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!
I am so sorry it has ended. Never can get enough of Flavia deLuce. Jayne Entwhistle's narration adds immeasurably to the story - she IS Flavia. Can't wait for the next installment in Flavia's adventurous life.
Lauren Willig's Pink Carnation series is absolutely one of my favorite reads and I especially love them on Audible when narrated by Kate Reading (who has read all but one). While they are all enjoyable, this one took me back to the original book that started it all, The Secret History of the Pink Carnation. It was just delightful from beginning to end. If you are one of those lucky folks that haven't yet sampled the Pink series, I envy you. Do yourself a favor and dive in. Only one caution - they should be read in order since the characters are all intertwined and their progression needs to be followed logically.
I love WWII stories and this is a good one. it reminds me a lot of Ken Follett's Eye of the Needle but with many twists and turns. The characters are well-developed and the action plenty fast enough to keep you listening. If you are a fan of this genre, I don't think you can go wrong with this one.
I was actually amazed that I like this book so much. It was a purchase in the find a new series sale a while back. This is the first author I have read that I think is a match for Connie Willis. Actually, the story lines are similar, i.e., both academic time travel into the past, but Jodi Taylor puts a major twist on hers. Also, this is a series, whereas Willis' books are all stand alone and differ widely in their plots. I liked the narrator a lot and found her portrayal of the characters spot-on. I doubt that any of these books will surpass Willis' To Say Nothing of the Dog: or How We Found the Bishop's Bird Stump at Last, which was pure genius, but these are definitely good value and I will be reading the entire series.
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.
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