The Prophecy Machine

  • by Neal Barrett Jr.
  • Narrated by Jeff Hays
  • 9 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Hooters, Hatters, and menacing evil.
Even in a mystical world where centuries ago animals were magically changed into humans, the land of Makasar is considered strange. Its two major religions are Hatters and Hooters. During the day, Hatters, wearing hats of course, wander about jabbing pointy sticks into bystanders. The night is ruled by the Hooters, who hoot and set fire to people and things. Hospitality is considered a capital crime. And Newlies, the humanized animals, are treated lower than scum. So when Finn, the Master Lizard Maker, finds himself stranded in Makasar - along with his lover, an attractive Newlies named Letitia, and the grandest, most magical creation of his illustrious career, a talking, thinking, rather cantankerous mechanical lizard named Julia Jessica Slagg - his first thought is a quick exit.
But the Nuccis - strongman son, mad father, and ever madder grandfather - have other plans for Finn and his loyal companions. There's an odd machine in their basement that needs fixing, and who better to do it than a Master Lizard Maker? There's more here than meets the eye, however, and Finn soon realizes that the future he faces could be very dark indeed.

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Full of great ideas

If you like lovely worldbuilding ideas, this book won't disappoint you. Neal Barret's world has humans, newlies (which are humanoids magically transformed from animals 300 years ago), and Julia Jessica Slag, who is a lizard made of copper - and by far the most sane creature in this story :D

Apropo, characters. Finn the inventor is self-absorbed and puffed-up, Letitia is well behaved but always hungry, Nucci senior is a looney, the good doctor is untrustworthy and the chair merchant tops it all off by being absurdly obnoxious :D In other words, I love them. They are all flawed on such a spectacular level, you can't help but like them :D

Superb narrator. Gave the mechanic lizard an accent. Pretty fun!


My heartfelt thanks to the author, narrator, or publisher for providing me this audiobook via Audiobook Boom at no cost in exchange for my unbiased review.
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- korinka "I listened to audiobooks before they were cool! I read for LibriVox and I adore Stephen Briggs, T.G. Reynolds and Richard Armitage."

Amazing book, amazingly narrated!

What made the experience of listening to The Prophecy Machine the most enjoyable?

Jeff Hays' voice is sublime. Listening to him is like being sponge cake and having cream being poured all over you, absorbing it's essence into your soul.


What other book might you compare The Prophecy Machine to and why?

There is really nothing comparable I've read to this book. The characters, locations, and scenes are at the level of Alice in Wonderland-ish craziness. The author has a vivid imagination and his gift is bringing it successfully to the page.


Which scene was your favorite?

The scene that drew me into the book like a hooked fish was when Finn was fighting Sabatino over the treatment of a Newlie servant.


Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

There were several humorous parts in the book that made me LOL. None that made me cry though.


Any additional comments?

This audio book was gifted to me by narrator at no cost in exchange for an unbiased review via Audiobook Boom.

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- Eddie Mittelstedt

Book Details

  • Release Date: 09-23-2016
  • Publisher: Crossroad Press