I read previous reviews complaining about the narrator, and I listened to the sample and thought "that's not bad..." and got the book because the physical copy has been recommended to me a few times before.
The narrator sounds like your friend who is a friendly gossip, and is telling you something particularly fun/juicy. Which in small doses, is fun, and brings a smile to your face. It's infectious and just plane friendly! But here's the thing, the ENTIRE book is like that. It makes it sound like EVERYTHING is a gooey truth. There is no nuance. And it makes it highly irritating.I just want to say "Hey, it's okay, I get it, just talk normally for now, and when it's something really good, you can lay it on thick."
Unfortunately, I just couldn't get through the first chapter, and I really really wanted to like it.
A mystery afoot in the life of Flavia, a young girl in a rambling estate in the UK of the 1950's, and though certainly the arrival of a corpse in the cucumber patch.
Flavia is hands down my favorite character I love this little girl. She has a strong mind, a true love of chemistry, and a special fondness for poisons. Her mind is a joy to step inside, and her realization that her father might go down for the murder of the man in the cucumber patch is enough to put her considerable gumption and knowledge to the task of proving him innocent. The narration is perfect and I will for sure check out the series.
The story of Flavia's mystery-solving prowess is fun and held my attention well. The narrator was the perfect choice. She WAS Flavia!
What an absolutely lovely cozy mystery. Bravo, Alan Bradley.
The story is told from the viewpoint of an eleven-year-old named Flavia de Luce. She is quite precocious and a bit mad about chemistry. The story is set in 1950 in England.
If you want to know more, please read the book.
The wonderful narrator brought the story to life. She is the best narrator I've heard on any Audible book!
It's not really an, "edge-of-your-seat" sort of story. Just a rolicking good mystery with a truly engaging characters.
Flavia, of course! She is the new Nancy Drew (only MUCH more clever, wiity, devious, and downright hilarious).
Watching young Flavia flying through the English countryside on her bike while plotting revenge on her sisters and clearing up a little murder is just too much fun. I was afraid that Flavia's catastrophic excess of personality might grow wearing, but she really grew on me and it was a fun mystery. Just the thing for a rainy Saturday!
I have never been fond of the technique of first-person narrative in murder mystery. Almost without exception authors that use these technique end at least temporarily using third-person to allow the reader a perspective that is not that of the protagonist and to slide in those subtle clues which we readers (listeners) love.
So what am I to think when I take Audible up on their first-in-series sale and I discover that not only is this a first-person narrative but that the narrator is an eleven year-old girl? My first thought was to return it. But I was out on a long walk so I had
a good hour or so to get into it. And soon I was hooked. The mystery was intricate and intriguing with the author never once coming out of the first-person account,
The narrator/protagonist begins in the often cruel, childish behavior mode of an exceptionally bright, well-to-do girl and develops just enough to remain believable. I should make it clear that this isn't a young-adult story but a true murder mystery and I will be reading more of this series. Don M. in Queen Creek, AZ.