I have considered listening to this audiobook so many times, and yet I had always ended up picking something else… If only I had a clue how stupid I was being. This book was amazing, and the full cast audio recording was phenomenal! I would even go so far as to say that this is one of the top 5 audiobooks I would recommend for a first-time audiobook listener. Between the action-packed story and the talented cast of readers, I can’t imagine a listener who wouldn’t fall in love with this audiobook.
Matt Cruse was born in the sky… in the airship on which his family was traveling. His father later died while working as a sail maker on an airship called the Aurora, and now Matt is a cabin boy on that very ship. He has no fear of heights, is a hard worker, and is well-respected by all of his coworkers — including Captain Walken. While working in the crow’s nest, Matt spots a hot air balloon in distress. After he heroically helps to rescue the unconscious man aboard the balloon, Matt listens to the man talk about the “beautiful creatures” he has seen and how his Kate would have loved them. Sadly, the man dies, but the story doesn’t end there… A year later, Matt Cruse ends up meeting Miss Kate de Vries — the granddaughter of the man in the balloon. Kate has her grandfather’s journal, and she is determined to find the mysterious creatures he described. When the airship is boarded by pirates and then suffers damage in a tropical storm, though, no one is sure if the airship — and all of the people aboard — will make it back to land safely. This book will have you on the edge of your seat at least a couple of times!