After listening to this book, I would have to say Moira Quirk is now my second favorite narrator, my first being Katherine Kellgren from the Royal Spyness series. I may even say its a close tie for first!
The story had a perfect balance of humor, intrigue, whit, and charm, and I really enjoyed the surprises well placed through out. I am so looking forward to Curtsies & Conspiracies due in November, and I can only hope this series will continue on even after Finishing School is completed.
I recommended this book to my sister as well, who began to listen to it on her way to and from work. Not only did she say it made her drive more tolerable, but it also gave her something to look forward to on the drive in every morning. She loved it so much, she actually finished listening to it over the weekend at home.
I would recommend this book to anyone from young teen to adult.
I was really excited to read this given the reviews on goodreads, but I have to say I struggled through the middle terribly. I mean, it's Agatha Christie, so it could never be a bad book, but it just wasn't the best I've read of hers. Many of her books have my mind turning the entire time and that didn't happen for me with this one. I don't think there were enough twists and turns or intrigue laced throughout to keep me in suspense like usual. It finished in true Christie fashion, except I was still left wondering the details of a character mentioned throughout the entire book.
Narration was beyond incredible!! Though I hate using that word, Hugh Fraser deserves the sacrifice. This is the first book I've listened to performed by him, and I have to say I'm now super excited to listen to Christie's Hercule Poirot series.
So to sum it up: not the best, but I'm certainly not mad I used a credit. It as worth it for the narration alone. I'd just say to perhaps not start with this book if you're new to Agatha Christie. Everyone is different though, and perhaps I'm way off considering the high reviews on goodreads.
Finishing School - Book the Third: not the wildest plot of the bunch, but certainly just as entertaining and well performed!! I'll actually take it a step further and say this was Moira Quirks best performance yet. Her spunk and exaggeration, along with her ability to perform countless voices, literally transforms her in to each character making you completely forget that only one person is actually reading. Sad to know there is only one book left, but for me, this is a series I will be listening to again.
I love listening to this book while I worked on some projects. Its a lite listen, but has enough detail and intrigue to hold your attention from start to finish.
This is only my 2nd Blackwell book, and compared to the first it was good. I think there will always be an extra special place in my heart for her first book in this series because it was the perfect listen for me at the time, but I really really enjoy this series because its so easy to become attached to each character.
I really dont have a favorite. I love her performance of them all.
I could see it being made into a TV series, definately! As for the stars -??
Xe Sands has the most perfect voice for Lily. Her soft honey Texan twang is so soothing and comforting, you forget you're listening as your pulled into the scene. It feels like you're really there with them.
I thought this story was pretty cute. Even though its a light and easy listen, it still has enough depth to keep you interested, focused, and eager to follow the series. I really enjoy how the characters developed throughout the chapters and also how there was always an air of mystery to most of them.
Katherine Kellgren is one of my favorite performers, so in my eyes she cant do wrong. She has enough personality, talent, and spunk to carry this series and I really look forward to listening to her narrate the rest of the Incorrigible's as well!
As for an age group, I don't really know if this would be the best story for little kids, just because it has lot of whit and humor which may go over their heads. Im in my 30's and enjoyed listening to it while I worked on a project, so I'd definitely recommend it for an older audience. Again, very light, but a very well developed story and plot with enough depth and that hint of mystery to keep you attention and interest.
Thankfully this was not my first experience with Agatha Christie. My first was actually The Body in the Library, which was SO good, it made me want to get into the Miss Marple series. Though the performance by Richard E Grant was extremely well done, I found the story slow moving, uneventful, and really difficult to finish. I don't really enjoy Miss Marple as a character, but I love mysteries and Agatha Christie is one of the best to write them. I plan on listening to one more at least before giving up. I would say that if you start with this book as your first taste of Miss Marple or Agatha Christie and find it uneventful, give both another shot. Im holding on to hope that they just keep getting better, which is why The Body in the Library was so good. Perhaps Miss Marple will not be for me, but there are so many other books Agatha Christie has written I'm not too worried. In sum, not the worst book, but certainly not the most exciting. Decent twist in the end with a few unexpected nuggets, but for me it was a tad painful getting there.
I don't need to actually review the book but I will just say that I LOVED it! Im in my 30's and just thinking about it - I am SO happy I never read this book until now. There is so much to appreciate that would have been missed by my younger self. As this being my introduction to Jane Austen, I have to say I am beyond blown away at how advanced she was for her time - such a natural! Its crazy to imagine a woman in those days writing something like this, which just screams of how insanely cool she was!
As far as the narration - Josephine Bailey did an excellent job performing the characters, but her actual narration of the story in between dialogs was kind of weird and choppy. I will say that I sampled literally ALL the versions audible had, and this one sounded the best at the time, so Im still gland I went with it in the end.
