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P. Djeli Clark returns to the historical fantasy universe of A Dead Djinn in Cairo, with the otherworldly adventure novella The Haunting of Tram Car 015

Cairo, 1912: The case started as a simple one for the Ministry of Alchemy, Enchantments, and Supernatural Entities - handling a possessed tram car. Soon, however, Agent Hamed Nasr and his new partner, Agent Onsi Youssef, are exposed to a new side of Cairo stirring with suffragettes, secret societies, and sentient automatons in a race against time to protect the city from an encroaching danger that crosses the line between the magical and the mundane.

©2019 P. Djeli Clark (P)2019 Recorded Books

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Great story, bad vocals

I enjoy this writer, but the reader in this book was monotonous. I eventually had to stop, and I'll read it instead.

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could not get through the narration. terrible

I could not get through the narration. so I can't comment on the story. I just couldn't handle his cadence it was terrible.

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Steampunk Cairo

Well written and well read story. I hope that the author writes more in this world. And that Audible records them.

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I really enjoyed Dead Djinn in Cairo, but -

This narrator has a lisp that occasionally turned "she" into "he" and one memorable "soon" into "thoon." It was rather distracting.

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Decent story bad narrator. Other books in better

It took me days to listen to this because the narrator was so bad. Even his pronunciation of English words was terrible (subtle is pronounced “suttle”). The Egyptian characters all sound the same. He reads like a jr. high kid reading out loud during English class. PLEASE READ THE OTHER BOOKS WITH AN AWEOME NARRATOR. Go list to “A Dead Djinn in Cairo” (a novella happens before this) and “Master of Djinn” (a full novel that happens after this).

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Un-listenable!

The narrator is horrible! Poor enunciation, atrocious “Egyptian” accent. I’ll be returning this book as I couldn’t last more than 5 minutes. I’ll get it in ebook.

I assume the story is good, as I’ve enjoyed the others in the series, but this narrator is awful. Thank goodness the GOOD narrator is doing the full-length novel!!

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Possessed public transport in a steampunk Cairo, in an alternate early 20th century

Clark's satisfying novella brings us into a deliciously rich "neo-modern" Egypt, where airships and a cablecar tramway system are but the tip of a world-altering technological iceberg, the recent legacy of a scientist-magician who has opened a portal between realities and radically altered the balance between natural and supernatural. Cairo blossoms as a true "world city," a cosmopolitan Mediterranean hub reveling in the still-vital combined heritages of Antiquity, Islam, Western Europe (including the return of old gods and spirits, such as the djinn)--but this reader can't help noticing that Clark's progressive, open-minded hybrid North African community is also a tender-hearted portrait of the real Cairo, a city of souks and cafes and deep culture and traffic jams and mind-bogglingly varied jewel-like architecture. Our lens on this world is provided by the courageous, hard-working operatives of the Ministry of Alchemy, Enchantments and Supernatural Entities, tasked with keeping the peace tactfully and creatively in the rapidly evolving city. Julian Thomas narrates with wit and a light touch, and reads Clark's vivid descriptions of places and people at just the right immersive pace, voicing the speaking characters--male and female--in a nuanced, memorable way. I love this world!

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Did Not Finish - flat narration, complex story

I bought 3 of this author's books at once, and started with this one as it appears to be the earliest. The narration was obviously going to hinder my enjoyment but I tried to power through. With just a little over an hour left to finish the book I am giving up. Also, the story started out slow. I love descriptions, but in this case the balance of way too much description and way too little happening in the beginning was also a drag. The story picked up speed toward the middle. Sentences that started out with "He" for a character that then included "she" or "her" for the same character in the same sentence kept pulling me out of the story. But, then since there was a character also in the story that randomly and quickly changed genders, I wondered if these sentences were deliberate - even though they were not about the gender-changing character. But, every time it happened I missed part of the story since I was wondering if this was a narration mistake or part of the writing. Too confusing, and not worth the effort to tolerate and finish. I read the reviews for the next book and think I will just move on to the next, A Dead Djinn in Cairo. Looks good.