• The Monster in the Mist

  • Chronological Man, Book 1
  • By: Andrew Mayne
  • Narrated by: Kevin T. Collins
  • Length: 5 hrs and 3 mins
  • 4.0 out of 5 stars (107 ratings)

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The Monster in the Mist

By: Andrew Mayne
Narrated by: Kevin T. Collins
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Publisher's summary

The exciting first Chronological Man Adventure!

It's 1890 and the citizens of Boston are beginning to go missing in the fog.

The police are confounded. The public is frightened. The city is on the edge of hysteria.

It's up to the mysterious Smith, inventor and adventurer, to figure out what's going on with the help of his assistant, April Malone. They'll have to face off against a secret society, corrupt policemen, and a mad psychologist hell-bent on dissecting Smith, in order to solve the mystery of what's going on and to save the city from an even more sinister threat.

It's the first story of Smith, a hard science fiction time traveler with more than enough quirk to last him several centuries.

©2011 Andrew Mayne (P)2020 Tantor

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Excellent

I loved it. I loved the characters and the story. I hope there are more books in the series to listen to. The narration was excellent also.

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Weak Early Work

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This is among Mayne's earlier works and it shows. The writing is weak in nearly every way: the "science" of the story makes little sense, the characters are cartoons, the worldbuilding lacks verisimilitude, the action scenes are unconvincing, the dialog is cliched, the pacing is uneven, and the ending is unsatisfying.

This is an interesting concept for a book, but not an interesting book.

I've liked the other, more recent books written by Mayne, but this is not good.

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Not up to Mr. Mayne’s usual standard

I have loved every Andrew Mayne book since I read The Naturalist. This book, unfortunately, does not live up to his usual standard. It is kind of science fiction rather than based on real science or “magic” and did not hold my interest. I hope he will return to his science based books.

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Superb

Andrew Mayne is a brilliant and entertaining novelist. His abilities to blend science and life with enjoyable fiction are spellbinding. He creates characters that are intriguing: root or boo them. This story is science fiction unlike his other books. I enjoy them all. Highly recommended.

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very solid

with how much bad there is out there it's nice to have a competent story.

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Average

Disappointing compared to his other books. Just couldn’t get into the story line and couldn’t finish it.

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Pleasant Surprise!

Wasn't sure if I would like this book. Took a bit to get into it, but once I did, it turned out to be a very good book.

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short but fun

Good early story from Andrew Mayne. I enjoyed it and wonder if he ever wrote more of Smith.

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Disappointing when compared to this authors previous work

I’m visually impaired, so it’s difficult for me to research whether this book was written before his more popular books, but from the sub end par mechanics: the usage for example he doesn’t use the subjunctive tense when he should, and uses “backwards“ instead of “backward“ I’m assuming either this was an older story that was on publishable, and now that he’s famous he pulled out of mothballs, or because of his celebrity, his editors are not doing their jobs. Don’t get me wrong, the story itself is pretty good, but nothing like the Jessica Blackwood stories or the naturalist. I read the first two books, but the story is not so compelling that I think I will continue the series. Somewhat disappointed

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