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.
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.