Sounded like the narrator was the one to whom it actually happened. It had happy endings.
The pancake restaurant gathering with the high school classmates.
I definitely laughed at some of the eccentric characters and humorous situations. And I did cry both for sadness and happiness!
This is a lovely story about a young woman who finds a way to put her broken life back together and achieve happiness while also being the innkeeper who houses 2 other people who also find ways to put their own lives back together and find happiness. I really enjoyed it. Nothing particularly significant about the book- just a nice, feel-good story.
Last night I finished the first Agatha Raisin audiobook. This morning in the car on my way to work I thought, "I will start the second book!" And then, panic!! I realized that I had not downloaded another Agatha Raisin book.
These books are dangerous to the consumer! They are good for audible.com but for us listeners they present a dilemma. You see, I bought the first Agatha Raisin novel outside of my regular monthly credits. Today, I know that I will buy several more before I get any more credits for the month. At first, I thought that I might not like the stories. But then I was drawn in by the variety of interesting characters, the beautiful descriptions of the old English countryside, and the intriguing situations in which Agatha Raisin found herself involved.
Many times during the book I laughed out loud. Many times I was so worried about how in the world Agatha Raisin would get out of the difficult situation she had gotten into. Some of Agatha's difficult situations were the kind that you and I would struggle with, for example embarrassment, regret at having been prideful front of other people, or things like that. Some of the situations were ones with which few of us would ever find ourselves having to deal. Some of them were horrifying. Others were zany. In addition to the oddball characters in the book, there were also several very comforting characters who I was always happy to have come on scene.
If you have read and enjoyed other books by MC Beaton and, also, if you have enjoyed books like the Number One Ladies Detective Agency, the Stephanie Plum mysteries by Janet Evanovich, and the Poor Relations series, and even the free Whodunnit books available on Audible, I believe you will enjoy Agatha Raisin.
I recently listened to the audible.com Dave Barry book Insane City. Insane City is kind of "way out there" with some of the characters and situations and the language. But if you enjoyed that one, and don't mind something a little more tame, I think you would also enjoy Agatha Raisin.
This morning, as I dictate this review into my iPhone, my only regret is that instead of doing this review I could have been listening to the second Agatha Raisin book had I only thought last night to buy and download it. Next time I will plan better!
P.S. These books seem to be best read in order. I hope Audible can soon get a hold of the several in the series that are "not currently available for purchase"!
One of the funniest stories I have ever had the pleasure to hear! Laugh outloud-funny!
You never know what is going to happen next- and likely, you could never even guess. Certainly, there is some crudeness and a good bit of cussing (not gratuitous-it all is appropriate for the characters and to what is happening in the story), but, in typical Dave Barry style, it's all worth it! The reading is just fine. If you have heard Dave Barry speak or read his own material, it is no different. He reads matter-of-factly, letting the humor of the phrasing and the insane storyline make you laugh. The characters, their names and personalities, the situations in which they get involved and embroiled and entangled, are the usual wonderful products of Dave Barry's creative comedic mind. And, best of all, this funny and suspenseful, zany book is full of happy endings.
Dave Barry did a very good job. The storyline worked well with his rather matter-of-fact style. (The Gza? Never heard him on here.)
When Megan kissed Trevor and Trevor, though seriously wounded, followed her.
If you like Dave Barry, you will like this book. It is Barry - it is Florida - it is INSANE!!!!!
Mr. J.L.B. Matekoni was my favorite character because he is so genuine and humble and honest and compassionate. Also, he truly respects and cherishes Mma Ramotswe.
Equally as good.
Absolutely! With all of this series, one wants to find out what will happen and how it will happen. Often there are unexpected turns of plot. Also, there is quite a bit of philosophy to mull over. But, if you are not fond of mulling, or just not in the mood, the situations and conversations in the book are delightful and engaging enough for you to just play the part of audience.
I find it interesting that many ethical and spiritual questions are raised in these books. I have had quite a lot of food for thought as I read through the series!
Yes! Even though the situations in the story are no longer a mystery to me, the charming narrator brings the characters so much to life that I would feel like I was visitng with friends.
In this book, Mma Ramotswe is challenged with a dilemma from her past. It looks like she may not apply to her own life the very wisdom she so freely dispenses to others. It really does look that way. What will happen? You cannot assume that everything will turn out alright. After all, as she often says, "There is so much suffering in Africa..."
This is just as good as all her other readings of Smith's books.
The fear of and inability to resist her former husband's dominance was both touching and chilling. This made her seem all the more real.
My father, when he would find a good parking space (which, in New York City, was not an easy feat) would say it was because, "I live right!" Mma Ramotswe might not always make the best decisions when it comes to her own life, but, overall, she "lives right" and the circumstances, ultimately, conspire to take care of her!
This book, very well-narrated by its author, helped me to reduce the stress in my life. Through its overview of many philosophies of life ranging from the ancient Greeks and Romans on up through today, I came to understand that I was always looking for things to be okay, secure, positive. By this thinking, I was also always aware of how much things were not, in fact, okay, secure, positive. This generated a good deal of anxiety for me. I came to realize that many things happened in life and it was not so much what happened, but my judgment of it that had the power to make me feel good or badly about it. Basically, I learned that it is okay to take life moment by moment and take the bad with the good. When I write this, it sounds so insipid. You just have to listen to this book.
