I enjoy historical, paranormal, and contemporary romance. Also steampunk, sci-fi, fantasy, suspense, and fiction. I'm open to about anything
What can I say? I just adore Flavia. Maybe it's a combination of her genius, which makes her seem older than her years, and those flashes of the little girl who craves love and attention. The language the author uses, a sort of multi syllabic music ably played in varying tones by Jayne Entwhistle, delights the ear. There were a couple of instances when I felt the similes Bradley uses are likely outside the scope of comparison for an 11 year old, but these were easy for me to get past. The plot line is compelling, and the mystery isn't a terribly easy puzzle to solve. The characters remain distinct enough to know who says and does what. There isn't a lot of growth in Flavia's character in the course of the book, but the action takes place over a short period of time, and this is the first in a series. Overall, if you like a good cerebral mystery, this is definitely worth a full credit.
Retired Political Science professor from a community college. Especially like Legal Thrillers.
Less descriptive detail
The eleven year old sleuth.
The eleven year old sleuth..
I have no interest in another book in the series.
Love audiobooks for commuting and anywhere really.
A well deserved Debut Dagger award for Alan Bradley. Flavia DeLuce is an unusual character, but she is full of life and this is conveyed perfectly by Jayne Entwistle. Her thoughts about the goings-on as well as the pleasure she takes in tormenting her older sisters is deftly portrayed, I found it hard to not believe the story wasn't being told by an 11 year old.
The story was enjoyable as well as entertaining. I am looking forward to reading the others books in this series. If you enjoy an English mystery and don't mind an unusual narrator voiced by a talented reader, give this one a try.
Librarian, reader, commuter. I got tired of the radio and CDs and switched to audio books. Now I listen to books while I quilt, clean, etc
Yes, to me it was. There is a lot of extraneous similies and analogies in the book that I found annoying in print but in audio, you were privy to a very intelligent, eccentrically educated young girl in 1950s England. Fairly well-to-do and access to ancestral libraries and chemistry lab, this child has an enormous amount of knowledge. Her internal voice is very amusing and has a depth of insight.....even when she is wrong. Flavia is an original.
Without indulging in a spoiler, there was a very suspenseful set of circumstances in the end. I drove several extra miles to finish the chapter.
No, but she certainly brought the prose alive. Jayne Entwistle made Flavia, her sisters, and all the characters be come vibrant, eccentric, human beings. I did go buy others in the series and also another series that Entwistle narrates.
This reminds me of those classic children's books where children are left to their own devices. Driven by curiosity and a sense of adventure, the children solve problems and mysteries have fantastic and dangerous adventures.
I've been enjoying audio books for decades and have never heard a better casting match than performer Jayne Entwistle and the lead protagonist eleven year old, Flavia de Luce in Alan Bradley's The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie. Flavia, who rides a bicycle named Gladys, has a "passion for poison" and makes one think of Sherlock Holmes (albeit a female adolescent version) is delightful. I was thoroughly entertained and will be listening to the next Flavia mystery as soon as I can download it. Mr. Bradley, thank you!
A classic detective mystery lover. Especially mysteries taking place in quaint English villages!
This book is certainly among the top 10.
She really captured Flavia. Eleven is a tough age for an adult to pull off.
I was hesitant to try this book because I expected it to be an immature read. However I figured I could always return it and the reviews were great so I decided I have nothing to loose.
But to my great surprise I loved it. It was a delightful listen and I'm no kid. Flavia is precocious and wise beyond her years. She is a young Miss Marple and Sherlock Holmes rolled into one. She made me want to learn more about chemistry and that is saying a lot.
The story was well developed and interesting. The characters were fun and the premise a new one for me.
After the first chapter I was hooked. I'm off to look for the next one.
My partner read this book and told me it was fabulous - I listened to it and found it to be a great read too. I loved Flavia, had I read this when I was a teen or pre-teen, I would have wanted to be Flavia.
The reader was fabulous, Flavia is 11 and so often, you know that the reader is an adult, Flavia sounded 11 and this made the story so much more fun.
This is one of the best books I've ever listened to - so unique, so precious, so brilliant. I loved it!
This is such a unique story, but I guess the setting might remind me of Midsomer Mysteries. It really does stand alone!
Flavia, for certain. Jayne Entwistle has the most engaging voice, and really sounded amazingly like a young eleven year old girl.
I can't wait to download the rest of the books in the Flavia series. ;o)
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I discovered this series on Audible, and I'm glad I did - Jayne Entwistle makes Flavia so real! Her take on the different characters is excellent.
Everything! I love her reading style.
This is a great story, read fantastically, and, well, Flavia is a riot! I couldn't wait for my commute every day to get back to the book. I would listen to it while I cleaned, raked leaves, etc. To be totally honest, I got a tiny bit bored in one spot in this book where it went on a little long about chemistry (maybe it's just my dislike of the subject), but this is the only one in the series so far where I've experienced that. (I've listened through #3.) I will definitely listen to the entire series - I've become hooked on the De Luces!
I've only listened to the book, but I think I'd also enjoy the print version.
Why Flavia, of course.
A musical humor, an empathetic voice.