Preview audio from Scott Westerfeld's steampunk YA novel Leviathan

YA author Scott Westerfeld's next novel is Leviathan, a remarkable YA steampunk adventure story that pits Darwinists (the English side, with their evolved war-machines created by splicing and dicing various animals' genomes to make zeppelins) against the Machinists (the German side, who use enormous, precision-made, steam-driven mecha and the like) in an alternate WWI.

The book is fantastic -- I read an early galley some months ago, and my full review is going up on Oct 6 when the book comes out -- but even better is the unabridged audiobook, read aloud by Alan Cumming. Simon and Shuster audio have just released the first chapter as a free stream, and I'm enjoying it immensely.

Chapter 1 of Leviathan, Read Aloud!


  1. Wow, Alan Cumming is great! I am stunned. There’s so much life being given to Leviathan. I’d love to listen to this audiobook.

    — Linda Ellen

  2. I like Scott Westerfeld, but isn’t this almost exactly the same as Bruce Sterling’s Shaper/Mechanist series, collected in Schismatrix Plus?

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