Let me tell you that one major thing I enjoyed about it is that the author is not trying to convince you of anything. He is presenting what he has learned, so you can make your own choices and decisions. I think any individual hearing this book will be struck by totally different things than another individual. The information in the book was very enlightening. The only fault I found with it is that a great deal of emphasis was put on current popularized evangelical Christian philosophy and very little upon Catholic philosophy which today, as for the past 2000 years, has remained constant. Catholic philosophy actually melds well with many of the premises in this book (about accepting the negative in life and allowing life to remain a mystery and to appreciate that). But the author pretty much ignored it. Nonetheless, the book is definitely worthwhile for anyone with stress or anxiety, uncertainty or insecurity in his/her life. I think those of us who were teens or in our 20s during the 1960s would particularly enjoy it.
Yes indeed! The story is complex-enough that I am sure I missed many interesting and pertinent details. It is written and performed so enjoyably that it is a pleasure just to hear, even as background noise,much like a TV can sometimes be a friendly accompaniment. It can be tuned in or out of one's hearing like the conversations of a groups of visitors.
I liked best the attitude of the main character. She is plucky, yet has a realistic dollop of normal human insecurity thrown in so that one almost feels as if "it could've all really happened".
The voice characterizations are so convincing that I always knew who was speaking. One would think that a woman could never do men's voices well. But she, somehow, in her woman's voice, conveys when men are speaking, and one believes they ARE the men of the story.
The events of the end were horrifying. I was concerned, as I heard them, that I would be upset once the story was done. But, the story proved a real murder mystery and, even so, had a happy ending, so that the final awful cliff-hanger events did not ruin my day! This author, along with the artful reading by the narrator, has an ability to start off at a comfortably pleasant pace, and then, as the story goes on, a snowball begins to form and rolls downhill, ever faster and growing larger. The excitement builds and it becomes hard to "put it down" till one reaches the climax!
A wonderful Christmas-time listen! Well worth setting aside time for! Nice for a group of murder mystery buffs (with good senses of humor) who also like a little romance. A bit reminiscent of Jeeves and Wooster-type stories, but not quite as goofy (and PG Wodehouse IS my fav author, by the way)!
The audio version is better. The way the book is written, it is meant to be "narrated". The language (in the print version) reads "stilted". But the audible version brings the characters to life, allowing the language to seem natural for the characters.
The story is so interesting and unusual. I could hardly put it down! If you like the sample, you will like the entire thing! If you don't like the sample, then give it a miss.
This book is delightful! It is actually a love story, but you don't realize it until the last few chapters. In the meantime, there is all sorts of intriguing information about life in India as a Hindu, a Muslim, and a Christian. The narration is fantastic. It is so good that I felt as if I knew the characters personally. In fact, I wish I really did! I couldn't stop listening!
I enjoyed learning about castes and marriage customs and family values, as well as "the changing India" with more modern times taking over. The progress of the story kept my interest totally. Throughout the entire book, I kept wanting to know what happened to each character. And each situation was resolved artfully by the author, and enhanced by the excellent narration! I actually listened to many sections several times because the turns of phrase were so expressive and interesting to hear!
The unexpected proposal! (Don't want to ruin it for you!)
Her accent and voice are nice to listen to. The pronunciations were interesting and charming. Good expression and emotion. I could easily tell which character was speaking.
I couldn't stop listening. I put it on my iPhone with the audible app and clipped it to me and listened whenever I could! I cried with compassion for Aruna and also for happiness. The excellent narration and the story itself got me really wound up into it. I wish it was 2 or 3 times as long as it is! The family values were so uplifting! And I did laugh at many points in the story.
This is a book that will be delightful to listen to, extremely interesting, and will make you feel good! Sometimes we need just such a book in our lives.
A funny, funny (in a dry humor, tongue-in-cheek, sort of way) book that is fascinating! Full of surprises and unexpected events. I am enjoying it sooo much! And the narrator is perfect! I listen to it on my audible.com app on my iPhone and laugh out loud a lot. I imagine, that when I am driving and the phone sits on the dash playing away, and I guffaw for several seconds, other drivers must get a bit alarmed, since there appears to be no obvious reason for my behavior. Take a listen to it and you will understand! Highly recommended!
Sounds almost as if he is narrating something about which he has personal knowledge. Like he, himself, had witnessed the events!
If I had the uninterrupted time I would. As it was, this afternoon, for instance, my dog tore apart several things in the other room while I listened to the book, rapt, and oblivious to the noises from the other end of the house! The book REALLY engages me!!!
If you know someone with a dry sense of humor or who likes quirky stories, this is the book for them! What a wonderful gift it would make for the holiday season! Thoroughly entertaining! I could imagine a group sitting and listening...and laughing and laughing! Why, they might even want to pause the reading and discuss parts of the story, considering how much history is brought up in it! A book that would be of interest and understandable equally for Europeans and Americans, which is not all that common among books.
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