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Mortal Engines

Mortal Engines, Book 1
Narrated by: Barnaby Edwards
Length: 8 hrs and 57 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (232 ratings)
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Publisher's Summary

Welcome to the astounding world of Predator Cities!

Emerging from its hiding place in the hills, the great Traction City is chasing a terrified little town across the wastelands. Soon, London will feed.

In the attack, Tom Natsworthy is flung from the speeding city with a murderous scar-faced girl. They must run for their lives through the wreckage - and face a terrifying new weapon that threatens the future of the world.

©2001 Philip Reeve (P)2017 Scholastic Inc.

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A different type of story

I decided to give this series a go after seeing the teaser trailer for the movie. From the trailer to what i have heard I can see there is possibly going to be some big changes from the book to the movie. The story is unique and is full of action and adventure a good listen or read.

5 of 6 people found this review helpful

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keep in mind the audience of the book.

the world mortal engines builds is amazing and wonderful, however, I felt like it was inhabited by a weaker story and characters. this is mainly because I came in with a high expectation but then realised this book was written for kids to young adults.
Still, enjoyed the performance and the world despite it.

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Lives up to the movie hype

Bought this book after seeing the movie and it lived up to my expectations, the movie differered a little from the book but it was still a great listen. Can't wait to listen to the rest of the series.

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Good story

My children and I listened to this on a road trip and loved it! Can't wait to listen to the next one.

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fun and quirky

fun and presenter was great. I'm sure it has down sides but just have fun

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A wonderful book.

The whole story has kept me locked and waiting to see what happens next. The narration was brilliant and well delivered.

I am looking forward to the film adaption of this title.

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Interesting story, mediocre delivery

Really enjoyed the story. Wanted to get through the book before the movie came out. (a novelty for me). The story is interesting. It's engaging. The characters have personality.
However the narrator, was not my favorite. He tries. I mean, it's not exactly Stephen Fry level. His depiction of the female characters, lacks enthusiam. And the accents are pretty bad.

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Beautiful

Lovley snow balling story of love, companionship and heart break. The voice was perfect with a great British accent

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Story was good, narration was ok

Story was interesting, and I liked how the narrator read it. The only thing was that the voices of the characters were hard to listen to; they didn't fit, and were spoken a lot more slowly than the rest of the story. I wanted to change the speed every time somebody spoke. Reading the book may have been more pleasant.

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  • Tim
  • 18-11-2018

Alright

I would have liked the main characters to have a little more impact on the story rather it happening around and to them.

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  • Karissa Eckert
  • 26-11-2017

Creative but hard to stay engaged in

This is the first book in the Hungry City Chronicles, there are four books in this series. I was really excited to read this book; I thought it was something I was going to absolutely love. It ended up being okay but wasn't as engaging as I had hoped.

I listened to this on audiobook and the narration was well done. Edwards does a great job with having distinct voices for each character and with portraying emotion. It’s a book I would recommend listening to if you like audiobooks.

Part of my issue with this book was all the jumping around between characters; this made it so I never really engaged with any of the characters that well. When I finally really started getting into the story it jumped somewhere else.

The idea of cities that eat each other for resources is incredibly creative but I had some trouble suspending my disbelief about how this all worked. This was just a concept that was hard for me to process and really envision.

The characters were all so-so for me. They were kind of interesting but not all that engaging.

Overall this was an okay read but I don't plan on continuing the series. I just wasn’t that engaged in the story or the characters. The idea behind this alternate world is interesting but hard to find believable. I’ll be seeking out other steampunk series to read in the future.

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  • Dogs & Horses
  • 19-12-2018

Fine for a road trip, but not compelling

I wanted to love this, but in the end I am not going to continue the series. The narrator was very good and I would listen to another book narrated by Barnaby Edwards. He managed to distinguish each character and keep them easily identifiable by the listener.

The world building here is somewhat unique, but Dr Who has done the mobile super cities in a couple of episodes dating way back and relatively recently. That's fine, but the tv show versions were easier to grasp the concept of and the reasons why they exist. The plot here is pretty simple and easy to get ahead of. I liked this book, but that's all.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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  • R. A. Paine
  • 20-07-2018

Not a horrible listen, but not great.

