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  • Agatha H and the Airship City

  • Girl Genius #1
  • By: Phil Foglio, Kaja Foglio
  • Narrated by: Angela Dawe
  • Length: 9 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 719
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 628
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 631

The Industrial Revolution has escalated into all-out warfare. Sixteen years have passed since the Heterodyne Boys, benevolent adventurers and inventors, disappeared under mysterious circumstances. Today, Europe is ruled by the Sparks, dynasties of mad scientists ruling over - and terrorizing - the hapless population with their bizarre inventions and unchecked power, while the downtrodden dream of the Heterodynes’ return. At Transylvania Polygnostic University, a pretty, young student named Agatha Clay seems to have nothing but bad luck.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Ever wanted visuals while audio book listening?

  • By Amazon Customer on 02-11-13

Rousing tale and lots of fun..

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-12-12

What did you love best about Agatha H and the Airship City?

I thoroughly enjoyed both the story and the narrator. The story was really well thought out, funny, adventurous and it had great timing. The cast of characters were all very original and interesting and it was simply a pleasure to listen to.

What did you like best about this story?

I love adventure stories and this one was a geniune page-turner. The characters were all different and most of them were so original and quirky. I really loved this book and was rather sad when I'd finished it. I'm a fan of steampunk, zeppilins and mad science, but the Foglios really nailed steampunk. The story was light-hearted, but full of danger and humor, with fast-paced action and really interesting backgrounds and mad science inventions. The Foglios have created a marvelous world with their story and characters.

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

Angela Dawe did a simply awesome job of giving unique voices and accents to all her characters. She really amped up the humor with her voice characterizations. She definitely added to the enjoyment of the story beyond simply reading the book.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Definitely, but my life is too busy for that. I listened to it every chance I had.

Any additional comments?

Just a wonderful story with a great, very talented narrator. I've listened to both books now, and am anxiously awaiting the third installment.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Excavation

  • By: James Rollins
  • Narrated by: John Meagher
  • Length: 12 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 683
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 487
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 488

High in the Andes, Dr. Henry Conklin discovers a 500-year-old mummy that should not be there. While deep in the South American jungle, Conklin's nephew, Sam, stumbles upon a remarkable site nestled between two towering peaks, a place hidden from human eyes for thousands of years. Ingenious traps have been laid to ensnare the careless and unsuspecting, and wealth beyond imagining could be the reward for those with the courage to face the terrible unknown.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Fast Paced Thriller

  • By Carol on 10-07-12

Wow, this book is really bad

Overall
1 out of 5 stars
Performance
1 out of 5 stars
Story
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-12-12

Would you try another book from James Rollins and/or John Meagher?

This book is so full of clichés, and the narrator was so poor, I didn't even bother to finish listening to this book. Honestly, it was that bad. Only very rarely will I quit an audiobook, but this one was simply too painful to continue. This was my first James Rollins book, but I won't spend money on anything he's written again. I've found the rating on Audible to trustworthy, so I've no idea how this book got a four star rating. Beware!

What was most disappointing about James Rollins’s story?

It was full of clichés and every ten minutes the characters were in life threatening situations that they miraculously escape again and again and again and ... you get the picture. The characters were carboard cut-outs, and there were so many history lessons couched as absurdly unnatural dialogue, it was honestly painful to listen to.

Who would you have cast as narrator instead of John Meagher?

I've been so impressed with the narrators that Audible chooses; John Meagher's poor performance really stands in sharp contrast to other Audible narrators. His voice characterizations all sounded similiar, and his affected accents were very poor. His narration voice was frankly irritating. Almost anyone else would have been an improvement. I'm not trying to be mean or nasty, but honestly, this book was poorly done.

You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

I'm afraid not. I love books and good stories, but this one simply did not live up to Audible standards.

Any additional comments?

Enough said.

3 of 4 people found this review helpful