Director & Cast
|Starring||Colleen Delany, Dawn Ursula, Drew Kopas, Tracy Olivera, Scott McCormick, David Coyne, Michael Glenn, Lily Beacon, Terence Aselford, Eric Messner, Jefferson Russell, Tim Getman, Matthew Schleigh, Tony Nam, Nick Depinto, Steve Wannall, Michael John Casey, Evan Casey, Gary Telles, Christopher Scheeren, Mort Shelby, Will Cooke and Jonathon Church|
|Book Adapted for GraphicAudio by||Doug Krentzlin|
|Dialogue Editors||Thomas Hogan and Matt Webb|
|Sound Designers||Thomas Hogan|
|Original Theme Music||Thomas Hogan|
|Additional Original Music||Thomas Hogan|
|Cover Illustrator||Jahbulani Ori|
|Producers||Richard Rohan and Duane Beeman|
|Executive Producer||Anji Cornette|
Surprise! (Posted on 8/25/2014)
- I wasn't very sure about this book but I decided to give it a try. What a pleasant surprise! Very good and I can't wait for the next one.
unique and quirky voices (Posted on 8/15/2014)
- Colleen Delany is at the helm of this full-cast dramatization, complete with sound effects and musical score. Ezekiel is on a mission to redeem his much maligned grandfather, whose invention, the Boneshaker, supposedly wreaked havoc on Seattle, making parts of it nearly inhabitable. The teenager's mother isn't nearly as convinced that Ezekiel is on the right path but is not about to lose her son. Delany captures the range of moods throughout the story and shifts smoothly between the action and dialogue. The cast provides unique and quirky voices to the other characters in this steampunk-inspired world. L.E. © AudioFile 2014, Portland, Maine
Long start to good book (Posted on 8/8/2014)
- Starts off kinda long in the tooth. Slow paced and a little to much back stor. about 1/2 way it picks up and turns into a good book. I am looking forward to the next book just hope it doesn't drag out in the beginning like this one.
Annoying at first, but gets better. (Posted on 8/7/2014)
This was my first GraphicAudio experience. For the first third of this story, I was pretty sure it would be my last GA experience, for similar reasons as outlined in Brandon's review. Luckily, the story eventually redeemed itself.
The problem is that the two main characters, Briar and Zeke, mother and son, do nothing but complain about one-another, to whomever will listen, until well into the story. Briar, in particular, peppers her conversations with explanations about the idiocy of her son. As the story progresses, the two characters eventually learn to understand and respect one-another. Thankfully, the complaints then end, but it's a slog until that point. The complaining was annoying enough that I found other aspects of Brian and Zeke's characters, and their portrayal by the voice actors, hard to forgive. For example, Briar belts out a scream after hearing some bad news that would sound more appropriate coming from someone thrown off a building, and Zeke alternates between whiny and wildly-interested in techno-toys. If the characters were more likable, I probably would have over-looked these issues, or even found them endearing.
About half-way through, I found myself warming up to Briar, and she does get to display a wider range of emotions and an interesting set of motivations. On the other hand, if Zeke had slipped on a wet rock and split his skull at any point, it wouldn't have bothered me in the least. Not the sort of thing that one should be able to say about a protagonist.
The plot takes some interesting and non-obvious turns once it gets going. There is some depth to the story. Not bad in all, but I'd probably choose something else as an introduction to GraphicAudio.
I really wanted to like this... (Posted on 6/5/2014)
- *sigh* I had high hopes for this. It has a great literary pedigree (Hugo award, etc) and is narrated by my favorite of the GA voice actors. Man, did it fall flat and for two related reasons: the dialogue and the delivery. This is the first time I have ever had issue with the quality of the voice acting, and I have listened to over a dozen different GA programs. The characterizations of Briar, Zeke and Angeline were, to put it nicely, terrible. They were instantly disliked as characters. At times I wanted to reach into the ether and shake them! Such whiny, petulant, arrogant dialogue! It didn't make me feel their plight, it made me sympathize with the people trying to kill them! Ok, maybe it wasn't THAT bad, but man, this one was a stinker. It gets two stars for the narration (Ms. Delaney could read the phone book and I'd buy it...in fact, her voice is my business voicemail greeting, thanks to a GA Christmas deal) and the characters of the air ship pilot and Swackhammer were redeeming. But such is my opinion. This may appeal to a different target, and I may be a lone dissenter. In other words, your mileage may vary.
Clockwork Century (Posted on 5/4/2014)
- I've only listened to the first part of the download but so far i'm lovin this book and look forward to hearing the rest of the story.