Great plot with fun and colorful characters and a deliciously complicated story. The book is very well read and an overall fun find. I will look for the other books in the series and read them all!
I have never listened to this reader, but I will search out the other books in the series and other books she has read. She was terrific!
I love the Flavia De Luce series and have recommended the series to others. The characters are wonderful and the narration is spot on and compelling. But this book is my least favorite. I thought we might be in trouble early on when a certain high-profile luminary in British history makes an appearance and silly words are exchanged. Then the book is good until near the end when it takes a direction that I consider "jumping the shark". Frankly, I think Alan Bradley just lost interest, gave us an uninspired and silly plot direction, and rushed to just finish the thing.
This is a great series and all of the books have been wonderful. The characters are rich and interesting and the narration is superb. I would highly recommend starting at book 1 and reading them in order.
Ms. Entwistle does a magnificent job. Her voices and intonations and emotion that comes through is amazing. She's really fantastic.
I don't want to be too hard on this book. I read it and liked it, but there are better books in the series. Of course the premise of all the books stretches our credulity in a really fun way, but the story direction at the end went too far for me. Flavia didn't let me down, but Mr. Bradley kind of did...a little.
I liked the view into a world I don't normally see, the author's clever connections and imagery, and his use of short, choppy passages, like one would expect from someone with ADD. I liked the story, but there was a lot left out and in the end it felt unfinished, like the author's life.
Somewhat bored. Monotone. But I think he was trying to convey the deadened or numb feeling the author was trying to convey. The author writes with seen-it-all detachment, and I think the vocals were meant to portray that.
This is a reasonably good book and will read another by the author to see if he uses the same repeatitive themes, or whether he explores new ground.
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