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Agatha H and the Airship City: Girl Genius #1 | [Phil Foglio, Kaja Foglio]

Agatha H and the Airship City: Girl Genius #1

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.
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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.

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    Brian United States 12-12-12
    Brian United States 12-12-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Rousing tale and lots of fun.."
    What did you love best about Agatha H and the Airship City?

    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.


    What did you like best about this story?

    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.


    What does Angela Dawe bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    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.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Definitely, but my life is too busy for that. I listened to it every chance I had.


    Any additional comments?

    Just a wonderful story with a great, very talented narrator. I've listened to both books now, and am anxiously awaiting the third installment.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Carol L. Powell Columbus, OH United States 04-18-12
    Carol L. Powell Columbus, OH United States 04-18-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Very fun novelized version of Girl Genius comic!"
    What made the experience of listening to Agatha H and the Airship City the most enjoyable?

    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!


    What about Angela Dawe???s performance did you like?

    The vocal performance was very dramatic and I loved her ability to do voice variations to better signal character voices!


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Dan El Paso, TX, United States 04-03-11
    Dan El Paso, TX, United States 04-03-11 Member Since 2009
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    "Enjoyable Story"

    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.

    5 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Vincent Patterson 03-08-11 Member Since 2011
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    "Incredible enjoyable"

    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.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Mary Kyle 03-30-15
    Mary Kyle 03-30-15

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    "Awesome fun."

    I love the web comic. Angela Dawe does a great job bringing it to audio.

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    John 03-25-15
    John 03-25-15 Member Since 2014
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    I have been a fan of the comic for years and I also have read the print version of this book. this version is just as good as the rest. I need more now.

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    Amy Wright 02-17-15
    Amy Wright 02-17-15 Member Since 2012
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    "Steampunk adventure that never stops"

    You have to be a certain type of person to appreciate Agatha H. I won't say what type, but it would help if you liked comic books, and probably be right up your alley if you are into LARP. Anyway, this story has swords, monsters, revivification and talking cats. Enough said.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Norman Pearl River, LA, United States 02-06-15
    Norman Pearl River, LA, United States 02-06-15 Member Since 2012
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    "The start is terrible but 2nd half is great"
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    The writers had a tough time transitioning to a novel format (I didn't even know it was a graphic novel --facepalm--) but they really hit their stride in the second half of the book and it became very enjoyable. The performance was great throughout. The first quarter of the book seemed to be all third person narrative of a prologue. It should have been working notes for a prequel novel(s), and it should have been edited way down. The story should have picked up the same place as the graphic novel starts, with background added as needed. The Prologue, i listened to it at 1.5 speed - reserved for stuff i hate. This transitioned to 1.25 speed which is ok for many books. By mid book i slowed it down to normal speed to savor the book. So my excellent rating is for what the book grew into. I recommend you bear with the beginning, with my assurance it get better, both as the world takes shape, but even more so as the excellent writers learn to adapt to this new medium. Sure, some better editing and re-writes would have helped, but there is so much to come i can't fault the authors (too much) for not going back and fixing the beginning. Novelizations of movies and graphic novels can be very difficult, but having the authors master both novel and the graphic novel is quite impressive.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    domlav 02-04-15
    domlav 02-04-15 Member Since 2012
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    "Girl Genius definitely worth the time!"
    If you could sum up Agatha H and the Airship City in three words, what would they be?

    Science, laughter, fun.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    My favorite character would be Gilgamesh, I think. Just a good combination of young man with tons of brains and exasperation at the insane situations around him. Very fun.


    What does Angela Dawe bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Her performance makes the book I think. The story is so fun I would enjoy it in print as well I'm sure, but Angela Dawe's performance just brings it to life. Rarely have I enjoyed the performance as well as this one. Usually, the narration is just voicing the story. As long as the narration isn't horrible, the strength of the story will usually be enough for me to give a good review. But Angela Dawe performance is just fun. Her different voices for the numerous characters and the pitch perfect timing for the jokes and humour just made the story that much more wonderful. I definitely recommend her as a narrator and as soon as I'm done with this series, I will be looking for more books performed by her.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Yes, but I don't want to give anything away. But Agatha's closeness to her family and her fight to be reunited with them is involved. So a moment near the end did make me very sad. However, the story kept moving and soon I was swept up in fun and adventure again.


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    William D Saint Amour 01-29-15
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    "Enjoyable Surprise"
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    I usually go for urban fantasy or historical fiction, but thought I'd try steampunk for a change of pace. Turned out to be a pretty light, fun listen. Combine Stephanie Plum, Buck Rogers, and Mel Brooks, and you'd end up with something close. Deep literature, no. Enjoyable and credit worthy, yes.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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