Truth be told, I had given up on Kitty.Spending several hours with her sitting in a cabin in the woods while complaining about writers block and her new late night talk show rival didn't do much for me. But, despite what others have said, I like this book a lot. There is the humor of a Las Vegas wedding and plenty of new mysterious characters. Does that magician really make people disappear in his spooky box? Are those Bengal tigers in the animal show what they seem to be? Who is more scary-- the head vampire of Las Vegas or those people attending the gun show at Kitty's hotel? This book held my interest from start to finish.
There was one big problem I had listening to this book. Even through the first reading I knew it was going to be a challenge to find another I liked as well. Time travel, romance, humor, and charming narration by Steven Crossley. Listening to this book is like taking a vacation to Victorian England. Go ahead, try it! You won't want to come home.
Watching young Flavia flying through the English countryside on her bike while plotting revenge on her sisters and clearing up a little murder is just too much fun. I was afraid that Flavia's catastrophic excess of personality might grow wearing, but she really grew on me and it was a fun mystery. Just the thing for a rainy Saturday!
The first time I listened to this book, I was a little bewildered. For a romance novel, the romance seemed a bit skimpy. It can be summarized thusly: You're tall?...I'm tall!!! We're both tall. Let's get married. With a second listen I could see that the true romance of this story was the adventure and that it is the secondary characters who bring the story to life. Daniel Hill is memorable as he puts life into each of the different characters so you feel like you know them.
OK. Here's what happened. I noticed that the book was $!.99 if you owned the kindle edition. So I clicked the link and discovered that the kindle book was free! Big spender that I am, I plunged in. This book was much better than I expected. The narrator does an excellent job of bringing the book to life. I am pretty sure that I would not have spent a credit on this book, but when I am worn out and need some fluff to cheer me up I will use a credit to get the next one,
This is one of my favorite Agatha Christie books. In addition to the question of who did the murder, there is the spunky and attractive fiancee who tells every man in sight: "It's so nice to have someone to depend on..." as she gets them to do her bidding in solving the crime. Will she stay with her somewhat questionable fiancee or move on to a more promising man?
The title says it all for me. Hypothermia. This book simply left me cold. One of the underlying themes is the question of life after death with the main character firmly mired in disbelief. I can respect that. But it does seem that a little more life before death might be indicated! On the plus side, George Guidall does a great job with material that is both slow and melancholy.
Sigh...I could not even finish this book. I knew I was in trouble when the main character is a man who grows breasts. This renders him not human in the eyes of the culture. This could have functioned as a commentary on our society but it doesn't read that way. As the book slides into racism I gave up on it. There might be some interesting ideas in this book, but I did not feel that it was worth wading through a sewer to find them. Now I know to avoid this author.
Imagine Agatha Christie poking fun at Ian Fleming. The plot of this book is equal to the most absurd of the James Bond antics. As a matter of fact, in this book no one is safe from Christie's witty observation.She pokes fun at young people, rich people, aristocrats and gardeners. If you are ready to let go of the demand for realism and have a good laugh, this is the book for you!
Within the long lexicon of Christie novels there is quite a range: from outright funny to genuinely frightful. This is a dark story. It held my attention and ended with a shock. After I had finished, it stayed with me as I pondered the human heart and how things could have been so different. Though this book is in no way gory, neither is it cozy. It is well worth the listen, but you may want to confine it to the light of day!
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