Occasionally improbable but interestingly speculative, I found the story fun and the narrator excellent. Festina's delightful internal voice and development as a character is absolutely is the strongest thing about this book, but I will be interested to hear more about this universe, the League of Peoples, the Explorer Corps and the Admiralty in the other books.
What's with Audible's numbering of the series, though? Is there not a Book 2?
Must read these books in order to get the best effect.
Love this quirky girl and her unique situation in the world. Great books set in a little known time in history. Mysteries are a little muddled but Flavia's blend of brilliant naivety and Jayne Entwhistle's enthusiastic narration more than make up for any plot weaknesses. She does great accents.
Atmospheric, creepy, decent mystery, lots of interesting information about the place (Isle Royale) and the science behind the Wolf/Moose Study
Always Anna. I love how she has aged. But one of my favorite things about Nevada Barr is how she develops her 'fringe characters' and supporting cast. Bob being compared to John Goodman is brilliant.
Lots of them. This is a good one. Some of the Barr books have sounds of narrator swallowing and breathing not edited out, which can be distracting. But B.R. is excellent here. I really enjoy her range of voices and her ability to do men.
Yes. This was one of my first audible experiences and it left a lasting impression. There were times, listening alone in the dark basement as I did laundry or whatever, that I had the creepy-factor making me jumpy. In a good way. I have listened to it since then at least twice more when 'in between' other books.
If you like Barbara Rosenblat, listen to the Amelia Peabody Series about Egypt. Can't think of author.
Young Edgar Allen Poe. And the mystery. The ending.
It was not like any other book I have read. And I read A LOT.
I didn't like it at first, but it grew on me and by the end, I really had gotten used to his style and thought it was appropriate for the book. I think it was probably a pretty difficult book to narrate.
No. But I did enjoy the end. And it made me want to read up on Poe's early life. Also look at pictures to find out if his forehead really WAS so large.
This book took me two tries. The first time I started to listen, I abandoned it after about an hour. Then I went back to it at a later time and got interested and enjoyed it very much. It was different than I thought it was going to be. But not in a bad way.
Choose a theme and stick to it.
I would have loved to read a book JUST about a female undertaker in Victorian England. Super interesting. But instead it just goes ALL OVER the place---seriel killer, Contact with eccentric royalty, a troubled marriage, the civil war, adopting a troubled child, romance... I was irritated.
Yes, she did fine.
Not read the next one in the series.
I had high hopes but this was pretty awful and I couldn't wait for it to end.
Georgette Heyer's books are known for their plentiful characters and authentic voices of the time and the witty dialogue. So a really strong narrator is needed who can clearly voice different characters. Also, this plot was rather more convoluted than other mysteries by Heyer, so that made it trickier. I hated the narrator. She sounded bovine and mournful the entire time.
Kate Reading, Ellen Archer, Clifford Norgate, Stephen Thorne, Hugh Fraser
If you like Heyer, try her later mysteries like "Behold, Here's Poison" and "The Unfinished Clue"
Yes, if the person enjoyed 'paranormal' type mysteries and wasn't looking for a lot of depth.
It ended how I expected.
No. I do not care for this narrator. I actually think this probably would have been better in print form and that Amanda Ronconi detracted from the experience.
I enjoyed hearing about the old house and the renovations and it's history
Lena Dunham is fascinating to me. She reminds me a little of David Sedaris, except younger, female and more neurotic (if that is possible). I love how honest she is about everything. I find her perspective to be familiar (we share some personality traits) and yet also foreign in how willing she is to reveal---embrace, even----her quirks and misadventures. She rejects the shame. It's amazing to me that she's able to do it in her 20's.
Lena, Lena, Lena. Who else?
I love listening to authors narrating their own work (usually). It's authentic and you know the emphasis and inflection are always correct. She also does great accents.
Well, the date rape, of course.
I love the imperfection Lena Dunham embraces. I laughed and cringed at the same time and listened to the entire thing in less than 24 hours. I just couldn't wait to hear the next topic.
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