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Steampunk Is Dead Audiobook

Steampunk Is Dead: The Feedback Loop, Book 2

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The exciting sequel to The Feedback Loop! Adjusting to the real world isn't exactly easy for Quantum Hughes. Instead of focusing on his recovery, he takes an assignment alongside Frances Euphoria to an online world called Steam in search of a Proxima Developer. True to his nature, Quantum acts out of turn, causing the entire world to turn against him.

This gives him two options: return to The Loop for help, or try and hold his own. There is also the problem of the Reapers, who have appeared in Steam ready to hunt him down, or worse, kill him. The real world, The Loop, and Steam - three places with their own rules, their own enemies.

©2015 Harmon Cooper (P)2017 Harmon Cooper

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    MelHay Adamsburg, PA 06-30-17
    MelHay Adamsburg, PA 06-30-17

    Fantasy & UF reader/blogger/writer. Content Editor. Photographer. I prefer to live in my own version of the world,no matter how weird it is.

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    "Fun in game story with action always present"
    What was one of the most memorable moments of Steampunk Is Dead?

    From the first paragraph we see that Quantum is struggling with living in the real world. He was in the digital world fighting for so long, that those habits have stuck. Living style and slang from the noir fantasy he was in are still what's fresh in his mind, so we still get the sassy one liners. Quantum seems to find a balance in his trigger happiness and jobs, though this doesn't happen right away. It's, actually, kind of brutal for all around him until he does. lol. But, eventually it seems like there is a balance, when he finally goes to one place where he feels at home.


    What about Jeff Hays’s performance did you like?

    I enjoy listening to Jeff. He really makes the story feel like a full cast of people. Jeff does extras as he's narrating to go with what the characters are doing. One example is a slightly different sound to the air when talking to someone on a phone. All these small extras and the voices creates a world and people for us. Jeff is not only talented in voice, but portraying emotions felt in these characters. Good grief does he make it lively and fun to listen too!


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

    I was excited to get into this book. I enjoy steampunk! With Quantum's humor and view of things around him, I thought it'd be interesting to see him in a steam punk world. Seriously! The weapons that could be crafted here...imagination run wild with ideas for weapons... Is it terrible that I got excited when we got to a big weapons cache? lol.


    Any additional comments?

    *I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.<br/><br/>Quantum still has his sense of humor with living people, though they don't seem to react as creative with him as the characters in the feedback loop do. He toys with people all the time. lol.<br/><br/>Just like in video games, there is always trouble when you least expect it and from people you may not expect too. This, along with Quantum always attacking everyone, is what keeps the story moving with action.<br/><br/>I thoroughly enjoy the way these storylines are written in the gaming world. I know we are in a video type game, but Quantum and Frances interact as though they were associating with other people. The worlds are different but a pleasure to visit. It's like a treat when we get to dive into The Loop.<br/><br/>The title of the book. I'm shocked! It'll all make sense when you read/listen to the book. It's totally cool and the best title!<br/><br/>This story is a fun listen for me. It's full of action and off hand comments and sayings from Quantum. Quantum makes it fun with his trigger happy feel to kill anyone that tells him no or questions him and his snarky remarks.

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    Mary Karowski 06-25-17
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    "A gamers dream/nightmare come true"

    The loop is back. The real world has its own issues. People escape on a regular basis into an infinite number of gaming worlds. You can log out when done or if things get to hot. Except for a those who can't, there was a corruption to the system that left many trapped in the virtual worlds, their bodies kept alive by man and medicine. One group is going inside to save them and bring them out. Another group is going in and killing them and through legal recourse taking all that is theirs in the real world. Time to go back inside and take the fight to them. New weapons, old allies and some great battles as well as personal introspection. I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audiobook by the author, narrator, or publisher.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    paul 06-24-17
    paul 06-24-17
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    "Give me more!"

    Book 1 left me wanting more of the Noir-ish world fleshed out by Harmon Cooper. So when Steampunk Is Dead: The Feedback Loop showed up I was skeptical, (for 3 minutes). This book is great on many levels and I am sure that the third installment will be as gratifying. Start with the first book even though this is a stand alone story. Jeff Hays does a bang up job delivering the story with fully realized charters with individualized voices. I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audiobook by the author, narrator, or publisher.

