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Gideon Smith
1 : Gideon Smith and the Mechanical Girl

by David Barnett
May 18, 2015
9 Hours
Ages 18+
Nineteenth century London is the center of a vast British Empire. Airships ply the skies and Queen Victoria presides over three-quarters of the known world—including the East Coast of America, following the failed revolution of 1775.

London might as well be a world away from Sandsend, a tiny village on the Yorkshire coast. Gideon Smith dreams of the adventure promised him by the lurid tales of Captain Lucian Trigger, the Hero of the Empire, told in Gideon’s favorite “penny dreadful.” When Gideon’s father is lost at sea in highly mysterious circumstances Gideon is convinced that supernatural forces are at work. Deciding only Captain Lucian Trigger himself can aid him, Gideon sets off for London. On the way he rescues the mysterious mechanical girl Maria from a tumbledown house of shadows and iniquities. Together they make for London, where Gideon finally meets Captain Trigger.

But Trigger is little more than an aging fraud, providing cover for the covert activities of his lover, Dr. John Reed, a privateer and sometime agent of the British Crown. Looking for heroes but finding only frauds and crooks, it falls to Gideon to step up to the plate and attempt to save the day...but can a humble fisherman really become the true Hero of the Empire?

David Barnett's Gideon Smith and the Mechanical Girl is a fantastical steampunk fable set against an alternate historical backdrop: the ultimate Victoriana/steampunk mash-up!

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Director & Cast

Director Nathanial Perry
Starring Terence Aselford, Bradley Smith, Dani Stoller, Eva Wilhelm, Scott McCormick, Kimberly Gilbert, Michael Glenn, Andy Brownstein, Richard Rohan, Michael John Casey, James Konicek, Tony Penny, Dylan Lynch, Alyssa Wilmoth, Evan Casey, Matthew Schleigh, Zoe Badovinac, Colleen Delany, Ken Jackson, Nanette Savard, Ren Kasey, Todd Scofield, Chris Scheeren, David Coyne, Nick DePinto, David Harris, Eric Messner, Yasmin Tuazon, Christopher Graybill, Thomas Keegan, Gabriela Fernandez-Coffey, James Lewis, Margie Tompros, Nathanial Perry and Steven Carpenter
Book Adapted for GraphicAudio by Nathanial Perry
Dialogue Editors Nathanial Perry
Sound Designers Nathanial Perry
Cover Illustrator Jahbulani Ori
Producers Richard Rohan and Duane Beeman
Executive Producer Anji Cornette


Gideon Smith and the Mechanical Girl by Steve (Posted on 2/18/2019)
Even better and more wild a universe along the lines of the Clockwork Century series this takes that genre to an unparrelled level. The story is scientifically fascinating and steampunk erotic that'll keep your attention throughout. Loved the whole premise of the story. Can't wait to hear the next in this line
Love This Series by William (Posted on 10/2/2018)
My wife and I listened to this on our vacation while driving across country. We loved it. The story has a lot of twists and turns that you will love. The second story is great too. A must listen.
With a wink and a nod... by Donald (Posted on 2/18/2018)
I picked this up and I am glad I did. I enjoyed the alternative world, the characters and the story. The author did a fun job of weaving in historical figures, in some cases a little tongue and cheek. I will be looking into the rest of this series.
Gideon smith and the mechanical girl by mike (Posted on 1/26/2018)
this story hooked me right from the get go was a whirl wind adventure that pull's you right into the story
Terrific by Bruce (Posted on 9/20/2017)
How great is this book. From start to finish, amazing how everything ties in together at the end. Left me wanting more.
Bravo To The Gideon Smith World by Steampucked (Posted on 9/15/2017)
Bravo GA, you made a great story here. With all of our favourite cast, the world of Gideon Smith lights up into a colourful and imaginative Indiana-Jones come Lara-Croft scenario with a healthy dose of Steampunk (evident on the sleeve artwork) reminiscent of The League Of Extraordinary Gentlemen. There plenty of surprises around every corner of this delightful episode of Gideon Smith. Thanks Graphic Audio for this encounter, once again another fine piece of work that really does make 'A Movie In Your Mind'.
Kick ass Steampunk fun by Amy (Posted on 11/28/2016)
Damn, that was a rousing adventure! I loved the kitchen sink style in the end. There were so many different literary references, it made my head spin. Acting was excellent. I am so excited for what comes next
Awesome series by Kaycie (Posted on 9/3/2016)
Absolutely love these books!!
gideon by russell (Posted on 6/29/2016)
This is a great series!
Gideon Smith 1 and the Mechanical Girl by Anthony (Posted on 5/30/2016)
While looking for something new and different in GA, I ended up purchasing book 1 & 2 at the same time after hearing samples. Cannot wait for the next in series soon.
Fantastic by Michael (Posted on 5/23/2016)
I DOUBT that if I listened to every book in Graphic Audio's selection I would find something I didn't like.

