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A Darkling Plain

Mortal Engines, Book 4
Narrated by: Barnaby Edwards
Series: Mortal Engines, Book 4
Length: 15 hrs and 31 mins
Categories: Young Adults, Ages 11-13
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Publisher's Summary

The final book of the thrilling Predator Cities series!

London is a radioactive ruin.

But Tom and Wren discover that the old predator city hides an awesome secret that could bring an end to the war. But as they risk their lives in its dark underbelly, time is running out. Alone and far away, Hester faces a fanatical enemy who possesses the weapons and the will to destroy the entire human race.

The final book in the Predator Cities series, Philip Reeve's A Darkling Plain is the winner of the Guardian Children's Fiction Prize.

©2006 Philip Reeve (P)2018 Scholastic Inc.

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A great ending

While the lack of character voices is a bit annoying, this has been a wonderful series.

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Good yarn

Great ending, enjoyed reading it. Narration was good except when voicing characters, which were badly overdone.

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Pristine!

Fantastic! This is all I could have asked for the ending of a brilliant series all I wished for was just a little more.

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What an adventure!

I’ve just finished this, the 4th and final book in Mortal Engines Quartet...and what a series!

The writing always kept me interested and never laboured too much despite the plots get more complex and intertwined as the books progressed. I really started to get to know and enjoy the characters, in particular the unusual dynamics of the main characters of Tom and Hester as well as my personal favourite, Professor Nimrod Pennyroyal, the likeable rogue and conman.

The narration by Barnaby Edwards is superb. His range of accents and voices really had me mentally picturing the characters who were very believable.

All in all, a fantastic read and I’m sad to have finished the series. I’ve still got the film to look forward to...let’s hope they stuck to the books and don’t ‘Hollywoodize’ it too much!

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Very nice finish

it was a nice series and happy I listened to it. sad ending but feel like it was a good way to end it.

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Exceptional book worth the read

This is an awesome conclusion to the series and I really like the universe and it's characters.

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Childhood read rediscovered

Just finished trought the whole series, I remember reading the first book as a kid. I loved the setting and the characters. Now I got to appreciate the interactions among them with a different prospective. And i really loved the ending, which was perfect in the way the narrator portraits it!

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  • Eric Farrow
  • 06-08-2018

Compelling series - great final entry

I enjoyed all 4 books in this series (sometimes called Mortal Engines; sometimes called Hungry City Chronicles) equally. Barnaby Edwards's performance is nuanced and skilled; you can tell right away who's talking and can get to know the characters better based on how he brings them to life. I'm very excited for the movie of book 1 (Mortal Engines), which comes out later this year. Great sci-fi series, highly recommended.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 15-01-2019

I liked this series before but now I love it

I got into the series because of the trailers for the movie. I liked the first book more than the movie. I love this series now if only because of the conclusion this book gave it. While the premise is fairly outlandish the characters bring it to life. I would whole heatedly recommend this to almost anyone.

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  • Flower Power
  • 15-12-2018

Best ending ever.

By the time you’ve gotten to this fourth book you are already committed to the story so I will spare everyone commentary there. What I will say is that it is exceedingly rare for Sci-fi/fantasy stories to tie up all loose ends and craft such a neat and clean “full circle” which brings the reader back to the beginning and with such a sense of satisfaction.

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  • Herr
  • 22-10-2019

Sorry the series wasn’t longer

Wonderful concept and characters. I wish there were more of these characters. I’ll miss them now that I’ve finished the series.

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  • Lauren Williams
  • 07-10-2019

Adventurous, sad, courageous...

This was by far the best ending for a series I've read/heard. The narrator returns and captures the characters emotions perfectly. Who knew that a stalker could be family!

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  • Eric Cheng
  • 27-09-2019

I need a book 5

I loved this book. Entirely. The way that the story was written was just absolutely incredible. I have no words.

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  • Tamara Vaught
  • 20-09-2019

Great end to a fantastic series!

This was a fitting end to a captivating series. It kept me in the edge of my seat the entire time.

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  • Casey I.
  • 03-09-2019

Loved it

Loved this entire series. Philip Reece is a great Author. Can’t wait to read more series from him

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  • Russell Williams
  • 29-08-2019

Fun book

This was a fun book listening to, really enjoyed it Great concept. Great imaginations do fun

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  • smdiaz
  • 28-08-2019

Favorite of the Series

This book is my favorite of the Mortal Engine series.The Ren/Theo storyline meshes well with the Tom/Hester line. The theme seems to be forgiveness, of others and of one's self. Reeves wove this value in nicely.

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  • Andy S.
  • 22-05-2018

Mortal Engines Series

I have just binge listened to this fantastic series of books. I read them years ago but to hear Philip Reeves world and characters brought to life by Barnaby Edwards made me re-read them. The stories throughout the Mortal Engine series really ignite the imagination, they are so solidly thought out. This is definitely one series I would be happy to listen to over and over.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 11-04-2018

Just Brilliant

A great end to the story right down to the last paragraph and another great performance by Barnaby Edwards.

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  • SJB2102
  • 03-03-2018

Wow.

wow, what a story. what an ending!
(it wants more words for the review but all I can say it wow. it's wonderful)

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 03-11-2019

fantastic

A great end to an amazing story. such depth go characters, great plot and an emotional ending. one of the best series of books ever written, surprised it's not more popular.

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  • Edward
  • 22-10-2019

Philip Reeve Rocks

The Mortal Engines Series is well worth the investment. An engaging story that is a pleasure to listen to. A grand concept, large in scope and covering two generations of fast paced Steam Punk fun. There is enjoyment here for all ages from 16 to ...... well to my age, let's just let it go at that. I will be watching out for more from Philip Reeve.

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  • Luqmaan Fazal
  • 13-10-2019

Very satisfying ending.

Page Turner. Nearly weaves together all character plot lines. All characters have deep personality.

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  • paul williams
  • 12-09-2019

great book four

I had a wonderful relaxing time listening to a adventure packed story, had trouble stopping at times, enjoyed it immensely.

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  • peter
  • 28-07-2019

Now that's a proper end to an avesome story.

Book 2 was a bit underwhelming, but all else was amazing. No stupid "and they lived long after" ending, and sad death of the main characters was interrupted with cheering moments etc.
Most importantly- no loose ends left untied at the end, none important enough for me to remember anyway.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 25-06-2019

A story of cities

Excellent story, very enjoyable to listen. Recommended but first read the books that came before for context.

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  • William
  • 20-05-2019

the strongest of them all.

brilliant audiobook. easily the beat of the series. and the performance of the narrator is excellent.

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