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Her Own Devices

A Steampunk Adventure Novel
Narrated by: Fiona Hardingham
Length: 6 hrs and 44 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (44 ratings)

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Summary

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

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  • Lyn
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  • 04-06-19

Great Steampunk Adventure

I did enjoy this. I have not given it a five star rating for two reasons. Although I enjoyed the narrator's performance, I did get pulled out of the story occasionally by an incorrect emphasis on certain words which didn't really make sense. I was drawn into the story and liked the development of the characters from the first story, they are easy to like (or dislike in the case of James) I'm not really keen on 'cliffhanger' endings although they are a good way of enticing the listener/reader to purchase the next in the series. My only other criticism is that in Britain, in Victorian times, the heroine's 'majority' when she would be free of her parents' influence, would have been when she reached the age of 21 rather than 18. Apart from these few niggles it's a 'rattling good yarn' and I look forward to the next one.

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Another excellent story fabulously narrated!

I LOVE these books - they are fabulously narrated, with great character and spirit, and really bring the story to life! So much so that I had to listen to the whole thing once started, and now I'm moving straight on to the rest of the series asap! This book was even more full of adventure than the first, with mischievous children, escaping lunatics, mad scientists, snobby bloods... A fantastic array of characters, events and - of course! - devices!
I cannot recommend these books enough to all adventure lovers, whatever your age

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Short but Sweet

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.

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Spoiled by. Poor narration with. Awkward pauses.

Is there anything you would change about this book?

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.

What didn’t you like about Fiona Hardingham’s performance?

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"...

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  • Comfort Connoisseur
  • 14-05-14

should be 5 but...

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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.

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  • Tricia Hozie
  • 20-02-15

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.

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  • Mike
  • 10-07-14

Great Story, Halting Narration

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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.

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  • Rachael
  • 21-05-14

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.

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  • Gayle
  • 24-12-13

The Steampunk Fun Continues!

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

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!

Who was your favorite character and why?

It's hard to choose a favorite character because they all interact so well - I love them all!

Have you listened to any of Fiona Hardingham’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

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!

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes - the plot was engaging. I really did not want to stop.

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  • D. R. H.
  • 17-11-19

Brilliant

I’m a fan of Shelley Adina, so my review is biased. The book has intrigue, humor, action, a bit of harmless romance, and adorable (Oliveresqe) children on a steampunk airship. It’s lighthearted reading at its best. Fiona Hardingham is an amazing narrator as well.

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  • Ruthi
  • 16-08-19

Loved it!

I’m very grateful that Audible now has this entire series available so now I’m not forced to wait for good symptom days to enjoy it! I almost forgot it existed bc it was only via text before & I’ve mostly had to switch to purely audiobooks. Fiona Hardingham was the perfect choice of narrator; I was very excited to see her name when I decided to check if Audible had this series available yet!

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  • Rubi Rayne
  • 15-08-19

Fun steampunk story. great voice work.

A good set up for the series. don't expect much to get resolved in the first book.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 18-04-19

Fiona perfect, Shelley extraordinary

The range of characters Fiona can do -and hold from book to book is exquisite. That she can add accents and inflection seamlessly draws the listener into Shelley Adina's stories perfectly. I learned long ago, when it comes to audible books, a narrator can make, or break, a book.

Shelley, ah, Shelley. I can't sing high enough praises for the world building she does, the character development, the plot twists, her imagination is glorious! Sensational. I especially recommend this series to coming of age girls.

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  • Gayle Maurer
  • 09-05-18

A Wonderful Read and Performance

I enjoyed the first book in this series so much that I was worried the second installment wouldn't be as good (I have been disappointed by other authors, unfortunately) but if anything, this one was even better. No, I won't say that since it was pretty much a continuation of the first book. This was one of those books that remind me of a good movie. When you leave the theater you are exhilarated. I also enjoyed the reader's performance very much. I know this was probably written for a young readership, and though I am an older adult, I found it great fun!