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It wasn't a horrible listen but I am just not enamored enough of the main character to want to continue to read the series.
If the reader likes Nancy Drew stories and wants a little more humph, this is the ticket. A very charming primary character that tells of her interesting life in 1950's England. There is a mystery afoot and our main character is in the thick of it. The narrator does a very good job and adds an important element to the story.
The story has a few flaws, but Flavia is so engaging, and the story so well-told, it doesn't really matter.
I listened to this book and just loved it. I read the next one (Hangman...) and didn't enjoy it nearly as much as I missed the fabulous narration by Jane Entwistle. Her reading of this book really makes a good book, great. Thanks Jane!
It's so interesting how narrator affect listeners. Both my wife and I can't find enough good things to say about Jayne Entwistle. I want to listen slowly just to make both the story and narration last forever. Will look for both author and narrator in the future.
Read & ride, read & ride, read & ride . . . repeat often.
To think that a man can create a smart-as-a-whip, chemistry-genius 11-year old girl who lives in an English manor home in a charming British hamlet is nothing short of astounding!
Alan Bradley has conjured up the most adorable, charming, engaging and humorous character to grace the pages of books in a very long time. Bradley has a gift - an amazing gift at that. He has given Flavia de Luce every quality and characteristic to make her nothing less than completely enchanting and memorable. Having noted this, Flavia also plays tricks on her very nasty sisters (I would also given these two as siblings), has a tendency to create lies when it suits her purpose, and - of course - is a brilliant detective. All this in one character whom I have grown to love, cherish and respect. If I had had a child, I would have wanted one just like Flavia.
The reader of this book is magnificent. She doesn't have an annoying little girl voice that could drive a listener to distraction, but makes Flavia nearly jump off the pages into your lap, her skills are so adept at reading Bradley's words. Of course, her fabulous English accent helps a good deal!
I seriously think Mr. Bradley is worthy of an OBE, so we can call him Sir Alan. What a masterpiece! I'm reading one book in hard copy and listening to two other Flavia novels. I can't get enough of her, her family, village and Gladys, her trusty bicycle.
I'd love to sit down with the author one day and understand how Flavia came to him and where he learned to write in such a masterful way.
Read every book, if you want to fall in love with cozy mystery at its finest. This is the first one and what a rocket-launcher it is!
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.
Yes, I would recommend this audiobook to a friend because the mystery was particularly well contrived, the similes and metaphors used throughout the story added to the descriptions (they were usually very clever), and the reader did a masterful job.
Yes. The plot was always moving forward and was helped by the superb development of the main character, Flavia.
I particularly enjoyed the scenes in which Flavia interacted with the local constabulary.
The scene in which Flavia went to visit her father.
I will be listening to more from this series. My only complaint was the use of the "D" word - particularly by an 11-year-old character. Apart from that, the mystery and the performance of it were masterful.
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.
No. I found the plot to be silly. Yes, the book is light as air, but it barely stays on the table.
It is possible that had I read the book instead of listened I might have enjoyed it more.
Too chirpy by half. Sounded like a squeaky toy in the jaws of a pit bull. The upper class enunciation seemed very forced and artificial
Oh, please. There are already too many lame teenybopper shows. A self-important
detective would be unbearable.