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European Travel for the Monstrous Gentlewoman

The Extraordinary Adventures of the Athena Club, Book 2
Written by: Theodora Goss
Narrated by: Kate Reading
Length: 24 hrs and 27 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (12 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

In the sequel to the critically acclaimed The Strange Case of the Alchemist’s Daughter, Mary Jekyll and the rest of the daughters of literature’s mad scientists embark on a madcap adventure across Europe to rescue another monstrous girl and stop the Alchemical Society’s nefarious plans once and for all.

Mary Jekyll’s life has been peaceful since she helped Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson solve the Whitechapel Murders. Beatrice Rappaccini, Catherine Moreau, Justine Frankenstein, and Mary’s sister Diana Hyde have settled into the Jekyll household in London, and although they sometimes quarrel, the members of the Athena Club get along as well as any five young women with very different personalities. At least they can always rely on Mrs. Poole.

But when Mary receives a telegram that Lucinda Van Helsing has been kidnapped, the Athena Club must travel to the Austro-Hungarian Empire to rescue yet another young woman who has been subjected to horrific experimentation. Where is Lucinda, and what has Professor Van Helsing been doing to his daughter? Can Mary, Diana, Beatrice, and Justine reach her in time?

Racing against the clock to save Lucinda from certain doom, the Athena Club embarks on a madcap journey across Europe. From Paris to Vienna to Budapest, Mary and her friends must make new allies, face old enemies, and finally confront the fearsome, secretive Alchemical Society. It’s time for these monstrous gentlewomen to overcome the past and create their own destinies.

©2018 Theodora Goss (P)2018 Simon & Schuster

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A worthy successor

This book makes me hope there with be another sequel the characters are well written and interesting and the asides expand there world. #Audible1

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Delightful and cheeky!

Much like the first book in the series, European Travel for the Monstrous Gentlewoman presents a re-imagining of classic monster characters through a feminist lens with great humour and wit. I enjoyed getting more of everyone--and there is *more*, this book being significantly longer than the first. The narration is delightful, with different mannerisms of speech for every character, and easy to follow. I look forward to the third book!
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  • Logan
  • 2018-07-20

This second book earned it's fifth star!

Mash'em ups can get pretty bland, but I've really enjoyed these books. The characters that at first feel meh grow on you, and their developments through their several trials make them even more endearing. Can not wait for the third volume. Theodora, I'd totally give you twenty shillings for a sneak peek! Diana is my favorite, but I want more Alpha and Omega!
Kate Reading (ironic name...) is a WONDERFUL narrator, and I'll be scoping out her other works, as well. Please keep me entertained!
Thank you so much!

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  • Stefan Filipovits
  • 2018-07-13

Little Women meets Anno Dracula

I’ve been obsessed with the crossover fiction genre ever since I read Kim Newman’s Anno Dracula series. Because of that obsession I’ve read a lot of crossover fiction stories and more often than not they’re terrible. Usually they become so bogged down in the crossovers that the story gets lost in a sea of references. This is the first series I’ve read that matches Newman’s magnum opus. The characters are rich, distinct, relatable, and remarkably easy to invest in. The story is interesting too and I’m anxious to see what’s next but it’s the characters that make this series as addictive as it is and there’s nothing wrong with that. If you’re a fan of crossover fiction, want something empowering, or just want something with great characters to pass the time then definitely pick it up.

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  • Naomi Townsend
  • 2018-07-20

My new obseasion

As a fan of sherlock Holmes, having had read Carmilla, Dracula and being generally familiar with most of the characters within the Athena Club books, I love this authors take on the monsters. The author did an amazing job creating these characters, creating their stories and intertwining characters from other books in so many ways. These books have adventure, mystery, strong female characters from all different backgrounds working together, no drama within the group, funny quarrels between them maybe but no more. I cannot wait for the 3rd book

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  • Texie
  • 2018-08-28

Not suited for an audiobook

I had a very hard time making it through this one, it is much longer than the 1st. The story does drag on quite a bit so it can get quite boring. My main issue is that there are too many breaks in the story where the characters talk behind the scenes and it gets annoying. There were far less in the 1st novel and it made the story flow so much better, however in this one there are constant side conversations that get annoying. You can predict when they will come and they really do not add anything to the story line. Perhaps if you are reading the hard copy it is not as irritating but in the audiobook form it really drags on your nerves. I felt like to book was way too long and instead of developing the main characters into characters who you empathize and root for, you really begin to dislike them all. I am not sure why the author would want for you to dislike the main characters, but she makes you think that Mary is a prim, controlling idiot, Katharine is quite mean, Beatrice is useless, Diana is a heathen, and Justine is pointless. She shows few redeeming qualities for the characters and really makes them out to dislike each other. I was very disappointed in this story and sorry I wasted so much time listening to it.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 2018-08-03

Needs an editor

Painfully long, in need of tightening up. This was eight hours of listening longer than necessary. The story is clever, the narrator excellent, but the exposition just dragged.

