Loved the stories. I hadn't read any Phryne Fisher short stories before, though I've read all the novels. Thoroughly enjoyed them and especially loved the interview with Kerry Greenwood at the beginning in which she gives her MO for writing her fabulous books.
That there were several stories to enjoy, all new material to me.
I always love her performances with her plummy narrative voice and her skill at the different voices and accents.
Phryne Rides Again and Again and Again...
I'd love a similar collection of Corinna Chapman, Kerry Greenwood's lovable modern baker character.
Yes. I love the Phryne Fisher series and would listen to all of them again. They take you to another world where everything comes out okay in the end.
Hmmm, I like all of them. I think I especially like Bert and Cess, the old army buddies who are also commies. They're very down-to-earth and devil-may-care at the same time.
Oh, her beautiful accent! She makes Phryne sound like the real lady she is.
Phryne giving the story to the bitter male reporter. I liked that bit.
Waiting eagerly for the next one.
I didn't read it in print so I don't know.
Yes, and her performance is excellent as usual. She seems to be many people in the same story.
It was all good.
Cross-Cultural, Complicated, Clever-- add Chinese!
The judge switched from case to case and they all seemed unrelated and insoluble, but in the end, although the crimes occurred over great distances at times, they seemed to all fit together into an intricate pattern. And the Chinese practically invented paranormal mysteries! They are full of dreams and ghosts and visions of the afterlife. The most wonderful thing about these books though is not just that the stories are great mysteries, the atmosphere is evoked so well and the characters so memorable, but that it is based on a real historical person and the real ancient Chinese entertainment form of detective stories. The explanation of how these stories are converted to suit Western tastes is fascinating. I read these books in paper before taking a Chinese History class and found that the information on ancient Chinese culture contained in the stories was great preparation for the class.
I liked the old guard who showed Judge Dee and his other officers to Turnip Pass.
I found it very moving that the rule at the time--which Judge Dee was prepared to follow--was that if a prisoner was tortured and turned out to be innocent, the judge and his officers were to be executed in the prisoner's place. I imagine corruption of justice occurred anyway among lesser officials but if you followed the rules, you would be very careful. I wish today's justice were as scrupulous.
I want more Judge Dee audio books on audio please. Their cross cultural background and atmosphere is even better than the stories themselves and is the sort of thing that narration immerses you in even more completely than the written word.
It's right up there with all of the other wonderful Phryne Fisher books I've listened to as audio books.
Oh, my yes! The suspense was in every scene and the characters are so likable (the good ones) that you very much care what becomes of them.
She's a terrific actress and when she's reading a man's part, I forget she's a woman, and she does all of the accents to a T.
Oh, gosh, too many parts! I'd have to give the plot away if I named them all!
I'd recommend this series to any fan of cross-cultural historical mysteries, Agatha Christie, Tommy and Tuppence and you also learn a lot about Australia and its history in the course of the story.
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