I would definitely recommend this book to anyone intimidated by a "classic". It wasn't at all drawn out, hard to understand, or boring as many of them have the rep of being - at least that's what I was afraid of. Jane Austen's wit and sassiness demands admiration and claimed me as a fan by the first chapter. SO GOOD!!
This was another great mystery done by Martha Grimes. I enjoyed the first book more because there were so many funny, interesting, and oddball characters, however the ones which did carryover were a joy to see back. I love Martha Grimes theme of placing murders in towns with unique pubs, and I especially love Jury traveling from town to town to solve them. It not only gives each story a new fresh setting so you're never stuck in one place, but also keeps it comforting and familiar by having some of the same great characters in book after book.
As far as narration goes, seriously Steve West is unreal. I listen to ALL books on audio, and I have never come across a narrator who has as many voices as he does. He must have a bottomless bag spilling over with them because each and every character has his/her own unique tone. The fact that Richard Jury will be going from town to town solving murders in a series of almost 2 dozen novels means we will be introduced to dozens and dozens of characters. Steve West is by far in the top of his class and the perfect narrator to perform this series. I love him so much I've actually added some books to my wish list just because he's the narrator. Im completely hooked to everything and everyone surrounding this series. As far as Im concerned, each book is worth several golden credits.
I don't even know where to start, Im so excited about this series! Have to say the first 2 hours were rough.. Im not sure why. There was a lot to follow at the beginning and I think I was afraid it was going to be full of descriptions of characters I didn't know if I should be caring about or not. Somewhere right after the 2 hour mark the action picked up and I was hooked from there. I think also the narration took some getting use to. Steve west is awesome performing really unique voices for each character, and there are a ton, but his regular voice when narrating felt a bit stiff and flat for the first half of the book. I don't know if he got more in to his groove or I just got use to him, but it all came together rather well by that point!
Martha Grimes is now one of my new favorites and Im so excited to have a new series to follow. The story was incredibly detailed and creative without being boring. I was hanging on every word instead of trying to force myself to follow along. Also, I loved the mystery being solved about an hour before the book was over, which left time to explain things and follow up with some of the main characters. I hate stories where everything is thrown at you the last 10 minutes and you're then left stunned with your mouth open in confusion.
For me, this is the most well written mystery I've come across yet, even in comparison to Agatha Christie, who is brilliant but tends to wrap her stories up rather quickly at the end. I urge you to give this a try if you're considering. Its a great mystery with more wit than cheekiness, an incredibly talented narrator, and a genuinely good hearted detective who you'll quickly grow fond of... dare I say even crush by the end.
Being an avid lover of Sherlock Holmes, Nancy Drew, Trixie Belden, Amelia Peabody and Her Royal Spyness Mysteries (just to name a few favs), I knew it sacrilegious to not experience an Agatha Christie book. Though this is book 3, it was the first I listened to because I scored it in a BOGO sale almost a year ago. From reviews based on the series as a whole, I gathered that this book is unlike others based on how the story was told. There wasn't much of Miss Marple at all, but more of the other investigators solving the crime. I didn't mind because the mystery was really good!. To be honest, Im not sure if Im loving Miss Marple's character in general, but Im going to listen to book 1 before deciding. Even if I end up not liking her character, I'll still listen to the series because the twists, turns and then finally the 'who done it' really slaps you in the face at the end! This one hit me so hard I actually got confused and had to re-listen to the last 15 min to fully understand what had actually happened.
The book itself isn't cheeky like one can enjoy from Amelia Peabody or Her Royal Spyness, but it is as engaging if not more than a Sherlock Holmes. I suppose it nice to just have a good old fashioned mystery without the silliness once in a while. Regarding the narration - it was hit and miss in my opinion. The characters voices were so similar, I had trouble figuring out who was talking half of the time. Aside from that, Stephanie Cole did a really good job performing the story. Every character had life and it didn't feel like I was being read to, but more like I was watching from the wings. All in all, I'd say this is a good listen, but I might recommend listening to book 1 first to get the full Miss Marple experience - as stated by other readers of the series.
Rhys Bowen can do NO wrong! This third installment of A Royal Spyness Mystery was full of action, excitement, and suspense. I love how Rhys sets up several characters to be the culprit through out the story. Its so much more fun to wonder than know right away. Im loving the romance building between Georgie and Darcy and I also loved learning more background on some of Georgie's family. Her grandfather, sister-in-law, and brother are in this book much more, and I enjoyed its setting taking place at Georgie's home vs London this time. This series is such a fun listen and Katherine Kellgren is unbelievable! I cant imagine reading this series and not being able to hear all the characters distinct voices. She really brings this series to an entirely different level than other narrators. It feels like Im watching a movie more than listening. LOVE LOVE LOVE!
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