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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (936 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Dexter Palmer Narrator: William Dufris Publisher: Tantor Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Imprisoned aboard a zeppelin that floats above a city reminiscent of those of the classic films Metropolis and Brazil, the greeting card writer Harold Winslow is composing his memoirs. His companions are the only woman he has ever loved, who has gone insane, and the cryogenically frozen body of her father, the devilish genius who drove her mad. The tale of Harold’s decades-long thwarted love is also one in which he watches technology transform his childhood home from a mere burgeoning metropolis to a waking dream, in which the well-heeled have mechanical men for servants, deserted islands can exist within skyscrapers, and the worlds of fairy tales can be built from scratch. And as he heads toward a final, desperate confrontation with the mad inventor, he discovers that he is an unwitting participant in the creation of the greatest invention of them all—the perpetual motion machine.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Plangent, tender and sui generis: a steampunk The Tempest with the grim and rippling beauty of a fairy tale.”

    Lauren Groff, New York Times bestselling author of The Monsters of Templeton

  • “Palmer takes elements from Nabokov, Neal Stephenson, Steven Millhauser, and The Tempest…The result is a singular riff on steampunk—sophisticated, subversive entertainment that never settles for escapism.”

    New York Times

  • “This imaginative tale of love is both heartbreaking and head-twisting. Dufris provides a sure and steady delivery.”

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  • “This mind-bending alternate history is a veritable showcase for…Palmer’s creativity and intellectual ambition.”

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Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Mary | 2/12/2014

    " This book was very odd. It had The Tempest all mixed up in it, and the style was similar to Haruki Murakami but the language didn't have the power that his does and the women (Miranda and Astrid) didn't seem to be as clearly drawn as they should have been. Astrid especially seemed incomplete as a character. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Vasily | 2/7/2014

    " This was a tough read; the story is interesting and there were some great literary devices used by the author that I won't spoil, but everything in the book, both characters and world, inspire the most intense feelings of loneliness I've ever felt from a book. I can't say I _like_ the book, so much as I think it gets four stars of respect for bringing out that kind of emotional response. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Therese | 2/3/2014

    " This is a strange and beautiful story. Essentially, it's a steampunk re-imagining of The Tempest, set in a world that has replaced miracles with technology. I wanted more Astrid though. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Leah | 1/29/2014

    " A genuinely wonderful debut novel, methinks. Just creepy enough to leave an impression. "

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