I listened to this book and loved it. The main character, 11-year-old Flavia de Luce, is very interesting and entertaining without being too sweet at all. She's very intelligent and clever, but not too clever -- she needs help in solving the mystery she faces. I was a bit disappointed in the ending. It seemed way too contrived and easy as a method for wrapping up the mystery. I am hoping that the author uses a more plot-oriented (rather than narrative) ending in the second book.
The reader, Jayne Entwistle, is wonderful. Her voicing of Flavia, the first person narrator, seems perfect to me.
I bought this book as part of a special based on positive reviews. I am not sure i really read what it was about because it was totally unexpected - all of it, the story, the age of the main character, the setting. But right from the fabulous first scene I loved it. Flavia is one of the most interesting characters I have read in a while. I liked that this book was not just a mystery but also had a very human tale of a very bright but lonely little girl. It was interesting to see her story get filled in as the book went on. I bought the second book straight away. Narration was perfect.
I enjoy a variety of books including mysteries, historical fiction as well as young adult and children's literature. Listening to books gives me the ability to "read" in the car as well as the evening as a nightcap before bed.
Initially I thought listening to this narriator for several hours would be annoying but she grew on me and it turned out she was a perfect Flavia. Flavia was an interesting main character as she was only 11 years old but very intellegent and quirky. The mystery was well orchestrated with plenty of action and questions regarding who was the murderer not to mention the identity of the murdered man. In the end things were wrapped up nicely and Flavia and her family continued on with their funky life and typical family relationships. The other characters in the book were enjoyable and interesting even though Flavia was often presented as the most intelligent of the lot.
The main character, 11 year old Flavia, was such a bundle of precious fun. Before I listened to this book, I didn't have very high expectations. Needless to say, I was thoroughly surprised and rewarded! It was a rollicking fun listen! I don't make a habit of listening to books more than once, but this book I will listen to again.
I looked forward to discovering how a 11 year old child could contribute toward solving of the crime, murder victim in her garden.
Jayne Entwistle brought the characters, especially, Flavia, to life. The glee and delight that she expressed, when Flavia was being dishonest in her investigative pursuits, or being mischievous with her sisters, was superb. Numerous times, I laughed out loud while listening. Had I read the book, I'm certain that the characters would of been less colorful and energetic. A better reader, for this book, couldn't of been found. Ms. Entwistle was the perfect choice; her voice, and intonations, was captivating. Bravo!
Teacher-Librarian, an a avid audible listener:)
Yes, I love the reading of Jane Entwistle she really brings Flavia to life!
Flavia, what a gem, this in my mind is a going to become a classic. The writing is superb, I can not not give these books enough praise!
Flavia, of course! She has captured the essence of this character!
I love all these books and am anxiously awaiting the next!
A must read for mystery fans!!
Yes,because having a younger british voice do the narrating inticed the book makeing it more enjoyable
yes it did bring tears to my eyes but I had to be careful as I was driving my car whle listening
Having Audible.com book has been great I compare it to having Netfix. I commute 3 hours one way driving to work so by listening to the books it doesn't take time away for me reading while I am actually at home.
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!!
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.