I am an adult, and as such not really the target audience for this series. Just an FYI. I chose this because I loved the work that Jim Dale did in the Harry Potter series.
This story is very good. Compelling, and keeps moving forward. The kids actually behave in reasonable ways. The magic is fun. I enjoyed it.
The one difficulty that I had was actually with the Dale narration: He uses a variety of voices and does them well, but it sounds odd when there is an echo of one of the Potter characters in the "voice" of characters in this series. It's just a bit disconcerting.
Still, very well done with plot, ends nicely, and I do love the narrator.
I really enjoy a good mystery that doesn't take itself too seriously. The Heyer mysteries do not take themselves seriously. If you are looking for a deeply fulfilling artistic experience this book (none of Heyer's books) is not for you.
Heyer is clever at character development and dialogue. Despite their eccentricities the characters are generally fun and likeable. There is always someone to dislike and wonder why anyone would have him/her to a house party.
This is an "English Country House" mystery. It's a formula. However, given some nice plots and character development it's fun and enjoyable.
I must agree that the narrator was a bit spotty. Some of the voices that she chooses are just grating and her timing is off. However, not as bad as some books, so I'll keep listening. I read these books as a girl (my introduction to adult mysteries along with Agatha Christie) and plan to listen to them all again.
This was pretty interesting. I suspect that if you read many mysteries or thrillers it might not surprise you so much at the end.
The character development was fine. I just didn't like the character of the narrator (not the actual audio book narrator's voice). The husband. He was a bit of a jerk.
One of the biggest flaws were subplots that added nothing to the story. Oh well.
Overall not a bad read (listen?) It bogged down in a few places, but for the most part kept my attention.
I really like old radio programs. This one is fairly entertaining. It is a product of its time. Please do not try to impose modern values on the characters. Do they develop the characters? Not really? Do we get to know Sailor and Slate deep down? Not at all!
This is good, schmaltzy, noir fun! There are a lot of dead people and stuff that makes no logical sense.
Note: there are some scratchy parts.
I highly recommend it.
I have avoided this book and its predecessor because I generally avoid "man wrongly accused" However, this book was really fun. It had the return of a number of fun characters from earlier books (always a pleasure) and there was resolution.
These books are somewhat formulaic. I don't actually mind this. there is enough fun to keep me interested. I enjoy the development of characters from book to book. I enjoy the bizarre internal logic that the authors keep.
Some of the later books in this series have parts that move grindingly slow. I didn't find that in this one at all. There was no point where I just wanted to cry because I couldn't flip through the pages and ignore the boring stuff.
I highly recommend it.
So I've started buying books because Jim Dale narrates them. I think that he is genius. He is easy to listen to and once I have heard the story very easy to fall asleep to.
I am a grown up and this is a book for adolescents. So, fair enough it doesn't totally speak to me. BUT overall, I like it.
I liked that the characters were nice kids who try to do the right thing but don't always. I like that the situations were fairly realistic within a fantasy realm. I also liked that it was true to it's own world (in other words, don't tell me people can fly and then later the villain can't fly.)
I liked this so much that I am purchasing book 2. What I do hope to see more of is some more character development. There is some, but there could be more. Don't tell me, let me see it unfold. The book just also seemed to move from one action sequence to another and we're dribbled out back story and not most of it. I understand that there should be some suspense but that should come from the story, not because we don't know the characters.
I would recommend it.
It's true. This is not my genre. I like a straight up mystery. Not this weird terrorist stuff. Having said that I enjoy the many faces of Joe Ledger. I want to know him. He's got to be fun at a party. And a great guy to have around in a fight.
The plots are straightforward and keep my interest. The pacing is good.
How many books were in here? How stupid is Barbara Havers? If you can't stand characters behaving so stupidly that you can't believe they can find their own feet in the morning this book is not for you.
I have read all of the previous Lynley novels. Loved most and liked all.
This one is not for me. If you have little patience for gross stupidity (yes, I know I've already said it but it can't be said enough) then this book isn't for you either. If you like people who screw up and do stupid things - hey, give it a whirl.
I cannot believe that I wasted so many hours of my life on this.
There is no mystery. Well, yes, there is; why did this book show up in the mystery and thriller list?
I have rarely read/listened to a book that was so sexist (after all, women can't do anything for themselves) and over-the-top LOVE GOD PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE.!
If you want a looooong drawn out melodrama with limited drama and character development, humor, and plot, this is the book for you!
The author even threw in a bunch of details that has nothing to do with the book at all.
Hurray. It's done. Yes, I listened to the entire thing sure that there would be a mystery or thriller, but no.
This novel was overall enjoyable. The characters were nicely drawn, the plot, basically holds together to its own internal logic. There were a few flaws and weirdly misplaced clues, but overall, nice.
My only criticism of this novel is that it dragged a bit in some places. One of the drawbacks to audiobooks.
I recommend it. Not for the reader who wants something quick and light. It's a bit more intense.
This book perhaps had a decent story in it somewhere. It started out promisingly. The female lead seemed like a strong character and like she had a good sense of herself and what she wanted to know and do.
Then the story continued. She is probably one of the weakest female leads ever. Her actions have no logic from one chapter to the next. Is she strong? Is she weak? Is she just a girl who needs help from a man.
Supposedly a wealthy powerful woman, she certainly does some very stupid and unfeminist things.
The basic plot is decent. No real surprises as we move through the plot.
If you don't mind an unevenly drawn group of characters and flawed plot, this book is for you!
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