by | Read by David Kelly

Published by Full Cast Audio

Imagine a wold where great airships ply the skies, strange creatures wait to be discovered, and adventure lurks around every corner. Got it? Good. Then you're ready for the captivating adventures of cabin boy Matt Cruse, who manages a daring midair rescue of a stranded traveler in a derelict balloon—and sets in motion a string of events that will either raise him to new heights, or dash him to his doom.

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AudioFile Review


This full-cast narration of a young adult science fiction adventure is, despite minor flaws, pure fun. Hero/narrator Matt (David Kelly), a cabin boy on a lighter-than-air liner in the book’s Jules Vernesian world, finds adventure and romance among pirates and mysterious flying creatures on an uncharted island. Kelly’s voice is irresistibly likable and engaging, though he does overact slightly. His narration frequently continues the tone of preceding speeches, especially questions. Some scenes call out for sound effects, and there are none. But these are quibbles. The original music is excellent; the story, if occasionally predictable, is well told and its world charming. The program as a whole is a nearly unalloyed pleasure. W.M. 2007 Audies Award Winner © AudioFile 2007, Portland, Maine

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