Fantastic characters. Spot on narration. Beautifully written. Story is a bit rambling, but otherwise and engrossing listen.
The narrator is unbelievably good, and the story is unique and fantastic.
The different voices, but especially the voice for Bastion the dog!
Edy. It is so rare to get the perspective of an elderly spy/criminal mastermind looking back on her life.
Must Listen! Made my commute a pleasure.
I am a little conflicted over this book. My wife gave up on it because the start wasn't riveting. I persevered. The characters and story greatly improved in the middle. Unfortunately the ultimate threat to the world that got introduced in this section would have worked better for me if it had been a fantasy construction. It did not make any sense to me as a pseudo scientific one. I did enjoy the characters and the situations they found themselves in. It was just this weird device that was going to change the world which was the central theme that sounded totally unbelievable to me. I see a lot of people liked this book. The best I can say is I don't regret reading it.
I kept coming back to this novel, trying to finish it. I listened to four other audio books during that time. There is no minutiae small enough or no backstory insignificant enough for this author not to go into in great detail about. There is a great story in there some where, but the path the author takes you is absolutely mind numbing.
A crackling over the top story performed by a narrator who luxuriates in the language. Every second was enthralling - a real and wild circus ride. Hilarious, profound and deeply moving. Perhaps the best of the very many excellent audible books I've listened to.
Picture Neil Gaiman and Kurt Vonnegut at their peaks writing a book together. This might be the result. A mad romp through speculative fiction, weaving in and out of actual history to produce a story both mad in its premise and even more-so in its scope. Even a dog gets an inner-monologue. I'll not insult the book by trying to summarize it.
This is my first exposure to Nick Harkaway (based on a review of the book online) and it was well worth it. This is also the first performance by Daniel Weyman I've listened to. He only added to the joy of listening. I will certainly be looking for other works from these gentlemen.
Science fiction? Mystery? Gangster drama? Historical fantasy? Bond thriller? ... This book tries to be all of these things and comes up short on every occasion. It attempts to have real emotion despite a farcically written plot and characters. The hero rallies his buddies in the end (much like Kermit in the Muppet Movie) for one last spectacular gig to save the world and defeat a laughably cliché adversary. Poorly executed throughout.
Sci-fi, detective, cozy. Only give 5s to those books I think stand above the rest. 4 is a good solid book. 3 is average, nothing special.
The author has a nice ability to describe the environment. Good story, but the constant jumping around in time made it hard to listen to. Same story told linearly might have come out better. It settles down after about 3/4ths of the way through and makes it worth the listen.
Love "You" Caroline Kepnes & "The Nix" Nathan Hill--they r my new favorite contemporary books. Love "Wolf Hall." Like smart Zombie ie Zone1
First, the narrator was pitch perfect. Second onward, what fun: Sabotage, espionage, gangsters, law-abiding clockmakers, secret government agencies, an indignant pug, an evil opium khan, genius women and their steampunk world truth revealing contraptions...It's a fantastically fun ride. Remarkably well paced and ingeniously woven storylines. I look forward to reading more. I hope to hear it from the same narrator- he was spot on!
Avid reader. Baker. Musician. Did I say avid reader?
I absolutely loved this book! The characters were both fun and believeable, the story both amusing and gripping. From some (sadly unwarned) spoilers in other reviews, I was alerted to the middle section of the book which is something of a hiatus in the story, but I felt that rather than an interruption, it was a necessary and perfect bridge.
I can't say enough good things about Daniel Weyman, his is an absolutely masterful and pitch perfect performance!