The Royal Spyness series is, in my opinion, Rhys Bowen's best effort so far and Royal Flush is definitely a worthy addition to the series. Katherine Kellgren is marvelous and becomes the characters. I enjoyed this series to the max . If you haven't heard them, definitely start with the first one in the series and continue on through them all - you won't regret it!
This started off exciting and never stopped. I have read all of the Russell books and find that the series just keeps getting better. If you have read the rest of the series, you won't be disappointed in this one. If you have not read them, be sure to start with the first book and take them in order. It will greatly enhance your enjoyment as the characters tend to reappear in subsequent stories and the complex relationship between Holmes and Mary unfolds slowly as the series progresses.
I wasn't expecting much from this but it was the Deal of the Day so I took a chance. I ended up loving it. A very unusual story line and a very unusual protagonist. Try it - you'll like it!
I am a major fan of Laurie King and have raced through every book in this series as they just got better and better, until I got to this one! To say that there was no "suspense" is an understatement. Mind numbingly boring is the only way to describe it. The entire premise of why Mary was investigating to begin with was unbelievably weak and Holmes' role was almost totally peripheral. The dozens of characters were confusing, uninteresting, and for the most part, poorly developed. There were numerous times when I thought, ah, now something will happen but no! I kept waiting for something, anything, to happen - waiting, waiting, waiting! Jenny Stirlin did her usual perfect narration but the story could not be salvaged. I'm surprised she could stay awake long enough to narrate it. It is fortunate that this is not the first of the series or I would have gone no further. I have forced myself to listen till the end, thinking every minute that it just HAD to get better but sadly, it never did. If you have read the rest of the series, you may think you have to read this one too for completeness but trust me, you won't be missing a thing. Such a disappointment.
Can't say that I was expecting much. This was one of the Audible Daily Deals but I love Simon Vance as a narrator and the sample sounded interesting so I took the plunge. Turned out it was really good, full of action, with a surprise ending. I will be looking for more of Chris Ewan's books.
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.
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