Michigan, USA | Member Since 2010
A long story. It dragged in places, but when it was exciting, it was very exciting. I didn't like the portrayal of the two female characters. Most women who are that smart won't be so antagonistic over such a long period of time. Especially when they see the harm it does to the society in which they live. Just my opinion.
When I purchased this book, I had no idea it was a "steampunk" novel, including werewolves and vampires. I don't like stories including those, and normally would've stopped listening, but this book grabbed me from the first, and kept me laughing! It helped that the werewolves and vampires were a minor part of the story. No mysteries, but plenty of action. The description of the courses at this school really tickled my funny bone - Advanced Eye Fluttering; Handkerchief Dropping Techniques! Bahahahaha! I enjoyed reading about Sophronia's adventures, and I will probably read more in the series.
If you like cozy mysteries with a lot of laughs, this one is for you. Each character reminds me of people I knew while growing up in the south, just more so. The narrator has just returned home to Mississippi after her divorce, to care for her parents (who, it turns out, only need someone to care for their menagerie while they go on adventures). Her cousin, Bitty, is a fanatic about historical homes, and her pursuit of a home to place on the historical register starts a series of events that will keep you laughing or shaking your head. But like all the strong Southern women I know, they come out on top, with style and graciousness. Enjoy!
I love the James Herriot books, and this one is a favorite. Christopher Timothy does a great job as the narrator. However, in the middle of Chapter 50, the story changes completely, and then the end of the book is in the middle of chapter 55! Then it takes up where it left off in Chapter 50. Editors, where are you?
I read James Herriot's books when they were first printed in the 70s, and loved them. I listened to the audiobooks when they came out on cassette tape in the 90s and loved them. Now I can listen to them on my iPod and I still love them! Though some call these animal stories, they are really stories of Yorkshire, people and their animals. Herriot had a gift for description and storytelling, and Christopher Timothy is the perfect narrator. I laughed and I cried. This will be a favorite that I'll come back to many times!
I have to admit that up until this book I haven't been impressed with Felix Frances as a successor to his father. With this book, however, he has truly written a book in Dick Francis' unforgettable style. I found that I couldn't stop listening! I had to know what happened next. If you were a fan of Dick Francis, you will think he has come back to life and written another Sid Halley adventure!
I love cozy mysteries with a lot of humor, and this series has that in spades. Skye is funny, and compassionate, and I love that mix. I've downloaded several other books in the series and look forward to them.
There are a lot of mispronunciations, though, and they are jarring, because they make no sense in the flow of the story. Editors, you need to be catching these!
Despite what some other reviewers said, I enjoyed this book! It has humor, it has interesting subplots, and kept me interested. The science was plausible, for the most part, but that isn't a huge thing for me - after all Star Trek science isn't plausible, but I still enjoy it! The blending of sci-fi and detective story was appealing.
I just finished listening to this book for the second time since I originally downloaded it several months ago. It's that good! Steven Gould is an excellent writer, and his unusual scenarios set him apart from other sci-fi writers.
Kimball is a street child in The Territory, a place where metal and EM cannot be used because of 'bugs' - metal and EM loving tiny robots, that mindlessly destroy anything in their way if they sense either substance. The idea of no cell phones or cars! Aaaaah! Kim's adventures are riveting. You will enjoy it! Now, if Steven would just write a sequel....
A very enjoyable cozy mystery involving a tiny woman who keeps facing disrespect at work. Despite that, she manages to solve the mystery, save the day, and get the guy. My kind of woman! I love the humor as well! A scene involving a loud hand-held alarm had me laughing out loud within minutes of starting!
My only gripe is the poor editing. There were a lot of mispronunciations, and they were jarring to me (mispronunciations are a pet peeve of mine). Some examples: Quarry-quaary, proscribed-prescribed, defecators-defectors, commandeered-commandeered.
Savannah Reid is my kind of heroine! She's comfortable with her body, won't let others push her around, and is warm, loyal, and loving to her friends and family. She is also really funny! Loved hearing some familiar 'southernisms' coming out of her mouth. Dina Pearlman did her usual great job as a narrator - good accents without going over the top. A great start to a fun series.
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