Nevada Barr is a great writer, and her character, Anna Pigeon reminds one of a modern day version of Elizabeth Peter's character, Amelia Peabody Emerson. Joanna Gleason does a very good job narrating, almost as good as the great Barbara Rosenblat!
Two flaws with this audio: it is only available abridged (way to abridged to be easy to follow!) ; and the audio is very poorly recorded and very difficult to hear, even through Bose noise reducing headphones. Without these flaws, this would be a 5 star audiobook.
I agree with the 5-star ratings I have read in these reviews. The fresh perspective I would like to share is that this series is wholesome and entertaining enough for older children. I invited my 12 yr old daughter to listen to this book after I previewed it for her. While Miss Peabody seems to think her sexual ideas are rather risque for her era, they are modest enough for me to expose my daughter too, and as the series progresses, sets a wholesome example of how joyous sex can be in the confines of the marriage bed, without speaking of it explicitly.
My daughter is studying ancient civilizations this school year, and the archeology information presented in this book brings her studies to life. Also, I can honestly say that each book is more humorous and interesting than the last. My daughter and I eagerly anticipate each new episode.
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