The slight divergences in the time line of Gideon Smith's universe and ours bring a smile to my lips. The voices and language, and ... other things, Mr. Bent... bring the book roaring to life. And the fact that Gideon, even though he is a hero, is a reluctant hero.

Another hit for Graphic Audio.
Another Winner! by Eric (Posted on 5/12/2016)
One thing I hate about most of these penny dreadful stories, is the improbable love story. And, as improbable as it may sound, I really loved the improbable romance going on in GS and the Mechanical Girl. Without giving away the story, I will say that the sudden crush turned romance in this story, is far better handled than most. It is improbable - but not ridiculous. So many of these stories have an "all encompassing love at first sight" sort of plot. But, GS's romance in spite of being very fast, does actually develop.

Aside from that, this is a great, rousing adventure. The voice acting is done very well with a minimum of gratuitous introspection on part of the characters. The writing is an excellent blend of expected melodrama and humor. And, it does an excellent job of transporting us around the globe. This series is fast ranking in my top 3 from graphic audio. While I do agree that Stoker could have had a bit more Irish in his vocals, I thought the part was played well...a good choice for the part. Definitely, I give an additional thumbs up to the ladies. But truly, I thought every part very well played, almost as if the actors had just been waiting for this script to come along.

Love everything but the Voice Direction by Travis (Posted on 4/5/2016)
Great production, story and scripting. I cannot say enough for how well GA has done on this product. However, I do have a few qualms with the voice casting. Elizabeth Bathory should have had an Eastern European accent instead of her aristocratic British vocals and Brahm Stoker should have sounded at least a little bit Irish. GA seemed to fall into that old Hollywood cliche of having everyone speak with a British Accent if they aren't American. GA has too much talent on it's staff to not have at least tried. Bathory would have sounded sexier with a Hungarian accent. Brahm with a slight Irish lilt to his voice would have helped to detract from one of GAs more distinctive voice actors instead of him giving another performance in the same recognizable voice. Other than those to blips on the radar I cannot recommend a GA title more highly if you're into Steampunk or Indiana Jones style adventures. Definitely pick it up.
Fantastic by David (Posted on 2/16/2016)
I purchased this book because of its length (9 hours), but was hooked pretty instantly. There's a lot going on in this book with different characters and story lines until they converge. The pace is great and the voice actors are exceptional as always. The story focuses on young Gideon and his quest to find answers about the disappearance of his father. Gideon suspects foul play and when he begins to investigate a whole world that once only lived in his Captain Trigger adventures becomes his new reality.
Book 1 by justin (Posted on 12/7/2015)
Excellent book you need to listen to it
Thumbs up by Victor (Posted on 11/22/2015)
Very entertaining. Needs to be listened to more then once. Multiple listenings isn't required to pick up any or all of the story. It needs to to be listened to again for the enjoyment factor.
A good time all around by Jermane (Posted on 8/30/2015)
This book was a good time to listen to, however, it does take a certain mindset to get into; that stop the enjoy of the non stop action and fun to be had.
New favorite series! by Laura (Posted on 8/22/2015)
I've listened to this story 3 times now and look forward to a 4th time! Love the Steampunk Victorian atmosphere created thru sound effects, music and superb acting! Fabulous narration by Terence Aselford and Scott McCormick's performance is wonderfully engaging as Bram Stoker. Such a wonderful cast and uniquely dramatic story! I can't wait to download the 2nd title and hope many more sequels will be made in the future!
Smith's Mechanical Girl by Chris (Posted on 7/29/2015)
