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The Electrical Menagerie

The Celestial Isles, Book 1
Narrated by: Travis Baldree
Length: 7 hrs and 1 min
5 out of 5 stars (25 ratings)

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The Electrical Menagerie, a one-of-a-kind robotic roadshow, is bankrupt. Sylvester Carthage, illusionist and engineer, has the eccentric imagination the Menagerie needs to succeed creatively - but none of the people skills. Fast-talking Arbrook Huxley, meanwhile, has all the savvy the Menagerie needs to succeed commercially - but none of the scruples.

To save their show, Carthage and Huxley risk everything in a royal talent competition, vying for the once-in-a-lifetime chance to perform for the future celestial queen. In this stardust- and spark-powered empire of floating islands and flying trains, the Electrical Menagerie's bid at fame and fortune means weathering the glamorous and cutthroat world of critics, high society, and rival magicians - but with real conspiracy lurking beneath tabloid controversy, there's more at stake in this contest than the prize.

Behind the glittery haze of flash paper and mirrors, every competitor has something to hide...and it's the lies Carthage and Huxley tell each other that may cost them everything.

©2018 Mollie E. Reeder (P)2019 Mollie E. Reeder

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Spectacular, Spectacular!

This book was given to me for free at my request and I provided this voluntary review.
I was sold by the title and cover. Who wouldn’t want to enjoy the wonder of steampunk circus? The story started with a classic “we have to save the show” storyline and I was happy enough for that to be it.
This story did so much more! Each stage of competition brought out new sides of the characters and their back stories. Chekov’s guns were set up so well I didn’t see them coming.
Mystery and intrigue! Sabotage! Showmanship! And a truly epic conclusion.
Travis Baldree did a fantastic job. He nailed the various characters and accents – including making me care about a certain automaton.
There was peril but I think anyone middle school age and up could handle it. Anyone who can still remember a sense of childlike wonder at their first magic show will treasure this story.
I look forward to re-reads in the future and hopefully more stories in this world.

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Magic and Mystery!

This was the second time I have made the journey through the Celestial Isles, and hearing it made the trip such a magical experience. Travis Baldree did a wonderful job voicing all of Mollie’s characters. I cannot wait for the next installment of the series!

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An entertaining steampunk circus murder mystery!

The Electrical Menagerie by Mollie E. Reeder and narrated by Travis Baldree is an audible book I requested and the review is voluntary. This was a fresh change from what I had been reading. I love steampunk and this was excellent! Adding in a circus feel, the steampunk, and then murder, and more, it took this novel over the 'big top'! Loved the characters, especially one of the "electricals". Plot and twists kept the story rolling.
With Travis Baldree as narrator is was bound to be good! Excellent voices and emotions! Great job!

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Surprisingly delightful

Steampunk isn’t my normal thing, but the author offered me a review copy & I jumped on it. I was immediately captured by the narrator, but the characters & world made this one of my favorite reads so far this year. Well done!

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Can't wait to see where book 2 takes the story

This is an imaginative story. I like the way Mollie Reeder creates a world full of the impossible. When you have a flying horses, electric jugglers and a train in the sky, then you have to have a great imagination. Very much enjoyed the story and I'm looking forward to book 2. Travis Baldree does excellent in narrating the story.

"I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review."

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A fantastical joy

What a fantastical joy. Getting steampunk fantasy just right is tricky, but this author gave us just enough of everything. The world building is fun and not over-explained, the characters are sharp and well-drawn, the story and adventure are a proper roller coaster. The bond between the main characters are great, the emotion well written. I could keep gushing but I will stop there. The voice artist on the audiobook was fantastic. Bravo!

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My favorite read of 2019

First I have to mention that this book was given to me free of charge for exchange for an honest review. As always this does not alter how I review the gifted books. I am always honest in my reviews.


This writer is a genius. I literally started and couldn't stop.

Narrator did an amazing job and really brought the entire book together.

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a wonderful listen

such a magical and beautiful story it was mesmerizing and so well written I enjoyed it very much the story kept you going and you wanted more and more and more and it was very very good I liked it a lot
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An entertaining steampunk themed circus mystery!

The Electrical Menagerie (The Celestial Isles, Book #1) by Mollie E. Reeder and narrated by Travis Baldree is a fun steampunk mystery! Would recommend if you are a fan of steampunk, illusions/magic, or mysteries.

Some things to expect: competition, MC’s perform for an opportunity to perform at the princess’s birthday, magic, illusion, corruption, robotics, great world building/descriptions and more. It was easy to picture myself front row at the show. Trying to come up with words to describe this book and I keep coming back to: steampunk themed circus mystery. It’s a medium-paced listen/read- action but not too slow where you get bored. The book doesn’t end in a cliffhanger (thank you Mollie!).

The narrator, Travis Baldree, was perfect for this book. His robotic voices were great! He definitely fits the steampunk genre nicely.

Overall, I would recommend and will be checking out book two. I wasn’t bored at any time and enjoyed the listen.

Note: parental advisory/trigger warnings contains minor spoilers. You’ve been warned.**********
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Parental advisory/trigger warnings: death of a man, attempted murder of main characters, one of the MC was sick as a child, house fire, train derailment, death of MC robot, family tensions.


*I was given a free review copy of the audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review. Thank you for allowing me to listen and review the book!

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One of my new favourites!

I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

But this book is amazing and I will probably listen to it many times over, you can tell this was a book the author loved making. It's one of those books I'm sure almost anyone would love no matter what kind of books they are into.

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  • Selina ryles
  • 03-25-19

so imaginative just a wonderful listen

I was drawn to this audiobook as It is a completely different genre to what i would usually listen to and I welcomed the change. i found the story just so engaging and interesting and personally feel that this was down to the narrator . it was wonderfully told and to be honest I really didn't want it to end . lots of twists and turns along the way and a pure treat for the imagination . I can't wait to hear about other books from this collection . I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review. would highly recommend to readers of all ages