The Father Brown Mysteries have stood the test of time. I've seen and enjoyed TV adaptations done by the BBC. However these radio dramas did not win me over.
For me the problem was the acting. It seemed over acted. In two of these stories there are French characters. The French accents were over done, almost comical. The delivery of the actor portraing Father Brown is somewhat "sing song" and annoying.
I do not expect to buy any more Father Brown dramas by these actors.
So far I have read six of the books in this series and I've enjoyed every one of them.
For me the books have just the right mix of a good mystery and well defined, interesting characters. The settings in this book are described with enough detail that I can "see" them in my mind. When I finish one of these books I feel satisfied and eager to read another of the series.
The first Deborah Crombie book I read was the first in this series. I've read the other five books out of sequence. That hasn't affected my enjoyment of the books. However, there is a developing relationship between the two main characters that might be best enjoyed if read in sequence.
Michael Deehy's narration was excellent for me.
I liked the first book in this series enough to buy the second one when it became available on Audible.
What makes this series unique for me is that one of the main characters is a skeleton named Sid who walks, talks, and has a Facebook page, but doesn't eat or breathe. The other main characters are regular human beings who accept Sid as normal part of their lives.
The plotting of the first book seemed more intricate and enjoyable to me. Even so, I like the main characters and the humor and liked this book. If there is a third book in the series I will read it.
I enjoyed the style of this book. It begins by introducing the story lines of a number of interesting characters and then gradually weaves them together.
I liked the ending, and wasn't able to guess what it would be before I read it.
There is violence in the book. However, there is not emphasis on explicit descriptions of violence.
Narrator Guerin Barry does a good job. As I listened I always knew which character was speaking and could easily follow the story.
This is my second "Magical Cats" book. I enjoyed this one as much as I did the first one.
I'm a fan of "cozy" mysteries. This book has everything I look for in a "cozy" - small town location, a "cast" of recurring, likable characters, a bit of humor, and a good mystery without explicit violence. One reason this series appeals to me is that the location is a fictional town in Minnesota, the state I've lived in all my life.
I enjoyed the narration by Sofie Kelly. For me she uses the the right amount of vocal distiction to each character. The tone of her voice is pleasing to my ears, and her diction is good.
Warning - possible spoliers
I am far outside the target age for this book. It was a Daily Special and had a number of good reviews, so I took a chance.
The first chapter in the book deals with an insane killer. Later on another sadistic serial killer joins the story. I have a very low tolerance for explicit violence and serial killers. There was more of that than I expected to find in a book aimed at young people. It seems I am very out of touch with that age group.
The plot was predictable. I do not have enough knowledge to judge how plausible the science is.
Partly because I wanted to learn if my expectations of how the story would unfold were correct, I listened to the entire book. I skipped the violent and predictable chapters. The plot was what I expected.
I won't be reading any other books in this series.
In this book Arthur C. Clarke creates a fascinating world of the far future. As I listened I was seeing images of it in my mind. I felt I was exploring this world.
The story is captivating and entertaining. This is the type of book that I couldn't put down when I read it as a youngster in the 1950's. It was a delight to find it had the same effect on me now.
I often read for relaxation, so I'm always on the lookout for new "cozy" series. This is one of the best I've found recently.
One thing that appealed to me right away was that the story takes place in Minnesota, which is where I live. The fictional town of Mayville is situated on Lake Pepin. There are several real Minnesota towns in similar locations - it is a beautiful part of the state. I've visited the area often, so it was easy for me to visualize Mayville.
The pace is brisk, with a mysterious death occuring early in the story. Numerous clues are found, some are "red herrings." I wasn't able to guess the final solution until it was revealed near the end of the book.
Though I like cats, I would not describe myself as "cat person." Owen and Hercules, the main "cat characters", have some very unusual abilities that add an element of fantasy to the story.
I liked protagonist Kathleen Paulson. Many other characters are introduced throughout the story. I'm hoping that some of them will show up in future books of this series.
The 10 plus hours of this story went by quickly for me. I plan to listen to more books in this series.
So far I've loved everything about this series. Main characters Duncan Kincaid and Jemma James are interesting, complex characters who have changed and matured as the series progressed.
The story lines are intricate, but not confusing. The pace of the stories is steady, but not overwhelming. In this book Debra Crombie once again skillfully weaves elements from the past into the current mystery. There is tragedy, but there is also hope.
Narrator Michael Deehy is excellent. The tone of his voice is pleasing, his diction is excellent.
I look forward to listening to more books in this series.
I listened to this book while I was in rehab recovering from knee replacement surgery. It was a great choice for the occasion.
This is a typical entry in this series. If you've enjoyed other Hannah Swenson books, you'll probably enjoy this one.
I wanted a book tht would be entertaining and distracting and this book was a good choice.
This book includes recipes. I'm not a baker, so I wasn't interested in the receipes. The recipes are located at the end of chapters, so it's easy to skip them.
This series takes place in a small Minnesota town. There is no explicit violence or sex and no grahpic language.
I didn't enjoy this series very much. The production is fine. However, main character Hilary Caine is just a little too giggly and silly for my taste. I believe this series is meant to be light and humerous. For me Hilary Caine was annoying.
The stories take place in England; the show is produced in the USA. To my ear, the English accents of some of the actors are not very convincing.
I love other Jim French radio shows. Harry Nile is a favorite of mine. Hilary Caine just doesn't measure up to the standard I expect from Jim French.
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