This was an amazing original story & had a great Victorian-Steampunk setting filled with horror, adventure, suspense, and comedy.
Setting out to find his hero, Gideon comes across some unlikely companions, from a mechanical girl to vampires, as an ancient dark story unravels with great twists and turns as well as alternate versions of people from history. It has multiple side stories combining together to one main underlining story about discovery, adventure, love and understanding. With an open ending that leads right into the next book.
Each character has a quite different personality, which is a great thing to have, making the story more interesting and diverse.
The only drawback was a few out-of-place bathroom/crude-humor jokes; & that the main character was a bit too naive for being 24 (although he is a gentleman). Where he could have had great character development throughout, the author only has him grow a little at the end (hopefully that changes greatly in the next book).
Graphic Audio's does an amazing job of providing great sound effects, voices and descriptions of the steampunk machinery/settings to really make you feel like you are apart of Gideon's crew.
Overall, a great story & I can't wait for to start the next one; if you like The Clockwork Century or Indiana Jones (as I do) you will very much like this series.
IT WILL REMIND YOU OF RAIDERS OF THE LOST ARK by john (Posted on 6/19/2015)
Awesome by Andrew (Posted on 6/11/2015)
If you were looking for an alternative history steam punk adventure this is your kind of series. Plenty of action and suspense. You get to hear how Gideon grows up to be a hero in this tale and I can't wait for them to do the next one! So many possibilities to go from here.
Gideon Smith the Mechanical Girl by Lorraine (Posted on 6/5/2015)
I really enjoyed listening to this book and look forward to the next issue. I don't know what is going to happen until it does and this is exciting.
Thrilling from every angle! by Colleen (Posted on 6/3/2015)
What a treat it was to spend over 8 hours enjoying this book! First, Terence Aselford as narrator is a captivating story-teller; and paired with director and designer Nathanial Perry as the story-telling co-pilot, this saga just whips along, keeping my interest keen!

It's not really quite the same style as a Gilliam piece, but this story's fanciful curlicues do remind me of one of my favorite movies, "The Adventures of Baron Munchausen."

And this cast is so delightful across the board! I especially enjoyed Dani Stoller as Maria, Kimberly Gilbert as Rowena, and Eva Wilhelm as Elizabeth. (You'll forgive me for being partial to the ladies; but THEY ROCK!)
Fun, like the penny dreadfuls by Jared (Posted on 6/2/2015)
What starts at first as, what it might be, a predictable tale of a good old lad from the country learning his hero's a fraud turns into a joyful subversion of most of your expectations. Gideon will team up with the likes of Bram Stoker and others in pursuit of the mystery, and fans of pulp style adventures and history will love it all while they giggle at all the name drops and hints.
Interesting new series by damien (Posted on 6/1/2015)
I enjoyed this one even more than I expected. While not flawless it definitely deserves 5 stars. It's a really unique steampunk world with a lot of unexpected twists and turns. I had not expected it to be so good based on "Work Sets You Free" which was fun, but unremarkable. The cast and characters were quite good and at 8+ hours I certainly felt like I got my moneys worth (I get a lot of Marvel and DC books that are usually in the 5-6 hour range). I am certainly looking forward to the next chapter in the saga. My one issue is that I wasn't a huge fan of Stoker, though I like the voice actor I kept picturing him as Happy Jack from Ghost Finders and his story seemed a bit of a distraction from the more interesting main plotline.
Gideon Smith 1 and the Mechanical Girl by Jason (Posted on 5/30/2015)
Love this book. Fun to listen to really keeps you on your toes. Can't wait to get the next one. Extreamly enjoyable.

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