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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!!"
    "Love it, love it, love it!"
    Would you listen to Speaking from Among the Bones again? Why?

    Yes. Have already listened twice through. Flavia is a beguiling character and Entwistle is her perfect voice.

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

    These stories are really just a framework, for me, for hanging out with Flavia (and Dogger). So, yes, her antics keep me fully engaged from start to finish, and wanting more when the story ends.

    What does Jayne Entwistle bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Her inflections in Flavia's dialogues (internal and external) really bring to life the richness and depth of a precocious child's inner and outer world. As I said above, the voice is perfect.

    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes. And did. And will again.

    Any additional comments?

    It is agony to wait for the next installment.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Wake of the Lorelei Lee: Bloody Jack #8

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By L. A. Meyer
    • Narrated By Katherine Kellgren

    Jacky Faber, rich from her exploits diving for Spanish gold, has purchased the Lorelei Lee to carry passengers across the Atlantic. Believing she has been absolved of past sins against the Crown, Jacky docks in London to take on her crew, but is instead arrested and sentenced to life in the newly formed penal colony in Australia. To add insult to injury, the Lorelei Lee is confiscated to carry Jacky and more than 200 female convicts to populate New South Wales.

    Eileen says: "I decided to write one review...."
    "Watch out--this one not YA"

    Have loved, loved, loved the Bloody Jack series. Beware with #8, though, if you are providing the books to young adult readers, as the content/tone in this one has jumped, in my opinion, from what I would consider young-adult material in books 1-7 to adult material here. Much more overt presentation of bawdiness, violence, cruelty, victimization. A surprising and not particularly welcome turn.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful

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