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Publisher's Summary

Matt Cruse is a cabin boy on the Aurora, a huge airship that sails hundreds of feet above the ocean, ferrying wealthy passengers from city to city. It is the life Matt's always wanted; convinced he's lighter than air, he imagines himself as buoyant as the hydrium gas that powers his ship. One night he meets a dying balloonist who speaks of beautiful creatures drifting through the skies. It is only after Matt meets the balloonist's granddaughter that he realizes that the man's ravings may, in fact, have been true, and that the creatures are completely real and utterly mysterious.

In a swashbuckling adventure reminiscent of Jules Verne and Robert Louis Stevenson, Kenneth Oppel, author of the best-selling Silverwing trilogy, creates an imagined world in which the air is populated by transcontinental voyagers, pirates, and beings never before dreamed of by the humans who sail the skies.

Listen to the next book: Skybreaker.
©2003 Kenneth Oppelale (P)2007 Full Cast Audio

Critic Reviews

"Captivating." ( Booklist)
"Pure fun....Kelly's voice is irresistibly likable and engaging. The original music is excellent." ( AudioFile)

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Fantastic!

First off this audio book, is not read with one person, but a cast of characters. It is not an audio theater production as there are no sound effects (other than music that transitions from part 1 to part 2, etc). It is very well read and the multiple actors add much to the story. I highly enjoyed the multiple voices!!! I hope to find other books done in this fashion.
As to the story - strong characters and supporting roles. Very good devolpment of both plot and character personality. Great adventure. Clean and enjoyable!

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A rollicking adventure the family* can enjoy

*Caveat: Depending on the age and sensitivity of your child(ren), Airborn may not be appropriate. There is a murder in the story. This story is classified as Young Adult.

Airborn was my first "performance" audiobook and I was highly dubious about the entire idea.

I was well rewarded for my courage. The story was performed well and was highly engaging. We are looking forward to the second book being translated to audio (if we don't just buy the physical copy first)!

My youngest was uncomfortable about some of the material in the story, but my eldest enjoyed it so much that I had to loan him my mp3 player so he could finish it with her listening.

I hope you enjoy this neo-Victorian adventure as much as we did.

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One of my favorite audio "reads"

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Airborn is about a cabin boy on an passenger air ship. It takes place in an alternate history of our world - so it may be classified as fantasy, but it is not really a fantasy story - it's an adventure story. Has an 1800's or maybe Edwardian feel. It might appear to be more of a "boy book", but there is a main character who is a girl, so there's someone girls can relate to, and a bit of wholesome romance. I wouldn't assume girls wouldn't like this one.

There's also a bit of a mystery. The protagonist, 15 year old Matt, is likable, responsible, honest and the story is well written.

For parents - There wasn't anything in it to give parents pause - except for a few deaths in the battles with the pirates - a couple good guys, a few bad guys, but although there were sad deaths (the good guys) nothing was too graphic. No bad language, a couple chaste kisses. I think this would be a great book to read to kids that were not old enough to read it themselves. Pretty G rated. I'd only hesitate with very young children because of the deaths, and the pirates may be scary for them.

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Loved It

Sometimes we stayed in the car in the garage listening to this - we (myself and sons 8 and 11) were sorry when it was over, and I'm glad to see a sequel. Great story and performances! I agree with caution about sensitive listeners.

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Great Performance

The multi-actor performance really made the story. They all did a great job, although if I had any advice to offer the actor playing Matt Cruse, it would be "turn it down a notch." Not every sentence needs to be imbued with great drama.

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Awesome

This was our first introduction to Kenneth Oppel. Not the type of book elementary kids would happen to pick up and read - but Full Cast Audio made it accessible to our whole family. Good, clean entertainment for those long commutes and vacations.

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Airborne Awesomeness

Loved the whole thing through, phenomenal voice acting and a charming story to carry you through

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Immersive and Engaging

Great story that sucks you in quickly and keeps you engaged with just the right amount of detail while still moving the narrative along. Relatable characters, complex yet not over-developed villain, and scenarios that wrap the listener up emotionally. Superb narration and audio book production quality. I'm excited to move on to the next volume in the series.

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loved it

I had this audiobook when I was younger on my mp3 player. I loved it so much. even tho it may not be the best book out there it has so much nostalgia for me and I love it and I'll keep listening to it. and so glad I finally got the other books in the series

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Entertainingly theatrical, but not true to story.

This is one of my favorite stories and I’ve read and reread it for 10+ years. This audiobook has great production value and adds whimsy to the storytelling with special effects, music, and multiple voice actors. However, some voice acting doesn’t match up to the character descriptions at all, and the frequent omissions of “he said, I said, she said, etc.” forces you to memorize the voices to know which character is speaking. I would recommend this for children or first time readers to listen to in the car, but not so much for those who want to follow along with the book.