Yes, I love Jayne Entwistle
she plays the main character perfectly!
This book is so FUN! Can't wait for the next one!
The story is quite entertaining; but I admit, at first, the narrator was a bit hard to get into. However, as the story progressed through the first few chapters, it became obvious how perfectly she fits the role. Now I can't imagine another narrator for this series. Definitely a book at add to your library!
I enjoyed this: it felt light-- but had enough mystery to keep me thoroughly engaged. The best part was the reader / narrator. I shared it with my mother who had given up on reading the book herself; it made everything come to life for her.
haven't read it, but the audio was so enjoyable to listen to don't feel the need to read it.
the main character''s fascination with poison.
The main character, 11-year-old chemistry whiz and aspiring poisoner Flavia de Luce, is thoroughly engaging, and the story is also very good. Best of all is Jane Entwhistle's narration, which could not be more fun to listen to. I've only been listening to Audible's offerings for 6 months, but of the 8 or so mysteries that I've listened to, this was the most enjoyable. I'm looking forward to the later books in this series.
A wonderful, sweet story that makes me feel nostalgic for England. I would not think a child character could be so interesting but Flavia is simply enchanting.
Jayne Entwistle is for sure the best narrator I have heard so far. She brings the story, and all the characters to life. I am sure reading in for a child is no easy feat, but Entwistle’s voice masterfully conjures up Flavia’s intrigue and excitement. A delightful listen. I’m downloading the next book now.
Clever twisting adventure!
I'm not usually a fan of murder mysteries, mostly sci-fi and fantasy, but I loved this one! Bright heroine, clever plot and well narrated! I could jsut see things happening in my minds eye. The narrations were as vivid as Rowlings descriptions in the Harry Potter books.
I loved her voice. I could really see this cheeky little chemist and loved how you could hear the "smile" in her voice when she succeeded ins something that she took delight in.
An adventure to take you from pillage to post!
I really enjoyed this story - I've downloaded the second book already. I'm not sure at this time if it was written for an adult or young adult audience. The references to movie stars and personalities of the 50's might be lost on today's youth - I on the other hand, in my 50's, recognized them all. I loved the reference to "Enquire within, upon everything" - it so happens I have a copy of that venerable tome myself, much battered but still readable! The descriptions were vivid and colourful. The characterizations were fascinating. I grew up reading and watching British books and TV, so it was easy to imagine the quaint little village, the old rectory, and the manor house! I'm off to enjoy book 2!
An avid listener of audio books.
Flavia is so smart and charming. I love the way this little chemist and budding detective goes about solving the mystries. She is so delightful and she makes me smile with the things she comes up with. All in all I think its a great series.
Maybe someone's 12 year old niece.
The evidence in the story was just unrealistic... too many unrelated tidbits blown into "and CLEARLY this means..." sort of declarations when there was nothing "clear" about it.
Nothing really. She'd need better material.
Flavia's character was well developed. The author has said that she just showed up when he was writing a different story.
The book was not really 'bad,' at least not horribly bad. It was just underwhelming, and honestly, I found it kind of annoying. It felt like the evidence was unrelated, yet kept popping up out of nowhere. I'm still trying to figure out why anyone in the world would see pie crust in a hotel waste bin and think "Aha! clearly he smuggled a dead bird in from Norway!" Seriously?
Classical Pianist Wannabe
The prowess of this 12-yr.-old. It is possible and it is told in a realistic way.