• The Fall of the Gas-Lit Empire

  • The Complete Series
  • By: Rod Duncan
  • Narrated by: Gemma Whelan
  • Length: 29 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Release date: 02-08-18
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Audible Studios
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars 4.7 (10 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

The complete set of The Fall of the Gas-Lit Empire trilogy, featuring The Bullet Catcher's Daughter, Unseemly Science and The Custodian of Marvels.
Elizabeth Barnabus lives a double life - as herself and as her brother, the private detective. She is trying to solve the mystery of a disappearing aristocrat and a hoard of arcane machines. In her way stand the rogues, freaks and self-proclaimed alchemists of a travelling circus. But when she comes up against an agent of the all-powerful Patent Office, her life and the course of history will begin to change. And not necessarily for the better....
Witnessing the brutal hanging of someone very close to her, Elizabeth resolves to throw the Bullet Catcher's Handbook into the fire and forget her past. If only it were that easy! There is a new charitable organisation in town, run by some highly respectable women. But something doesn't feel right to Elizabeth. Perhaps it is time for her fictional brother to come out of retirement for one last case? Her unstoppable curiosity leads her to a dark world of body snatching, unseemly experimentation, politics and scandal. Never was it harder for a woman in a man's world....
You'd have to be mad to steal from the feared International Patent Office. But that's what Elizabeth Barnabus is about to try. A onetime enemy from the circus has persuaded her to attempt a heist that will be the ultimate conjuring trick. Hidden in the vaults of the Patent Court in London lie secrets that could shake the very pillars of the Gas-Lit Empire. All that stands in Elizabeth's way are the agents of the Patent Office, a Duke's private army and the mysterious Custodian of Marvels.
©2018 Rod Duncan (P)2018 Audible, Ltd
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4 out of 5 stars
By Andrew on 02-23-18

Steampunk Adventuress rights wrongs

An alternate world/steam punk trilogy where the luddite revolt suceeded in putting measures in place to limit technology.

The story follows a determined female protagonist/adventurist as she seeks to earn a living as an investigator while avoiding her creditors and sleazy aristocrats.
The mysteries at the heart of the stores are more pulp than Sherlockian, but well written for all that. The world presented is interesting , the characters likeable in the main, and the story moves along in a nice style.

The books do use a few well-used tropes, but in the main these do not overwhelm the enjoyment.
While taking some predictable swipes at the old-fashioned male dominated society, they're not insightful (nor are they meant to be) and are used to support the story.
The balance lends itself to a enjoyable story that works well, and while not looking to ask any deep questions this is fine as this is clearly intended to be an entertaining adventure yarn rather than challenging or groundbreaking scifi...and in the main it succeeds in this.
Despite the tropes, it is never stodgy and holds the interest to the end.

Gemma Whelans performance is good. Her voice suits the range of characters and story, and never becomes dull. Your attention is kept throughout and characters are (in the main) clearly distinguishable.

Overall, this is a decent trilogy, and particularly good value if you're getting all 3 books for a single credit.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Amazon Customer on 03-03-18

Wonderful escapism

This is a wonderful trilogy.
Gemma Whelan’s narration is wonderful, absolutely in tune with the character of Elizabeth

I listened to these novels in marathon sessions over three days.

It’s the first of the genre I’ve encountered and recommend highly.

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4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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