Hollis Center, ME | Member Since 2013
Yes--this was a fun story and filled with all the good thoughts of an old-fashioned British Christmas along with a side of murder and mayhem. And a little bit of romance to go alongside it.
I would compare the Royal Spyness series to the Aunt Dimity series, I think. They are of a similar tone and humour.
Georgiana is somebody I would love to know; cute, friendly, fun to be around and even though she tries to be logical and thoughtful--still just enough of a ditz to make me laugh. Her maid Queenie is hilarious, and I really enjoyed the characters of Georgiana's mother and Noel Coward as well.
It made me giggle a lot, and I found myself listening to it even while I was at work doing other things.
I highly recommend this series by Rhys Bowen. I haven't really gotten involved with the other two series by this author, but the Her Royal Spyness series is adorable and lighthearted, and the 1920s in England with all the "Bright Young Things" are a fun time to read about.
So, so good
This was a really suspenseful book. I actually could not put it down. Even though I figured out who the killer was early on, I still wanted to know the back story of every other thing that was going on in the book.
Actually, I think it was towards the end, during one of the flashbacks, when Belle was in prison and her mother had come to visit her.
It seems that people have either thought this was very good or very boring. I am not sure if it is the difference between reading it or listening to it, but I think I may pick up the book, also, to see if I missed anything while I listened, and maybe I will be able to figure it out.
B was my favorite. She was so nonchalant for a teenager. I kept thinking she was much younger acting older, so when the book started pointing out that she had turned 15, I kept thinking that was strange.
There is a reunion scene that I enjoyed but if I say more there will be a spoiler.
I had trouble with the narrator's voice at first. It was a bit annoying. I mostly got used to it, and she did pretty well with the different voices, but overall there was some kind of high tone to it that bothered my ear. As usual, the volume on this Audible book did not go high enough so that I could listen in my car without a headphone due to road noise.
Oh, it's about the same as most of the others.
I just crack up every time I think of the different paint jobs on the water tower.
Welcome To Temptation is one of my favorite Jennifer Crusie books, so when I was between novels and wanted to listen to something fun and easy I picked it up--I have been enjoying listening to the Audible versions of all of her novels.
Possibly. I haven't gotten around to listening to any of my books over again. Although I do read them over and over, so you never know.
I think as the books move on, Kerry Greenwood's descriptions and storyline get stronger.
I've been listening to the entire series. This was standard performance, I wouldn't have expected anything else--although STOP SINGING. Jeez.
Yes, but it's kind of a twist, so I don't want to give it away.
Ugh. The sex is getting to be a bit too much as far as Phryne is concerned. It's fine with me if she wants one lover a book, but two? Not necessary, and it really skeeved me out, especially since they were both within a day of each other, and technically she was "with" one of them. I thought it was crude and manipulative. I don't appreciate cheating in real life, why would I want to read about it? (the other lovers within the book/storyline don't bother me one bit, although somebody who is more...prejudiced...may take issue).
Funny, sad, delicious.
A tough one, but probably Aunt Midge, because she's kind of a catalyst for both of the younger women.
Well, both Janey and Neen were pretty interesting characters.
Yes, I really enjoyed this and am pleased about that, as I had kind of suspected it might be mediocre.
Just...I wish the narrators had learned how to say "Damariscotta" before actually starting to read the book out loud (it's pronounced, in Maine, "Dam-Ri-Scott-A" -- a silent A after the Dam -- and they kept saying "Dam-A-Ri-Scott-A")--it was annoying at first but finally towards the end I just kept pretending it was because they were supposed to be from Iowa. I guess I got used to it, but for the first three-quarters of the book, it kept jolting me out of the groove.
The previous book in the Pink Carnation series was kind of forgettable (I don't even remember which one it was), but since I have thoroughly enjoyed most of them, I was very excited to get The Passion of the Purple Plumeria. Am I glad I did! It's right back up there with her first books in humour, intrigue, and soppiness, so I had my fill of a terrific romance, lots of spy stuff, and plenty of laughter. I didn't want it to end--and it sounded as if this may be the end of the series, so I was a little sad at the end of the book...well, ok, a lot sad, but I was glad that it was so enjoyable.
