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.
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.
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.
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!
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