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Arm of the Sphinx

The Books of Babel, Book 2
Narrated by: John Banks
Series: Books of Babel, Book 2
Length: 14 hrs and 7 mins
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Senlin continues his ascent up the tower in the word-of-mouth phenomenon fantasy series about one man's dangerous journey through a labyrinthine world.

The Tower of Babel is proving to be as difficult to reenter as it was to break out of. Forced into a life of piracy, Senlin and his eclectic crew are struggling to survive aboard their stolen airship as the hunt to rescue Senlin's lost wife continues.

Hopeless and desolate, they turn to a legend of the Tower, the mysterious Sphinx. But help from the Sphinx never comes cheaply, and as Senlin knows, debts aren't always what they seem in the Tower of Babel.

Time is running out, and now Senlin must choose between his friends, his freedom, and his wife.

Does anyone truly escape the Tower?

©2017 Josiah Bancroft (P)2018 Hachette Audio

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Improvement on the first book

In this volume the author fleshes out the vast of characters a bit more and offers us a more expansive vision of the Senlin universe, leaving me more curious about this world and story than I was when I started. Our heroes finally have compelling missions and are equally smart and flawed, which makes for more varied storytelling.

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  • fq
  • 10-04-18

Just as good as the first!

If you enjoyed book 1, this won't disappoint. whether it's the fantastic narration, deep and interesting characters, or the refreshingly inventive and unique premise this series is pure gold, and I cannot wait for book 3!

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Much better than the 1st book

the 1st book seemed to be.....too confident at times for Thomas. The elaborate schemes that FG went through to hire an employee ect....

This one seemed much more grounded and was far better as a result.

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lukewarm sequel

I adored senlin ascends! however this one, although inventive and has a great addition of characters, just doesn't have the same heart as the first one. wasn't terrible, just disappointing in reference to the first

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Below the surface resides the truth

But how hard we try to hide it or change it to what we prefer the truth to be. But what we reveal to ourselves and others, is not the truth. Still searching at 65.

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And once again the story evolves...

Even better than the first book because there is no slow start. There were twists and turns, manipulation and surprises galore. I'm hooked.

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Love for All of Senlin's Crew

The real beauty of Senlin's Crew is how the author is able to work in so many true observations on life and humanity through their fictitious selves and journeys. Absolutely adore. I look forward to the third installment, and will be re-reading the series to try catch more of Bancroft's nuggets of wisdom more firmly.

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Great story, odd audio at times.

Something about the audio mixing made "S" sounds incredibly harsh and near impossible to listen to at medium-high levels. Otherwise great.

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  • CJ
  • LUCAS, TX, United States
  • 07-21-19

Still climbing !

Hang on, this journey is epic. The narration is by far right up there as one of the best. The story is compelling and the characters I fell in love with in Senlin Ascends continue to be the companions I want to spend time with. I am IN the Tower now, can't or wont leave until, they do, if they ever do. Delicious story.

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  • Sherry
  • United States
  • 03-07-19

Heart of Darkness met Wizard of Oz

the first book gave me a Heart of Darkness feel in a steampunk world. this second book is like the characters met the Wizard of Oz.

awesome books that I enjoy fully.

Great balance between character development interaction and story movement.

great! just great!