Magnificent Devices : Magnificent Devices

  • by Shelley Adina
  • Narrated by Fiona Hardingham
  • Series: Magnificent Devices
  • 7 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Book 3 in the Magnificent Devices series!
An air voyage to remember turns into a disaster no one may survive. With her orphaned charges, Lady Claire Trevelyan joins the Earl of Dunsmuir’s family on an airship voyage to the Americas. If she can stay out of Lord James Selwyn’s way until her eighteenth birthday, she will be of age and cannot be forced into marriage. What she doesn’t know is that Lord James is in the Americas, too, with Andrew Malvern closing in on him - and the wonderful device he stole. But when a storm cripples the airship and air pirates swoop in like carrion birds, Claire and the children must live by their wits to make their way across a harsh landscape. Will Andrew ever see her again and right the wrong he believes he has done? Will Lord James succeed in his monumental thievery? And how exactly does Rosie the chicken evade the soup pot?
Tighten your goggles, pull on your gloves, and prepare yourself for stratagems and strangeness in the third book in the series, Magnificent Devices!


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Melodramatic Misadventure Marred by TX Accent

This book takes the series on a downhill slope. An Amazon reviewer compared the story to the Perils of Pauline. I think the metaphor is a good one. If you are on the borderline with this series, skip this installment. Hopefully, the next one will be better.

For the Audible edition, the accent of the male Texican characters is awful. For some reason, it seems that the producers decided to increase the volume any time a Texican spoke. Folks - making it louder won't make it better.

I have enjoyed this narrator is the past. Her tone is easy to listen to and her English accent is lovely.
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- Globaltowngal

Where is the Lady of Devices?

I loved the first book, I had some grievances with the second being a tad on the "more complicated than necessary for plot convenience". But with book 3 - Magnificent Devices the problem becomes evident. Its simply too long for its own good.
The author wants to extend upon the story (something I always like when I enjoyed the book), but the approach is wrong. Reactions doesn't match with how the main character has been established earlier, common wisdom is ignored and the whole premise of being "the lady of devices" is entirely lost and barely mentioned.

A large portion of the book is completely decent and appears to be leading up to some of the good stuff we had in book 1 and a little in book 2, however it becomes increasingly more evident as the story goes on (I was several hours in before irritation truly began) that we are not to see Claire Trevelyan step into focus. Its a truly an odd thing when a book that one enjoys frustrates, because you are clearly frustrated due to connecting with the book - so does that make it a bad book? No - you might wish for circumstances to be different, but thats how they are and your beloved main cast just has to deal with it - the trouble starts when the reason you are frustrated and annoyed isn't due to the environment around the characters, but instead is due to illogical actions which given the two previous books makes little to no sense.

Slight Spoilers for the two previous books may follow, however nothing should be spoiled not mentioned in the short publishers summary for this book.

Why would Claire be scared of mechanics? How come she utterly forgets about her own devices even when she is in a situation with plenty of options to utilize her skill-sets. Why does a thin wall vary from being easy to talk through to soundproof leading to some of the major plot decisions? It would be such easy things to fix and yet keep the primary plot in place. I have no gripes with Claire traveling nor do I mind that she left to escape James - but what I do mind is the way the reader is expected to believe that Lord James, who is in disgrace in England, who is out of funds and who have in the eyes of the British society turned traitor is still to be believed a candidate her mother would want her to marry?

And yes, one might also just be a tad tired of Rosie. A chicken who appears to be more valuable than human life in this book and a repeated source for filler and mishap where none should be required if they acted more like the survivors they are supposed to be.

At the end I couldn't take it anymore and as such I skipped quickly through the last two hours of the book and I won't be buying any new sequels, unless something really improves (I'll be following the reviews closely as I am truly wishing for a return of the "lady"). This is the first audio book and the third of hundreds of books I read, that I've been unable to finish properly.

Here is the hope that the Lady of Devices will return - if she does: give this a miss and read whatever comes next.
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- Arne

Book Details

  • Release Date: 05-02-2014
  • Publisher: Moonshell Books, Inc.