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Phoenix Rising Audiobook

Phoenix Rising: A Ministry of Peculiar Occurrences Novel

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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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    Keera 04-27-14
    Keera 04-27-14 Member Since 2010
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    "The game is a-foot."
    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    In the second half of the audio. He changes the voice of secondary character (Lizzy) it almost sounds too child like.


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    Alissa Stallings 03-05-14
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    "Slow to start, unclear premise"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    Better organization of plot.It's not clear who they work for, even after a whole history lesson on the ministry.


    What was most disappointing about Pip Ballantine and Tee Morris ’s story?

    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.


    What about James Langton’s performance did you like?

    I love James Langton, he did an amazing job on the Here there be Dragons series.


    What character would you cut from Phoenix Rising?

    Where to start?


    Any additional comments?

    I've never contemplated a refund before...

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    Teresa NAMPA, ID, United States 03-03-14
    Teresa NAMPA, ID, United States 03-03-14 Member Since 2016

    Hello, my name is Teresa and I'm an addict.

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    "Dynamite is a girl's best friend."

    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.

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    Katherine 01-08-14
    Katherine 01-08-14
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    "I would have loved this book in High School"
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    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.

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    Peggy 07-05-13
    Peggy 07-05-13 Listener Since 2009

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    "lots of good clean fun"

    Good steam punk story and good clean fun. I liked the characters right away.
    Narration was very well done.





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    Leila DURHAM, NC, United States 06-05-13
    Leila DURHAM, NC, United States 06-05-13 Listener Since 2008
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    "Steampunk - Not too overdone"

    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.

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    Jay Bee PHX AZ. USA 05-07-13
    Jay Bee PHX AZ. USA 05-07-13

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    "Good fun steampunk"
    Where does Phoenix Rising rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Definately rate this as above average among the audiobooks I've listened to.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Likeable characters, good story - fun stuff


    Which character – as performed by James Langton – was your favorite?

    Ministry seven


    Any additional comments?

    very enjoyable - buoght the next set

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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 2015
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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


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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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