a story so convincing, so evocative, so terrifying that I read this book with the doors locked and a gun on my lap. Boneshaker is a steampunk menagerie of thrills and horror. Mario Acevedo, bestselling author of Jailbait Zombie

  • Boneshaker is without a doubt Cherie Priest's breakthrough work: this hollering, stamping, crackling thing is the best fun you'll have with a book all year. Warren Ellis, bestselling author of Crooked Little Vein
  • A gorgeously grim world of deadly gasses, mysterious machines, zeppelin pirates, and a relentless plague of zombies. With Boneshaker, Priest is geared up to begin her reign as the Queen of Steampunk. Mark Henry, Author of Road Trip of the Living Dead
  • A rip-snorting adventure in the best tradition of a penny dreadful. Priest has crafted a novel of exquisite prose and thrilling twists, populated by folk heroes and dastardly villains, zombies and air pirates, incredible machines and a heroine who'll have you cheering. Boneshaker is the definitive steampunk story, absolutely unique and one hell of a fun read. Caitlin Kittredge, author of the Nocturne City novels
  • A marvelous book, crammed with readerly pleasures--zombies, pirates, cracking adventures, historical conceits and characters that make you wish you could linger inside it long after turning the final page. Cherie Priest is one of my favorite fantasists. Kelly Link, acclaimed author of Magic for Beginners
  • If Jules Verne and George Romero got together to rewrite American history it might go something like this. I loved it. I want more. Mike Mignola, bestselling author of Hellboy
  • If the Wild Wild West had been written by Mark Twain with the assistance of Jules Verne and Bram Stoker, it still couldn't be as fabulous and fantastical as Boneshaker. Cherie Priest has penned a rousing adventure tale that breathes a roaring soul and thundering heart into the glittering skin of Steampunk. Stylish, taut, and wonderful, it's a literary ride you must not miss! Kat Richardson, bestselling author of Greywalker
  • A steampunk-zombie-airship adventure of rollicking pace and sweeping proportions, full of wonderfully gnarly details. This book is made of irresistible…. It totally pushed all my buttons. Scott Westerfeld, bestselling author of Uglies and Peeps

  • Winner of the 2010 Locus Award for Best Science Fiction Novel
  • A 2010 Hugo Award Nominee
  • Winner of the 2010 Pacific Northwest Booksellers Association Award
  • A 2009 Nebula Award Finalist for Best Novel
  • Winner of Locus Awards - Winner, 2010
  • Nominated for Hugo Award - Nominee, 2010
  • Nominated for Nebula Awards - Nominee, 2009

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Adrian "adi" | 6/24/2011

    " This was an interesting story. I wasn't sure what to expect when I picked this book up, but I thoroughly enjoyed the setting and who Cherie Priest created here world. There was a grittiness to the characters that I found refreshing. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Matt | 6/24/2011

    " As much as I like science fiction and well, similar if not direct sub-genres like Steampunk or Cyberpunk or Dieselpunk I felt that this book was kind of a childish adventure story that did a bad job at capturing my excitement for 'what happens next' nor did it tickle my interest in the characters. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kristen | 6/22/2011

    "
    A good, quick read. I zipped right through this and loved the characters and the setting SO much. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Anne | 6/20/2011

    " If all steampunk lit is this good, I have to find more! Great adventure. Ms. Priest thought out her world very well, and you just have to excuse/ignore the historical inaccuracies, knowing that they are intentional. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 David | 6/20/2011

    " I loved this book. The clash of high tech with steam power is always interesting and the zombies are not bad ether. The characters are well drawn and the world is compelling and the end is fantastic. One decayed thumbs up. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sherry | 6/11/2011

    " Not bad for my first try at Steampunk. Good story. Set in Seattle. Not overly fond of the vampires but they did add to the story. Makes me a little nervous about them digging a tunnel here in Seattle after what happened in this story. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Wally | 6/10/2011

    " Good, fun read with a lot of great ideas, larger than life characters, and a plot that churns along right to the end. Should be good for upper level teens. "

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About the Author
Author Cherie Priest

Cherie Priest’s Boneshaker was nominated for a Nebula and Hugo Award, won the Locus Award for best science-fiction novel, and was named Steampunk Book of the Year by steampunk.com. She is also the author of Dreadnought, Boneshaker’s sequel, and of the near-contemporary fantasy Fathom. She debuted to great acclaim with a trilogy of Southern gothic ghost stories featuring heroine Eden Moore wich included Four and Twenty Blackbirds, Wings to the Kingdom, and Not Flesh nor Feathers. Born in Tampa, Florida, she earned her Master’s in rhetoric at the University of Tennessee. She lives in Seattle, Washington, with her husband, Aric, and a fat black cat named Spain.

About the Narrators

Wil Wheaton is an actor, voice artist, author, and award-winning audiobook narrator. Among his movie credits are Stand by Me and Toy Soldiers. His many television credits include Star Trek: The Next Generation, The Big Bang Theory, and Generator Rex. As a narrator of more than a dozen audiobooks, he has twice won the prestigious Audie Award, twice been a finalist for the Audie, and earned an Earphones Award from AudioFile magazine.

Kate Reading is an Audie Award–winning narrator and has received thirty Earphones Awards from AudioFile magazine. She is also a theater actor in the Washington, DC, area and has been a member of the Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company since 1987. Her work onstage has been recognized by the Helen Hayes Awards Society, among others. She and her husband live in Hyattsville, Maryland, with their two children.