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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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Best book yet

By far his best book of the series and a simply perfect ending. First two books a little slow at first but this 4th book made the whole series worth it. Gripping action for most the book and so much character development, twists I didn’t see coming

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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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  • Tim Beedle
  • 04-07-2020

A Fitting Finale

The longest and arguably the most epic of the four Mortal Instruments books, A Darkling Plain (a title that still kind of confuses me) is the grand, climactic adventure that you want it to be. I appreciate the sort of bold creative choices Philip Reeve makes throughout the entire series, and he certainly makes more here. I have to admit, I found myself not entirely onboard with some of his choices for the end. It certainly didn’t ruin the book or the series for me, and in some ways, perhaps felt more real considering the flawed heroes at this story’s core. However, in the end, I think I preferred some of the earlier books a bit more. That’s certainly no reason you shouldn’t finish the series, though, and there are plenty of moments in this final installment that rank among the best in the series.

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  • patrick
  • 19-05-2020

very good book series

now this is story telling at its finest. the narrator was wonderful to listen to.

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  • James Adamski
  • 12-05-2020

A great conclusion to the Mortal Engines series

Many of the loose ends from this narrative are tied up! The books point on the futility of men's actions is interesting!

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  • Tom
  • 03-03-2020

Very good ending

What a nice clean bowtie ending... sad, yet promising and fitting. I love this series!

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  • Heather
  • 19-02-2020

Great series!

I really enjoyed this series. Barnaby did an amazing job of making the characters come to life! I wish the ending had been different but overall this book really tied together the series. It did leave a few openings for branching out with Wren's story; so hopefully there will be more to come.

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  • David Morris Jr.
  • 16-12-2019

A fitting end to a great series

Barnaby Edwards does a masterful job of narrating the characters and bringing each scene of this final book in the Mortal Engines series to life.

Arguably the best book in the series, it does a wonderful job of concluding our time in the world of the Mortal Engines.

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  • Ruth
  • 25-11-2019

Ending

This was by far one of the best book’s I have read, the story was amazing but the ending was riveting, it brought me to tears, I recommend this book entirely, read all of them as this is an amazing series.

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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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  • 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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  • rhiannon
  • 07-05-2019

brilliant

a fabulous story from start to finish with solid characters and a coherent setting .

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