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  • Matthew Kilner
  • 2018-07-13

superbly written, delightfully read

for context, my wife and I average 40 books a year, and this is the only one we actually pre-ordered.

Well worth it; great the first time, and stands up to multiple readings.

2nd in the series, can't wait for the next.

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  • bluestategirl
  • 2019-02-10

Buy a 10 foot pole -- you'll need it.

Kate Reading is one of my top five narrators of all time, so it makes me sad to admit that reading this book has defeated even her. But if there is blame, it goes to Theodora Goss, who was far too ambitious in the way she wrote the characters and dialogue in this book. She did something I've never seen before: She so over utilized her various characters points of view, that the book became a fatiguing mess of inconsequential bitching.

While this same *experiment* in novel writing was used more successfully in the first book, it worked there due to it having far fewer characters. Here, there were MANY characters, all contributing endless asides and sarcasm to the point where the action suffered and so did the listener.

The set up is the reading by one character (Katherine), of a *book within the book,* describing the groups experience in past events. Great premise, right? Not this time.

Goss includes the various asides, view points, additions, arguments and remarks of ALL of the other characters as they describe how they personally experienced the events described in Katherine's book. The constant input, and chiming in, was frequently bland, sarcastic, and unnecessary, adding little to no value, and preventing the story from moving forward. The constant interruptions for no reason, kept this listener frequently on edge, bored, or just confused.

Worse, each time the action would start to take off, it would come to a screeching halt as we got passages that would read like this:

Mary: "Blah blah blah, snide remark."
Justine: "Blah blah blah, something kind."
Katherine: "Blah blah blah, defending the book."

And every character got to put their two cents in.

I'm only 3 hours and 33 minutes from the end of a 24 hour book, but I can now only stand to listen to about 10 to 20 minutes at a time, because of the way the characters keep interrupting and harping on each other! I literally do not know what the hell is going on! And Kate Reading's voice is auditory torture!

Theodora Goss is a fine writer, and has a flare for originality; she just needs to take a little pity on her readers instead of trying to impress us with the kitchen sink.

As for Kate Reading, she gave her all as usual, and no one could have performed this monster mash better. But at this point, I can't even stand the sound of HER voice -- even reading the books I love, and THAT really annoys me!

If I had know this book would end up making me want to avoid anything read by Kate Reading, I wouldn't have touched it with a ten foot pole.

Definitely NOT RECOMMENDED to anyone who enjoys linear plotting -- or the sound of Kate Reading's voice.

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  • K. Ray
  • 2018-07-31

Book 2 - just as good as the first!

First off, let me start by stating that the character of Diana is so annoying to me - that is good writing. The author takes the original characters (Dracula, Mr. Hyde, Van Helsing) tales and gives them a new spin, while the narrator brings them to life!
I enjoy reading and listening to the books, but it hasn't been since JK Rowling created Delorus Umbridge (a character I actually, physically hated) that a fictional person has honestly annoyed me as much as Diana. lol
The story is captivating, although I did find the "interruptions" of the side bars of the characters discussing random things, a bit distracting; the overall story which revolved around the vampire-type characters was facinating!
I am looking forward to future installments by Ms Goss of the Athena Club!

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  • itinerant
  • 2018-07-14

someone learned what meta means

The interior chattiness of the book might be endearing to some, and has its amusing moments, I suppose, but I'm more interested in the story than the excess of silliness the pomo conceit seems geared toward providing. The metanarative becomes the reason for the story, so the story suffers from too much teen banter . . .

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  • Chris
  • 2019-03-21

book two in the series is even better than book on

Book 2 starts out with the Athena Club splitting up some staying in London some going off to a foreign country to save a young woman being turned into a vampire. all I can say is I want more and I sure hope book 3 in the series comes out soon

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