• by Genevieve Valentine
  • Narrated by Scott Aiello
  • 8 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Come inside and take a seat; the show is about to begin....
Outside any city still standing, the Mechanical Circus Tresaulti sets up its tents. Crowds pack the benches to gawk at the brass-and-copper troupe and their impossible feats: Ayar the Strong Man, the acrobatic Grimaldi Brothers, fearless Elena and her aerialists who perform on living trapezes. War is everywhere, but while the Circus is performing, the world is magic. That magic is no accident: Boss builds her circus from the bones out, molding a mechanical company that will survive the unforgiving landscape. But even a careful ringmaster can make mistakes.
Two of Tresaulti's performers are entangled in a secret standoff that threatens to tear the circus apart just as the war lands on their doorstep. Now the Circus must fight a war on two fronts: one from the outside, and a more dangerous one from within.


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Customer Reviews

Most Helpful

if I could only get a refund.

What would have made Mechanique better?

The story seemed flawed from the onset. Poor character development. Flash forwards and flash backs made an already disjointed story even worse. How this is supposed to be steampunk, I'm not really sure. It had a more supernatural/post apocolyptic twist to it then steam punk.At one point I forgot to turn off my audio player. I came back 15 minutes later and I was actually glad I didn't have to suffer another 15 minutes of that story. About 10 minutes later I decided to not suffer anymore of this horrible story.

What was most disappointing about Genevieve Valentine’s story?

The disjointedness of it didn't allow for any story flow.

What didn’t you like about Scott Aiello’s performance?

He did the best he could with what he had.

Any additional comments?

Sorry if my review is poorly worded. I submitted it from my cellphone.

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- Michael

Disjointed and Half-baked

I really wanted to like this book after reading "Water for Elephants" which was also about a circus and a superb story which I enjoyed it immensely! However, "Mechanique" came across to me as a dark, disjointed story with the characters wandering around angry and waiting to 'do each other in'. I eventually had to stop listening as I got to frustrated and depressed with not knowing the characters and losing the plot as it was not clearly defined by the author. If you like dark depressing books, then this is for you.
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Book Details

  • Release Date: 04-17-2012
  • Publisher: Audible Studios