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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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By Globaltowngal on 05-21-14
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.
5 of 5 people found this review helpful
By Alice on 06-02-14
Would you consider the audio edition of Magnificent Devices to be better than the print version?
I didn't read the print edition. The audio was well done in general. The narrator is pleasant and a good story teller. I beg the producers to edit any further ones more carefully. There were several mispronunciations in all the books. So jarring in what was otherwise so pleasant and compelling. Please, reinvest in editing/proofing/quality control. Please.
Would you be willing to try another book from Shelley Adina? Why or why not?
Probably, I confess I want to see what happens. Fun stories and characters. But again, a few jarring errors in usage. Please, get a good editor for the next one and (and listen to her).
Did Fiona Hardingham do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?
Mostly. Occasionally I didn't know who was talking at first and Sir James's voice was a bit inconsistent. Overall I love her style and pace and delivery of dialog.
Any additional comments?
This series is fun and enjoyable and I definitely wanted to see what would happen next. I binge-listened the whole series so far, 3 books, in as many days. I have a real editor's brain. The blips that jar me probably wouldn't bother 95% of readers, so take my concerns about those things in that context. If book four were already available, I would listen to it right away. If/when it comes out I probably will listen to it. However, if the QC on that is not better, I will probably stop there.
2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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By Lolah on 01-25-17
Awesome story, fabulously told!
This latest instalment in the series is fabulously narrated, really bringing the tales of the characters' adventures in "The Texican Territories" and "The Canadas" to life. A wonderful story full of action, adventure, steampunk elements, Victorian society, airships, pirates, and of course Devices!
I highly recommend this series for all lovers of adventure with a steampunk twist, whatever your age