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    Christopher Epping, NH, United States 06-19-17
    Christopher Epping, NH, United States 06-19-17 Member Since 2008
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    "Even Better Than Book 1!"

    This book was given to me for free at my request and I provided this voluntary review.
    I don't even know where to start, this book had me laughing almost the entire time. For some dark reason Harmon Cooper and I have a very similar sense of humor.
    I don't even play video games, but with some more of these books I don't have to. The narration and voicing were great as well. Looking forward to the next installment.

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    AudioBook Reviewer Madison, WI, United States 07-18-17
    AudioBook Reviewer Madison, WI, United States 07-18-17 Member Since 2011

    All of my reviews are on my blog audiobookreviewer dot com

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    "more polished, more exciting, &amp; more of everything"

    “Steampunk is Dead” is the second book in the Feedback Loop series of books currently available in audiobook format.  This book, like the first, is written by Harmon Cooper and the audio narration is performed by Jeff Hays; one of my favorite narrators.  If you enjoyed the grit, the grime, and the game of the first book (Feedback Loop), this book is a must read.  Simply go get it now and enjoy.  If you have not yet listened to the first book, pick it up first as this one continues the journeys of Quantum and his experiences in and around the Feedback Loop.  If you enjoy Literary RPG (LitRPG) books, this series stands out in a very crowded space.  If you like gaming, role playing, themed fashion and steam-powered machines, you will enjoy this story woven by Cooper and told by Hays.  I highly recommend you pick up a copy of the book and start listening right after finishing the first.

    Going along with the adventure is most of the fun in this type of book, so I will try not to include any spoilers in this review.  Needless to say, Quantum has moved out of the feedback loop which he was previously trapped; in book one.  He now faces an even more difficult world, more powerful nemesis, and more lasting relationships.  All this culminates into a light-hearted tromp onto a science fiction subgenre involving Steampunk; a world called Steam.  I’m not a huge steampunk fan, but I enjoyed all the new experiences, machines, and limitations one faced in this type of world.  Steam everywhere, unique weapons, and ultimate flying machines galore.  Add to this the quite exclusive clothing comprised of leather everywhere, tight corsets, high heels, googles, and yes; so much steam.  This is a different world for our main character and he has to put his trust in others to survive.  From start to finish, the book maintains the original cyberpunk feel of the first, but on top of all that there is so much steampunk; which is not a bad thing.

    As with the first book, the author does a superb job of weaving in modern humor and puns that those who game clearly get, and others will still find funny.  There are also a number of included references or saying from the 80’s and 90s periods often hard to miss.  I often found myself laughing out loud at a few of the one-liners, quips, and snarky comments the author threw into the storyline.  I will say, I was happy that the author did not abuse or misuse them as some authors have in the genre.  I also found it thought-provoking that it was often difficult for Quantum to distinguish the differences between the many virtual worlds from the real world.  Things had changed so much while he was trapped in the Feedback Loop that the physical world, with all of its advancements, became so much like one of the many virtual ones.  Did I mention the interesting clothing?  I did, but I found this aspect of the book fascinating because I’m not one who fully comprehended this subgenre before listening to this book.

    Quantum has not changed much from the first book.  He packs the same cocky attitude of shooting first and ask questions later.  His first thought it to apply a level of violence to any situation, but his friends have to show him there are other ways of solving one’s issues before doing any harm.  We have an expanded inventory from the first as Quantum has acquired a few new toys.  I thought the technology penalty to one’s life counter in Steam was an interesting twist.   You could bring in any weapon type, but if it was not powered by steam, your health would diminish the moment you began to use it.   Who would not like to have a steampunked cat as a pet?  Quantum is still focused on the many glories of food options he has in both the physical and virtual worlds.  However, with the FDA now the enforcer of preventing obesity, he has to find ways of enjoying his latest passion of food and drink.

    Let me turn to the audio narration.  As stated earlier, Jeff Hays is the narrator I measure all the other narrators I listen to against.  He is the standards setter when it comes to audiobook narration.  He even hosts a Twitch channel where one can watch him performing his narration; give it a watch some time.  You cannot go wrong if you are looking for someone that puts in the extra effort making a book come to life than Jeff does.  The work is polished, professional, read with a passion, and as with all his other works, he flawlessly is able to maintain the many different characters and keep them distinct and interesting.  There were no noticeable audio artifacts detected while listening, no swallows, clicks, page turns, etc.

