Yes as above I've enjoyed two seasons of the series on Netflix. So I wanted to listen to the books.
Definitely. I have all but 5 books of the series in my library and I can't gush enough about the stories or the narrator. Even though I know who the murderer (or criminal) is at the end, Phryne's spirit and integrity and bad-ass class is enough to keep me around, even if it's hanging around listening to stories I've heard before. (After all, isn't that what we do for our friend's? Listen to the same stories over and over?)
Phryne and Dot and the Butler's, Jack Russell, and the doctor, and...all of them. Phryne is my hero and I would like to believe that I'd be that bad ass in the same situation as her's: tons o' money but making the world a better place.
As above, I've got all but 5 of the Phryne series in my library and I love them all.
Phryne; she would know the best place to go and the best dishes and she would be known and feared/loved by the chef so I know we'd get something excellent. I imagine she would also be full of great stories and I'd be willing to listen to them all.
I initially held off listening to this series. I'd just completed Kerry Greenwood's "Corinna Chapman" series and being so enamored of that series, I was afraid that this one wouldn't measure up, but I am so glad I took the chance and began listening. I love British and Australian accents so I was in bliss for the couple of months it took to get through both series.
in an interesting setting (a time of extensive social upheaval). I enjoyed the over-top-ness of super-Phryne; she’s a wonderfully interesting and entertaining heroine. The relentless descriptions of her clothing were a bit tedious, but that’s me. The story was fun and intriguing, while nonetheless confronting the serious topics of abortion and women’s changing place in society. The secondary characters added depth and life. The narrator, Stephanie Daniel, did a fine job with the variety of accents, which added to the experience for me. The next book in the series is on my list.
I have to say that the first time I listened to this first book in the Phryne Fisher series, I wasn't crazy about Miss Fisher (an earlier review of mine states that emphatically). But I liked the setting of Australia in the 1920's enough to give Phryne another try, proceeding to listen to about 10 more of her stories so far over the past couple of years.
Through those books I've become very fond of Phryne and her quirks, her thoroughly modern point of view, and her escapades. I recently discovered that there was a television series made about her and watched the first episode. I was happy to have pictures of the period (the cars and the clothes, particularly), but I remembered nothing about the book from watching the first episode (also called Cocaine Blues).
So I decided to give the book another listen. I think that I enjoyed it so much more because it reminded me of where Phryne met and befriended Dot, Bert and Cec, and gave a little background on Dr. MacMillan. Since I'm now I'm aware of Phryne's quirks and attitudes, as well as her generous spirit, I was able to be more sympathetic to her and see her as a person.
I guess my point is: (1) If you are a Phryne Fisher fan but also recall the first book as unsympathetic, give it another try.
(2) If you are NOT a Phryne Fisher fan and decided not to proceed with the other books after reading this one, please give her other books a try and come back to this one after that!
Sexy, Wild, Smart
Phryne, easily. She's unique - smart, independent, rich but since she's had less she has no problems with those who aren't in her "class"
Very good. She does the voices well and reads and a good pace.
(okay -- this seems redundant -- see above-- though the Russian dancer is memorable as well).
Occasionally it gets a little racy -- just be forewarned.
Found out afterwards this is also an Australian mystery series available on Netflix. The stories have been changed somewhat, as might be expected. I'm enjoying both the show and the books.
I almost couldn't finish this book because the narrator made me crazy. I felt like I could hear her swallowing every other minute. Surely an audible book narrator can find a way to combat this problem. Perhaps the producers can edit that horrible sound out? It is so distracting!
Say something about yourself!
I loved the setting and the subtly descriptive way that the author had of fleshing out the world in this novel--Australia in the 1920s, I believe it was. However, the main character does not grow in this book. She comes equipped with every skill she could possibly need to save her life, regardless of the ridiculousness and her young age. The author has Phryne accomplish these random and sometimes quite difficult tasks with no more effort than slipping on a new hat, and tries to make a joke of it by having Phryne mention how it was jolly good luck she'd slept with that gigalo in Paris or rubbed elbows that one time with a race car driver!
In the end, while the story was entertaining, the main character came off as an inconsistently pretentious know-it-all without much thought in her head beyond social interactions, feminism, clothes, and sex. Luckily, the predictable mystery is tailored to her exact experiences, or I don't think I could ever have believed she would solve it.
Unlike the fairly tame Royal Spyness novels, this book could be considered slightly racy, although not especially graphic. The content is a solid PG-13, and does not necessarily contain realistic consequences for anyone's actions. I don't think I would recommend it for men, as the only men in the story are witnesses, criminals, or foreign lovers that are never developed beyond a flat and stereotypical role.
As for the narration, it was somewhat mediocre with the occasional spot on voice for a minor character. Nothing irritating, but also nothing incredible here.
This is one of the best audio books I have listened to. I love MC Beaton's Agatha Raisin, Rhys Bowen's Royal Spyness, and Alexander McCall Smith's Number One Ladies Detective Agency books. This is better than all of those! Of course, it is a bit different in that while it is also a period novel, it is more "adult" in its content than the others. But it is by no means "scandalous" and has only very mild language.The listener will still laugh aloud from time to time. Like the other books, I wish I knew some of the characters in real life!
The characters and places are described so colorfully! The story is sufficiently complex without being confusing. There is a suitable ending for each character.
I usually swim a half mile each morning. Yesterday, I swam an entire mile because I was listening to this on my underwater iPod and didn't want to interrupt the story to shower and get dressed. Finally, I had to get out of the pool, but I kept the earphones in the rest of the day in order to finish the novel. Couldn't put it down! I loved it!!!! Just bought the next one!