I tried to listen to it two or three times. It might have gotten better but, I couldn't keep my mind on it. The narration was not very good. Sometimes he spoke to fast and most of his voices sounded the same.
No, it is really hit and miss in this genre.
It really could not hold my attention. I think narration might have been the problem.
The idea of the book is great, execution was poor. I think someone who doesn't mind the victorian "voice" of the book and who won't mind the liberty taken with great scientists of the victorian age in terms of their ideals, personalities and character will enjoy it.
So repetitive. If I heard "the kings agent" or "the great explorer" one more time, I was going to scream. There was also this issue of being told the main character is an amazing man versus gaining that "street cred" that's gained from seeing him be great. It made the main character hard to bond with and made his reputation seem as though it wasn't won but given.
Disappointed. Lots of rambling.
The narrator had a very pleasant voice, so pleasant it almost put me to sleep. The story could have been good, indeed I thought it would be, but the author had a tendency to drone on and on about the philosophies of different factions in the book. A real snoozer, and it could have been quite exciting.
This is a fantastic adventure-mystery novel full of steampunk versions of their real historical selves. Action, mystery, comic-relief, steam-powered and clockwork wonders, brilliant setting, and a story that will knock your top hat off!
I don't want to give anything away, so I will say "the main character's assistant." He is hilarious, fearless, clever, and dapper.
The adventure of multiple lifetimes!
I have been looking for a quintessential book for this genre and hit the jackpot here!
Slow start slow middle and still slow toward the end. Walked off, will return and finish when I dont have anything else but the radio to listen to.
I just could not get into this story. Like so many other mysteries, the main character seemed based on Sherlock. I did like the "butterfly effect" aspect of this book. The character's were not well developed but the story line was ok.
Strange. Exciting. Historical. The history in this book is mostly excellent excepting for the obvious straying of course. It was a wonderful blend with strange and unusual steampunk elements that also includes some biological advancements that aren't just window dressing for an adventure story but are an integral part of the plot.
The Spring-Heeled Jack figure becomes the most interesting character in the story by the end of it
No, but he was one of my favorite parts of listening to this book.
Who the heck let us make this?
My primary concern with the book is the story attempts to explain it's universe in a way that's supposed to be sensible but it really just doesn't make sense and so the whole attempt to tie it all together just fails miserably. It's a situation where I've already suspended my belief but the magician just keeps insisting that his sawing this woman in half is only a trick and ruins the performance. But, I will continue with the series anyways since this little debacle is now presumably out of the way and was able to enjoy the rest of the book just fine. It is still one of my favorites and perhaps my favorite example of good steampunk fiction.
This just a rebuttal to Robert in San Francisco's comments that it seemed a bit outlandish in regards to how "tough" the characters were. I would advise him to do a bit of research and learn that in alternate history books such as this most of the characters are real, and it is in fact well documentated exactly how tough these gentleman were, and Lt Speke was in fact wounded by a spear in both thighs by a Somali tribesman, and did in fact escape from him.
The story line is absolutely amazing, especially if you Google the events and characters and realize they are all real and all happened. What is brilliant is the the twist on what happened. This is probably the most creative take on the effects of time travel that I have ever encountered, and only gets better in the next novels in the series. Again, take the time to Google characters and events for a full appreciation.
Gerard's performance is fantastic. His ability to do different types, especially as the series goes on, is amazing.
They couldn't do a movie of this. If they did, it would be too dumbed down.
Just brilliant, really!
This was my first experience with "steam punk", while I found the story entertaining and certainly well read I'm still not sure if I would delve further into the series.