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
Better organization of plot.It's not clear who they work for, even after a whole history lesson on the ministry.
It's not clear whether the premise is regular military spy/intelligence gathering or the paranormal. Two hours into this book it still wasn't clear and there is just a lot of bickering between the two characters with the trite names of Books and Braun. And unnecessary mentions of heaving bosoms.
I love James Langton, he did an amazing job on the Here there be Dragons series.
Where to start?
I've never contemplated a refund before...
Hello, my name is Teresa and I'm an addict.
A different type of book. A bit funny, lots of action, a twist of steampunk with mystery, and rich characters. This is a story not at all for the prudish type. The book had both things I really liked and things that I defiantly didn't. There was lots of sexual tension between the main characters, although it does look like it will be a strictly business/friendship relationship on that front. I really like the steampunk genre and this is a good addition on that trend. What I didn't like was the tawdry sexual situation that came at the house party, it was almost enough to turn me off the rest of the series. I will probably read the next book, most likely I will wait for a sale. Narrator was very good. There was some complaints about his accents, I didn't notice them being off and thought he did a lovely job.
I would have loved this book in High School. I am serious. It would have been something I told everyone about and recommended highly. Unfortunately it just seemed to contrived and self conscious as an adult.
The characters are extremely one dimensional and close to unlikeable. The "romance" is written to arouse fourteen year old boys and girls.
I have never written a negative review before, but I really regret wasting my time on this one.
This one is straight down the middle. The story is not unique, but it is fairly well-executed. The writing and dialog is good. The steampunk is there, but it's done with a light hand so its not too annoying. The Victorian manners and speech have been updated so that we can have spirited characters that are not too constrained. The reader's performance starts out a little stilted, but he gets the hang of it pretty quickly.
It's a slow start and I was *just* about to give up when the action kicked in and then I couldn't stop listening. I really like the main characters and they carry the story. The author's do a good job of giving us enough information about them to make us invested but hold back enough to keep us reading.
Definately rate this as above average among the audiobooks I've listened to.
Likeable characters, good story - fun stuff
very enjoyable - buoght the next set
The story was engaging but I wouldn't waste time on another one. A bit of fluff.
YES. Nice characters and a rather witty plot.
The interaction between the two heroes.
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.
If anyone enjoyed the "Parasol Protectorate" series this reminds me very much of that series. Lots of action as well.
Lots of action and so many characters interacting with our hero and heroine.
Langton was perfect in his narration. He does each character voice so perfectly you always know who is speaking. Great emotions as well.
Great humor and much excitement.
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.
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.
The narrator's voices & pacing.
My first one, but not my last. I've also listened to the sequel, The Janus Affair, and enjoyed it just as much.
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.
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