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In the early 20th century, the United States government concocted a plan to import hippopotamuses into the marshlands of Louisiana to be bred and slaughtered as an alternative meat source. This is true.

Other true things about hippos: They are savage, they are fast, and their jaws can snap a man in two. This was a terrible plan.

Contained within this volume is an 1890s America that might have been: a bayou overrun by feral hippos and mercenary hippo wranglers from around the globe. It is the story of Winslow Houndstooth and his crew. It is the story of their fortunes. It is the story of his revenge.

©2017 Sarah Gailey (P)2017 Tantor

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Not bad...

I wanted to like this a lot more than I did. I like my books trashy and fun with just a wisp of gravitas, but this one was missing that all-important wisp. A hit and a near-miss.

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  • D. Daly
  • 30-11-2017

Demented fun

This was a fun, strange, and engrossing story about a different type of caper. Um, I mean "operation."

I was almost immediately drawn into the alternate history author Sarah Gailey created in River of Teeth. The characters are well rounded and interesting, even the hippos. If I had to choose a favorite character though, I would choose Archie. I would love to either be her, or have her on my side. Hero is a close second, but each of the crew, even Neville, made me smile at times.

Peter Berkrot did an excellent job narrating this story.

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  • Marie
  • 25-06-2021

Hippo Caper

This story is just really fun, fast paced and compelling. I loved Upright Women Wanted and this story is just as good. My only complaint is I felt that this could have been a longer story but there is a sequel so it’s not that big of a deal. If a hippo cowboy caper sounds like your cup of tea, this is the story for you.

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  • Zerry B.
  • 22-06-2021

A good time filler for a rushed plot

I went into reading this with an open mind, I thought to myself “cowboys but with hippos.” And for a while it was a fun story. If I could go back I would add a few thing so or take a few things out. When it came to final climatic battle I felt it was Luke warm at best. The full feel of the romance itself felt forced or pushed. “Diversity for diversity” sake.

Overall. It was a good time filler while I’m at work. But nothing I’d give a second listen to.

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  • Emily
  • 25-06-2018

Best audiobook ever.

This is the best audiobook/performance I've ever listened to. Buy it. Do it now. Love your best life.

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  • John
  • 08-03-2019

Disappointment

Story premise has a great subject. I considered this a good bet but was concerned that the story was on 4 hours. Once I started listening I found the narrator to be shallow and southern accents were offensive. In spite of the narrator the story proved to be more make believe situations than what would be expected. My only comment to this is that a hippopotamus is a vegetarian and attaches mainly for protection of its area or herd. The actual riding of a hippo was ok except for the reality of the hippo having to continuously submerge in water to prevent dehydration. I felt this situation was poorly explained and poorly described.

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  • Owen
  • 29-06-2021

Enjoyable adventure

An enjoyable and well-performed narrative with a rollicking good adventure at its core. At times, it may seem corny as it seeks to parody the classic Western in some ways, but this is only a mark its success in parodying an already corny genre and does not detract from the tale. Worth trying.

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  • Tim
  • 22-05-2021

Action packed, nuanced characters, fresh world

This was a writing group recommendation and I really loved it. It's an action-packed caper of an adventure (even though the main character would disagree), with a diverse cast of characters who live on a nineteenth century Mississippi River populated by hippos!

I got on very well with the writing style, which is accessible and tightly-paced, and extremely visual and sensory. It has a nice balance of action and dialogue.

It has the edges of steampunk to me too, and is a truly inventive take on alternate history. The plot is a gripping revenge tale full of intrigue and with nice twists and turns. The ending was satisfying, and makes we want to read the rest of the series.

Other things: Love the names of the characters. The voice actor also really captures their unique voices.

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  • L
  • 02-05-2018

Fantastic & Fun!

A great opening to this rip-roaring story, with adventure, betrayal and extremely compelling characters! Berkrot really brings them to life too, with his mix of accents and voices. The premise is top notch, and the story delivers.

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