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A Darkling Plain

Mortal Engines, Book 4
Written by: Philip Reeve
Narrated by: Barnaby Edwards
Length: 15 hrs and 31 mins
5 out of 5 stars (33 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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what a wonderful end.

wonderful end to this series, amazing performance. everything gets tied up. nothing left to say.

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great ending

this is the last one, it closes everything very well, I enjoyed the complete serie

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great final book

a very satisfying finish to the quartet. good series can't wait for the film to come out.

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  • Eric Farrow
  • 2018-08-06

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
  • 2018-12-15

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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  • philadelphia
  • 2019-06-07

very good story

I loved it. i was very attached with all the characters. I was sad when some died. it was a great adventure 😊.

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  • Carolyn Rutter
  • 2019-06-04

heartbreaking fantasy

loved the imagery although Hesters character broke my heart. mrally ambiguous throughout, but such a shame the idea of "ugly" on the outside wrapping an ugly inside was used :(

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  • jason
  • 2019-05-18

great series

great series I highly recommended all the books in the series a written well-read beautifully end of story is salt kept me intrigued and wanting more

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  • Shane Temple
  • 2019-05-03

perfect in every way

from the tone to the tempo the plot to the story to the performance everything about this book is five stars it is an amazing conclusion to an amazing series and the only negative thing thing I have to say is that it makes me sad the series is over

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  • Jeremy H.
  • 2019-04-26

fantastic conclusion

very beautiful ending to the series. well worth the time to listen to all 4

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  • heathersmile
  • 2019-04-12

A Thrilling 4th book

I love how it was wrapped up in a full circle. BRILLIANT writing relateable characters

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 2019-04-06

wow

This is an amazing completion of the series. the plot is fantastic and the narration is outstanding.

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  • John
  • 2019-03-29

great ending!

great ending but to be honest I would have loved for it to keep going. I miss the characters dearly.