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Phoenix Rising: A Ministry of Peculiar Occurrences Novel | [Pip Ballantine, Tee Morris]

Phoenix Rising: A Ministry of Peculiar Occurrences Novel

Evil is most assuredly afoot - and Britain’s fate rests in the hands of an alluring renegade... and a librarian. These are dark days indeed in Victoria’s England. Londoners are vanishing, then reappearing, washing up as corpses on the banks of the Thames, drained of blood and bone. Yet the Ministry of Peculiar Occurrences - the Crown’s clandestine organization whose bailiwick is the strange and unsettling - will not allow its agents to investigate. Fearless and exceedingly lovely Eliza D. Braun, however, with her disturbing fondness for dynamite, refuses to let the matter rest...
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Publisher's Summary

Evil is most assuredly afoot - and Britain’s fate rests in the hands of an alluring renegade... and a librarian.

These are dark days indeed in Victoria’s England. Londoners are vanishing, then reappearing, washing up as corpses on the banks of the Thames, drained of blood and bone. Yet the Ministry of Peculiar Occurrences - the Crown’s clandestine organization whose bailiwick is the strange and unsettling - will not allow its agents to investigate. Fearless and exceedingly lovely Eliza D. Braun, however, with her bulletproof corset and a disturbing fondness for dynamite, refuses to let the matter rest... and she’s prepared to drag her timorous new partner, Wellington Books, along with her into the perilous fray.

For a malevolent brotherhood is operating in the deepening London shadows, intent upon the enslavement of all Britons. And Books and Braun - he with his encyclopedic brain and she with her remarkable devices - must get to the twisted roots of a most nefarious plot... or see England fall to the Phoenix!

©2011 Pip Ballantine & Tee Morris (P)2011 HarperCollins Publishers

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    Sheila J. Siegel L.A., Ca USA 02-04-13
    Sheila J. Siegel L.A., Ca USA 02-04-13 Member Since 2014
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    "Light bit of fun"
    What did you like best about Phoenix Rising? What did you like least?

    The story was engaging but I wouldn't waste time on another one. A bit of fluff.


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    M 01-16-13
    M 01-16-13
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    "A good tale - if a tad slow in the beginning"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    YES. Nice characters and a rather witty plot.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The interaction between the two heroes.


    Did James Langton do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    Well... he was superb when it comes to that... BUT that so called kiwi accent. I have seldom heard a worse one - it is frankly atrocious. It is plain broad Aussie and in being so probably offends every Kiwi and Aussie in equal measure ;) Because of this, I gave him three stars - one less than the rest of his performance deserves.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    nope


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Bonnie Bellmore, NY, United States 12-14-12
    Bonnie Bellmore, NY, United States 12-14-12 Member Since 2013

    BJS

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    "If you enjoyed "Parasol Protectorate""
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    If anyone enjoyed the "Parasol Protectorate" series this reminds me very much of that series. Lots of action as well.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Lots of action and so many characters interacting with our hero and heroine.


    What does James Langton bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Langton was perfect in his narration. He does each character voice so perfectly you always know who is speaking. Great emotions as well.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Great humor and much excitement.


    Any additional comments?

    This is a very good start of a new series. I hope the rest will be as good. There was one problem that I contacted Audible about. There are two chapters that repeat themselves. I hope they re-edit.

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    Tessa Sullivan Seattle WA United States 12-04-12
    Tessa Sullivan Seattle WA United States 12-04-12 Member Since 2006
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    "Story & Narrator Synergy"
    Would you listen to Phoenix Rising again? Why?

    Yes! The story alone is wonderful, lots of fun, with good scene setting and amusing quips. If I had read a textual copy of this story, I would have enjoyed it. But listening to Langton tell the story makes the experience sublime. His voice is perfect for the combination of amusing melodrama and various flavors of Victorian characters. From the oh-so-proper British upper class Books to the rough-around-the-edges New Zealander Braun to the London street urchins, Langton really brings out the colorful characters of Phoenix Rising.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The narrator's voices & pacing.


