avid audiobook listener, sociopath, nerd.
I will preface this by saying that it's been a while since I listened to the first book.
That said, I remember the first book being more exciting, with more unexpected plot twists and less weird steampunk inventions. I definitely still enjoyed the way Books and Braun work seamlessly together. The baddies in this book just didn't seem bad enough, and the motives were unclear even at the end. I will probably listen to the next book if there is one just to see if the story gets better but I hope there are less silly steampunk inventions and more action-packed crime solving.
The first book in the series introduced us to the Ministry of Peculiar Occurrences and some of the key players, including Archivist Wellington Books, and Field Agent Eliza Braun, late of New Zealand. The two of them are now faced with a most peculiar set of occurrences involving mysterious disappearances and abductions by an unknown instrumentality. The targets are also allied to a cause near and dear to Braun's heart. This is a heart-pounding adventure which will keep you guessing and impatient for the next installment.
I have read the print version and in my mind I can hear Pip and Tee being the voices of Braun and Books. I have heard them often enough from their podcast which brings life to the stories. So in that regard the narrator is a little off putting, but he does a good job of keeping the story alive.
It's a steampunk piece, so in that genre or style I really like Tee Morris' and Pip's other print pieces following the stories of Books and Braun. Phillipa Ballentine or "Pip Ballentine" has some other great pieces that I listen to over and over. Weather Child is a great story by Pip and her narration is rich in dynamics and emotion.
The overall "love" story, that if you follow the podcast has been simmering under the surface, is the great FINALLY! moment that fans have been waiting for.
At first, I would say Eliza Braun but she may be too much of a night for me. Then I think to myself that Books is a pretty good guy and we share interests that we could have a beer and kick back with. I believe the younger me would say Braun, the current me says Books.
This follow up to Phoenix Rising lacks some of the characteristic flair of the first but serves well to set up tensions and background for book 3. Still an excellent read and a strong performance from James Langton.
Engineer, Writer, Pedestrian Philosopher
Thats like an old as dirt movie buff trying to rate their all time favorite movies. All I can say is that it's up there.
Not sure that is a fair question for me. I prefer reading books but long commutes take time away from that. James Langton however does an excellent job and his intonations help underline the characters emotional state.
Why "Welly" and Eliza of course. He is still slowly revealing key information about himself and she is doing the same. Sophia is just behind them. I love females who can kick ass, as long as the one being kicked is not mine.
You have to love bulletproof corsets and the women that wear them.
I'm an avid reader but when driving or exercising, listening to a great book and a great performance makes time fly!
Another fun story from Pip Ballantine & Tee Morris. Fun story. Well narrated. I'm looking forward to the next one when it comes out!
I'd rate this above average - very much in line with the other audiobook
eliza d brawn is an exceptional woman model out of place in the victorian era. nice charater development
books' fight with campbell - an interesting exchange
excitement and explosions in the steampunk fashion
I enjoyed it. I listen to both this and the previous Ministry of Unusual Occurrences novel in the same four day period. These books reminded me of one of my favorite shows as a kid, "Wild, Wild West," if it was set in England and Jim West was a girl. This made me realize that Artemus Gordan is a Hipster Steam-punk hero. He was Steam-punk before it was cool. (See: Wild, Wild West 1965-1969)
Enjoyed this follow up immensely. These books are fun, easy to follow and don't take themselves too seriously.
I really wanted to note the narration. This is how it should be done. James Langton and the production team deserve about 50% of the credit for the enjoyment I got out of this.