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In the third installment of the Girl Genius novels, Agatha H. and the Voice of the Castle begins as Agatha Heterodyne returns to her ancestral home, the warped little town of Mechanicsburg. There she must claim her inheritance by convincing the artificial intelligence that animates her family's castle that she is, in fact, the new Heterodyne. But this apparently simple task is made complicated in several ways: An imposter claiming to be the legitimate heir appears. The Empire is convinced that Agatha is the person responsible for the Long War (and to be fair, they are not entirely incorrect). And, worst of all, the Castle itself is insane.

From the Hugo Award-winning Girl Genius online comics comes this third book in the Agatha H. trilogy; and just like the first two, Agatha H. and the Voice of the Castle will grab you from the first chapter and not let go!

©2014 Phil and Kaja Foglio (P)2015 Brilliance Audio, all rights reserved

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Highly recommended

A great novelisation of the first half of the Mechanicsburg arc of the Girl Genius story. Like the two novels preceding it, this book faithfully tells the story found in the comics, and also greatly expands on background material. It is a recommended read for any fan of the series.
The book has two flaws however; the book ends mid-story with a cliffhanger, and the narrator has way too few different voices for the characters she portray. Other than that, it is a great read.

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  • Dr.G
  • Swarthmore, pennsylvania, United States
  • 03-10-15

Fun Stuff.

Nothing profound, nor exceptionally original. A fun fun time. Adds background to the graphic novels.

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The Comedy continues!

What made the experience of listening to Agatha H. and the Voice of the Castle the most enjoyable?

The writing adapted for a prose novel and the performance of the narrator. Her voice has managed to capture the comedy and the CRAZY that is part of the Girl Genius web comic and translated it perfectly to audio book format. In fact I'd advice anyone who has only read the book to get this in addition. Also any who reads the comic should listen to this book to see how their favorite characters are performed by this talented narrator.

What did you like best about this story?

The different voices and accents the author managed to put in for each voice as well as the passion with which she perfoms their vocalizations.

What about Angela Dawe’s performance did you like?

I think I mentions that above but I will be looking into other perfomances if she was this good for what I imagine is a hard cast of characters to vocalize.

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

When Agatha loses her mind for a minute but is brought back by her feelings for two people whose lives are in danger.

Any additional comments?

Mr and Mrs. Folio please write the next prose novel soon so the next audiobook of this can come out.

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  • Julya
  • Maryland
  • 06-22-18

not the cliffhanger noooo

loved it as always! such a wonderful recreation of one of my favorite stories. I only wish it were longer <3

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wandering money grab

the story picked up where the last one left off, but of course the story just stops, not ends, stops. the narrating was good, the story was mediocre and not near as interesting. probably won't by the next one.

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slide into mary sue

the first two books are awesome. In this one, a lot of the characters seem to get a lot more stupid and are constantly in awe of the main character, who can do no wrong. I had to give up on the book around chapter 9. that is roughly where I stopped reading the webcomic too.

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Excellent All Around

Would you consider the audio edition of Agatha H. and the Voice of the Castle to be better than the print version?

The performance offered by Angela Dawe gives your imagination for a run for the money in ways the print version cannot. Her experience reading romance novels really helps capture the voices of the male characters. For a woman, she never gets too shrill.

What other book might you compare Agatha H. and the Voice of the Castle to and why?

While this isn't the weighty masterpiece of Tolkien, or Rothfuss but the characters are fun and the situations engaging and humorous at times. It has the same feeling as &quot;Ready Player One&quot; in the tone and amount of character development but make no mistake it is about a totally different tech world, steampunk.

Which character – as performed by Angela Dawe – was your favorite?

The main characters are easily distinguishable in the reading but special nods to her rendition of Krosp, emperor of cats. As a listener, you could really get a sense of his character from the way he was read. The Jägermonsters are humorous and delightfully rendered. Truth be told, all the side characters get a nice voice too them, actually.

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

I rarely listen to audiobooks more than once, but this series is on it's third go around.

Any additional comments?

This also exists as a graphic novel. While I do not enjoy the art style, the plot and the reading make this my personal choice for the author's work.

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love this series

love this series. Fun Story. Good Narration. If a great director, could be found, this would make good movies it is very theater of the mind. Where is the rest of it?????????????

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Uh, where the heck is book 4?

Would you consider the audio edition of Agatha H. and the Voice of the Castle to be better than the print version?

What you don't know is that there is an online comic. For free... And yes I bought this also. I guess it depends on your aesthetic tastes.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Agatha H. and the Voice of the Castle?

What? Well ok. Spoilerville. The coffeemaker. That's all I'm going to say. (laughs to self)

Which character – as performed by Angela Dawe – was your favorite?

The Castle

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

Adventure, comedic bathos, battles, thievery, and a lot of sneaking around. That's just the first ten minutes.

Any additional comments?

Finally an adventure with a female lead. She's smart, sometimes too smart. She'll make you laugh. Monsters!

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Ending?

I like this book but the end was confusing even after listening to it twice. After the third listen I still don't like the end.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 09-01-15

A great companion to the Girl Genius comic series

If you are a fan of the Girl Genius comics then you will find this audiobook, or the book, to be a good addition to GG lore. With additional insights into the motivations and thoughts of key characters, it's the same story told in an interesting way, without out new plot developments. Well performed and well recorded, the audio quality is fine. Not essential but will be enjoyed by fans or those totally new to the series alike.