Matt Cruse: Book 2

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by Kenneth Oppel

High in the sky, far above the normal lanes of travel, drifts a ghost ship carrying unbelievable treasure. Matt Cruse is on the trail of that treasure, with the help of his charming society friend, Kate de Vries, and a mysterious gypsy girl named Nadira. With them flies Hal Slater, roguish captain of a boldly designed Skybreaker aircraft that can reach heights previously undreamed of.

But between Matt and his destination stand ruthless pirates, and an even more ruthless businessman. And what Matt’s crew will find when they finally do reach the Hyperion is far more valuable, far more exciting, and far more dangerous than they ever imagined.

Author Kenneth Oppel
Also in this series:
Narrator Kenneth Oppel Airborn
Length 11 hrs and 27 mins Starclimber
Series Matt Cruse, Book 2
© Copyright 2006 Kenneth Oppel
℗ Audio Copyright 2008 Full Cast Audio


“The full-cast narration is splendid. The major characters are wonderfully portrayed and minor characters are memorable. This is one of those rare instances where the sequel is even better than the original. An essential purchase.— School Library Journal, July, 2008 

“David Kelly and the Full Cast ensemble masterfully create engaging and unique characters that pull listeners into Matt’s high-flying world of excitement, adventure, and danger.” A 2009 Amazing Audiobooks Selection — Amazing Audiobooks Committee 

“Kelly is a good match for the earnestly youthful Matt. The other readers portray a kaleidoscope of colorful characters. Lauren Synger’s mincing whinny represents Miss Simpkins in her struggles to maintain proper decorum at 20,000 feet, and Victor Lazarow reflects the haughty tones of Captain Tritus, who attempts to woo Kate, voiced by Claire McAuliffe, who alternates between brittle sophistication and petulant childishness. Even incidental characters sparkle: Chef Vlad is suitably outrageous in Daniel Bostick’s rendition, and first-mate Dorje is recognizably from the Himalayan region as read by Ashish Maskey. Music introduces and concludes each CD, and occasionally punctuates dramatic passages. Infrequent but well-chosen sound effects round out this thrilling above-the-clouds escapade in a deftly realized alternate world.” — Booklist, July 1, 2008 

“This full-cast recording is lively and suspenseful. David Kelly takes the lead as Matt, whom he plays as a somewhat young 16-year-old with an enthusiasm for adventure. He can be stricken by adolescent pangs of jealousy, but he has a cool head in moments of trouble. Other members of the cast are also strong and combine to present a good audiobook for family listening.” — AudioFile

Listen to samples from this audiobook:
  1. Skybreaker - sample 1 2:28
  2. Skybreaker - sample 2 3:02

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