Escaped lunatics, lost children, vengeful lords, and love. Really, the situation is becoming quite impossible. Seventeen-year-old Lady Claire Trevelyan, left alone after the Arabian bubble financial disaster claims home and family, now leads the cleverest gang in the London underworld. Between outwitting a rival gang, inventing a device that will net her and her scientist employer worldwide fame, and keeping her mother from marrying her off, she can almost forget that a powerful lord wants to get closer... and if he succeeds, can destroy it all with a single word...
©2011 Shelley Adina Bates (P)2013 Shelley Adina Bates
I'm currrently alternating between War & Peace and Steampunk.
This, the second in the Magnificent Devices series has the same good and bad points as the first (Lady of Devices).
It's well-written with a charming, Austenesque wit but it is far too short and leaves most of the major plot points unresolved.
The narration. It drove me mad in the first book, but I wanted to know where the story was going so bought book 2. I won't be buying any further books from the series as my annoyance at the long pauses, badly placed emphasis and weird breaks (for breath?) now outweighs my desire to know what happens to the characters.
Everything. Seriously. Wrong pauses. Wrong emphasis... I found my self missing whole sections of the story as I attempted to work out what she had actually meant by what she said. For example, there's a difference between "hitting him DEAD. In the centre of his CHEST" and "hitting him dead in the centre of his chest"...
"Great Story, Halting Narration"
The narrator has an odd speaking cadence and frequently pauses awkwardly, cutting sentences in half. It felt a bit like a bad William Shatner impression.
"It only gets better!"
The series continues to enfold you into 19th century Britain, where industry and invention have become the all-consuming goal. Our heroine has found herself battling between two factions; one is societal norms and one being her life’s work. The narrator continues to be amazing, and has never missed a character yet. The story line continues to improve. Audiable please record the last few books.
"should be 5 but..."
it was great. I thought it was going to be the steampunk version of Mean Girls but it was delightful. My only complaint is the brevity of the book. The author could have easily drawn out the book and I find it baffling that none of the other street gangs didn't bother her. but still a good solid read/listen.
"The Steampunk Fun Continues!"
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend. This is a fun series with interesting characters and story lines. The narration is also excellent and just MAKES the story!
It's hard to choose a favorite character because they all interact so well - I love them all!
No, I haven't ever listened to her before, but if I were considering a book and she was the narrator, that would definitely sell me on it!
Yes - the plot was engaging. I really did not want to stop.
"Amazing writing and telling!"
I have never felt so strongly about a book/series to make a comment. This is my first and I am an avid Audible reader/listener. Good fun, strong characters along with a vivid storyline make this series a winner! Own the whole series - you can't go wrong.
"Steampunk, eh? Well, interestingly different . . . 😱"
5 stars excellent.
4 stars good.
3 stars OK.
___________________________________________________ I enjoyed this book more than the first book since there was action from the start and little character development or plot set-up was required. ------------------------------- IF you like STEAMPUNK I think you'll do all right with this listen. 😱
"Like Survivors Guilt... Explitives! #$%@#$%!"
Frustrating and Impressive
Human Will for Continuous Improvement
Yes. This is broader.
Steampunk and Reality betwixt and between...
It bears repeating... Sufferage and its many meanings...
It's like survivors guilt in one breath. I feel, as often I do, that I must suffer the incorporation of others misfortunes, because I have not personnaly experienced them. I feel that I must pay for whiteness, for anglo-ness, and for the every ounce of me that has strived and succeeded for everything that I have acquired as a woman, when so many, past and present do not have even the slightest bit of my opportunity, because I am a white, anglo, 21st century female. It all sucks. I hate what people suffer today and certainly what people have suffered, in my stead, previously so that I might break the cycle and break the ceiling.
If I provide no bit of anything, I would like to say that I, as do many, take a female's rights and role in society for granted at times. I'm not a staunch feminist, because I believe that the only way to kill the infestation of stupidity is to constantly widdle away at its incessant nature. Through cultural changes and sufferage (look that up if you don't get it...), I will succeed in denting, if not cracking, if not breaking the ceiling above me. Hah! I am indeed a wit!
We go along and make plans and have dreams and nearly succeed as well as any male. Not so long ago, certainly, even in the last 50 years, we would not have had that opportunity. In a time not so far away, our parents would have had much more hold over our dreams and ambitions, overwritten, even then, by our "husbands" perception of our role(s) in society. Being a woman of science, of STEM, of programming and any type of accomplishment for which I endeavor, regardless of the glass ceiling that still exists, I can say firmly that this was a frustrating listen.
At least Lady Claire has or determines the methods of determining her own future. At least, though I wouldn't have a man help me in my plights... at least Andrew is sensible enough to understand and appreciate Lady Claire in her entirety. Otherwise, I might have thrown my particular device through a window in complete and absolute frustration with Lady St. Ives and James. "Propriety" makes asses out of all of us.
"This one was even better then the first one"
Wounderfully inventive store
The Various devises
She is well spoken but some of the chartictors she speaks to softly
The (iky) Fiance'
Can not wait to get to the third book now
"Couldn't handle the narrator anymore"
It's a good series, but a little too YA level for me. My boyfriend and I (both 27) tried listening to the series together. He's still into it, but by this book I got very bored with the story.
I had to return this one. I got through about two hours and just couldn't handle the narrator any longer. Some of the accents she does (mostly for the children) were just like nails on a chalkboard and drove me absolutely up the wall! I can't even stand to recall them in my head as I write this, they were so painful to listen to.
It definitely brings it to life. Fiona Hardingham is one of new favorite narrators. She gives voices to all the characters and makes them each unique. Fun listen
Too many to list
Any of the Whitecastle kids.
It was extremely hard to put down.
Excellent read for young adventure readers and us oldies too.
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