This is the first novel in Rhys Bowen's Royal Spyness series and it is a jewel. Katherine Kellgren brings the characters to life and will have you laughing out loud. Not that there isn't suspense in plenty and some romantic interest as well. Audible has all of this series on the site now and if you haven't heard them, you are in for a major treat!
Barbara Rosenblat is my favorite narrator. Her ability to portray each character so flawlessly and believably is uncanny. I have listened to each of the books so many times that I have lost count. They are my old friends and companions, to be cherished over and over again. I had read all of these books in hard copy long before Audible came along but found that the narrated versions brought a dimension to the stories that I love.
I have listened to all of the stories so many times that I am no longer on the edge of my seat with suspense but I can promise that there is literally never a dull moment for Amelia and Emerson.
Amelia Peabody Emerson, without question, is the shining light though all of the characters are engaging. I adore both Emerson and Ramsey, especially when Ramsey was a small boy.
If you have not read this series, I envy you. Do yourself a favor and begin the joyous ride. LIsten to each in sequence and always, always, only the ones narrated by Barbara Rosenblat.
I had put off listening to this series because I thought I had read a bad review somewhere . I love dogs, however, and enjoyed this author's series, The #1 Ladies' Detective Agency, so when it came up on the 2 for 1 sale, I made the plunge and I sure wasn't disappointed. The author is such a wise man. While I normally dislike books that keep several story lines going at once, Smith is an expert juggler, managing to keep you on track and interested in each character, and in this case, I found that I enjoyed the departures. This is not like some other "dog" books, in that it is not all about Freddie de la Hay (the dog) and is not narrated by him but he definitely influences the entire story. The author's understated humor is just right, keeping you smiling and occasionally laughing out loud while still exploring the pathos and frailties of the human condition. I think to a large degree it succeeds because we can see ourselves in the characters. Simon Prebble is the perfect narrator for the story and when it ended, I just wanted to listen to it again. As soon as I finish the other books in the season, I probably will. I just loved it.
I adore Gervase Fen - my favorite in hardcopy or audiobook, being The Moving Toy Shop. In Buried for Pleasure , Gervase does not have the same madcap, eccentric behavior that sets him apart from other mortals so I can't say it elicited the same delight as Crispin's other books but I'd rather have Gervase Fen at less than 100% than most other protagonists at their best. I only wish Crispin (actually Robert Montgomery), had written more of these books. As to whether I enjoyed the audio or hardcopy more, I always prefer the audiobooks if the narrator is good as they bring the characters to life for me.
Gervase Fen - always!
This is my first experience with Bird reading one of this series but I think he does a credible job.
No - I like to savor my Crispins - there are so few of them after all.
While I have read all of the hard-copy books in this series, Barbara Rosenblat's narration (as always) gives these titles a life of their own. I love the fact that each of these books takes place in a different part of the world (obviously well-researched) so even if the heroine is an American housewife, the stories take on an exotic flavor that is both interesting and light-hearted. In fact, the whole premise of a middle-aged woman becoming a CIA spy is so goofy as to make Mrs. Pollifax irresistible.
My all time Audible favorites which are in the same vein are: 1) Elizabeth Peters books (only those narrated by Ms Rosenblat) which I have listened to multiple, multiple times-to include Amelia Peabody Emerson, Vickie Bliss and Jacqueline Kirby, 2) Lauren Willig's Pink Carnation series (beautifully narrated by Kate Reading), and 3) Rhys Bowen's Royal Spyness series (also listened to more than once and incomparably narrated by Kate Kellgren). All of these titles have a similar combination of humor, occasional romance, and suspense that make them worthy of hearing again and again.
Barbara Rosenblat is my favorite narrator so I always enjoy her performances but I have to admit to loving those she does with a British accent, i.e., Amelia Peabody Emerson) the most. Her character delineation is without equal in my experience.
No - If I enjoy a book, I want to stretch out the experience.
A really good listen - well worth a credit!
This was definitely among my top listens and I have listened to it more than once.
Anyone who loves good British mystery , excellent character development, and a cracking good story, should enjoy this book very much. Well worth the download.
I always enjoy John Lee. He does not over dramatize his readings but manages to differentiate between the characters and is quite pleasant to listen to.
We need more! Flavia de Luce has stolen my heart. I have listened to the entire series and cannot wait for the next installment. Jayne Entwistle does an excellent job of narration. Be sure to listen to these in sequence as you will miss some of the more subtle nuances if you don't.
Patricia Wentworth was a contemporary of Agatha Christie but in fact, wrote her first successful mystery novels a few years before Christie published her first Miss Marple books. There are striking similarities in the two protagonists and if you love Miss Marple, you will no doubt love Miss Silver as well. Diana Bishop, as usual, does an outstanding job with the narration. I am a great fan of the "cozy" British mystery and find all of Patricia Wentworth's books to be great fun. I am thrilled that Audible is adding more of them all the time.
This was a lot of fun and I thoroughly enjoyed it. The story was somewhat predictable but was still amusing and the narrator did a fine job. I thought it was well worth a credit!
This was a lovely romp. At times it was laugh out loud funny but still kept you guessing till the end. If you are looking for fast action and edge of the seat suspense, this is not the book for you but if you want a gentle, comfortable mystery to while away your leisure hours, you can't go wrong with this title. I lived in India for several years and feel that Sam Dastor did an amazing job of narration. Tarquin Hall does a great job with character development and obviously understands the human condition that transcends cultural boundaries. I loved this book and hated to have it end.
I'll have another piece of that pie please! Seriously, this is the most delightful surprise. I wasn't expecting that much and in fact, put off listening until a few days ago and now I cannot bear for it to end. Jayne Entwistle is absolutely brilliant in her portrayal of Flavia and I am savoring every morsel of this debut novel. Looking forward to the next one in the series and praying that the author gives us lots more of Flavia.
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