The narration...for the first hour or so of the book I had issues with the narration--it seemed shrill and slow; and very enunciated (which can be annoying)--but by the next night I had grown used to it and by the end of the book I felt that Kate Reading did a wonderful job, all in all.
If you have EVER enjoyed Lauren Willig's books, don't miss out on this one! It was a rollicking good time! And so scandalous!
I got this because I adore the Phryne Fisher series but I needed a break from them for a while--that can happen when you listen to 8 in a row!
I was disappointed. First of all, this is the first book in the series, and honestly? The plot is almost the same as the first Phryne Fisher book--a drug ring. OK, I could deal with that. But maybe if it had been fourth or fifth in the series, instead of being in the same order? Is the next one going to be about a kidnapping/child molester? (I haven't looked yet).
Don't get me wrong. I liked Corinna. I liked that she baked and that she liked her bread; and her apartment and apartment building sounded WONDERFUL. I just didn't feel as if her character was finished, and I especially didn't feel as if her love interest, Daniel, was very well finished, either. It was disappointing.
I also couldn't figure out why she kept calling herself fat--14 stone is really not that big. It's under 200 pounds, and while obviously that is not thin, it certainly isn't what I would consider...enormous. When I weighed 14 stone, I wore a size 12, for heaven's sake! That's not fat! I found this part of the story to be really frustrating and it made me very angry. All she need say is is that she is voluptuous or some such thing, not make such a big deal over her weight! This is part of the problem with this world these days...but I digress.
As for the narration: SPEAK UP. I listen to my books in my car, and one of the biggest issues I have is narrators that speak so softly that even when I have the volume the highest it will go and am holding the speakers in my lap, I can't hear over road noise and the a/c blowing inside my car, and I continually am driving distractedly while I attempt to rewind that last minute that I missed.
I think this book was ok. I won't recommend it to others. I might try reading the next one instead of listening to it. I didn't hate it, but I'll be glad to go back to my Phryne books and listen to Stephanie Daniel again.
I love this series anyway, and Katherine Kellgren does a terrific job of narrating it.
Georgianna, always. She's just such a refreshing girl, and so headstrong for the time. Willing to do almost anything in order to stay independent. I like that in a person. The children, Kat and Nick, in this book, were hilarious. And the voice that the narrator does for Belinda is so funny that it makes me laugh just to hear her lines.
When the twins were trying to get clues from the Inspector.
No, but there are a lot of laugh-out-loud moments and I really thought this was one of the better in the series.
This was a twisting, turning, suspenseful novel to the nth degree. Ray Porter did an almost perfect job of narrating it, and I really felt as if I was involved and rooting for the various characters, although I thought one of them should have been given more of a personality.
It was a surprise. I don't normally like surprises, but it reminded me of that movie that John Cusak did--Identity--in that you really didn't quite understand what was happening, but you were right on the verge of grasping it AT THE SAME TIME as the characters were.
I loved the relationships between all of the main characters, especially the way various friendships grew slowly and turned into something strong, and, what seemed as if something real and lasting. This is something that doesn't happen very often in books these days, there is too much of the "hurry up and get together" mentality going on. These friendships seemed to become something that would last well beyond the story, and that is really refreshing in a novel.
What just happened?
I virtually NEVER will get a book on reviews alone. Especially if nobody will give up any part of the plot! However, the fact that virtually nobody WOULD give up the plot intrigued me so much that I really felt that I had to hear it. I am so glad I did! I hope there is more coming from this author--as far as I can see he hasn't written very many novels and has mostly worked with graphic novels (which are not really my forte). And I really hate horror stories as a general rule, which is what I was afraid this would turn out to be. Instead it turned out to be similar to an extraordinarily good
I highly recommend this book to anybody who likes mysteries, thrillers, fantasy, science fiction, horror, adventure, Stephen King, Indiana Jones, Buckaroo Banzai, War of the Worlds, Lee Childs, the Matrix, Hackers...etc. I could actually go on for a while. Enjoy!
Possibly. I love reading this book, I have read it several times. I'm not sure I enjoyed listening to it quite as much.
Oh, I think the main characters were all pretty important.
The narration was kind of flat. I'm really not sure why I didn't enjoy it more but I know that has something to do with it. I know when I read it to myself, the voice in my head is boggled at the chaos and crazy way people behave, and I just didn't get that feeling from her.
I just think the bits about fads and chaos are hilarious.
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