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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. Incapable of building anything that actually works, but dedicated to her studies, Agatha seems destined for a lackluster career as a minor lab assistant. But when the university is overthrown by the ruthless tyrant Baron Klaus Wulfenbach, Agatha finds herself a prisoner aboard his massive airship Castle Wulfenbach - and it begins to look like she might carry a spark of Mad Science after all.

From Phil and Kaja Foglio, creators of the Hugo, Eagle, and Eisner Award-nominated webcomic Girl Genius, comes Agatha H. and the Airship City, a gaslamp fantasy filled to bursting with Adventure! Romance! and Mad Science!

©2011 Phil Foglio (P)2011 Brilliance Audio, Inc.

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LoL just as it became interesting, it ended.

LoL just as it became interesting, it ended. A good story none the less, There are too many events left without resolution.

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love the extras

the book is based on the Web comic series, and manages to capture most of the mad cap illustrations of the comic while providing details that the comic format is not suited to showcasing. the comic is at girlgenius.com. there are some minor continuity conflicts between the comics and this novelization, but minor enough that you can page through the comic while listening to the book.

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A fun YA Story!

I listened to this book in 9/2015
I enjoyed it from the start. An interesting civilization and a darling girl trying to succeed but usually just finds herself in trouble. In a distant way, this is similar to "Cinder." which is a book that I adore. It also has similarities to Jim Butcher's new "Spires" book.

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A Fantastical Adventure!

What about Angela Dawe’s performance did you like?

Angela Dawe is an incredibly expressive narrator and breathes life into the the story as she tells it. She's definitely the right voice for the Girl Genius series. all her characters are distinctive and consistent with not only my mental image while listening to the story, but also quite true to the illustrations of each character in the comic series that the book is based on. Also, her dead-pan delivery of the footnotes riddled throughout the book had me grinning like an idiot throughout the listen!

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

seeing how I'm an easily influenced fellow, and an engineer to boot, I started "Heterodyning" (rhythmically humming just like good ol' Heterodyne boys did back in the day) while wrenching on helicopters and it became a thing in the shop. now everyone hums catchy tunes and sometimes even harmonius duets while we work. it's slowly driving the boss crazy and that makes me way too happy. I might be a bad person...

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Girl Genius is a truly imaginative series that follows through with every engineering idea and bizarre whim that occured to the Foglio's to its logically insane conclusion, and that's just the setting. With the sparks, talking cats, Jaeger Monsters, deposed aristrocrats, the looming threat of the Other and it's revenant minions, and the mysterious dissapearance of the Heterodyne Boys, (the seemingly only sane protagonists) This series has dozens of themes, forces and characters all contributing to the melting pot of chaos that is the life of our heroine Agatha. I enjoyed every minute of the story and highly recommend giving it several listens, the little details you inevitably miss make the story more entertaining with each play-through!

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A Fun Mess

I really wanted to love this story. I like all the characters, and the setting and setup were great fun.

But... it gets a bit messy. There are too many characters only briefly introduced that later pop up into plot critical roles, and there isn't any sort of emotional climax in the book. There's action, but nothing ever really feels at stake. Still it's not a bad book, and I might listen to another in the series, although if it didn't improve on this one, I'd be out.

I did however really enjoy Angela Dawe's performance. She can handle a wide variety of characters, including men, and is able to give them shtick and emotion simultaneously.

If I understand it correctly, this is based off a graphic novel. I might enjoy that more.

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A rollicking good time...

Even if steampunk isn't usually your thing, Agatha H and the Airship City can't help but be a delight. There is a reason the webcomic of it won the award for Best Webcomic so many years running that they willingly took themselves out of the running in subsequent years.

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Steampunk Forever!!!!

What made the experience of listening to Agatha H and the Airship City the most enjoyable?

The 3 Agatha H books that have been recorded are great - pure and simple. Classic comic book styling with solid story telling, great plots, interesting characters and excellent narration. What more do you want? I vill tell you vat you vant - Jagermonsters!!!

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

Heroine definitely but the Jagermonsters are a hoot!

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Awesome fun.

I love the web comic. Angela Dawe does a great job bringing it to audio.

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Steampunk adventure that never stops

You have to be a certain type of person to appreciate Agatha H. I won't say what type, but it would help if you liked comic books, and probably be right up your alley if you are into LARP. Anyway, this story has swords, monsters, revivification and talking cats. Enough said.

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  • Norman
  • Pearl River, LA, United States
  • 02-06-15

The start is terrible but 2nd half is great

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The writers had a tough time transitioning to a novel format (I didn't even know it was a graphic novel --facepalm--) but they really hit their stride in the second half of the book and it became very enjoyable. The performance was great throughout. The first quarter of the book seemed to be all third person narrative of a prologue. It should have been working notes for a prequel novel(s), and it should have been edited way down. The story should have picked up the same place as the graphic novel starts, with background added as needed. The Prologue, i listened to it at 1.5 speed - reserved for stuff i hate. This transitioned to 1.25 speed which is ok for many books. By mid book i slowed it down to normal speed to savor the book. So my excellent rating is for what the book grew into. I recommend you bear with the beginning, with my assurance it get better, both as the world takes shape, but even more so as the excellent writers learn to adapt to this new medium. Sure, some better editing and re-writes would have helped, but there is so much to come i can't fault the authors (too much) for not going back and fixing the beginning. Novelizations of movies and graphic novels can be very difficult, but having the authors master both novel and the graphic novel is quite impressive.