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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (287 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Mike Mignola, Christopher Golden Narrator: Robert Fass Publisher: Macmillan Audio Format: Unabridged edition Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: September 2012 ISBN: 9781427231826
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In 1925, earthquakes and a rising sea level left Lower Manhattan submerged under more than thirty feet of water, so that its residents began to call it the Drowning City. Those unwilling to abandon their homes created a new life on streets turned to canals and in buildings whose first three stories were underwater. Fifty years have passed since then, and the Drowning City is full of scavengers and water rats, poor people trying to eke out an existence, and those too proud or stubborn to be defeated by circumstance. Among them are fourteen-year-old Molly McHugh and her friend and employer, Felix Orlov. Once upon a time Orlov the Conjuror was a celebrated stage magician, but now he is an old man, a psychic medium, contacting the spirits of the departed for the grieving loved ones left behind. When a seance goes horribly wrong, Felix Orlov is abducted by strange men wearing gas masks and rubber suits, and Molly soon finds herself on the run. Her flight will lead her into the company of a mysterious man, and his stalwart sidekick, Joe Golem, whose own past is a mystery to him, but who walks his own dreams as a man of stone and clay, brought to life for the sole purpose of hunting witches.

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Darren Cools | 2/6/2014

    " The writing itself left a bit to be desired, but the concept, mood and story were fantastic. Loved it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ben | 1/23/2014

    " I would say 3.5 stars. It's a good novel but it has slow points to it that make it seem like the two authors are arguing with which direction the story should go. It's not nearly as cohesive as the other stories they've written together. I look forward to the developing character of Joe Golem. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Julie | 1/19/2014

    " Should really be called Molly McHugh and the Drowning City. Not a bad story, though, and the Joe of the title is a good guy. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jeremy | 1/9/2014

    " I am a huge Mignola fan. This book lived up to those expectations, however, there were many themes and ideas that seemed repetitive with the author's other works. That is why only four stars instead of five. There was an originality lacking from this work, but for new readers of this author this would be a great ride for sure. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 James | 1/1/2014

    " Not the Hellboy universe, but it has that feel. It claims to be an illustrated novel, but at least in the the Kindle version the illustrations are more the occasional atmospheric accent than illustrating the storyline. Still no one draws a rotting scull like Mignola. Liked it and will read further installments. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Elene | 12/29/2013

    " It starts out slow. I wasn't sure I was interested for about the first chapter, then I got interested in the characters and story. Interesting premise and alternate vision. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Andrea | 12/28/2013

    " Awesome. The writing felt more like it should have been in comic book form than novel really, and the opening scene and its violence against the woman and vaginal flowering imagery didn't grab me, but once into the story you're in and it is full of wondrous imagination, fantastic characters and action-packed scenes that just keep getting better. I love the idea of New York half inundated, this world of water and crime and magic. The heroine is awesome if her fears and past a bit heavily dealt with (as true for all the characters perhaps, again, the comic book style trumping the potential interiorities of a novel), loved the occult detectives and Orlov and the gas-mask men and the rotten tree, a touch of the steam punk without the sentimentality and tweeness....well. I enjoyed it immensely. I wish it had had more illustrations, I liked them, but it didn't feel like they added much which was a shame! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Roxofspazhouse | 12/27/2013

    " This is a great collaborative effort for Mike and Christopher. I love the world of magicians living in a sunken New York City. This story blends, pulp, alternative history and magic in a highly entertaining way. I hope there will be more. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Peter Zimmerman | 11/8/2013

    " This book works best in the history of the characters and the atmosphere of the different scenes. It is kind of lacking and slow when you get to the big action. A great fun read all together, though. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mike | 10/13/2013

    " Interesting premise, especially as it ties into Mignola's Hellboy mythology, but the writing was mediocre. I would have enjoyed this a lot more as a graphic novel. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lucas | 9/30/2013

    " I usually steer clear of steampunk but this was a great story, Mignola always delivers. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mason Archibald | 8/20/2013

    " It sounds so amazing.. Satanic steampunk in an underwater city.. For some reason I just couldn't get into it. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Amy | 8/16/2013

    " For all of its supernatural charms, I found the characterizations to be a bit flat, and the prose a little wobbly. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Daniel Cooksey | 7/24/2013

    " 4 stars for the art, 3 stars for the story. I've never been able to connect to Christopher Golden's writing, and this book was no exception. Fascinating concepts and characters with middling execution. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tyler | 7/12/2013

    " Gritty, apocalyptic noir with plenty of occult flair. Possibly hits too close to home for the Hellboy writers, but still very enjoyable. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Blake Adamson | 4/10/2013

    " Mike Mignola and Christopher Golden have done it again. an alternate universe story that grips you and doesn't let go. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Roland Bruno | 3/22/2013

    " From the creator of Hellboy, and I have to wonder, why not just make it a Hellboy novel? The similarities are painfully obvious. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tamara | 1/13/2013

    " What a fun book. I look forward to more set in this alternate Earth. As good as Golden and Mignola's Lord Baltimore book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tammie | 11/24/2012

    " Imaginative and interesting, but the ending dragged on a bit. "

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About the Author
Mike Mignola is best known as the award-winning creator/writer/artist of Hellboy. He was also a visual consultant to director Guillermo del Toro on both Hellboy and Hellboy II: The Golden Army films. He also coauthored (with Christopher Golden) two novels, Baltimore, or, The Steadfast Tin Soldier and the Vampire and Joe Golem and the Drowning City. Mignola lives in Southern California with his wife, daughter, and cat.
About the Narrator

Robert Fass is a veteran actor and seven-time nominee for the prestigious Audie Award, winning in 2011 and 2013. He is equally at home in a wide variety of styles, genres, characters, and dialects and has earned multiple Earphones Awards, including one for his narration of Francisco Goldman’s Say Her Name, which was named one of AudioFile magazine’s Best Audiobooks of 2011. He has given voice to modern and classic fiction writers alike, including Ray Bradbury, Joyce Carol Oates, Isaac Asimov, Jeffrey Deaver, and John Steinbeck, as well as to nonfiction works in history, memoir, health, journalism, and business.