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.
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.
Faulkner, zombies, pandemics, Hillary Mantel, Linda Barry, Atwood, time travel, and Karr, I'm all over the map.
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!
Wonderfully well-written book, great story, interesting characters, amazing narrator...loved it all. Excellent read. Not steam punk, sort of science fiction, not.quiye mystery, not exactly historical thriller...yet elements of all of these. Well worth the time.
The story is engrossing and laugh-out-loud funny with several interesting twists. The characters are fascinating and unusual. Harkaway's writing is really masterful and clever. There were many times when a line was just so well-written, I had to rewind and listen to it again. I totally loved the narrator -- Daniel Weyman portrays each of the many characters in a very entertaining way, including the dog! His voices and timing truly enriched this book to make it a delightful listen. I hope to hear a lot more of him in the future.
An American Midwesterner
I love, love, loved the narration. Daniel Weyman is fantastic. I might just see what else he's done.
I did like our hero and am glad he finally grew a pair, (can I say that?) because I wanted to slap him for asking so many stupid questions and being such a whiner. And I really liked the brother and sister.
But, my favorite was the character of Edie. I would like to see a series of just her in her "dotage". (extreme air quotes)
Villain was a truly terrible nemesis.
Originally posted at:A Girl that Likes Books
We can land in the moon […] but we cannot be good, we are wicked. This is a wicked world
Why I read this book
All through 2012 and 2013 I read bloggers praises for this book, however I kept forgetting to get myself a copy. Luckily for me the Audible Algorithm showed to me last time I had an available credit and then I was a click away from a wonderful book.
What the book is about
It's hard to put into simple terms what this book is about. I could tell you it's about the end of the world and I wouldn't be lying, but then again is also about love and spies and the underworld of crime. I can tell you it is about a guy coming into terms with whom he really is...and all of these would be true and appropriate, but is not enough to describe what this wonder is about.
This book reminded me at first of The Goldfinch, with the delectable descriptions of art work and the rhythm of the story. It was much funnier though and the after a while it got to considerably faster pace. Granted I was listening to it at a 1.25x speed, but what I mean is that little by little the book turned out to be packed with action and hilarious characters that made the whole experience absolutely magnificent.
Harkaway took what could've been just a crazy story and made it one of the best books I've read that also made me laugh. A lot of the effect has to be awarded to Daniel Weyman, an incredible narrator.
The book is narrated in present tense and in the third person which made me feel like I was watching a movie. This is a good thing for me, since I'm still getting used to building my imagery based on audio. Too many years relying on paper I suppose ;).
What made me love this book so much were, besides the story itself, the women in it. Women of substance, to quote the author, is what made this book unforgettable for me. Most of all: Polly Cradle, Frankie and off course Edie Banister. They are strong, determined, funny...and this is me controlling my major girl crush on them.
At a certain point of the book I was listening to it on speaker in bed, since sadly my headphones weren't working. A sex scene came up and then I got a weird look from my boyfriend...because I was laughing like crazy. It had to be one of the funniest, most witty written sex scene I've read in a loooooong time. This wittiness applies to the whole book.
I would (and I have) recommended this one to everyone I could. I've found ways to drop the book in a conversation that might sound force, but they will thank me when they read the book.
The trouble with shooting people [...] is that is hard to do just one