I thoroughly enjoyed both the story and the narrator. The story was really well thought out, funny, adventurous and it had great timing. The cast of characters were all very original and interesting and it was simply a pleasure to listen to.
I love adventure stories and this one was a geniune page-turner. The characters were all different and most of them were so original and quirky. I really loved this book and was rather sad when I'd finished it. I'm a fan of steampunk, zeppilins and mad science, but the Foglios really nailed steampunk. The story was light-hearted, but full of danger and humor, with fast-paced action and really interesting backgrounds and mad science inventions. The Foglios have created a marvelous world with their story and characters.
Angela Dawe did a simply awesome job of giving unique voices and accents to all her characters. She really amped up the humor with her voice characterizations. She definitely added to the enjoyment of the story beyond simply reading the book.
Definitely, but my life is too busy for that. I listened to it every chance I had.
Just a wonderful story with a great, very talented narrator. I've listened to both books now, and am anxiously awaiting the third installment.
The Girl Genius webcomic is a great series which is a fun and sometimes-silly story in an alternate reality. This novelization of the beginning of the webseries is a great adaption to a pure literary versus visual/word medium. I enjoyed it and hope that there will be continuations as the webcomic continues into the novelizations as well!
The vocal performance was very dramatic and I loved her ability to do voice variations to better signal character voices!
I'm not sure I know what it is: a children's story with killing; a German fairy tale; or a Jasper Forde knock-off. But, the story is interesting, and the narrator is excellent. The author's spend more time letting us know the character's mindset than they do describing their appearances, so you have to use your own imagination to visualize how some of the characters really look, or maybe it's just that your visualizations of the character's appearence seems to change as the book progresses. I'll likely buy book 2.
Phil Foglio has always been a great artist and the story he and his wife create is Wonderful, If you are a follower of girl genius comic then this is a must have. It follows the first three volume of his series but add wonderful details that he would never be able to give in his comics.
If you are a new reader and have discovered his book I recommend you get this and be prepared to enjoy a good listen.
Nice world building; Enjoyed the development of characters and races
Did a multitude of voices very well - did not have that "shreeek" tone to her voice
This story originally came with complex, dynamic pictures accompanying the dialogue. The authors converted it to a non-graphic novel and that translates really well into this audio version. Great voices for all the various humans, aliens, and talking machines make this a fun adventure
It was good enough to get me to make it through the whole thing, but it seemed a bit oriented at a younger audience and yet had a lot of violence. It kept my attention, but I ended up frustrated that it ended with what seemed like the end of an introduction to more books.
The good bits reminded me a bit of the Tom Swift novels of my youth.
Maybe for younger sci-fi fans.
Too many scenes.
It was a toss up.
It is a fun book.
Angela Dawe was able to make Agatha real.
There was alot of fleshing out of small details like how clanks move that the G.N. could not do.
Hogfather by Terry Pratchett. Both have strong females and a randomness that remind me of the Muppets.
Summon the Keeper by Tanya Huff. Again a strong female with odd bits of humor sprinkled in it. This is a more serious book nothing like the Muppets.
She is female I am male...
Adventure, Mad Science & Romance.
Any plan vere you lose your hat iz a bad plan.
For me the fun of the GN is you get to see the expressions on the secondary characters that do not have speaking lines. Like the fish that Gil rescues. Also the colors used for everybody's clothing is wonderful.
I'm a big fan of the Foglio's and the Girl Genius comics. Although the audio performance is lacking the wonderful graphics of the books Angela Dawe does a fantastic job giving voice to the different characters. The plot of the story and all the humor and quirky characters are just as I imagined them from the comics.
I pre-screened the audio of the 2 Agatha H novels for an upcoming roadtrip we're taking along with 4 kids age 10-15 and found that while there are a few PG suggestive themes in the book the overall story is fantastic and I think will be well suited for the whole family. We've found that it is amazing how quiet a drive can be, even with 4 children (2 of our own, plus niece and nephew) when you take a good audiobook along. I'm looking forward to many hours of peaceful driving while they all sit back and enjoy these books!
You'll find me chattering and chasing shiny things.
First I have to mention how much I really enjoyed the narrator - she was great! Voices were terrific, phrasing never choppy, mispronunciations either minimal or nonexistent. If it weren't for the unevenness of this book, I'd give it four stars for the Narrator alone!
Unfortunately the book *is* uneven. There are some really funny moments in the story, but they almost entirely involve the Jagermonsters and other secondary characters. The main character, Agatha never seems fully formed and disbelief has to be suspended beyond the plausible when it comes to her absolute inability to understand what is happening to her. It's dragged out *waaaaaaaaaaaaaay* too long. I don't know if this book would have even gotten three stars if it weren't for the narrator - I just don't think I would have enjoyed the story as much.