The Gearheart – A Free Audiobook

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  • Kyle Dockery

    Can’t wait to listen but sad its ending. Amazing job Alex, I can’t wait until I can buy a copy of the book. Thank you for the inspiration and help sir.

  • Laura Frechette

    You just had to have an epilogue too. Well get crackin on it. I really enjoyed this story, the music, the voices… everything was really well done.

    Keep writing.

  • andy

    so i just got done listening to episode 37 and i didnt expect to feel so depresed that its over lol. There were times in this last year when the only thing i was looking foward to was a new gearheart episode becuse i was so interested in those characters and that world.I loved it so much that after a busy day at work i would just play the gearheart soundtrack and even though i wasnt listening to story i still had that world in my thoughts.I also learned about steampunk. i had never heard about that before and im amazed by that concept…. well i just wanted say ty to you alex and your wife for your time even though you probaly had a lot of things going on in your life but always kept the episodes going

  • Skylemming

    Phenomenal.
    This was so clearly a labor of love and artistry that I can’t think of anything to compare it to. Certainly no other podcasted book I’ve listened to (and there have been many many many of those) sounds like The Gearheart. The voice acting of Alex and Renee was exceptional. It’s hard to believe that all of those characters came out of just two people.
    The music was gorgeous. I have to single out the theme song in particular. It is far and away the most perfect piece of steampunk music I’ve ever heard.
    The writing was great. The characters are fully-realized people. The plot is complex in the best sense of the word. The ending, this episode, was completely satisfying…though this does not mean I am not already wondering when Alex will give us more from this awesome world he’s created.

  • mark sullivan

    I’ve enjoyed your story from the first; sorry to see it’s come to a kind of end, though I hope it will continue. The waits between installments were, at times, aggravating, but then the superb quality and imaginative creations often mitigated that chaff. Hope as well that further adventures can be carried on by others, or by yourselves–especially developments of Crust, Buskerton, and Wallaby. I, for one, will long stay tuned.

  • Johnnie A

    Thus ends several hours of time well spent. Thank you oh so very much for sharing this with all of us, Alex. I’m glad you took the time to do this. I look forward to your next project.

    But, a question: are we ever going to see The Adventures of Keegan – Magus Extraordinaire?

  • Katie K

    Gah, I can’t believe it took me 4 days to realize the finale was up! Congratulations on finishing this so very well- the ending really lived up to the expectations the rest of the book inspired. That’s saying a lot. I definitely expect more stories in this world, though I’m looking forward to the Festival of the Bizarre podcast. I also promise I will get Ryan to listen to this somehow.

  • JohnFrost

    Brilliant. Simply brilliant.

    Thank you, Alex and Renee, for this amazing gift of a series. I almost cried several times during the finale (in fact, if I wasn’t at work while listening, I think the scene with Mrs. Carriker would definitely have had me in tears). It has been such a long, long time since I’ve become so emotionally invested in such a truly dynamic set of characters. The heroes, the anti-heroes, the villains… all were so rich, so real, so interesting. And the imagery! Oh the imagery–who would have thought an audio book could be so picturesque? The final battle in the manor was as spectacular as any anime.

    I understand the need to take a break for a while, but I eagerly anticipate further stories of Keegan or the promised prequel with Augustus–I gotta say, two of my favorite characters, btw. And while this cyberpunk thing doesn’t sound like my normal, ahem, ‘cup of tea,’ I will definitely check out anything with the White name on it.

    Thank you, thank you, thank you,

    JohnFrost

  • Gill_smoke

    And so it ends. Thank you for all your effort.

    P.S. Can we get a little more?

  • Peter Muepf

    “The Gearheart” = quality time!
    Alex and Renee, I`m really impressed. Thank you for this amazing audio ride!

    I hope there will be more stories in the
    world you created – esp. Crust, Buskerton, and Wallaby are really “cute” creatures :-)

    Peter

  • Vinnet

    It didn’t take long for me to get drawn into this, the first audiobook I’ve listened to. I was not disappointed. In fact, I’m kind of afraid of trying to listen to another audiobook, for fear it will fall short.

    I don’t know how you feel about critiques of finished works, so if you don’t want to, don’t read the following.

    Firstly, your understanding of how music fits with the action of a story is phenomenal. (I wish John Williams had done so well in Episode III… then there would have been something good in there.) You’re talented not only as a descriptive writer and amazing voice actor (both of you) but also as an incredible composer. The soundtrack ranks among my favorites, right up there with those from Stardust, The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe, and Vision of Escaflowne (all of which are astounding).

    I must also say that the wordplay (especially between Isabelle and the Hangman’s first visible victim) was great. (I suspect it will be even better in your subsequent works, however.) I listened to this whole book in my car, at times keeping the windows rolled up in the hot spring sun and air-conditioning-less car just to hear your voice over the engine and rushing highway wind. I also made a gallant effort not to cry when Isabelle died, seeing as how the next traffic light was red, and traffic was backed up. But I don’t think too many people heard me cackling at the turn of events or shouting advice to your characters. At least, not always the same people.

    My one concern was that I almost stopped in the middle. (Glad I didn’t.) The first few chapters were so amazingly compelling, I couldn’t wait to get in the car and go somewhere. I couldn’t wait to hear what was next. Same with the end. But in the middle, with the chapters of battle and chaos at the Seekers’ mansion, the interpersonal relationships seemed to get set on hold (reasonably), but it was a shock after how important and compelling they had been. Speaking of which, did we actually get to see Elena’s last meeting with Wylan or not? Either way, I missed it and was looking forward to seeing their reactions.

    In any case, this was a marvelous world with well-developed characters, astounding voice-acting and amazing music with a solid plot. I’m looking forward to the sequel you so cleverly left room for or any other project that so thoroughly captures your imagination and attention.

  • An

    I would just like to thank you for sharing this fantastic audiobook and soundtrack.
    After listening to ep.1 I was immediately hooked by the story, the characters, the music and by your and Renee’s wonderful voice talents. The Gearheart is the first audiobook podcast I subscribed to.
    My favorite characters are Cog, Darren and Augustus.
    I’ve downloaded the music so whenever I listen to the music I’m right back in the story.
    Look forward to more of your work and thank you again.

  • Paul Fischer

    What an amazing journey. Thank you so much for sharing your work with us. I enjoyed it immensely. You are fantastic storyteller.

    I waited all weekend and into today to listen to the final chapter. I didn’t want to get interrupted in the middle. I was so happy when a hole opened in the middle of my day and I could drink in the whole thing at once. It was worth the wait.

    Please let me know when the book is released.

    -Paul

  • Anthony

    Awesome story and a stellar production. Both of you are quite good voice actors, as well. I especially liked the Boston accent you gave to Augustus…all he needed to say was Go Sawx…

    Looking forward to seeing this all in print and hopefully hearing a sequel!

  • Kyle

    This story is amazing i enjoyed every second and sincerly hope you continue writing in this setting if not a sequel but altogether it was an impressive book great work guys thanks oh and the old timey hour was a great add on for extra laughs keep up the awesomness

  • Hollie

    I wish I had heard of this podcast years ago! Having listened to the whole story now, I can’t simply pass by without stopping to say I love everything you created here. The universe of The Gearheart is a fantastic one indeed!

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