    As with the first, a note to parents and young readers, this book contains vulgar language, sexual references along with some innuendos, and at times elements of crude humor.  The language used in this book is a bit stronger and flowing then what was used in the first book.  So, if these are a concern, I would recommend you find a different book series to enjoy.

    In summary, the second book in the series is well worth your time and Audible credit.  It is more polished, more exciting, and more of everything that made the first book so much fun.  After listening to the first book, I dove right into the second book and devoured it nearly as quickly.  I’m looking forward to the third book, which I will be reviewing shortly.  I’m sure it is also just as well done as the first two.

    Audiobook was provided for review by the narrator.

    Please find this complete review and many others at my review blog

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    Norma Miles 07-20-17
    Norma Miles 07-20-17 Member Since 2016
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    "&quot;Welcome to the real world, Quantum.&quot;"

    The world has changed whilst Quantum was locked into the Loop and then suspended in a coma after his return. Now there are android (&quot;Do not address me as 'droid' again&quot;) police and Quantum, like everyone else, now has a life chip embedded in his head. And then there is the EyeNet, more convenient than WiFi. But he misses the Proxima World, the Loop and, especially, the lovely Dolly.
    But it is time for the Dream Team to get back into business: first stop, the Proxima World, Steam.

    Another really fun book from author Harmon Cooper, further building on the characters created in The Feedback Loop. It is fast in gaming action with plenty of humour and curious characters. Jeff Hays gives another superb performance, voicing the protagonists with their own special idiosyncrasies and pacing his reading to the text. His narration helps the whole world described to come alive.

    Almost certainly more enjoyable if the first book has been read, Steampunk is Dead could be heard as a stand alone. But why deny yourself? For any character based science fiction fan, even if not a gamer, this is a terrific series and highly recommended.

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    Lori 07-11-17
    Lori 07-11-17 Member Since 2014
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    "Great addition to the series"
    Any additional comments?

    Another very entertaining and enjoyable addition to the series. Once again the story pulls you in immediately, holds your complete attention and before you know it, you've listened to the whole book. This story is just as creative, fun, humorous, fast paced and full of non-stop action as the first book in the series. It's definitely worth your time. <br/><br/>It doesn't matter if your gamer or not. Even if you don't play or like video games you'll enjoy this series. <br/><br/>Quantum isn't adjusting to life outside the loop. He wonders at times if it would be better to go back in. In an effort to help free those trapped inside various games he's about to get his wish. Only this is a new world with new rules.<br/><br/>Jeff Hays does a fantastic job with the narration. He doesn't just narrate the story he makes it come to life. It's hard to believe at times that it is just one person narrating the story. Excellent character voices. The range of character voices he does is amazing. Great voice that is easy to listen to for long periods of time. Clearly spoken with a smooth even pace. He's one of the most enjoyable narrators out there to listen to. You know your in for an amazing listening experience when he is the narrator. <br/><br/>I was provided this free review copy audiobook at my request and voluntarily provided this review.<br/>

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    Bikram Agarwal 07-03-17 Member Since 2017

    Listening to audiobooks for few hours everyday since the start of 2017.

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    "Good followup of first book. Works as standalone."
    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Sadly no. Book one of this series was the very first book that I had finished in a single day. It was so engrossing. Sadly couldn't do the same for this book two. Not the book's fault though. I just had too much work that day and kept itching to listen to the rest of the book, which I had to postpone to the next day.


    Any additional comments?

    I voluntarily received this copy for free from the author / narrator / publisher and am leaving an unbiased review.<br/><br/>I had read the book 1 almost three months ago. And I had listened to Ready Player One right before that. So, I had loved both of these books and was eagerly waiting for next installment. Now that I have read it, I'm a bigger fan of the series than before. I like that this book deals with a lot of sequences in real world, compared to virtual world heavy narrative of book 1. And of course, the humor content is great (though dark humor most of the time). The narrator did a great job of voicing different characters, just like the first book. Also, this installment works as a standalone book too, which is always a plus.<br/><br/>I'm raring to read the third one.

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