The story was ok. I ended up having no emotional connection with any of the main characters. I did eventually come to like some of the ancillary guildspersons.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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  • Nancy D.
  • 30-11-2017

Only some small problems

Overall, I liked both the story and performance. My only real problems are that the reader struggles with the female voices and the antagonist's plan is bat-shit crazy.

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  • Avery O'Brien
  • 22-07-2018

Garbage

How interesting are cities on tracks you must be asking? What a weird but actually interesting idea you must be thinking if you are reading this review. What if I told you... this is the wrong book to answer that question? What if I told you that the only interesting aspect of this book is completely in the background and gets maybe 5-10 minutes reading time in vague detail? You would lose interest right? Well let me save you some time and money and say that none of those questions were hypothetical.

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  • Clifford Wooden Jr
  • 22-12-2018

This was a struggle to finish.

This was a struggle to finish. it was slow boring and predictable. I will not be moving forward in the series.

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  • Scott Nichols
  • 18-12-2018

See the movie instead, but don’t pay for it.

The concept for the story got me interested. The characters from the movie trailer seemed great. The narrator was amazing. Then the book was a let down. I will not be continuing the series since it really seems like it has no direction to go. VERY disappointed. Wish I had my credit back.

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  • Thomas
  • 11-12-2018

this is a bad book.

hard to listen to. if I had to actually read it, I probably would have left it in one of those trade boxes they have around.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • Pinakeep
  • 02-12-2018

Action Adventure and Fast Paced

Its a fast paced, action, adventure book. The writing is good. The narration was good as well. The characters are likable. Makes you want to read the other books.

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  • HappyCow
  • 18-01-2018

Kids adventure story with violent themes

It starts off interesting but deteriorates into predictable land with helpful conveniences popping out of nowhere and numerous "when all hope seemed lost until..." moments that rob the story of it's potential excellence. Towards the end, things are jumping around so much is easy to forget where the characters are and what their task is. I may read the second book just to see if it gets better.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 13-06-2018

Well that was good.

My brother recommended this. Said it was one of the best stories on the planet. He should know. So I risked it for a biscuit and got a cakes worth. Also bought the job lot for me mams birthday. Fantastic story and the narration is second to none. In fact the narration is probably the best I have on Audible. Blimmin brilliant.

15 of 16 people found this review helpful

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  • connor
  • 28-12-2017

amazingly narrated story

it has been years since I read this book and re-visiting this on audible made it so much better then I remember and the narration is first class and really brings the characters to life in a way I din't think would be possible

14 of 15 people found this review helpful

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  • Donald
  • 26-09-2018

I do like Philip Reeve

Read this book a long time ago when I bought it for my son before the series was complete. Now that it is being made into a film I wanted to refresh my memory. This audio book is well done. There is good chacterisation in dialogue and varied enough between characters. Would definitely recommend it.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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  • mrs rose anne underhill
  • 08-11-2017

Amazing adventure

This is another brilliant book by a very talented author, I loved reading it and enjoyed the audio book just as much . I can't wait for the rest of the series to be out !

6 of 7 people found this review helpful

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  • snakelock
  • 26-11-2018

Brilliant

Absolutely loved this book, had me laughing and crying and completely addicted to every word. So well read I was living and breathing every word.

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  • J
  • 19-07-2018

an interesting and pacy listen

rattled along with well, interesting idea and enjoyable narration. a clear depiction of a post-apocalyptic world with nice steampunk overtones.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 07-07-2018

Brilliant from start to finish

First audiobook and I loved it. Completely lost myself in the story and I am looking forward to the next one

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  • NM
  • 12-12-2018

A musr listen

An incredible story, better even than I remember it, and eclipsing the film by far.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • Robin A.
  • 04-12-2018

Story Builds and Builds...

Weird idea and I struggled to get into it but by the end I was hooked!

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  • darryl
  • 26-11-2018

fantastic story

loved to soo much ive started it again then im going to get the rest of the collection.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful