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Mortal Engines

Mortal Engines, Book 1
Auteur(s): Philip Reeve
Narrateur(s): Barnaby Edwards
Durée: 8 h et 57 min
4.5 out of 5 stars (183 évaluations)

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Description

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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Au global

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  • Au global
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The potential is there

The start of the story is pretty good and interesting. The concept of cities on wheels is fun and keeps you entertained as the world is being developed. But that's as good as it gets. The problem I had plugging through this novel was the poor character development.

All of our main characters are whinny and flip flop their emotional radar on a dime. At times I felt I was reading the Maze Runner. While I have no issue with a character having an inner struggle as they start to see a world in a different way as it challenges everything they know, in this story, the author does a poor job bringing this struggle to light. The swing of the emotional pendulum of the characters never shortens as they continue to go from one extreme to the other and back again. It's not all bad as there are some saving qualities, mostly in minor characters, but it's bad enough that it takes you out of the story.

It also doesn't help that a wonderfully written antagonist was utterly ruined in the end in a weak attempt to give him redemption. Again, I have no issue with antagonists finding redemption, but hints have to be there throughout the story to make his change of heart believable. This is a character shown to be pretty evil throughout the story (and during his past), so why am I to believe that he was a good guy all along because you now TELL me why he did what he did. They just don't add up, and it was cheap and unrewarding. And his arc with his nemesis is also spoiled in the end by this redemption attempt.

The reader here is yet another reader who does a great job with the narration, but misses on so many point when reading characters. The dialogue was whinny, but his reading made it even worse. Even lines that should have been read with confidence were read as if the character was scared and confused.

I mentioned Maze Runner above as a comparison, so I will use that again. If you enjoyed Maze Runner, you will probably enjoy this title. If you didn't, you won't enjoy this one either. 2 stars on everything for me as the "it's okay" fits exactly what I think about this. I will not be readings books 2-3-4.

7 personnes sur 8 ont trouvé cette évaluation pertinente

  • Au global
    4 out of 5 stars
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  • Histoire
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I enjoyed it

This was a good listen, the narrator had good and consistant accents for the characters and I can't wait to listen to the next book.

2 personnes sur 2 ont trouvé cette évaluation pertinente

  • Au global
    1 out of 5 stars
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    3 out of 5 stars

Stilted and problematic at times, DNF’d

The characterizations were thin, the world was interesting, along with the technology. But this guy trying to do Asian accents was cringe worthy. That along with the shittiest handling of disfigurement that’s probably the heaviest handed thing I’ve ever read, just made it too difficult to enjoy so I returned it after a couple hours. Better off with the movie.

1 personnes sur 1 ont trouvé cette évaluation pertinente

  • Au global
    5 out of 5 stars
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Fresh

A thrilling read from start to finish! The characters were all grounded and I loved the story with its twists and turns.

  • Au global
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much better than the film

listening to the audiobook really made me love the story and characters,i made the mistake of watching the film first which i thought was ok vit compared to the book its not even close

  • Au global
    3 out of 5 stars
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  • Histoire
    2 out of 5 stars

Better suited for teen readers

The storyline, plot mechanisms, setting and characters are simplistic. A teen reader might find this more engaging.

  • Au global
    4 out of 5 stars
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    4 out of 5 stars

Good book, listened to after the novie.

Good movie, better book. The movie helped with the imagination part of it, but the book had a better plot. Although I dont know the future plans of the big screen it seems that they don't plan on continuing the movie series as the books would follow. First audio book ive listened to in a long while.

  • Au global
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Fantastic!

Great story. Fantastically narrated. I can't wait to read/listen to the next book in the series.

  • Au global
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    5 out of 5 stars

Good story, too short.

I would have loved to have seen a lot more character development, I thoroughly enjoyed the story and also the characters, it left me wanting more.

  • Au global
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    4 out of 5 stars

Good steampunk adventure

A good listen to those wanting a steampunk story including action, adventure and moving cities. The story wont blow your mind, but the writing and performance will keep you interested. #audible1

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  • Karissa Eckert
  • 2017-11-26

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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  • Au global
    5 out of 5 stars
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  • Chris
  • 2019-03-05

How have I never heard of this?

