I went for this because of the steampunk aspect. I mean, how can a story with an airship in it be bad? Well, it's not bad, really, but I was disappointed by the story. There was too much emphasis on arguments between the mother and teenage son and less emphasis on developing the plot. I thought the Boneshaker machine was going to be at the midst of this story, but it was off to the side. Too bad. And frankly, I can do without zombies.
I wanted to enjoy this book because the era is interesting to me. But the protagonist starts out strong and then turns to jelly as soon as a handsome man appears on the scene. Too predictable; I don't mind the romance but this was a tepid as they come.
I was expecting the Sybil character to have a main part in the story, but she's put away after the first few chapters. I thought that aspect of the story might have been a lot stronger. Annie became annoying and I found myself not really caring what happened to her. The only character I was curious about was Nate.
There were too many descriptions of clothing and backstory and not enough real mystery. I don't care how So-and-so got their clothing unless it relates to the mystery. The epilogue was a poor excuse at wrapping up the book. I felt like several chapters were missing and the author just got tired of writing and filled in the blanks to get it over with.
"Sparks fly?" Not really. There's plenty of tinder here, but no logs to keep the flames burning. The story's premise is sound but it just doesn't deliver.
I haven't listened to any other narration by Cynthia Wallace, but this annoyed me. Sorry. I thought her attempt at doing the men's voices was pretty good, although there were a few glitches where she slid from one voice into another and it should have been edited out. The women's voices were all pipsqueaky or breathy and Southern-drawly. Cynthia's own voice, when she just read the narration, would have been fine for Annie's voice. I thought the gushiness was just too over-the-top.
Most likely not, although I won't close the door on them entirely.
No, I like the genre.
I think the reading speed was far too slow. The drawn-out "male" voice for the butler when he answers the phone was the last bit I was able to listen to. It was just laughable and destroyed the credibility of the story. I want entertainment while I drive, but I can't afford to be put into a stupor. I think the narrator tried very hard to differentiate the voices, but the character of Billy sounded like a young kid and not an older war veteran. This is just one of those things -- women doing men's voices and vice versa -- that don't always work well. However, I give Rita credit for managing to remain consistent (at least the two hours I listened to) for the character voices.
Where do I even start? I'm not sure this story would survive much cutting because much of it seems to be internal dialogue and thoughts. There simply was very little action in the first few chapters and trying to edit it down would reduce that to zilch. However, in some places the internal dialogue could probably be sent the way of the dodo. In particular, the internal dialogue in the scene where Maisie is having lunch with her first client's wife in the restaurant could stand some pruning. When Maisie holds hands with the woman and thinks about how the other women in the restaurant might be interpreting that action, I think that's a fair bit of fluff that can go. I don't think it adds much to the character or the story. I know it's supposed to make us understand that Maisie has feelings for others, but it's over the top for me. I found it maudlin, to say the least.
I really wanted to enjoy this story, and it has generally good reviews so I thought I would like it. I am also quite interested in history and historical novels are a favorite of mine. But this was far too slow for my liking and I could only manage to listen to two hours of it before I gave up. My biggest concern is that I quit listening just as it *might have* been getting good, but I don't know. In all honesty, I think I could possibly stand to read the book because I could skim over the parts that annoy me, but I just can't sit and listen to the inner dialogue. It's just tedious.I know that as a first book in a series the characters aren't always as well formed as they become later on. I didn't find Maisie objectionable as a detective, but the womanly bonding thing was puke-ready. Sorry. I just found it put me off too much, or maybe it was just a data dump. I'd rather see her feelings through her dialogue or her actions, not constantly be told what she's thinking.
This is probably in the top five books that I've listened to. At first I thought I wasn't going to like the story because it seemed as though it was going to be more about relationships than ghosts, but that lasted for about five minutes before I got sucked into the story. I think the narrator does a great job and I really felt like she was the author speaking, not just someone doing an interpretation.
The story was well told and not predictable.
I don't remember, but I really enjoyed the scenes at the cottage and how the light played across the ceiling as though thrown by an invisible prism. The description was eerie and beautiful and mysterious
No, only because I can't sit still that long! I listen to books while commuting, but there were a couple of times I sat in my car a few minutes after getting home to finish up a scene
I'm a student of history so this appealed to me on several levels -- not the least because I was also writing a research paper on Newton at the same time. I enjoyed the fictional aspects of the story, but I listened closely for historical details, too ... and they're there. Check out the author's website if you are interested in Newton's history.
There was a lot going on in this story -- murder, mayhem, zombies, an airship accident, a spunky female Victorian protagonist, a mysterious and talented main character, and a mad scientist. Maybe it was too much; there were some scenes that seemed like they should be part of another book, such as when the main character, Newbury, is in his room lying in a pentagram. It was never clear that this had anything to do with the storyline. Frankly, I found the mystery curious but the gross descriptions of zombie fights a bit over the top. I'm not into guts and gore; the story could have cut half of the fight scenes. And really, what is it with zombies? Are they just thrown in for comic relief in all books these days?
This book shows promise of good character development for subsequent stories, but the plots need no extraneous elements -- and that includes slavering zombies. I want more of the Victorian/steampunk elements and less monsters.
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