Yes. Performance was pleasant and not overly affected. Characters were genial.
I'd love to have more of this series on audible (currently skips from book 1 to book 9, and not searchable as a series), and I'd love to see her other series on audible, too. This is exactly the kind of book I enjoy listening to, since the only way I make time for mysteries is multi-tasking (listening while cleaning house, for example).
The gentle nature of the reader, and the nuances between characters all made this a great listening experience. The story flows smoothly, though there are a couple of moments when it transitions from one focus to another when a longer pause might have helped me make the transition better.
Didn't want to put it down. Things moved quickly, but I found myself wondering until the very end just which character was the "bad guy." Depth of character, despite what seemed like caricatures, kept the suspense high.
This was my first by this performer, but I'd choose her again!
Brought me to tears at a couple of points - both from relief and from sadness.
I'm so glad to be back in Susan Boyce's performance of this series. She is a terrific narrator, and gets characters of all ages, genders, and personalities to come alive. I was disappointed by the few books in the middle of this series that were read by other narrators, but knowing I would get back to her was incentive to keep listening.
I think this is one of the best of the Needlecraft mysteries. Ferris is good, but she gets a little long-winded in some of her books. This one comes back to crafty, concise writing, with a pretty good balance of needlecraft information (perhaps not quite enough, but pretty good).
This whole series has drawn me back into crochet (with thoughts about some of the other needlework I've done), and there were some intriguing tidbits in this book about patterns that I'd love to see, though she only links to a cross-stitch pattern (not my cup o' tea - I'm a free form crewel work or crochet kind of gal).
If you are reading the Peter Shandy series and expect another Balaclava mystery, be prepared. It doesn't take place at Balaclava College by a long stretch. On the other hand, the story stands up to expected quality, even if it falls down the rabbit hole with Alice (McLeod's own allusion).
The narration by the author was perhaps the best experience of listening to the book, rather than reading or going to see the movie.
This book held my emotions, carried me up and down. I cried from joy and from sorrow. This is what I look for in a read - especially memoir.
Based on things friends had said, and reviews of the movie, I was surprised I liked it. Sometimes it's important to get past what other people think. I found myself relating to the author, experiencing my own memories differently as she discussed her experiences.
I love everything in this series. The narrator is fantastic, the stories are engaging and fun, and the mysteries are clever.
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