Phoenix Rising : Ministry of Peculiar Occurrences

  • by Pip Ballantine, Tee Morris
  • Narrated by James Langton
  • Series: Ministry of Peculiar Occurrences
  • 13 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Evil is most assuredly afoot - and Britain’s fate rests in the hands of an alluring renegade... and a librarian.
These are dark days indeed in Victoria’s England. Londoners are vanishing, then reappearing, washing up as corpses on the banks of the Thames, drained of blood and bone. Yet the Ministry of Peculiar Occurrences - the Crown’s clandestine organization whose bailiwick is the strange and unsettling - will not allow its agents to investigate. Fearless and exceedingly lovely Eliza D. Braun, however, with her bulletproof corset and a disturbing fondness for dynamite, refuses to let the matter rest... and she’s prepared to drag her timorous new partner, Wellington Books, along with her into the perilous fray.
For a malevolent brotherhood is operating in the deepening London shadows, intent upon the enslavement of all Britons. And Books and Braun - he with his encyclopedic brain and she with her remarkable devices - must get to the twisted roots of a most nefarious plot... or see England fall to the Phoenix!

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Customer Reviews

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Great Steampunk - worth a listen

I was very pleasantly surprised to listen to this book - great main characters, fast paced steampunk mystery. The narration is great, and James Langton does a very good job depicting the different characters. I thoroughly enjoyed this book as a funny light mystery, and am about to explore Pip Ballantine's other novels.
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- Suzanna

A fun romp if a little predictable

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Yes. It's a great beach or vacation book. It's fun, easy, and amusing.


What was one of the most memorable moments of Phoenix Rising?

The initial meeting between the two main characters.


Which character – as performed by James Langton – was your favorite?

Wellington Books. He's calm, academic, and yet funny.


Any additional comments?

It's a typical steampunk adventure. A fun brain break worth your time but don't expect anything insightful or surprising. Eliza (the heroine) is pulled right from any feisty romance novel. The male lead, Wellington Books, is a bit more interesting. It's brain candy.

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- Sarah

Book Details

  • Release Date: 08-09-2011
  • Publisher: HarperAudio