Steampunk Sherlock Holmes
The ending nicely wrapped up the story while leaving room for a possible sequel or even an ongoing series.
There were several, but the introduction of Charles Darwin was my favorite.
Definately not Elementary.
This book was fast paced with numerous twists and unexpected reversals. The setting is imaginative and well thought out. The characters have depth, something that I find lacking in many mystery novels. I would recommend this book to anyone who loves a good mystery, is interested in the "steampunk" genre or someone who is interested in the real character of Sping Heeled Jack from Victorian England.
It was a strange way the book was laid out, but as it progresses through the sequence of the events and writing. It made sense and loved the approach of the author. The narrator certainly brought life to this book and incredible ways he approached each character and their voice personalities.
Actually Swineburne was an exquisite as the "I want to prove how useful I can be" for Sir Richard Burton
The way he brought each character to life with their personality and never missed a switchup in voice reconizing each of them.
When Spring-heeled jack knew that his one decision to correct what he thought was correcting his family out come really started with him - or did it? Have to listen to see if you agree
MUST LISTEN TOO!
The author writes in a steampunk genre. His machines and coal fueled inventions create an interesting and amusing story. The dialog, sets and character development were very good.
The story involves time travel. Edward's mental state as he jumps back and forth through time to try and repair the damage he has done was engaging and believable.
Nice choice of voice for the genre. Very believable.
Hi, I am a voracious reader with a wide range of tastes.
The writing, the plot and characters. The author took real people from history and made them into bigger then life characters in a world twisted by one mans folly.
I usually can tell the ending of a story and it's plot twists early, but not here. I was kept interested with the story having to know what happened next.
The beginning is slow because it is like a history lesson on Victory England so you are familiar with the world the story is set in, but after the first 30 minutes it really kicks in to high gear.
This book is unique among others I've listened to or read. I've never listened or read anything "steampunk", but it was interesting. This book was written so that you had a good mental picture of the machines, characters and environments.
The characters, the descriptions of events, machines, etc. was great. It was complicated to get into, but it was easy to follow after about the first 15 minutes.
There were moments in this book that caused me to gasp with surprise. I listen driving home from work or in to town for errands. I have surprised myself with my reaction to some of the twists and turns in this book.
give it a listen - you'll be surprised.
The way it's based so closely on what we know of Burton's life, then it just runs wild. Plus it does Time travel in a way that didn't leave me going, "Wait a minute, now...".
I love Gerard Doyle. No question who was who, and I love how STRONG his voice can be, and how meak and little it can be also.
I laughed a few times. But more so it made me look up the characters in the book and take great interest in their actual lives.
I enjoyed this book and about 2/3 of the next... It started going down hill towards the end. From the reviews I don't think I'll purchase the third, but who knows, i may change my mind. But this really was a good time and worth a credit no matter what happens later.
When I first started listening I wan't quite sure where the book was going, but further into it my attention became fixated. Wonderful story that grabs the imagination.
I loved Sir Richard Burton, Algernon Swinburne and Oscar Wilde. Real people who really lived, but manipulated so their historical characters matched their fictional characters really well.
I am new to Audible books, but I loved listening to Gerard Doyle's characterizations thru inflections and tones. Sometimes I would marvel he could keep all the voices straight in his head.
I was totally amazed I even liked the book. I don't like either Science Fiction, or Fantasy. But these characters and the story line grabbed me quickly, and held me thru all three books.
This was an unexpected joy to read.