Narrator: JoBe Cerny, Julia Farmer
Published by Self Published / Indie on 5 November 2014
Length: 4 hrs and 11 mins
Genres: Speampunk, Western
Source: Author, Submitted
Railroad is a fast pace steampunk story of gadgetry, gunplay and grit.Join us as we follow the strange stand-alone train known as the Sleipnir; eight cars of free traveling steam powered might. Able to lay her own tracks, as well as pick them up again, the train is a marvelous feat of engineering, and as an unbound entity she can travel anywhere her master desires. The only trouble is the trouble she attracts. Her owner and creator, one Professor Hieronymus J. Dittmeyer, can't seem to help but catch the attention of all manner of odd characters, including an undead conductor and a ghostly guardian. But even the most well intending ghost just isn't enough to keep trouble from the tracks. From run of the mill outlaws, to world-class super villains, the crew of the Sleipnir needs hands-on protecting and they need it fast!
Enter Rodger Dodger, dead-eye marksman and all around vexed soul. Dodger finds he is inexplicably drawn to the Sleipnir and her crazy crew, though he is reluctant to return to the work of a gunslinger after a dreadful history of bloodshed and violence. At the request of a restless spirit, Dodger takes on the work, straps on the biggest guns this side of the Mississippi and soon finds his life will never be the same again. (Which is just fine with him because he didn't like the one he had anyways.)
On a train that can go anywhere, anything is bound to happen!
©2011 Tonia Brown (P)2014 Tonia Brown
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This was my first Steampunk anything! It is fast paced for a first time listener – I had to start it over a second time just to make sure I was clear on what was happening. The thing that popped into my head was “pay no attention to the man behind the curtain” type feeling I had when I heard the narrator begin with the story line.
I enjoyed the gruffness of Carpenter (Rodger Dodger) and his many questions about the train as it helped to describe what was going on. Professor Hieronymus J. Dittmeyer, Ph.D., M.D. was excellent as an eccentric professor and inventor. Ched, I’m not sure about but I took him as a possible zombie or perhaps in the same shape as the group of train robbers – enhanced!
The inventions in this story were fantastic. They were clearly described and important to the storyline. Everything was described in a rich vocabulary and visually stimulating. The brief glimpse into Rodger Dodger was enlightening and thought evoking.
Rodger Dodger’s time in the military and later as a gun slinger was interesting and very poignant as it provided a keen insight into the man. Bringing in Lalayna and Boone were an interesting touch, pushing Dodger onto the path of his destiny.
The character and plot development was strong and flowed nicely together.
I look forward to hearing the rest of this adventure!
The narrator, JoBe Cerny did an excellent job of making the story seem surreal. He was difficult to understand when he was Ched but by making him a little difficult to understand one can gleam and that perhaps Ched is unique and when he speaks, he is one you need to stop and heed. Seems he knows more than he lets on and the narrator helps portray this accurately.
Julia Farmer did an excellent job as LaLayna. Definitely the mistress of seduction and innocence all rolled into one with a hint of a deep hidden dark personality with other things going on.
I enjoyed the book, the reading and look forward to more.
There were no issues with the production, everything went smoothly.
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