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Wow. What a story, what a series!!
Mark Hodder spins a brilliant yarn. He winds real historical characters into a complex evolving steampunk tale of time and fantastic technology in a world where Victoria doesn’t survive an assassins bullet. This is the first book in a series of three and it’s a ride all the way to the finish. Nothing here is obvious and the twists kept me on the edge of my Galaxy S3 until the last paragraph. Get the series and shut yourself away for the weekend.
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Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?
Not so much.
The world is greatly conceived, the idea of using real-life characters (Victorian explorers, engineers etc.) is fine, the plot is none too shabby (though time travel? again?)... and yet...
Here is the problem.
The characters -- all of them -- are dumb. Stupid. As in, behaving stupidly, making idiotic decisions, not thinking for themselves, playing roles assigned to them by the author.
OK for a teenager fantasy.
For an adult? Not so much.
Who was your favorite character and why?
None of them. See above.
Which character – as performed by Gerard Doyle – was your favorite?
Doyle is OK - not *the* best, but certainly deserves a strong "B".
Do you think The Strange Affair of Spring Heeled Jack needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?
It needs a rewriting.
Any additional comments?
HPMoR. Look it up.
I stumbled across this book after doing some research on Spring Heeled Jack. I fell in love with it and could not stop listening. The characters are wonderful and brought to life by Gerard Doyle's fantastic narration. The plot weaves in and out of time and it all comes together beautifully, leaving you wanting more. Fantastic creations and ideas, some that were actually made and others that have been Steam Punked into glorious gothic inventions.
A great listen.
6 of 6 people found this review helpful
I really like the sound of this story, however I was left disappointed. The plot is clunky and awkward, and the narrative is rife with Americanisms which is a real pet peeve of mine. If you are setting a book in England, use English!
The narrator did a good job, and I would probably listen to something narrated by him again.
Overall I can't recommend this book and I certainly won't be bothering with any of the others in the series.
5 of 5 people found this review helpful