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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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Publisher's Summary

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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    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"
    Any additional comments?

    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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    Carol Scott 12-17-14
    Carol Scott 12-17-14 Member Since 2015

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    "wish there was more"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    yes, good for any age group. fun, easy to read or listen to.


    What did you like best about this story?

    very fast moving, did not want to put it down. did not guess where the book was going


    What about Angela Dawe’s performance did you like?

    smooth voice, very nice.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    no idea. lol. over my head. but if they go by the book it would be great.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Sheri 05-30-13
    Sheri 05-30-13
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    "Great Steampunk! Fun Diversion"
    Where does Agatha H and the Airship City rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Nice world building; Enjoyed the development of characters and races


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Agatha H and the Airship City?


    What about Angela Dawe’s performance did you like?

    Did a multitude of voices very well - did not have that "shreeek" tone to her voice


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    no


    Any additional comments?

    Fun Diversion.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Nita 05-29-13
    Nita 05-29-13
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    "a graphic novel republished as a novel"

    This story originally came with complex, dynamic pictures accompanying the dialogue. The authors converted it to a non-graphic novel and that translates really well into this audio version. Great voices for all the various humans, aliens, and talking machines make this a fun adventure

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    Ralph W. Ledrew Seattle, WA 12-24-12
    Ralph W. Ledrew Seattle, WA 12-24-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Didn't really end...More like an Introduction"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    It was good enough to get me to make it through the whole thing, but it seemed a bit oriented at a younger audience and yet had a lot of violence. It kept my attention, but I ended up frustrated that it ended with what seemed like the end of an introduction to more books.

    The good bits reminded me a bit of the Tom Swift novels of my youth.


    Would you recommend Agatha H and the Airship City to your friends? Why or why not?

    Maybe for younger sci-fi fans.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Too many scenes.


    Was Agatha H and the Airship City worth the listening time?

    It was a toss up.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    G. Smalley Berkeley, CA United States 05-01-12
    G. Smalley Berkeley, CA United States 05-01-12 Member Since 2013

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    "Compare Graphic Novel and Novel"
    What made the experience of listening to Agatha H and the Airship City the most enjoyable?

    It is a fun book.
    Angela Dawe was able to make Agatha real.
    There was alot of fleshing out of small details like how clanks move that the G.N. could not do.


    What other book might you compare Agatha H and the Airship City to and why?

    Hogfather by Terry Pratchett. Both have strong females and a randomness that remind me of the Muppets.
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    Summon the Keeper by Tanya Huff. Again a strong female with odd bits of humor sprinkled in it. This is a more serious book nothing like the Muppets.


    What does Angela Dawe bring to the story that you wouldn???t experience if you just read the book?

    She is female I am male...


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Adventure, Mad Science & Romance.
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    Any plan vere you lose your hat iz a bad plan.


    Any additional comments?

    For me the fun of the GN is you get to see the expressions on the secondary characters that do not have speaking lines. Like the fish that Gil rescues. Also the colors used for everybody's clothing is wonderful.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Dana S Attleboro, MA, United States 04-20-12
    Dana S Attleboro, MA, United States 04-20-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Wonderful story and great voice performance"

    I'm a big fan of the Foglio's and the Girl Genius comics. Although the audio performance is lacking the wonderful graphics of the books Angela Dawe does a fantastic job giving voice to the different characters. The plot of the story and all the humor and quirky characters are just as I imagined them from the comics.
    I pre-screened the audio of the 2 Agatha H novels for an upcoming roadtrip we're taking along with 4 kids age 10-15 and found that while there are a few PG suggestive themes in the book the overall story is fantastic and I think will be well suited for the whole family. We've found that it is amazing how quiet a drive can be, even with 4 children (2 of our own, plus niece and nephew) when you take a good audiobook along. I'm looking forward to many hours of peaceful driving while they all sit back and enjoy these books!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Magpie USA 08-24-11
    Magpie USA 08-24-11 Member Since 2007

    You'll find me chattering and chasing shiny things.

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    "Unevenly Pleasurable"

    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.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Robert Dubbo, Australia 08-22-11
    Robert Dubbo, Australia 08-22-11
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    "Will read again"

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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