The Constantine Affliction

  • by T. Aaron Payton
  • Narrated by John Lee
  • 10 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

It is 1864, and London is a city in transition. The Constantine Affliction - a strange malady that kills some of its victims and physically transforms others into the opposite sex - has spread scandal and upheaval throughout society. Scientific marvels and disasters, such as clockwork courtesans, the alchemical fires of Whitechapel, electric carriages, and acidic monsters lurking in the Thames, have forever altered the face of the city.
Pembroke "Pimm" Hanover is an aristocrat with an interest in criminology, who uses his keen powers of observation to assist the police or private individuals - at least when he’s sober enough to do so. Ellie Skyler, who hides her gender behind the byline "E. Skye", is an intrepid journalist driven by both passion and necessity to uncover the truth, no matter where it hides.
When Pimm and Skye stumble onto a dark plot that links the city's most notorious criminal overlord with the Queen's new consort, famed scientist Sir Bertram Oswald, they soon find the forces of both high and low society arrayed against them. Can they save the city from the arcane machinations of one of history's most appalling monsters - and uncover the shocking origin of... The Constantie Affliction?


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Customer Reviews

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Quite the weirdest steampunk book I've ever read but fascinating. Throw away comments became major plot points & major plot points became mere distractions all interwoven with incredible characters, believable romance & the most interesting version of Queen Victoria I've ever read.
I have to say though, my favourite character was Freddie & I was mildly disappointed that he is a secondary character because I would happily read book after book about him.

Waiting with baited breath for a sequel.
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- susan

Steampunk at its best...

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

its a great read with interesting characters especially the development between the main character, his wife and his love interest

Who was your favorite character and why?

Ellie and Freddie,
Ellie because I fell for about half way through the book, I am Jealous of Pimm...
and Freddie because she was just brilliant in every scene

What about John Lee’s performance did you like?

almost perfect, cant explain it

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

where Ellie first finds out about Freddie

Any additional comments?

the lovecraftian things were a little out of the blue but overall its a great overall plot, great characters and a pretty good love story

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- ssbsts23

Book Details

  • Release Date: 03-06-2013
  • Publisher: Audible Studios