I would have loved this book in High School. I am serious. It would have been something I told everyone about and recommended highly. Unfortunately it just seemed to contrived and self conscious as an adult.
The characters are extremely one dimensional and close to unlikeable. The "romance" is written to arouse fourteen year old boys and girls.
I have never written a negative review before, but I really regret wasting my time on this one.
This one is straight down the middle. The story is not unique, but it is fairly well-executed. The writing and dialog is good. The steampunk is there, but it's done with a light hand so its not too annoying. The Victorian manners and speech have been updated so that we can have spirited characters that are not too constrained. The reader's performance starts out a little stilted, but he gets the hang of it pretty quickly.
It's a slow start and I was *just* about to give up when the action kicked in and then I couldn't stop listening. I really like the main characters and they carry the story. The author's do a good job of giving us enough information about them to make us invested but hold back enough to keep us reading.
Definately rate this as above average among the audiobooks I've listened to.
Likeable characters, good story - fun stuff
very enjoyable - buoght the next set
The story was engaging but I wouldn't waste time on another one. A bit of fluff.
YES. Nice characters and a rather witty plot.
The interaction between the two heroes.
Well... he was superb when it comes to that... BUT that so called kiwi accent. I have seldom heard a worse one - it is frankly atrocious. It is plain broad Aussie and in being so probably offends every Kiwi and Aussie in equal measure ;) Because of this, I gave him three stars - one less than the rest of his performance deserves.
If anyone enjoyed the "Parasol Protectorate" series this reminds me very much of that series. Lots of action as well.
Lots of action and so many characters interacting with our hero and heroine.
Langton was perfect in his narration. He does each character voice so perfectly you always know who is speaking. Great emotions as well.
Great humor and much excitement.
This is a very good start of a new series. I hope the rest will be as good. There was one problem that I contacted Audible about. There are two chapters that repeat themselves. I hope they re-edit.
Yes! The story alone is wonderful, lots of fun, with good scene setting and amusing quips. If I had read a textual copy of this story, I would have enjoyed it. But listening to Langton tell the story makes the experience sublime. His voice is perfect for the combination of amusing melodrama and various flavors of Victorian characters. From the oh-so-proper British upper class Books to the rough-around-the-edges New Zealander Braun to the London street urchins, Langton really brings out the colorful characters of Phoenix Rising.
The narrator's voices & pacing.
My first one, but not my last. I've also listened to the sequel, The Janus Affair, and enjoyed it just as much.
Because this is the first book in the series, there are a few places where the exposition drags a bit, but it is sort of necessary to set the stage, given this universe is quite different from real life and also from "normal" sci-fi.
Currently a local truck driver who has hours to listen to my audio books. I am hooked, some of my fellow drivers enjoy them also
A good story line alittle slow at first but well written no once was enough but I do look forward to one more to see where everyone ends up
I like both the main characters equally
He was a pro and did a great job he nailed the moods of each character
The end at the grave yard for the fallen agent
A serious look into Queen Vics times, we don't realize just how far we have come toward
equality of all peoples
Taking the road less traveled
real page turner
attention to world building detail
this is the first but really enjoyed the performance
has all the goodness of action/adventure and the cherry on top....steampunk 8-)