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Amanda

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  • The Curious Case of the Clockwork Man: Burton & Swinburne, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Mark Hodder
    • Narrated By Gerard Doyle
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (480)
    Performance
    (447)
    Story
    (444)

    When a clockwork-powered man of brass is found abandoned in Trafalgar Square, Burton and his assistant, the wayward poet Algernon Swinburne, find themselves on the trail of the stolen Garnier Collection - black diamonds rumored to be fragments of the Lemurian Eye of Naga, a meteorite that fell to Earth in prehistoric times. His investigation leads to involvement with the media sensation of the age: the Tichborne Claimant, a man who insists that he's the long lost heir to the cursed Tichborne estate.

    Chris - Audible says: "Another excellent installment."
    "Just as Good as the First!"
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    See my review on his first book for my overall thoughts on the series.

    But, this book was also another great addition to the steampunk genre. Genius use of Characters and Dialogue. And the Narrator is officially another favorite of mine!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • A Dirty Job

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Christopher Moore
    • Narrated By Fisher Stevens
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4354)
    Performance
    (1625)
    Story
    (1636)

    People start dropping dead around Charlie, giant ravens perch on his building, and it seems that everywhere he goes, a dark presence whispers to him from under the streets. Strange names start appearing on his nightstand notepad, and before he knows it, those people end up dead, too. Yup, it seems that Charlie Asher has been recruited for a new job, an unpleasant but utterly necessary one: Death.

    colleen says: "I loved it!"
    "ugh"
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    I still haven't even finished this. The Narration is distracting, kind of a Woody Allen feel to the character because of it, and I am not a Woody Allen fan. I loved the idea of the story, but the execution was a turn off.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Expedition to the Mountains of the Moon: Burton & Swinburne, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Mark Hodder
    • Narrated By Gerard Doyle
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (308)
    Performance
    (286)
    Story
    (288)

    It is 1863, but not the one it should be. Time has veered wildly off course, and moves are being made that will lead to a devastating world war. Prime Minister Lord Palmerston believes that by possessing the three Eyes of Naga he'll be able to manipulate events and avoid the war. He already has two of the stones, but he needs Sir Richard Francis Burton to recover the third.

    Chris - Audible says: "Almost, but not quite."
    "Ended too Quickly"
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    I think even Mark Hodder could agree that these Characters and their steampunk adventure could have gone on for several more books. The only reason I gave this story four stars is because it was too much information in one book, it was hard to keep up! But, it needed an ending and he tied most everything together.

    See my review on the first book for my overall thoughts of the series.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Strange Affair of Spring Heeled Jack: Burton & Swinburne, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Mark Hodder
    • Narrated By Gerard Doyle
    Overall
    (1235)
    Performance
    (1100)
    Story
    (1104)

    Sir Richard Francis Burton and Algernon Charles Swinburne are sucked into the perilous depths of a moral and ethical vacuum when Lord Palmerston commissions Burton to investigate assaults on young women committed by a weird apparition known as Spring Heeled Jack - and to find out why werewolves are terrorizing London's East End.

    Robert says: "Fun Steampunk but on the outlandish side"
    "Steampunk the way it should be"
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    This is why I like history. These are real people. Richard Burton existed in real life. He was all the things that Mark Hodder wrote about his character and back story and then suddenly the story takes a turn and you are thrown into this fantastic steam-punk world filled with all your literary and historical heroes. I can't tell you how many times I consulted the internet, or even my college world history books, just to see if the latest bit he wrote was a true-to-life characteristic of this person, or if it was his own interpretation of who they might have become in this situation, and because of that I learned so much history it wasn't even funny. I took classes on some of these people and never had I once became so enthralled that I suddenly needed to know more about them. I am well read on Richard Burton, Algernon Swinburne, Oscar Wilde, and so many others now because of this book. So I have more than expanded my education over just picking up a single book.

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Peter and the Starcatchers: The Starcatchers, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Dave Barry, Ridley Pearson
    • Narrated By Jim Dale
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1179)
    Performance
    (754)
    Story
    (748)

    In an evocative and fast-paced adventure on the high seas and on a faraway island an orphan boy named Peter and his mysterious new friend, Molly, overcome bands of pirates and thieves in their quest to keep a fantastical secret safe and save the world from evil.

    Deborah says: "A fast paced frolic on the high seas!"
    "Why are Kids books so good???"
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    Jim Dale is by far my favorite narrator. He brings each character to life with the magical tones of his voice, lending to great story telling! But, by far with this book, he had a great story to work with! I'm a huge Peter Pan fan, but was unsure about these stories since they are a reworking of the story and they are geared towards YA, but I loved it regardless. Something I'm keeping to share with my kids some day.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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