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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!
©2011 Pip Ballantine & Tee Morris (P)2011 HarperCollins Publishers
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5 out of 5 stars
By Suzanna on 05-11-12

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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4 out of 5 stars
By Sarah on 07-06-12

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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5 out of 5 stars
By Sheryl Mason on 10-10-14

Brilliant action steampunk adventure

What made the experience of listening to Phoenix Rising the most enjoyable?

All audiobooks bring characters to life more than the written word. Apart from the seriously bad New Zealand accent of the female lead, this was well read and easy on the ear. Will someone please tell narrators that New Zealanders sound more English than the Australian accent that they are usually given?

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

The beginning. The first chapter. It starts off with a bang (literally) and sets the pace for nearly the whole book.

What about James Langton’s performance did you like?

See above about listening and the accents.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

None that could be named without spoiling. Several parts spooked me a bit.

Any additional comments?

This was a thoroughly enjoyable listen. I already have the second one and have requested more to be added to the Audible site.

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4 out of 5 stars
By Amazon Customer on 01-20-14

Very unexpected

If you could sum up Phoenix Rising in three words, what would they be?

Really enjoyable romp

What did you like best about this story?

When I began listening to this I seriously wandered if I had wasted my money but by chapter three I was well & truly hooked

Have you listened to any of James Langton’s other performances? How does this one compare?

This is my first James Langton listen but I thought his performance was excellent.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

No I listened to this at work over a period of three or four days.

Any additional comments?

I bought this on a whim and I have to say I really enjoyed it, the story was strong, Eliza & Wellington were very believable characters, a well constructed tale well told, I will be listening to more of this series.

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4 out of 5 stars
By Alf on 11-28-16

phoenix that arose

Good yarn, well told, on the whole a most enjoyable experience. Not the style of story for everyone but if a fast moving tale with a bit of magic then this could be the story for you .

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