This short steampunky adventure with a flavour of thirties movie serials was inspired by a Twitter conversation the author had with singer Thea Gilmore in early 2013, and then by her song "Start As We Mean To Go On". As the story progressed, other Thea songs lent their titles easily to the remaining three episodes, and more song titles found their way into the text. The name "Moth Girl' came out of an anagram of Thea's name in fact Ratporchrico's opening phrase in this story is that very anagram.
©2013,2014 Michael Wombat (P)2014 Michael Wombat
Yes. It's full of elements familiar from steampunk and science fiction, but combined in surprising ways, with a good dose of humour and attractive characters.
Thea, because she was active and intelligent and amusing.
He reads with good feeling and energy, and does voices (and accents) very well, so that each character is well-differentiated and given real personality.
This is framed as a classic serial, and it has all the elements to make a fun, captivating adventure story.
Yes. It's campy and fun, all the way through. A nice, easy listen that's perfect for a workout or a commute.
I haven't heard a bad performance from Matt Thurston. He definitely knows what he's doing.
A rollicking ride, on the wings of a giant bat!
I'm not much into steampunk, but I've read other works by Michael Wombat. Each is a load of fun, so I knew this would be as well. Moth Girl didn't disappoint. It's short enough to get through in one sitting, and is campy and action-packed all the way through. The narrative is easy to follow, and the voices are amazing. Though there is a moment of sexiness, it's nothing above PG-13, and can be listened to with children in the room.
"I want more!"
I could see the story playing in my head, like an animated film (Nightmare before Christmas style).
The touches of humour made me giggle, and tears sprang to my eyes at the end.
My only criticism? I wanted to know more about the characters and their motivations. There was mystery that was never cleared up. Could so easily have been double the length, without becoming in the least bit dull.
Oh and one other thing, would have preferred a British reader, I felt Matt Thurston got some of the intonation a bit wrong, however his characterisations were great.
I found Matt Thurston really easy to listen to and particularly liked his different character voices.
It isn't a long book, and is very engaging, so I could have easily listened to it in one sitting if real life hadn't kept imposing. Damn real life!
The characters were well-realised and the dialogue laugh out loud funny. I would repeat the funniest lines here but, no spoilers.
"A fun short story"
I enjoyed the fun and lighthearted approach to the story - particularly liked the Auto Minions!
I found the narrater hard to tune into, and unfortunately made me lose focus on the story from time to time.
I appreciate everyone has different preferences when it comes to narrator, but Matt just isn't for me.
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