Audie Award Nominee, Science Fiction, 2013
In a time when the Industrial Revolution has escalated into all-out warfare, Mad Science rules the world… with mixed success.
With the help of Krosp, Emperor of All Cats, Agatha has escaped from the massive airship known as Castle Wulfenbach. After crashing their escape dirigible, Agatha and Krosp fall in with Master Payne’s Circus of Adventure, a traveling troupe of performers dedicated to staging Heterodyne shows - dramatizations of the exploits of Bill and Barry Heterodyne and their allies - who are unaware of Agatha’s connection to the Heterodyne line.
Pursued by the ruthless Baron Klaus Wulfenbach, his handsome son Gil, and their minions (not to mention Othar Tryggvassen, Gentleman Adventurer), Agatha hides in plain sight among the circus folk, servicing their clanks and proving herself adept in performing the role of Lucrezia Mongfish, nemesis to - and later wife of - Bill Heterodyne. She also begins training under Zeetha, swordmistress and princess of the lost city of Skifander. Together, Agatha, Krosp, and the performers travel across the treacherous Wasteland of war-torn Europa, toward Mechanicsburg, and the ancestral home of the Heterodynes - Castle Heterodyne.
But with many perils standing in her way - including Wulfenbach’s crack troops, mysterious Geisterdamen, savage Jägermonsters, and the fabled Storm King - it’s going to take more than a spark of Mad Science for Agatha to get through.…
From Phil and Kaja Foglio, creators of the multiple WCCA and Hugo Award-winning webcomic Girl Genius, comes Agatha H and the Clockwork Princess, a gaslamp fantasy filled to bursting with Adventure! Romance! And Mad Science!
©2012 Phil and Kaja Foglio (P)2012 Brilliance Audio, Inc.
I enjoyed it more than the comic because I was able to visualize the characters for myself. The comic depiction of the characters was different that the picture I had created in my mind.
I enjoyed Claus, because he is strong, but confused. He is controlling, controlled, and completely oblivious and I enjoyed that.
I had heard the authors interviewed and knew about the comic, before I tried this novel. I totally loved it so much more than the comic with the performance and the voices. The audio version is fabulous!
It's a good story in a steam punk universe, the characters are entertaining, it's not predictable, and the preformance is pretty good.
I listen to audiobooks to keep me productive while I work and this one served that purpose.
The humor in the story and the narrator's use of different voices.
When you discover what all the little clanks Agatha has made are really doing.
It is hard to have just one.
Laugh a lot!
I sure hope the Authors continue the story, I can't wait to find out what happens next.
Loved it! Left me wanting the next book now. The Foglio's smashed this one out of the park. The reader was spot on! I am impressed!
Now, I know that the first book in this series wasn't perfect by any means. However, I found it to be an entertaining jaunt. I figured it's sequel would be much the same. Unfortunately, it seems I was completely off base with that prediction. Clockwork Princess pretty much took all of the things in the first book that I liked (The entertaining and/or interesting cast of characters, comedy, a love interesting who doesn't make me want to gouge my ears out, a tolerable main character etc.) and threw it all out the window. Instead we get a cast of carnival folk who are neither entertaining as a group, nor interesting on an individual basis, and a boring love interest who is clearly set up not to be the main lasting one because he's just too... well... boring. And, also, they have nothing in common. (Seriously, what's the point of bothering with a love triangle if you're not going to attempt to make the hypotenuse a feasible choice for either the reader or the character.) This group of characters spent, like, ten hours being dull and not quite interchangeable but still too numerous and unimportant for me to feel invested in, without actually furthering the plot much, while Agatha develops a bad case of Special Snowflake Syndrome.
The plot finally shows up in like the last 6-8 hours hours of the audiobook. However, I've already trudged through 10+ and so I can't bring myself to care at this point. Plus it's as a result of a ridiculous turn of events that would have been fine if this book had retained the silly, fun tone of the first book. However, it did not, and so just came off as stupid. Also, more Agatha is special and another idiot in love with her barf. The very last clash is probably the only truly entertaining section of the book, but it comes to little too late and is not really worth it.
On a positive note, the narrator was lovely, though I feel she did better in the first book. It was obvious that she was running out of distinct voices for the vast, mostly useless cast of this one. The jaegermonsters were, as always, entertaining, and the only new folks I actually liked. Krosp was still great, though not actually integral to the plot, unfortunately. And the footnotes were a nice touch that often held stuff more interesting then the actual story.
All in all, not one I'll ever touch again. Should have been 6 hours shorter.
Nothing like someone reading you a story, then having a nap. What a life.
the book is a reminder of the old movie serials. You finish quickly and can't wait for the next one. I can't believe I have read 2 of the series in just a week.
I love Girl Genius, and the audio books are very fun. I can't help feeling, though, that they're bland. Girl Genius is about over the top, crazy as cats mad scientists and monsters. It uses Dramatic Fonts and many Exclamation Points. The audio books take a more... normal tone. Voices are not raised. No one cackles. No harmonics send chills down your spine.
The narrator is good, but it feels like she's reading from something with dots, not bangs, and no italics or bold. It doesn't ruin things, it just tones them down, a lot.
Strong characters in all genres. and narrators who don't ham it up.
The people (and creatures) all have realistic motivation and responses, no matter how fantastic the situation. And humor can be surprising and immensely enjoyable! The true complexity of the plot begins to reveal itself. What a great book, characters and the reader is absolutely fantastic.
I dont know about tag lines, but i would love to see this done with real actors (and of course great CGI)
The start of the first book in the series was a little clumsy, but the rest of the book was great. The volume continues the improvment, to be one of the best audiobooks i have listened to on Audible, and i have listened to a broad variety. There is a wide variety of characters, Angela Dawe makes following the changes easy. A great story, great writing, and a great delivery. NOTE: you can start this book without reading the first, but i think you should probably start with the first. I havent quite finished this book but I already ordered the 3rd book. Great series.
Yes, the narrator Angela Dawe does an amazing job. There are so many characters in this book and yet every one has a distinct voice and feel to them that doesn't feel forced in any way. Just love this narrator's performance. But the book itself is also great. There's adventure and science all mixed with much laughter. It makes my commute to work something I look forward to.
I don't really know. I can only really compare it to the first book I guess.
I love them all but I really love the way she voices the jagermonsters. Makes me laugh all the time. The combination of beast, humour, perviness is just great and her accent just brings it to life.
Laughter all the way. It's not often I laugh out loud to books but I definitely did with this one. It takes the mad science and mixes it with the Victorian feel and just has fun with it. It has a lighthearted feel to it that just speaks of a good time. But the story is complex enough that you are kept interested and wondering when the questions will be answered and the secrets revealed.
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