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A Darkling Plain

Mortal Engines, Book 4
Narrated by: Barnaby Edwards
Length: 15 hrs and 31 mins
5 out of 5 stars (64 ratings)
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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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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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  • 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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  • matthew
  • 21-02-2019

great ending to a fantastic series

this series was recently ported to the silver screen and that was a pale comparison to the books!! the character design and growth make you feel like you're watching the entire life of some of them. astonishing!!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 13-02-2019

THE ENDING IS INCREDIBLE

No other words, simply incredible. Makes me sad that a great adventure i've been on with this book is over, but every.adventure has it's end. DO NOT MISS IT!

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  • Sister Mary Totenkinder
  • 01-02-2019

Of the 4 books, this has to be one of the best.

I loved the newness of book one, and appreciated the character developments if books 2 and 3. But it was by book 4 with flushed out villains and heros you cant help but love, hate, and/or pitty. All in a very original and insane world dreamed up by Reeve. If you find yourself struggling to finish the previous novels, book 4 is the crescendo that made it all worth while.

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  • David Hill
  • 31-01-2019

Awesome

Excellent Audiobook!! Well read and it kept me engaged!! I am a long distance truck driver!!

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 26-01-2019

love these books

great series each to its own thrilling and adventurous, great for kids and adults. recommended 100%

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  • S. Norton
  • 21-01-2019

best in the series

I enjoyed this book more than any in the series. great way to end it

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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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  • Trickle
  • 06-01-2019

The best for last

A classic for our time, with an amazing message for those who listen. Romeo and Juliet could not understand the depths of this love story.

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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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  • Oliver Bellamy
  • 28-02-2018

Terrific book

Loved the whole series, this book convinced me to stop sleeping around and find a wife. It will change your life, I was but a boy before I read this book, now I have blossomed into a man.

(I hope they don't ruin the film now)

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  • RoguePlank
  • 22-02-2018

A breathtaking story

An inspired and truly breath taking story that will stay with me for years, brilliant.

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  • Will Phillips
  • 19-02-2018

Made me sad to finish. Amazing

I thought it was brilliant. Probably the best series I've ever read. Cannot see how the film will live up to the books

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  • Thom
  • 14-02-2019

a great ending to a great saga

loved it, hope the film does it justice. Get your adventure ears on. go for if people.

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  • snakelock
  • 25-01-2019

Simply epic

I absolutely adore this entire series, pure brilliant writing, and the narration is probably the best ever.

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  • Dai Makka
  • 24-01-2019

Superb

What an ending to the series, well worth the journey and such a shame it’s over.

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  • Owen
  • 21-01-2019

A fitting series end

All of the series have been well narrated and this final book ties up all the threads well. Enjoyed them all and an enjoyable listen for children and adults.