I may as well cancel cable now that I am hooked on audible.
What a pleasure to listen to a wonderfully well-developed mystery that wasn't bogged down by vulgarity and sexual innuendo. While I didn't realize I had purchased a book that could have been marketed to tweens, I found it refreshing and delightful. The narrator's accent didn't seem totally authentic, but was child-like, charming, and full of expression. The story unfolded brilliantly, and the ending was quite suspenseful. All-in-all, I'm not the least bit ashamed to say I thoroughly enjoyed this tale!
I would absolutely listen to this again and again. There were so many little quirks and delicious details that I couldn't have possibly absorbed in just one go that I'm sure I'll be making new discoveries with every listen.
Flavia was just such a mess! I couldn't get enough of this over the top eleven year old super sleuth.
She truly captured the essence of an eleven year old gir in 1950's Britain who has been left to her own nefarious devices for far too long.
Absolutely! This was one of those books that had me thinking about getting back to it all day while I was supposed to be working and daydreaming about calling out so that I could devour it all at once.
I have enjoyed every book in this series. The premise is fresh, our heroine is clever, and yet doesn't lose her childlike behavior with her family. This book ranks about number three in my favorites--after "The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian" and my beloved Voyager Series.
I am not a mystery reader so cannot compare it to other mysteries--yet the fact it is one of my favorite audio books says something for both the author and the actor who read it.
Her accents are wonderful. I know a reader is excellent when I forget there is only one reader and not a whole cast of readers.
Purchase them all!!
This is a twisting, complex mystery that started a little slowly and the narrator took a little getting used to, as she was supposed to be an 11 year old girl. The well-developed story used expressions and language appropriate for the time period, which I love, but without the dramatic reading, it would have been dull. This is why I like listening to books, I hear it so differently than I would read it, if it was before me in written form. Now, there have been some negative comments about the reader/narrator/actor, but if given a chapter or two to get engaged, I believe the listener would feel the Flavia that was intended.
It was a very clever mystery.
Retired CFO, Army wife, Mom of five, Grandma of six, two sons who served in combat, love to read books that reflect my values and faith, love mysteries, historical, military stories, and books that don't waste my time . . . if it doesn't have an ending that was worth the wait, I'm not a happy camper.
This book is both a fun listen and interesting . . . I love that it is narrated from an eleven year old's point of view . . . a curious, intelligent girl who speaks the Queen's English . . . and not unlike our own daughter, is not in the least grossed out by blood, dead specimens, dissecting things and generally grew up loving chemistry and research. So when she discovers a dead man among the cucumbers in the English garden, it only gets better from there. The story spans some 30 years and Flavia must work to solve the unfortunate man's murder by doing a lot of "foot work" and risk her life doing it. The story is NOT predictable at all, and I look forward to the next story in the series.
This would be a great book to listen to on familiy vacations. I did not expect to enjoy with the age of the narrator and the very childish sounding performer. But it won me over and I expect to listen to more in the series. Very funny at times and touching at others.
Maybe another by Alan Bradley but NEVER if read by Jayne Entwistle.
Her voice was so obnoxious and fake I could not listen to her. After 20 minutes, I knew I could not endure hours so I returned the book.
This was just a sweet little book with a charming main character. It's not particularly deep, but sometimes you have to shake things up a little and listen to something that's just fun, and this fits the bill.
Some reviewers don't care for the narration, and I understand that not all voices are right for everyone. However, I've listened to several books read by Jayne Entwistle and I quite enjoy listening to her. Her voice is unique, but it is truly her voice, not her "trying to sound like an 11-year-old" as one reviewer said.
the voice of this narrator is way to harsh for me. i do not think i will be able to listen to 10 hours ugh. i have read this book and the snotty trill voice is in no way the way my minds ear translated it. i should have tried the free sample.if i had i would never had purchased it. this narrator has totally missed the mark in my opinion. what was a brilliant loveable precocious heroine has been portrayed as a baby voiced brat.
The narrator was really good. I really enjoyed her voice. There were parts of this book that were quite cute. It was a really amazing story for the first half or so. Then it went on and on. Every so often you had to hear the whole intrigue and hows and whys of the crime all over again.