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  • By: Alexis Hall
  • Narrated by: Nicholas Boulton
  • Length: 6 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook
  • Release date: 05-27-16
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Hedgehog Inc
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars 4.6 (34 ratings)

Regular price: $19.95

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Publisher's Summary

M'lady's name is Shadowless, cos she's the fastest ship in the sky. And she ain't no everyday airship, she's an aethership, meaning she don't need engines nor turbines nor nowt but an aethermancer and the stars t' guide her.
When luckless Dil falls half-dead onto the deck of the skyship Shadowless, he joins an outlaw crew haunted by visions of maelstrom. Driven by a ruthless captain, guided by a pilot with madness in her eyes, they hunt the power that holds up the clouds. Until it turns - to hunt them.
©2016 Riptide Publishing (P)2016 Hedgehog Inc
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4 out of 5 stars
By Amazon Customer on 08-17-16

Good, but not great

A lovely, but not-quite-satisfying story. The language can take a little while to catch on to, but creates a unique and endearing voice for the main character.

While the characters are all intriguing, and mostly very easy to lobe, the story never quite seems to find its footing. It stands at a somewhat muddled intersection of adventure and romance with a Lovecraftian/steampunk backdrop, never entirely sure what it wants to be. By the time you reach the climax, it feels like a main story arc is just beginning.

Still, a solid 3.5 so long as you love a queer, character-focused story. My greatest complaint is how little the ending does to satisfy. If you've connected with the characters, you'll find yourself immediately wanting more, and not necessarily in a good way.

As far as narration goes, Boulton knocks it out of the park, as always. He's become a huge selling point on audio books for me with good reason.

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5 out of 5 stars
By AAHickman on 11-03-16

This was made for audio.

If a book could be said to be written for audio this would be that book. Alexis Hall is a master of language, and often incorporates dialects into his books, but his use of Cant in this book, and series, takes it to a different level.

Read this book because it, like all of his books, is beautiful, and so well-written that I am amazed at his talent and skill.

Listen to this book because the true magic of his words can be fully appreciated when heard spoken by the outstanding narrator.

Completely, and without any reservation, recommended.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Mary on 06-03-16

Wonderful steampunk

It took me only a short moment to get into the language but once I did it was magical. The story is crafted beautifully and draws you in. I don't think it would work if usual language and phrases were used. Reading Alexis Hall are great but listing to them brings a whole new level.
Nicholas Boulton does a brilliant job with the narration. He brings the characters to life and draws out their personality and unique accents
I would totally recommend this listening to this book.

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3 of 3 people found this review helpful

5 out of 5 stars
By BevS on 08-27-17

Such a wonderful story, and perfect narration.

Just realised I didn't leave a review, and now having given myself a really good smack, can only highly recommend this rip-roaring steampunk tale of derring-do, krakens, sky pirates, filthy villains and a precocious guttersnipe named Piccadilly. Magical!!

As far as Nicholas Boulton's narration is concerned, perfection personified. The Geordie accent is a complicated thing [well, for those of us who aren't Geordies that is 😉], and to pull off Dil's thick Geordie accent, Milord's educated vowels and ethereal Byron Kae's dreamy tones takes some doing...of course, Nicholas succeeds brilliantly.

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