The general storyline is good and pretty original. I disliked the lack of reality in the space battles. (like starwars)
No first time.
There is a scene where the ship pops up in the middle of a battle.
The story was a good, though I think the author lacked the concept of physics. The story writes like a star wars or star trek movie. The space battles and flight are very one dimensional, and they don't take in account speed and time dialation. A ship flying at .8 the speed of light isn't going to see anyting out the viewport, or fire and track laser fire. If he would have made it a bit more realistic, like some of the better science fiction authors, it could have been exelent. I tended to roll my eyes in some of the space scenes and wish the author would have done his homework.
PS, the later stories in the series are better, though he still is way off reality when it comes to space and time.
Not likely, since it is mostly a history of how the empire fell. It doesn't follow any of the characters from the first books. still it is a very riveting story of how the empire falls, and what happens when people rely completely on government for food and support.
The book doesn't really focus on one particular character, but i would say the development of the prince was my favorate thing about the book.
He is good at doing the different voices in a way that makes you forget one person is reading.
The book reads more like a history book in fictional form.This book lays out all the reasons why the marines in the first two are stranded, and why they must learn to survive outside the empire. The story does have hero's, mainly the prince's body guard,but like I said before, don't expect the story to be focused on one group or person like the first two books.
A completely different reader. He paused in all the wrong places, and was just so bland in his reading.
the outline of the story is nice, but the execution wasn't that great.
If he didn't pause when there weren't commas or periods.
boring, couldn't finish mainly due to reader.
yes, mainly because Gail is so good at keeping you tied into the story. her humor added to her excelent writing style make for a great book.
The start of the book pretty much had me hooked. the main character shows off her gadgets, and gets through a sticky situation. from there it is none stop sticky, and she is as slippery as a cat covered in jelly.
Moira is a great voice actress from what i heard. She made me feel as though each character was seperate, and with thier own personality.
Classy and Sassy meets Spies of a super natural nature.
I have listened to all of Gail's books so far, and find her a very entertaining author. mind i am a 41 year old male trucker, who was skeptical when I got the first of her Parasol Protectorate series, and couldn't stop listening. I listened to the Parasol Protectorate twice, and even though this series is meant for younger readers, i would listen to it again as well. I can't wait for the next book in the series.
First of all, the story had zero humor. I liked the core storyline, but the author spent far too much time on the whole love triangle, with zero humor between any of the characters. I am used to some of the other steampunk authors like Pip Ballantine, and Gail Carriger who add a lot of humor along with a good story. This book was like listening to a teen girl whining about two boys she liked. The book could have been great with about fifty percent of the love triangle junk removed, and some humor added.
I doubt I'll listen to the rest of the series, since it was just to drab and slow moving. As a man, I don't think I can listen to all the confused love triangle stuff either. I need to listen to one of the other steam punk authors to get back to sanity.
Angele is a great reader, which was one of the only reasons I continued to listen, since the story seemed to drag on and on throughout. Her change of voice for characters is good, and she keeps you hooked well enough to keep the play button going.
Yes, make sure a book isn't mostly a love story, instead of an adventurous steam punk story I was expecting.
Don't bother if you are expecting a fun adventure with steam punk. The story just drags and drags, with zero humor, and far too much "oh I love him, or no i love that guy, oh wait I love this guy again." At the end of the story the main character ends up looking like a foolish girl, while the guys are all jerks.Now I don't mind a love triangle, but it seemed as though the book was saturated with confusing little girl thoughts of who she liked or disliked.
Yes because if have listened to the series several times.
any one of the cats, he really makes you believe they are a different race.
not much to say but yet another great one in the series.
Yes, the story wasn't bad but I wish there was a lot less of the does he or she love me or not stuff.
Removed a lot of the teen love story aspect of the book. He could have cut out a lot of the constant blabbing by the main character about her feelings, and just hinted instead.
she does all well, and I wouldn't mind listening to her again.
The story was good, though there was a bit of young puppy love stuff within. After listening to the rest of the books I understood why the author didn't explain alot about certain parts, because there is supposed to be a mystery behind the whole thing. However, I still felt as though they could have thrown a bit more of a bone to keep me more interested. I was on the edge of not getting the second book by the time this one was over.
The book needed a lot more descriptions and dialog.
Not from the genre, but from the writer.
He spoke stunted, and the story didn't seem to flow. His tone was completely wrong for certain situations in the story. It was like listening to a guy in his basement tell a story without any guidlines
A major disappointment. The story was lacking almost everything needed to make a story flow and enjoyable.
First of all, imagine someone sitting down and telling you about their life, and leaving out all the details which make the story interesting. There were other characters, but you never hear any dialog from them, and you never learn much about them other than they are there in the story, but that is about all. The whole book was stunted, because the lines didn't flow with one another. I would hate to see the actual pages of this book because it would only be made up of sentaces seperated into individual paragraphs. Honestly I thought I was listening to a story written by a junior high student giving an outline to a story he wished to write. Sure it was first person, but there should be some dialog between characters, not just this "this happened, and then that happened." I was thinking of that lady in in that adam sandler movie who kept saying "and then, and then,"......"NO AND THEN," I am surprised someone actually published this story as is, because it was lacking in every catigory needed to make a story. A big thumbs down and waste of a credit.
Well one thing i have found with certain female authors is that they don't truly understand how a guy thinks. While listening to the story I kept saying,"That isn't what a sixteen year old guy is thinking about." It was because of this very thing that I didn't connect with the character. No normal sixteen year old guy would have acted as they portrayed the main character. Far too much emotion, or far too much like a women would act.
Yes, but hopefully there would be a little less whining from the characters.
Kevin's performance was one of the highlights of the book. There were parts with the song and the girl singing that i wish they would have just had him read, instead of playing the song, since it was difficult to understand what she was saying in each rendition.
It was typical of these teen magical sorts of books. Lots of guys thinking nothing like a guy would really think, and too much whining about emotions and so on. It wasn't as bad as Twilight in that respect, but still not something most guys would enjoy.
If the author didn't get all fancy in her descriptions. There were times when she would use terms to describe things that didn't make sense. I even rewound the audio to listen again and still couldn't get what she was talking about. also the magic itself was very confusing, and half the time i didn't understand what was going on in her "action" scenes. I have listened to hundreds of audio books, and honestly it took a lot out of me to listen to the end.
I am sure all the events and their descriptions looked right in the author's head, but they forgot to explain it to the rest of us. Also there needed to be a bit of comedy in the book. none of the characters are enjoyable......at all. Then there was the whole love triangle part between the sorceress and her guard, but it fell flat and had me scratching my head, wondering why. Sure I assume the author wanted to have some sort of triangle of love later, but all of it, every last bit fell flat on it's face.
flat singular voice
It had potential if the author only stopped trying to be so damn fancy with her descriptions, and just tell the story like most the other authors out there.
I love steampunk, but this one fell so flat that i am not going to bother with the next in the series. if you want a good listen in the Steampunk world get Pip Ballantine's books instead. now that is a male female duo that makes sense and works.
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