I can’t believe I’ve never read this until now. Great story- the Steampunk tech is so rich, it draws you in. The performer not only has amazing voice acting, but manages to deliver dialogue with more expression than I’ve ever heard on an audio book. I’d actually seek out more by this performer just to hear him- he’s that good. Highly recommended if you are a fan of sci fi, adventure, or fantasy - or just good books well read.

13 personnes sur 15 ont trouvé cette évaluation pertinente

  • Au global
    3 out of 5 stars
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  • R. A. Paine
  • 2018-07-20

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.

19 personnes sur 23 ont trouvé cette évaluation pertinente

  • Au global
    4 out of 5 stars
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  • Nancy D.
  • 2017-11-30

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.

30 personnes sur 37 ont trouvé cette évaluation pertinente

  • Au global
    3 out of 5 stars
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    3 out of 5 stars
  • HappyCow
  • 2018-01-18

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.

6 personnes sur 7 ont trouvé cette évaluation pertinente

  • Au global
    2 out of 5 stars
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  • D. Beliveau
  • 2019-06-15

I hope the movie was better

So, let me start by saying I bought/read/listened to this book because the movie looked good and I figured the book is always better than the movie. That still remains to be seen.
This YA adventure takes place in the distant future where cities and towns are mobile and “eat” each other for scrap metal, slave labor, and other commodities.
In this dystopian future, the world is managed by Guilds – the two major guilds are the Historians and the Engineers and the Engineers head Guildsman is also the Lord Mayor of London, who has designs to launch Medusa which will, essentially, annihilate any town or city in its path. The main story is around a young girl (Hester Shaw) who wants to kill the head Historian (Valentine) but fails and is flung off the moving London with 3rd level apprentice Tom Natsworthy. At first, they dislike each other, but then as they face conflict after conflict, they get to know and eventually like, each other and try to get back to London. Meanwhile, in London, Valentine’s daughter, Katherine begins to dig up the dirty history on her father that shows that he kills Hester’s parents and scarred her and is in league with the Lord Mayor to release Medusa which was stolen from Hester’s parents. The plot is long and convoluted and never lets up, but there really is very little actual tension.
The idea of this novel is unique, and the execution of Reeve’s world-building is detailed, but the story lacks something – Passion? Heart? While I realize I am not the audience demographic for this novel, I’ve read a lot of YA that delivers better on the promise of adventure.
The other thing about this novel that drove me absolutely crazy was that Reeve would change tense sometimes (from past to present). Because I was only listening, I think it occurred only with certain characters (Valentine and Lord Mayor Chrome) but I don’t understand why, stylistically, he would do this. It didn’t add anything to the story and after the second or third time, I found it nothing but distracting. Especially, since the rest of the book was told in past tense.
Finally, since this was an Audible purchase and I listened to it, I have to say that while Barnaby Edwards’ characterization and narration was excellent, I had one major problem – he pronounced “ate” as “ette” and that just didn’t seem to fit with the rest of the work as a future where the average person was barely literate. Again, it made me bristle every time she spoke it and it took me away from the story.
Overall, this wasn’t worth the time, IMO, and not surprisingly, I do not expect I will pursue the remaining novels.

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  • Au global
    4 out of 5 stars
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  • Michael Vincent Sr
  • 2019-03-05

Good Book.

A nice easy Book, I do recommend. The Movie - I Don't recommend. Enjoyed this.

2 personnes sur 2 ont trouvé cette évaluation pertinente

  • Au global
    5 out of 5 stars
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    5 out of 5 stars
  • Utilisateur anonyme
  • 2019-03-04

Awesome

What a great story and read very well. Absolutely gripping. I can't wait to listen to the whole series.

2 personnes sur 2 ont trouvé cette évaluation pertinente

  • Au global
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Merry Belle
  • 2019-02-25

Big wheels keep on turning...

I was drawn to this series after the film, and delightfully surprised to be excited about a youth series - well developed characters, cool idea about a post apocalyptic world, and look forward to more.

2 personnes sur 2 ont trouvé cette évaluation pertinente

  • Au global
    3 out of 5 stars
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    4 out of 5 stars
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    3 out of 5 stars
  • Dogs & Horses
  • 2018-12-19

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.

6 personnes sur 8 ont trouvé cette évaluation pertinente