LeTour de Paris : The Chronicles of Tavara Tinker

  • by Sharon Skinner, Bob Nelson
  • Narrated by Melanie Fraser
  • Series: The Chronicles of Tavara Tinker
  • 0 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Tavara Tinker leads a double life. By day, a proper Victorian lady. By night, deep in the heart of industrial London, she maintains a research laboratory and a steam-powered factory where she creates the clothes and weapons for a new generation of adventurer.
Tavara and her quirky band of intrepid heroes visit Paris on a quest to obtain a rare fabric for a client, only to discover they're not the only ones with an interest in it.

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A quick exciting listen, jam packed with action.

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This was my first foray into the steampunk genre and I enjoyed it immensely. Le Tour de Paris was an ideal title to start me off as it is a short read/listen. It had all the descriptions, details and paraphernalia that I would associate with steampunk.

The story is action packed and the reader/listener is thrust into all the excitement right from the beginning. Because this is a short story, there isn't an abundance of information about the characters except for their looks and what they are wearing. The writers have, instead, concentrated on the series of action scenes which are very well written and entertaining. The narrator, Melanie Fraser, added a some extra pizazz with sound effects.

I was surprised at how much detail and activity the writers were able to jam into such a short piece but they managed it superbly. I'm hoping that the current storyline continues into the next installment as I'm keen to find out what happens next. I'd also like to see the characters develop more as the series progresses so that I can gain more insight into their relationships with each other. However, the installments would need to get a little bit longer in order to facilitate this without sacrificing the action and adventure scenes.

I loved the narration by Melanie Fraser. The narration is well paced and crystal clear. The little snippet of French she spoke was impressive and I found myself listening that extra bit carefully to see if I could remember my secondary school French. By the third listen I had it translated in my head, happy in the knowledge that the language is still rattling around in there somewhere.
Le Tour de Paris is not a story that will bore you. I have listened to Le Tour de Paris three times to date and I enjoyed it even more each time. With so much going on in the story it is easy to miss a bit of the action if you get distracted so I found myself wanting to go back and listen to it again.

If you want a short listen that is high in entertainment, I would definitely recommend Le Tour de Paris. For anyone, like me, who has yet to venture into the steampunk genre, Le Tour de Paris is a great place to start.


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- Inishowen Cailin

Action packed

Very clever writing. This short story is action packed from the very beginning and quickly moves through to a very satisfactory ending.
Lively characters under the guidance of their leader, Tavara Tinker go on an adventure to Paris to find some special material for their customer.
I loved the detail packed into this story, the excitement and success.
Melanie Fraser helps make this an enjoyable listen with her brilliant change of voices and accents. She really is a very talented voice actress and I loved her French.
All of his made for a most entertaining half hour or so and I am quite happy to recommend this audiobook.
I received the audiobook version from the narrator and this is my unbiased review.
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- Zena

Book Details

  • Release Date: 12-11-2015
  • Publisher: Brick Cave Media