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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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    Robert Dubbo, Australia 08-22-11
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    This was one of my first audio books. It took a while to get into and I never quite made it and I finished the book a bit dissapointed. I think the story is quite good with a few laughs thrown in, to be fair I think it should rate a bit higher than 3 and will listen to again later. Narration was very good.

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    steve brooklyn, NY, United States 06-16-11
    steve brooklyn, NY, United States 06-16-11 Member Since 2003
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    just can't beat this one - the book is great and the narrator is just spot-on. waiting with baited breath for the next installment of the series.

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    Scott Salem, OR, United States 06-13-13
    Scott Salem, OR, United States 06-13-13 Member Since 2007
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    "Read the comic, buy the book!"
    Would you listen to Agatha H and the Airship City again? Why?

    Yes, I thought the narrator did an adequate job of transferring the characters voices and personalities to the book form. Though to get the full impact I suggest whoever buys this book to read the online comic first three volumes either before or after listening to this book or you might miss a lot of the humor which I don't think transfers perfectly to the book.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I liked the added back story that some of the characters get in this novelization that it took us years to learn about in the online webcomic. Girl Genius. In the prologue we learn things about the Hetyrodynes that we don't learn till volumes later in the comic. And we get more back story for some characters.


    Did the narration match the pace of the story?

    Yes, my only real problem with the narration was when the narrator tried to express the madness voice of the Spark characters when they where in The Madness Place, if you've read the comic book online you know what I mean, the Sparks came out more whiny then on the edge of madness. Also the robots came out nasal and not at all robotic. Other than those two complains I'm pretty satisfied how she made the different personality of voice for the different characters. Hopefully her clank voices and Sparks in the grip of Genius /madness will improve with he next novel.


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

    The confrontation between Agatha and Von Zinzer about his brother. Also Klauses confrontation with Adam and Lillith about what he did after he came back and what happened to the Hytrodynes and where they went.


    Any additional comments?

    Uthar's Foul! Needs to be more forceful in the future. Like a yell, it comes of weaker in the audiobook than its depiction in the webcomic. Considering whats happening when it happens, kicked when he's down, pushed off a flying machine stronger is better when he says Foul.

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    Mark Carras Lacey, WA 12-09-12
    Mark Carras Lacey, WA 12-09-12 Member Since 2010

    I hope to release my 1st book (about 3 friends who start asking questions and end up saving the world) on Audible before the end of 2014! :P

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    "Not the best but worth a listen"

    I think Jim Butcher and James Marsters have ruined all other Audible books for me. I am left comparing every book I listen to by those amazing works. That being said I think this story is well written and the performance is pretty good. As much of a fan as I am of sci-fi books, movies, and tv shows, most audiobooks just do not work for me. So even though this book is not an all time favorite, it still must be pretty good since I didn't hate it and will be buying the other books in the series.

    If you enjoy His Dark Materials this is a must buy.

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    Chris CHINO, CA, United States 02-19-13
    Chris CHINO, CA, United States 02-19-13

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    I bought this story because it looked interesting. It turns out to be an amateurish attempt at a sci-fi/fantasy/steam-punk story. They took a seemingly ok idea and turned it into a steaming pile. I powered through the opening chapters hoping for an improvement that just never materialized. It was just bad.

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