Although Pyramids doesn't seem to be in the top ten fav list of Terry's books, it should be. It has all the normal Pratchett intricately woven craziness and I highly recommend it.
My one big gripe is not with the book, but with the narration. Nigel Planer is, in general, very good, but whoever told him how to pronounce the name of the lead feminine character should be shot.
In the annotations portion of L-Space (an on-line site devoted to Terry Pratchett that every fan should visit) they say that Terry says that the name Ptraci should be pronounced "Tracy" with a silent 'p'. Part of the reason is that the name Tracy is common British slang for a clueless female.
Throughout the entire book, Nigel insists on pronouncing the name PaTRAchee which absolutely drove me crazy. I found myself shouting "It's TRACY!!" as I drove down the road. Luckily, I have air conditioning so my windows are always rolled up (I live where it's always warm).
Nevertheless, if you can deal with PaTRAchee, it's a wonderful book in the delightful Terry Pratchett tradition.
I had a little trouble getting into this story. The narrator, a young boy, is legally blind and has other problems that make things a little hard to follow at first. But the tale does improve and I enjoyed it.
Who is killing elderly men who have food stains on their clothing? In solving that little problem, we also learn a great deal about a marvelous place in Australia called Broken Hill, who killed the female clerk at the police station and a little about glass daggers.
It's all solved, of course, by Inspector Napoleon Bonaparte (Bony to his friends) that marvelous half-caste aborigine with the astounding blue eyes and the incredible nose for winkling out even the most mysterious crime.
Buy this book. You will never guess the end in a million years!
This is a story of a genetically enhanced rat who ends up on a space station in the not too distant future. On the station is a boy whose parents are too busy to have much time for him. Their interactions with each other and the station itself form the core of the story. And of course, we save Earth as a by-product.
The tale provides an accurate look at what space travel will really be like in the near future. No Star Trek, no giant battling robots (although robots play a big part in the story), no zombies and no aliens. A real future instead of an imaginary one.
I highly recommend this book for kids and even adults. The story-telling could be a little more polished and some of the characters are tailor-made for cartoons, but it's still a very good book.
I love all of the Brother Cadfael books and Elllis Peters is one of my favorite authors. This book of three novellas is particularly nice because it helps you understand how and why Brother Cafael became a monk so late in life.
I think the best thing I can say about Stephen Thorne's narration is that you don't think about his narration. There are no annoying mannerisms or mispronunciations; no accents that don't quite ring true. He simply allows the story to shine which is the hallmark of a very good narrator indeed.
These stories are the 'first' Brother Cadfael stories and a very good place to become acquainted with a marvelous character and a marvelous author.
All the Phryne Fisher books rank near the top of my favorites. I love Phryne Fisher
Phryne is my favorite character because I was very much like her in my youth.
I have listened to other Phryne Fisher books and Ms. Daniel's reading is always wonderful. I love her different voices but her reading style doesn't distract from the story.
Phryne heads for the Big Top.
A lovely window on '20's Australia. Not to be missed!
If your 'bag' is English mystery, you don't have to look any further to find its pinnacle and if you enjoy sly humor; this book is the answer to your prayers. I'm not going to add much to the well-done summary except to say that the narrator absolutely makes this book.
Having suffered through narrators that read in a dismal monotone, or mispronounce key worlds throughout ('Galileo' is pronounced Gali LAY-O; NOT Gali LEE-O), I can say without reservation that this man is an absolute delight. His British accents are flawless, everyone sounds different and he reads asides and parenthetical comments as they should be read.
Listen to this book! Trust me, you won't regret it!
What a marvelous book! Lovely story and I learned SO much. I didn't even know that Gilbert and Sullivan had written a play called Ruddigore. I learned about it, about Australia in the 1920's and had a marvelous murder mystery to boot!
If you're into sex, suspense and sadistic gore, this is NOT the book for you, but if you love old-fashioned whodunits, download this book today!
The narrator is wonderful and she even sings! (Quite well, too!). More Phrynie Fisher please!! She's wonderful!
Fasten your seatbelts (in the car and on the couch) and hang on for a hilarious ride through a newly-created mystery writer's colony in England. Most of the authors are obsessed with their pets, obsessed with the resident critics and obsessed with their characters (and absolutely novel ways to get rid of them!)
There's no sex, no terror and no violence here, unless you count the many ways Lorinda [our novelist heroine] devises to dispatch her hated main characters, a trio of unlovely English spinsters. But there is wonderfully sly humor and a cast of memorable characters like 'Macho' MaGee, a mousy academic who writes horribly dated American gangster novels and Plantagenet Sutton, a terminally snobbish wine critic who does scathing book reviews on the side. From the fireworks-laden Guy Fawkes to the regrettable demise of Boswell the Rat, this marvelous satire will keep you laughing out loud. I highly recommend it!
And thanks to the narration of the ever-wonderful Nadia May, I now know how to pronounce 'pince-nez'!
I simply could not get through this book. It is an excellent product of its times and prejudices, and even though the author was sympathetic to the natives he talked about, he could not transcend his upbringing. The book is long, verbose and ultimately boring. I'd give it a miss.
What a delightful find! The characters are devine, the setting exotic and the mystery obscure! Join KC Gordon on a trip to Australia's heartland on a famous train and learn a little about this wonderful country in the process! I'm happy that Audible has both her other KC Gordon books ("Who Killed Angelique" and "Who Killed Camilla") and they will be my next 'listens'.
Ms. Darcy seems to have made a successful transition from romance writer, even though KC Gordon (the protagonist) is one. I personally could have done without the short and not particularly graphic sex scenes, but they do further character development. There is also very minimal use of the 'f' and other 'cuss' words (again, appropriately used and not liberally sprinkled for effect) so you might not want to listen when small children are present.
These are minor drawbacks to an excellent mystery and the narrator is very good. You'll hate Bianca, and have a wonderful time discovering who killed her. Enjoy!
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