The Lost Machine

Narrated by: Jake Ruddle
Length: 1 hr and 48 mins
3.8 out of 5 stars (9 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

In a wasteland ravaged by plague, Lumsden Moss steps out of a decaying prison. Armed with a satchel of yellowed notebooks containing the fragile memories of five murdered children, he is determined to track down and confront their killer. Lumsden, accompanied by a stranger, begins a long journey to the ancient City of Steps where he is forced to confront the horrors of the past and present.

©2010 Richard A. Kirk (P)2019 Encyclopocalypse Publications

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Entranced in a Mystical World...

This piece has so many wonderful little quirks that really fortifies this unique world the listener steps into. I listen typically at standard speed to achieve the appropriate pacing for myself, and I feel it works rather well for The Lost Machine! The narrator is quite clear and engaging. I feel like there was a bit of a slow start to Moss' journey with the first few chapters, but the rhythm quickly settles in afterwards. The narrative achieves balance with the way Kirk spaces out the high-intensity action scenes between the world building and more lull moments. In addition, Iridis, Buttons, and the Sisters all have really interesting personalities with behaviors that make them feel very lived-in to this reality presented to us. As this story searches for truth and closure, you can't help but be on your toes for all the twists and turns till the end. Worth checking out!

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Pretty Nice

Jake Ruddle did a good job narrating this story. I generally listen at 2x speed and every word was clear as day even sped up. The audio isn't always this clear when at 2x so I appreciated how clearly Mr. Ruddle spoke. As for the content itself I rate it 4/5. It was the classic character A with supplemental character B going on a journey together. Yes it's a tried and true trope, hence the 4/5, but I didn't feel as if there was anything added to the classic formula to put it just over the top.

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Bazinga

This is an overall good listen. I was able to visualize everything that was happening. The author told a great story. The narrator did a great job as well. Overall an enjoyable listen. I liked the ending and would be interested in more of this storyline. Disclaimer: I've been listening at 2x speed for so long anything else sounds like slow motion. My enjoyment of the narrator is based on my listening speed. I only leave 5 stars for books I've listened to multiple times. I'll update my review if I listen again. I requested this book from the author, narrator, or publisher in exchange for an honest, unbiased review.

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  • Norma Miles
  • 02-23-20

Life is a series of nested prisons.

Moss, a teacher imprisoned for killings he did not commit, escapes from his confinement, travelling through strange countryside to search out and destroy the one he knew was guilty. For much of his journey, Moss is accompanied by a bizarre stanger who also protects him.The And the above in no way conveys the visions and colours, the 'taste' of the story. Visual and imaginative, this is an odd, rather gruesome beautiful, tale, as before the gorgeous cover art. Narration by Jake Ruddle was well performed, c!early bringing the text to the reader in a. Inclusive way. My thanks to the rights holder of The Lost Machine, who, at my request, freely gifted me with a complimentary copy. An unusual short story with some loose ends, but well worth reading

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  • Tartarus Kelvin
  • 12-07-19

Brilliant Short Story

Richard A. Kirk renders an engaging short story about confronting the past. Lumsden Moss undergoes a pilgrimage to find the culprit of the violent crime of his past. Over approximately 2 hours Richard A. Kirk and Jake Ruddle take you on a slow and methodical journey through a dark and mystical world with plenty of interesting characters. The narrator (Jake Ruddle) does a fantastic job of bringing this story to life with good pacing and rhythm. Characters' voices are distinguishable without being over the top (Something that can very easily ruin a book for me). Ruddle's voice is relaxing allowing you the listener to become fully immersed in the story. Overall it was a great short listen however I found the ending slightly disappointing thus: Overall: 4/5 Performance: 5/5 Story: 4/5 Disclaimer: This book was given to me for free at my request and I provided this voluntary review.