I am a full-time artist, intrepid traveler and a voracious reader. I discovered Audible and audio books through my son Corey, who is a narrator of several Audible books.
I keep wondering how on earth Alan Bradley has so successfully channeled a 12-year-old girl with some interesting Tendencies--and with the addition of Jayne Entwistle as narrator I couldn't be happier. I have actually rounded up and listened most of the Flavia de Luce novels narrated by Jayne in spite of having already read them. Yes, her narrating skills are that good!
Flavia de Luce novels are geared to "grown ups" but I would bet a bunch of bucks that they could be enjoyed by tweens just as much. One keeps wondering through the string of books involving murder, mayhem, odd people, British police, a grieving mentally absent father and two snotty sisters, how Flavia does it. Somehow with her chemistry lab and her passion for poison, she stays sunny side with a fillip of the dark side.
These books are a wondrous look at a vanishing and vanished past, one where the uppercrust is crumbling and the village life is safe and sleepy except when Flavia manages to get involved. I catch myself using English slang for days afterwards and hearing Jayne's delivery in my head. Thoroughly enjoyable detecting where a kid is ahead of the cops at every step but not in a smarmy way. Just charming and common sense and a bit wacky.
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The story is written well and Jayne is the key to the Bradley audio books
Flavia is delightfully witty and smart.
Flavia is the star. She is developing into an insightful detective and a young lady with quiet the sensitive side.
The trip to visit Joselin.
All of Flavia's interactions with Dogger that relate to medical descriptions.
I love this series. It is funny, interesting, entertaining, and a great escape.
The story I predict is cute, as I have read all the others. The narrator's voice was too high pitched and squeaky.
I couldn't listen to it.
Flavia de Luce is simply irresistible and I think that this may be my favorite of the series. She is at her 11 year old scientific best solving a complex mystery of her church organist's murder. My one complaint about the book is that it ends with a cliff hanger that will have me waiting on the edge of my seat until Mr. Bradley can write the next book. I hope he's hard at work.
Yes, she is fun and the twists are great. My 13 year old loves this series too.
Some of her others are slightly better, but this one is very good. I can't image the little girl with anyone else's voice and she captures her mischievousness very well.
the very end! I can't wait for the next one.
I love the science that is added to this series. Not too much but fun. My 13 year old daughter loves it and likes how a girl can be smart but not at the expense of others.
This ranks among the best audio books. The reader captures the main character Flavia so well I cannot imagine Flavia with any other voice.
Flavia De Luce by far.
She captures the voice of an intelligent young girl with believability, respect, including the fun, the brillance, and the perspective of a child.
No sin is safe from Flavia de Luce.
The Flavia de Luce books are WONDERFUL. Her insights are great and her family's reactions (or non-reactions) are perfect. I've listened to 4 and read one.
The Vicar's wife Cynthia's reaction to Flavia emerging, filthy, from the tunnel.
All the books are great. She's perfect as Flavia - and all the other characters.
Funny, Quaint and Exciting
I enjoyed wondering what the Fathers role would be in the end.
This was my first Jayne Entwistle book, but i look forward to listening to more.
It made me laugh over and over. Ioved how she related to me.
The narator was very good and a joy to listen to.