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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (32,849 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 2009 ISBN: 9780743583893
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It is the cusp of World War I, and all the European powers are arming up. The Austro-Hungarians and Germans have their Clankers, steam-driven iron machines loaded with guns and ammunition. The British Darwinists employ fabricated animals as their weaponry. The Leviathan is a living airship, the most formidable airbeast in the skies of Europe.

Aleksandar Ferdinand, prince of the Austro-Hungarian Empire, is on the run. His own people have turned on him. His title is worthless. All he has is a battle-torn Stormwalker and a loyal crew of men.

Deryn Sharp is a commoner, a girl disguised as a boy in the British Air Service. She's a brilliant airman. But her secret is in constant danger of being discovered.

With the Great War brewing, Alek's and Deryn's paths cross in the most unexpected wayÉtaking them both aboard the Leviathan on a fantastical, around-the-world adventure. One that will change both their lives forever. Download and start listening now!

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Quotes & Awards

  • “A tightly paced young adult novel set in an alternate version of the First World War and a welcome addition to the steampunk genre…The Darwinist and Clanker jargon crackles with an authentically techie feel.” 

    New York Times

  • “Westerfeld steadily builds a world that we soon accept as totally real and palpable. His inventiveness with the details of the competing imaginary technologies renders the rival paradigms sharp and bristly, with the complex stakes involved plain to see.” 

    Barnes & Noble, editorial review

  • “Gripping…The author’s fully realized world has an inventive lexicon to match—readers will be eager for the sequels.” 

    Publishers Weekly (starred review)

  • “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

  • A New York Times Bestseller
  • Winner of the 2010 Locus Award for Best Young Adult Fiction

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Clara | 2/4/2014

    " LOVE IT!!!!! Can't wait to read the sequel! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jessie | 2/2/2014

    " It took me a bit to get into this one because I really didn't like Alek at first. Deryn's story kept me going though, and I'm glad it did. I ended up really enjoying this book. It's historical fiction, but set in an alternate universe, which was very cool. I recognized a lot of what was going on, but much was new. It was a very fun read and I can't wait to pick up the sequel! (Also, Scott Westerfeld is a Vassar grad, so woo!) "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Papillon | 1/24/2014

    " This was a great read, it was very imaginative and unique on its take on history and the illustrations were just amazing, they really helped with following the story and descriptions. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Barry | 1/20/2014

    " Steampunk WWI, a bit like The Court of the Air but for a younger audience. May read the sequels eventually, worth a read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jessica | 12/23/2013

    " This series is great, and the illustrations are excellent. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jayla | 12/21/2013

    " I haven't read much steampunk before, but I guess I should, because I really enjoyed this book. The Clankers verses Darwinists idea was so cool, and so were all of the drawings. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Skye | 12/14/2013

    " It took me a while to get into, but I liked it and will read the others. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lisa Salter | 10/21/2013

    " Loved this book, can't believe how long I took to finally read it. Especially since Scott Westerfeld is one of my favorite authors. Steampunk is my new favorite genre, I loved the combination of reality, fantasy and history. Went straight back and got the rest of the series. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Chara | 10/12/2013

    " A great book for 7th-10th grade boys,history buffs, and students who like series novels. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tina M | 9/29/2013

    " Steam punk is a new genre for me. I liked it historically speaking; my little brain has trouble comprehending all the machines and the description of them:) A very interesting read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 John Sherman | 7/25/2013

    " Great Steam Punk Love how it took the actual events leading up to WWI and ran with it. Darwinists vs Clankers I'd go with the Darwinists "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ellen | 5/15/2013

    " Very wannabe steampunk fantasy blah. A friend gave me this book, but I wouldn't have purchased it for myself. It could have been fun, but it's just very middle school reading level. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Robert Wheeler | 11/4/2012

    " Interesting mix of Steampunk and genetic engineering. I like this series. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Bubbles | 10/21/2012

    " I didn't like the beginning of the book, because it was too machiney. But in the middle of the book, I actually really enjoyed it. The best bit for me was when Deryn and Alek met.It ended in a way that made you want to read the second installment in the trilogy, which is what I am about to read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mary | 9/15/2012

    " Do I give it a 3 or a 4? Tough one. Another teeny-bopper book, interesting concept. Liked Uglies/Pretties better. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mary | 8/2/2012

    " Wonderful story from a great storyteller! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Angela | 6/4/2012

    " Amazingly creative, interesting story, but I just couldn't get into it. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Kat | 11/10/2011

    " Not to say this wasn't a well written book, I just couldn't get into it. May give it another go in the distant future but right now it's not gripping me. The illaustrations are great though (yes, I am an adult and like pictures in my books still :) ). "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kelly | 9/24/2011

    " Started out a little slow for me, but by the end I was enjoying it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kaitlyn | 5/24/2011

    " Its a cool, love story with war and steampunk and early 1900s thrown in. Very cool so far :) "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Kimberly | 5/23/2011

    " Big fan of Scott Westerfeld's Uglies series so I picked this up. Good read as a steam punk version of the first World War. Don't know if I'll read the rest of the series "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Zoe | 5/19/2011

    " First off I am NOT a steam punk fan but I am a crazy Scott Westerfeld fan girl so I thought I'd try it out. It was painful to get through. The plot was interesting enough really just not my cup of tea. It also unlike his other books, seems aimed at a much younger audience. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mayde | 5/18/2011

    " Fun young adult book. Inventive and creative. I'll definitely read the sequels.
    "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 DeEtte | 5/17/2011

    " Seriously so much fun!! I loved every second of it. My 11-year old son and I were attempting to read it at the same time, which lead to more than one disagreement as to who's "turn" it was with the book. I can't wait for the next one. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dina | 5/17/2011

    " Although it took me a while to get into this revisionist WWI setting, I'm sort of intrigued by the whole steam-punk thing. The story is compelling and full of adventure. A rollicking good time! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kellie | 5/17/2011

    " Great sci-fi/steampunky adventure set during WWI. I am officially hooked and have to read the next installment! This is an easy read for JF level through YA level (even weird adults like me). "

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

    " Great book going to add it to my list of books to read my kids once they can manage to sit still long enough for me to finish a chapter. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lindsey | 5/16/2011

    " This is my first introduction to the steam punk genre, and I really enjoyed it. The illustrations were fantastic, as well. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Temple | 5/10/2011

    " I found the cross of animals and machine disgusting byt who cares the story
    captured me and I was pleased. Aswell did the illusrtations. "

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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 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.