From authors Pip Ballantine and Tee Morris, the award-winning steampunk series continues.
The chase is on! After rescuing Queen Victoria from the clutches of the Maestro, Agents Eliza D. Braun and Wellington Books are in hot pursuit of Dr. Henry Jekyll. While he continues his experiments on the aristocracy of Europe, he leaves a trail of chaos and despair in his wake. However, when Eliza and Wellington run him to ground in India, they are forced to come face to face with ghosts from the past, and the realities of empire.
Meanwhile, Ministry agents Brandon Hill and Bruce Campbell travel deep into Russia hunting down a rare ingredient to save Queen Victoria's life. Amid the cold they uncover a threat from the revitalized House of Usher that comes directly from their new Chairman.
All in the Ministry of Peculiar Occurrences will find their allegiances in question, and their mettle tested as a new dastardly era of international intrigue dawns.
©2016 Pip Ballantine and Tee Morris (P)2016 Pip Ballantine and Tee Morris
Recycled engineer now resident in the Highlands
Which means there will be more!!
Bring it on!!!
Steampunk with a hint of post-colonialism.
Great read but with a rather awkward two track storyline which you keep thing will converge but doesn't so the best is to hope for a quick follow on.
"Story fell short, and narration was annoying."
I have enjoyed the previous stories in this series, but out of the gate, I lost interest because of the change in narration. I'm sorry, but Tee Morris grating voice and his difficulty reading with feeling, with attention to phrasing, ruined the experience. Pip was noticeably better. but neither is a professional narration performer, and it glared.
Looking forward with hope for the previous narrators return,
"What happened to the narrator?"
The interludes were distracting and I would rather that it had focused on the main characters.
It was nothing like the previous books. I thought that Books sounded more American than British and Eliza wasn't much better. That steampunk feel was simply gone. Overall it was just really bad narrating like they were brand new at it (maybe they were) and were working hard to stay in character.
No. The narrator(s) were so distracting because they didn't sound the way the characters should that I simply stopped listening because I wasn't paying attention to the story. I thought this was a shame because I've loved all the Ministry of Peculiar Instances books.
"Why do authors think they are voice actors?"
The story is great and the series is worth listening too. I would listen to this story again if they got a real voice actor to narrate the story.
Quick, someone slap the authors upside the head. While I think they are great writers they are not voice actors. Very few authors are good voice actors. PLEASE, listen carefully to the previous books and then to this one. The difference is clear.
"Good story hurt by Authors' narration"
For those who follow the series it's a good story and the next step in the chain but I would recommend reading it rather than listening to it.
I think they don't compare to James Langton's ability to capture the characters. Also the narration part as opposed to the dialogue suffers in comparison as Langton's narration really gave the impression of Victorian pacing and humor. In my opinion the authors read with a more modern cadence that didn't fit with the feeling of the series.
These are great writers who have a great series but I believe they should stick to their strengths and leave the narration to James Langton.
"A Great Story, But - Narrator Changed! "
I downloaded this book as I absolutely love this series. However, to my surprise, no James Langton as the narrator! Instead, we have Tee and Pip and yeah, I get it, if I wrote something I know I would want to take a crack and being a voice actor / narrator... But, I would do it in the start of a series, not at book 5...etc.
Can I pay more or help fund getting James Langton back?
"Bad change of narrators!"
Total loss of inflection on the part of the narrators. Really disappointing. Good story though, is rather have read it in book form.
"terrible narrators. "
terrible narrators i know they are the authors but please leave it to the professionals
"Congratulations, you totally RUINED it!"
When I saw this book on my feed the other day I was so excited because I have listened to all the others in the series and loved them. Those days are over! For some reason the authors are reading this book (alternating chapters) and it is TERRIBLE! The male author/reader has three skills as a reader:
1. Accents so bad they make me yearn for the nuance of my daughters second grade pageant.
2. The ability to break up sentences so they make the least sense possible.
3. The nack for completely stripping the excitement out of anything he's reading.
The female author/reader is way better but still far from professional.
I listened to the first three chapters hoping I could ignore the quality of the author/readers but I just couldn't. Their reading makes, what I'm sure is a delightful book in print, seem confusing, amateurish, and boring. Thank goodness audible has a policy that you can return books you don't enjoy - I will 100% be taking them up on their offer this time. When my bitter feelings have subsided I plan to read the print version and put this nightmare behind me. Please get a professional narrator for the next one...
"Performance Ruins the Series"
I have enjoyed the three previous books in the series, but the narration in this fourth book is terrible. What would possess them to narrate their own novel. This almost never works. The fact that the narrator is American totally takes me out of the story. This is the worst.
Literally almost anyone.
"I really wanted to like this book - l"
The narrator- the authors- switched back and forth from british/ australian accent to american narator jarring and too fast, I even tried slowing it to ,75 %, it was actually beter for parts of it,
I like the earlier ones better
The same as the earlier ones
Don't know - couldn't finish
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