The Industrial Revolution has escalated into all-out warfare. Sixteen years have passed since the Heterodyne Boys, benevolent adventurers and inventors, disappeared under mysterious circumstances. Today, Europe is ruled by the Sparks, dynasties of mad scientists ruling over - and terrorizing - the hapless population with their bizarre inventions and unchecked power, while the downtrodden dream of the Heterodynes’ return.
At Transylvania Polygnostic University, a pretty, young student named Agatha Clay seems to have nothing but bad luck. Incapable of building anything that actually works, but dedicated to her studies, Agatha seems destined for a lackluster career as a minor lab assistant. But when the university is overthrown by the ruthless tyrant Baron Klaus Wulfenbach, Agatha finds herself a prisoner aboard his massive airship Castle Wulfenbach - and it begins to look like she might carry a spark of Mad Science after all.
From Phil and Kaja Foglio, creators of the Hugo, Eagle, and Eisner Award-nominated webcomic Girl Genius, comes Agatha H. and the Airship City, a gaslamp fantasy filled to bursting with Adventure! Romance! and Mad Science!
©2011 Phil Foglio (P)2011 Brilliance Audio, Inc.
I am brutally honest. Popular, love everything they read, reviewers are scared to go neg. and risk their ranking. It's your money!!!
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This just wasn't my cup of tea. I listened for over four hours, but could not get into. The world they created was a sort of cool Steampunk world and I can see lots of people liking it for that reason. The story was very simplistic. For example in the beginning the lab assistant is under pressure to clean the lab before an important member of the government comes in to make an inspection. She cleans everything up and puts it all in the closet. During the inspection, as expected, the closet gets opened and everything comes tumbling out. This prank is so old, it is embarrassing to see modern authors use it today. The characters seem to be written by someone with autism.
I don't know if it was the narrator or the way it was written, but each line sounds like an announcement of some kind. At the end of each line is a pause so you can absorbed the announcement and we go on to the next. It was more that way in the beginning during most of the info dumps.
If you just love Steampunk, you may want to give this a try. If you are luke warm or worse, maybe not.
After reading the reviews of others, I see this started as a graphic novel. That explains a lot.
I thoroughly enjoyed both the story and the narrator. The story was really well thought out, funny, adventurous and it had great timing. The cast of characters were all very original and interesting and it was simply a pleasure to listen to.
I love adventure stories and this one was a geniune page-turner. The characters were all different and most of them were so original and quirky. I really loved this book and was rather sad when I'd finished it. I'm a fan of steampunk, zeppilins and mad science, but the Foglios really nailed steampunk. The story was light-hearted, but full of danger and humor, with fast-paced action and really interesting backgrounds and mad science inventions. The Foglios have created a marvelous world with their story and characters.
Angela Dawe did a simply awesome job of giving unique voices and accents to all her characters. She really amped up the humor with her voice characterizations. She definitely added to the enjoyment of the story beyond simply reading the book.
Definitely, but my life is too busy for that. I listened to it every chance I had.
Just a wonderful story with a great, very talented narrator. I've listened to both books now, and am anxiously awaiting the third installment.
The Girl Genius webcomic is a great series which is a fun and sometimes-silly story in an alternate reality. This novelization of the beginning of the webseries is a great adaption to a pure literary versus visual/word medium. I enjoyed it and hope that there will be continuations as the webcomic continues into the novelizations as well!
The vocal performance was very dramatic and I loved her ability to do voice variations to better signal character voices!
I'm not sure I know what it is: a children's story with killing; a German fairy tale; or a Jasper Forde knock-off. But, the story is interesting, and the narrator is excellent. The author's spend more time letting us know the character's mindset than they do describing their appearances, so you have to use your own imagination to visualize how some of the characters really look, or maybe it's just that your visualizations of the character's appearence seems to change as the book progresses. I'll likely buy book 2.
You'll find me chattering and chasing shiny things.
First I have to mention how much I really enjoyed the narrator - she was great! Voices were terrific, phrasing never choppy, mispronunciations either minimal or nonexistent. If it weren't for the unevenness of this book, I'd give it four stars for the Narrator alone!
Unfortunately the book *is* uneven. There are some really funny moments in the story, but they almost entirely involve the Jagermonsters and other secondary characters. The main character, Agatha never seems fully formed and disbelief has to be suspended beyond the plausible when it comes to her absolute inability to understand what is happening to her. It's dragged out *waaaaaaaaaaaaaay* too long. I don't know if this book would have even gotten three stars if it weren't for the narrator - I just don't think I would have enjoyed the story as much.
Phil Foglio has always been a great artist and the story he and his wife create is Wonderful, If you are a follower of girl genius comic then this is a must have. It follows the first three volume of his series but add wonderful details that he would never be able to give in his comics.
If you are a new reader and have discovered his book I recommend you get this and be prepared to enjoy a good listen.
I listened to this book in 9/2015
I enjoyed it from the start. An interesting civilization and a darling girl trying to succeed but usually just finds herself in trouble. In a distant way, this is similar to "Cinder." which is a book that I adore. It also has similarities to Jim Butcher's new "Spires" book.
Angela Dawe is an incredibly expressive narrator and breathes life into the the story as she tells it. She's definitely the right voice for the Girl Genius series. all her characters are distinctive and consistent with not only my mental image while listening to the story, but also quite true to the illustrations of each character in the comic series that the book is based on. Also, her dead-pan delivery of the footnotes riddled throughout the book had me grinning like an idiot throughout the listen!
seeing how I'm an easily influenced fellow, and an engineer to boot, I started "Heterodyning" (rhythmically humming just like good ol' Heterodyne boys did back in the day) while wrenching on helicopters and it became a thing in the shop. now everyone hums catchy tunes and sometimes even harmonius duets while we work. it's slowly driving the boss crazy and that makes me way too happy. I might be a bad person...
Girl Genius is a truly imaginative series that follows through with every engineering idea and bizarre whim that occured to the Foglio's to its logically insane conclusion, and that's just the setting. With the sparks, talking cats, Jaeger Monsters, deposed aristrocrats, the looming threat of the Other and it's revenant minions, and the mysterious dissapearance of the Heterodyne Boys, (the seemingly only sane protagonists) This series has dozens of themes, forces and characters all contributing to the melting pot of chaos that is the life of our heroine Agatha. I enjoyed every minute of the story and highly recommend giving it several listens, the little details you inevitably miss make the story more entertaining with each play-through!
I really wanted to love this story. I like all the characters, and the setting and setup were great fun.
But... it gets a bit messy. There are too many characters only briefly introduced that later pop up into plot critical roles, and there isn't any sort of emotional climax in the book. There's action, but nothing ever really feels at stake. Still it's not a bad book, and I might listen to another in the series, although if it didn't improve on this one, I'd be out.
I did however really enjoy Angela Dawe's performance. She can handle a wide variety of characters, including men, and is able to give them shtick and emotion simultaneously.
If I understand it correctly, this is based off a graphic novel. I might enjoy that more.
Even if steampunk isn't usually your thing, Agatha H and the Airship City can't help but be a delight. There is a reason the webcomic of it won the award for Best Webcomic so many years running that they willingly took themselves out of the running in subsequent years.
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