Summary

Southern California - sunny days, blue skies, neighbours on flying bicycles ... ghostly submarines ... mermen off the Catalina coast ... and a vast underground sea stretching from the Pacific Ocean to the Inland Empire where Chinese junks ply an illicit trade and enormous creatures from ages past still survive. It is a place of wonder ... and dark conspiracies.
A place rife with adventure - if one knows where to look for it. Two such seekers are the teenagers Jim Hastings and his friend, Giles Peach. Giles was born with a wonderful set of gills along his neck and insatiable appetite for reading. Drawing inspiration from the novels of Edgar Rice Burroughs, Giles is determined to build a Digging Leviathan. Will he reach the center of the earth? or destroy it in the process?
©2012 James P. Blaylock (P)2012 Audible Ltd
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2 out of 5 stars
By "sarahharding3" on 19-10-12

Very Odd

Having just finished this book, I find myself unable to really give you much of a summary. It it a very odd book, which seems to be set in cold war era USA, following the journey of a mentally unstable man on his journey to the centre of the earth. Whether anything is actually happening, or is all imagined is still a mystery. Even though the narrator is pretty good, I found myself switching off while listening and even when I was paying attention, I was not really following. The ending is also rather abrupt, but I found myself almost glad that it had finished, so I didn't have to listen anymore.

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2 out of 5 stars
By Mr. M. Bleck on 13-06-13

pop

We love coca cola right? I mean as a species, generally we do. Is it the sugar? the taste? the bubbles? Probably a combination of all those things. Well, this book is so full of prose - I mean SOOO full of prose, that the actual story is lost. I couldn't follow it, I didn't enjoy it and I laboured just to listen. Can I judge it fully - no. I could only listen entirely to the first part of the download, and that took determination.

What world were they living in? Who were the people? No introductions, just a lot of over cleaver assumptions that at some point you would just get it. It took too long and I was just fed up.

So why cola at the beginning? Because prose are great in a story when used to enhance something already special, like bubbles make a coke fizzy, but a coke they do not make. This story is all bubbles. If the flavour is there, and I'm sure it is, I couldn't taste it.

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1 out of 5 stars
By Carlos Benjamin on 01-06-16

Poor narration makes book hard to judge

I can't fault the narrator during passages that were not the characters speaking. The voices adopted for the various characters seemed very contrived. Though and difficult to sort through. There were variations on raspy old man and high pitched adolescent boy and little else. The story itself was convoluted and the voices only made sorting things out that much more difficult.

In addition to the odd character voices the narrator mispronounces several words. I always find these jarring and I have to use context to determine what the word should have been.

I ran across this book in a search for steampunk novels. It is not a steampunk novel despite the use of flying submarines, machines designed to burrow to Pelucidar and bathyscapes, although one would think..... I'm not sure if this was a problem with Audible.com search algorithm or a misclassification.

Things are not as they seem and I went from thinking every character was completely mad to figuring out what was happening before too long, so I don't know that the narration can take credit for all of my dissatisfaction with this book.

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4 out of 5 stars
By religionprof on 02-08-15

Uneven but rewarding narrative

I've read this many times. I love Blaylock. This one is uneven in its pacing, but I love it. Blaylock is the king of whimsical.

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