From authors Pip Ballantine and Tee Morris, the award-winning steampunk series continues.
The chase is on! After rescuing Queen Victoria from the clutches of the Maestro, Agents Eliza D. Braun and Wellington Books are in hot pursuit of Dr. Henry Jekyll. While he continues his experiments on the aristocracy of Europe, he leaves a trail of chaos and despair in his wake. However, when Eliza and Wellington run him to ground in India, they are forced to come face to face with ghosts from the past, and the realities of empire.
Meanwhile, Ministry agents Brandon Hill and Bruce Campbell travel deep into Russia hunting down a rare ingredient to save Queen Victoria's life. Amid the cold they uncover a threat from the revitalized House of Usher that comes directly from their new Chairman.
All in the Ministry of Peculiar Occurrences will find their allegiances in question, and their mettle tested as a new dastardly era of international intrigue dawns.
©2016 Pip Ballantine and Tee Morris (P)2016 Pip Ballantine and Tee Morris
I have enjoyed the previous stories in this series, but out of the gate, I lost interest because of the change in narration. I'm sorry, but Tee Morris grating voice and his difficulty reading with feeling, with attention to phrasing, ruined the experience. Pip was noticeably better. but neither is a professional narration performer, and it glared.
Looking forward with hope for the previous narrators return,
The interludes were distracting and I would rather that it had focused on the main characters.
It was nothing like the previous books. I thought that Books sounded more American than British and Eliza wasn't much better. That steampunk feel was simply gone. Overall it was just really bad narrating like they were brand new at it (maybe they were) and were working hard to stay in character.
No. The narrator(s) were so distracting because they didn't sound the way the characters should that I simply stopped listening because I wasn't paying attention to the story. I thought this was a shame because I've loved all the Ministry of Peculiar Instances books.
The story is great and the series is worth listening too. I would listen to this story again if they got a real voice actor to narrate the story.
Quick, someone slap the authors upside the head. While I think they are great writers they are not voice actors. Very few authors are good voice actors. PLEASE, listen carefully to the previous books and then to this one. The difference is clear.
For those who follow the series it's a good story and the next step in the chain but I would recommend reading it rather than listening to it.
I think they don't compare to James Langton's ability to capture the characters. Also the narration part as opposed to the dialogue suffers in comparison as Langton's narration really gave the impression of Victorian pacing and humor. In my opinion the authors read with a more modern cadence that didn't fit with the feeling of the series.
These are great writers who have a great series but I believe they should stick to their strengths and leave the narration to James Langton.
I thrive on science fiction and fantasy. Audio books allow me to catch up on good stories I would otherwise miss.
I downloaded this book as I absolutely love this series. However, to my surprise, no James Langton as the narrator! Instead, we have Tee and Pip and yeah, I get it, if I wrote something I know I would want to take a crack and being a voice actor / narrator... But, I would do it in the start of a series, not at book 5...etc.
Can I pay more or help fund getting James Langton back?
As much as I enjoyed James Langdon's reading of the earlier books, I'm happy to hear Tee and Pip. If you've listened to the Ministry of Peculiar Occurrences podcast, they do all the short stories so when I read the book, I hear their voices in my head. I understand it may be jarring for those who haven't listened to the podcast, but it's like coming home for me. This book was self-published, partially supported by Kickstarter, so that's why the change in narrator.
And for those complaining about Eliza's Australian accent, well, it might be because she's from New Zealand! And so is Pip, so you can't get more authentic than that!
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Book 5 of the Ministry of Peculiar Occurrences is another gem from Tee Morris and Pip Ballantine. The Story is full of surprises and gems and insight into not only Books' past, but the growing relationship between our leads. the secondary players all get a time shine. fans of the past books will notice the absence of James Langton , with the authors taking over the duties. while the change is noticeable with each taking a chapter when it changes prespective from Books to Braun
The narrator- the authors- switched back and forth from british/ australian accent to american narator jarring and too fast, I even tried slowing it to ,75 %, it was actually beter for parts of it,
I like the earlier ones better
The same as the earlier ones
Don't know - couldn't finish
"Leaves a few loose ends ..."
Which means there will be more!!
Bring it on!!!
Steampunk with a hint of post-colonialism.
Great read but with a rather awkward two track storyline which you keep thing will converge but doesn't so the best is to hope for a quick follow on.
"Brilliant Brilliant Brilliant"
The most excellent MoPO! Can't wait for the next Welly & Eliza adventure! It can't come soon enough xx
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