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Hollis, NH, United States | Member Since 2008

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  • Speaking from Among the Bones: A Flavia de Luce Novel, Book 5

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Alan Bradley
    • Narrated By Jayne Entwistle
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Eleven-year-old amateur detective and ardent chemist Flavia de Luce is used to digging up clues, whether they’re found among the potions in her laboratory or between the pages of her insufferable sisters’ diaries. What she is not accustomed to is digging up bodies. Upon the 500th anniversary of St. Tancred’s death, the English hamlet of Bishop’s Lacey is busily preparing to open its patron saint’s tomb. Nobody is more excited to peek inside the crypt than Flavia, yet what she finds will halt the proceedings dead in their tracks: the body of Mr. Collicutt, the church organist, his face grotesquely and inexplicably masked.

    Donald says: "the best Flavia yet!!"
    "If only he were more prolific..."
    What did you love best about Speaking from Among the Bones?

    Flavia de Luce is one of my all-time-favorite characters. She has matured since the last book, but has retained the qualities that make her such a joy to follow. Jayne Entwistle reflects this new maturity in her narration. PLEASE - as in the case of the Agatha Raisin novels, don't change narrators!

    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    I won't give anything away - I'll just say that once again there are lots of things to think about, twists, turns and an ending that will both keep you on the edge of your seat and make you feel like you have to lay down - at the same time.

    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I love this series. I love the narrator. When I read the books I have the narrator's voices in my "mind's ear."

    Any additional comments?

    I can't wait for the next book!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Hiss and Hers: An Agatha Raisin Mystery, Book 23

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By M. C. Beaton
    • Narrated By Davina Porter

    Agatha has fallen head over heels in love - again. This time, she has her eye on the local gardener, George Marston, but so do other women in their little Cotswold village. Shamelessly determined, Agatha will do anything to get her man - including footing the bill for a charity ball just for the chance to dance with him. And then George doesn't even show up. Only partly deterred, Agatha goes looking for him, and finds his dead body in a compost heap. Murder is definitely afoot, but this killer chose no ordinary weapon: A poisonous snake delivered the fatal strike.

    Maureen says: "Pity for the narration but story also lacking"
    "Have to wonder..."
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    As a steadfast fan of both Agatha Raisin and Hamish Macbeth I am always excited to see a new title - and seeing Davina Porter as Narrator once again made me very very happy. But this book feels different. Davina seems to have changed the characters voices from how she has consistently portrayed them in the past. On top of that, M.C. Beaton seems to have changed the character of the characters! James Lacy and Sir Charles seem like different men. Agatha - well, Agatha has lost the personality that most could relate to in one way or another. She wasn't even likable this time around. Perhaps it would have been different if the voices had been the old tried and true... No disrespect to Ms. Porter - she is the best of the best. M.C. Beaton - if you write it, and Davina Porter reads it, I will buy it. Even with the above-mentioned complaints, time spent listening to Agatha (by Beaton/Porter duo) is time well spent!

    Would you be willing to try another book from M. C. Beaton? Why or why not?

    Of course!

    Did Davina Porter do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    Davina Porter has portrayed these characters consistently until this recording. Perhaps she has listened to the television program or the books recorded by the actress who portrayed Agatha in the series and has altered her narration to fit - only she can say. Davina Porter is the best of the best and many are drawn to purchases based on her being the narrator alone. In future recordings I hope that she will return to voicing the characters as we have come to know and love them.

    Was Hiss and Hers worth the listening time?

    Yes. I've listened to it numerous times and will listen many more - just as I have all of M.C. Beaton's books. I wish you would have Davina Porter read "The Wizards of Evesham" and any other Agatha Raisin books which are, so far, only available on audible as recorded by others. I'll keep checking!

    Any additional comments?

    I think a lot of fans will agree that if M.C. Beaton writes it, it should be narrated by either Davina Porter or Graeme Malcolm!

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful

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