    Have you listened to any of James Langton’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    My first one, but not my last. I've also listened to the sequel, The Janus Affair, and enjoyed it just as much.


    Any additional comments?

    Because this is the first book in the series, there are a few places where the exposition drags a bit, but it is sort of necessary to set the stage, given this universe is quite different from real life and also from "normal" sci-fi.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Dennis FORT PIERCE, FL, United States 11-15-12
    Dennis FORT PIERCE, FL, United States 11-15-12 Member Since 2014
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    "A look into British society with a twist of action"
    Would you listen to Phoenix Rising again? Why?

    A good story line alittle slow at first but well written no once was enough but I do look forward to one more to see where everyone ends up


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I like both the main characters equally


    What about James Langton’s performance did you like?

    He was a pro and did a great job he nailed the moods of each character


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The end at the grave yard for the fallen agent


    Any additional comments?

    A serious look into Queen Vics times, we don't realize just how far we have come toward
    equality of all peoples

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    Richard Woodworth 11-11-12

    Taking the road less traveled

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    "Excellent earPod goodness"
    If you could sum up Phoenix Rising in three words, what would they be?

    real page turner


    What did you like best about this story?

    attention to world building detail


    Have you listened to any of James Langton’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    this is the first but really enjoyed the performance


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    blockbuster


    Any additional comments?

    has all the goodness of action/adventure and the cherry on top....steampunk 8-)

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Jamie Richardson, TX, United States 10-17-12
    Jamie Richardson, TX, United States 10-17-12 Member Since 2012

    I'm an avid reader but when driving or exercising, listening to a great book and a great performance makes time fly!

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    "Clever and Fun"
    If you could sum up Phoenix Rising in three words, what would they be?

    Fun steam punk.


    What does James Langton bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Mr. Langton's performance of Wellington Books is spot on; he perfectly embodies Books.


    Any additional comments?

    Light and fun, this is a good brain-candy kind of book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Augustus T. White 10-09-12

    ATW

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    "Clanking good staempunk"

    My first steampunk, but it more than met my expectations for the genre. Lightweight, of course, but consistently fun. Narration by James Langton was a wonder, as it skipped about the British Empire from Welsh to Australian to public school English. One critical reviewer is probably right in that Langton's Kiwi accent seems off, but the amazing melodramatic default-narrator voice more than makes up for it. In fact, its the narration that makes this book -- that and the snide references to 19th century British pop culture. I suspect I only "got" about half of those, but they do add to the fun. The plot? Uh ... why, yes, I suppose it does have a plot. But it doesn't really get in the way of the other stuff, and it does move along in a sprightly sort of way, with appropriate quantities of flash bang -- like the deadly battle of assassins fought out on stage, with prop weapons, during a performance of the finale of Verdi's Macbeth. Definitely worth the price of admission.

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    D. sherman, TX, United States 10-08-12
    D. sherman, TX, United States 10-08-12
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    "Too silly"
    What did you like about this audiobook?

    No, for me there was nothing I could find to enjoy. Might work for a younger reader.


    How has the book increased your interest in the subject matter?

    No


    Does the author present information in a way that is interesting and insightful, and if so, how does he achieve this?

    Maybe


    What did you find wrong about the narrator's performance?

    Not for me


    Do you have any additional comments?

    No

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Hope Broken Arrow, OK, United States 10-01-12
    Hope Broken Arrow, OK, United States 10-01-12 Member Since 2010

    Hope

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    "Great adventure, fantastic narration and steampunk"
    What did you love best about Phoenix Rising?

    This was the first steampunk genre I have listened to or read, it has made me a fan leading me to download the second in this series before I had even finished the first. The characters are entertaining and well developed and the narration was perfect for the personalities of agents Books and Braun. My favorite part was the steampunk inventions, it was a great intro for a first timer into the steampunk genre,


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Agents Books and Braun are together my favorite characters, their chemistry and odd couple bickering make the pair fun to listen to and drew me into the story even more.


    What does James Langton bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Langton made the personality of the characters shine and helped make agent books that much more charming.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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