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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (2,555 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: China Miéville Narrator: Jonathan Cowley Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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On board the moletrain Medes, Sham Yes ap Soorap watches in awe as he witnesses his first moldywarpe hunt: the giant mole bursting from the earth, the harpoonists targeting their prey, the battle resulting in one’s death and the other’s glory. But no matter how spectacular it is, Sham can’t shake the sense that there is more to life than traveling the endless rails of the railsea—even if his captain can think only of the hunt for the ivory-coloured mole she’s been chasing since it took her arm all those years ago. When they come across a wrecked train, at first it's a welcome distraction. But what Sham finds in the derelict—a series of pictures hinting at something, somewhere, that should be impossible—leads to considerably more than he’d bargained for. Soon he’s hunted on all sides, by pirates, trainsfolk, monsters, and salvage-scrabblers. And it might not be just Sham’s life that’s about to change. It could be the whole of the railsea.

From China Miéville comes a novel for listeners of all ages, a gripping and brilliantly imagined take on Herman Melville’s Moby-Dick that confirms his status as “the most original and talented voice to appear in several years.” (Science Fiction Chronicle)

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Quotes & Awards

  • [Miéville] gives all readers a lot to dig into here, be it emotional drama, Godzilla-esque monster carnage, or the high adventure that comes only with riding the rails. USA Today
     
  • Superb . . . massively imaginative. Publishers Weekly (starred review)
  • Riveting . . . a great adventure. NPR
  • Wildly inventive . . . Every sentence is packed with wit. The Guardian (London)
  • “Miéville has that special knack for evoking other writers even while making the story wholly his own.”

    Los Angeles Times

  • “[Miéville] gives all readers a lot to dig into here, be it emotional drama, Godzilla-esque monster carnage, or the high adventure that comes only with riding the rails.”

    USA Today

  • “Riveting…a great adventure.”

    NPR

  • “Superb…massively imaginative.”

    Publishers Weekly (starred review)

  • “Wildly inventive…Every sentence is packed with wit.”

    Guardian (London)

  • Other names besides [Herman] Melville’s will surely come to mind as you read this thrilling tale—there’s Dune’s Frank Herbert. . . . But in this, as in all of his works, Miéville has that special knack for evoking other writers even while making the story wholly his own. Los Angeles Times
     
  • Winner of the 2013 Locus Award for Best Young Adult Book
  • A 2013 John W. Campbell Memorial Award Finalist for Best Novel

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Jordan | 2/13/2014

    " So this is kind of like Moby Dick. Except people travel with trains on the railsea instead of with boats on the ocean. Oh and giant mutant desert animals attack anyone who touches the dirt. So, better. There's also some nods to other nautical tales like the Odyssey, Treasure Island, and Robinson Crusoe. It was also slightly reminiscent of Iron Council, one of Mieville's Bas-Lag books with a heavy emphasis on trains. And even though it's labeled as a young adult book, it doesn't feel like it at all. Which is nice because I'm pretty sick of YA right now. The characters are all pretty interesting, I particularly liked the Captain and Sirocco, and the plot is entertaining. The weird narrator interjection chapters were kind of odd at first, but once I got used to them weren't bad. Overall this was definitely the kind of awesome that I expect from Mieville. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Artesia | 1/19/2014

    " 3,5 stars. Quite imaginative, but writing style is... irritating, for the lack of a better word. Another big problem are characters. Comrade Mieville, in my opinion, is always more invested in a setting, than in characters, but this novel takes it to a whole other level. I actively disliked all the main ones, and didn't care at all about secondary. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Stephanie | 1/15/2014

    " This is my third China Mieville book, the other two being The City & The City and Embassytown, and this one is by far and away my favorite of the three. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by David Schwan | 1/9/2014

    " Overall the story is interesting. We have a number of different people on quests that find their quest overlapping with others. Initially the language the author uses is confusing eventually a rhythm develops and you get the invented words. This book falls into the classic category of hero quest. "

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