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.
Science, laughter, fun.
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.
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.
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.
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.
yes, good for any age group. fun, easy to read or listen to.
very fast moving, did not want to put it down. did not guess where the book was going
smooth voice, very nice.
no idea. lol. over my head. but if they go by the book it would be great.
Nice world building; Enjoyed the development of characters and races
Did a multitude of voices very well - did not have that "shreeek" tone to her voice
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
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.
Maybe for younger sci-fi fans.
Too many scenes.
It was a toss up.
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.
Hogfather by Terry Pratchett. Both have strong females and a randomness that remind me of the Muppets.
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.
She is female I am male...
Adventure, Mad Science & Romance.
Any plan vere you lose your hat iz a bad plan.
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.
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!
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.
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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