Audie Award Nominee, Fantasy, 2013
Set in a steampunk version of Victorian England, Lev AC Rosen’s acclaimed debut novel, All Men of Genius, follows the fantastical adventures of Violet Adams. Determined to attend the prestigious Illyria College, Violet gains entrance by masquerading as her twin brother Ashton. But continuing the scheme turns out to be difficult - especially when “Ashton” is faced with blackmail, killer automata, and possible romance with a young duke.
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The story weaves several plot lines together which play off each other and makes for a very enjoyable read/listen. I would recommend this to anyone who enjoyed the Parasol Protectorate Series.
I really enjoy Emily Gray's ability to change accents and read for both female and male roles. She has an amazing talent for voices!
I love mysteries in the style of P.D. James, Rex Stout, Elizabeth Peters, Dave Duncan, etc. I love sci fi written by Issac Asimov (the robot books), Douglas Adams, Jack McDevitt (Alex Benedict series) and Susan Collins. I love fantasy written by Terry Pratchett, and Kim Harrison. I love Kate Morton. I don't like graphic descriptions of violence.
I loved the writing, loved the characters (yes, they were all stereotypes, but it worked in the same way as a melodrama works), loved the setting, and the action. I even loved Oscar. I just kept smiling throughout the book - all 17 hours. It's a comedy, a romance, and a farce in the style of Twelfth Night and the Importance of Being Earnest (as other reviewers have mentioned). The author cautions against "emulating the behavior of any of the characters" as "They're all quite mad." And freely admits that he has no idea "what I am talking about." when he describes the science in the book. Don't expect science fiction. In among all the comedy and romance runs a strong thread of women's rights, independence, and strength of character. I would never have guessed it was written by a man. But don't let that put you off; it's too much fun. Sadly, it is the only book Audible has by this author.
I have listened to several books that feature the female protagonist disguised as a man, and this one was no different, although I was a little bemused at the gushingly romantic, storybook ending. I'm not sure if this is young-adult, but it seems to be, and fits that genre well. Whimsical, with highly likable characters, and an inventive plot, but nothing ground-breaking. And the narrator makes it an easy listen, too.
Predictable but clever
The world and the characters were exciting. I knew about how the love story would go after a brief introduction to the characters and I'd figured out how they'd solve a lot of it a bit before the climax, but I did enjoy seeing everything meshing together like clockwork. It was very satisfying.
As mentioned, the climax was extremely satisfying. Even though I had figured out what was likely to happen, seeing it come to fruition was good fun and there were some nice surprises.
Fans of Oscar Wilde will appreciate the reference to Bunburying.
Also, this is *not* a book for children. Although there was no explicit sex, there was a lot of it implied- and discussed. Lots. And quite a few swears, including a profane rabbit and generous use of the f-word. Just so you're aware.
pretty good listen
I liked the familiarity of the plot and the added feminist leanings.
I'm not sure if I have.
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