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Agatha H and the Airship City Audiobook
Agatha H and the Airship City
Written by: 
Phil Foglio, Kaja Foglio
Narrated by: 
Angela Dawe
Agatha H and the Airship City Audiobook

Agatha H and the Airship City: Girl Genius #1

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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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    Mary Kyle 03-30-15
    Mary Kyle 03-30-15 Member Since 2014

    Muggie

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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
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    "loved it
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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.

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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

    Strong characters in all genres. and narrators who don't ham it up.

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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.

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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.

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    Carol Scott 12-17-14
    Carol Scott 12-17-14

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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.


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    Sheri 05-30-13
    Sheri 05-30-13 Member Since 2011
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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.

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    Jim 05-29-13
    Jim 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.


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