No...I love MC Beaton and Agatha Raisin is delightful....I really like the characters and the story is riveting. But the narrator is lacking. There was no distinction with the voices. Charles and Toni were interchangeable as were several others. Only difference was the level of raspiness to the voice. Penelope Keith is much better.
I liked when Agatha stood up to Jimmy when he had been hitting on Toni....and I loved when Agatha told George not to speak to he the way he had just done. Agatha is filled with insecurities but I love that she stands up for herself and others.
NO! I gave in and tried another Agatha Raisin thinking I had been too hard on her the last time...but this woman does not do MC Beaton any favors narrating her wonderful character.
Dawn French would be an ideal Agatha!
MC Beaton is a delight. What a wonderful mind to come up with so many interesting characters. Who doesn't love Mrs. Bloxby, Charles, and the gang!
Maybe....I enjoyed the first one Timebound....so I would give benefit of the doubt and try them again.
Disgusted. I did not feel I had a decent feeling of closure. I felt I was duped into having to read the next installment due to the cliffhanger.
After the first book I felt it was a finished story but hoped it would continue as it was well written and I enjoyed the characters. But...this time...I felt manipulated....ending was not good....just a feeling of 'haha you have to read on'. Not cool.
I have heard worse....but I have heard better. The female voices are well done....but the male voices are lacking. Except for Keiren who has an Irish accent...all of the male characters sound exactly alike. Please....mix it up a little....stretch yourself and try something new to fix this. Other ladies have done it successfully....no reason why you can't.
If Hunger Games and Twilight can be...surely there is room for this story.
So much good to this story. I enjoyed it sooooo very much. I feel the ending robbed me of my delight in the overall book.
Within top ten. I found it interesting and thoughtful.
Motherhood is hard. Teri was dealing with alcoholism and being a single mom. I think she did the best she could. I am glad that Brook shows love for her mother despite the negative things.
She was as honest as she could be about her mom....then she followed through and spoke of her daughters and her relationship with them. I connected on a certain level and hope that my daughter can see me in the same light as Brook sees her mom. She deals with her mom's imperfections but loves her all the same. Even standing ready to defend her.
Yes. Toward the end especially...seeing what Brook took from her relationship with her mom and applied it to her relationship with her girls. I was deeply touched.
Thank you Brook for the peek into your world. I happily read your version of your life with your mother. I feel it helps me look at my relationship with my daughter in a new light. Thank you.
I think you learn more about bipolar from this account than trying to wade through a text book. It is an honest account and while you may not mirror her life...as hers was exceptional and in the global spotlight...you feel a connection at times and this is good.
I have read her other books about her life...and as is really the case with us all...the reflections take a new twist as she looks back on her life from older wiser eyes. Good for her. I think that anyone who writes a memoir in early part of life should do this and look back....very refreshing.
No. I would have liked to hear Margaret's voice telling her story. I understand however that some things were probably too painful to discuss. But I kept thinking that Maureen did not capture Margaret...is she from Nova Scotia? I found her voice annoying and it took away from the story.
Yes. I enjoyed it. I may not agree witih all decisions that Margaret made. I may find her a bit self centered. But I respect her candor.
I would probably read another book by her. Margaret Trudeau is - we must agree - an interesting person. I found the flower child description long winded at the front of the book....but I guess it had to be delved into so that we can understand her story in the end.
This book was so good...I was disappointed that I have to wait for book two!
I liked that the main character was mature for her age, yet not old either. She was loving, loyal and sensible. She made choices that had to be made and was a character to believe.
Her voices her supreme. There was a variance to the daughter, mother, and grandmother....they really did sound like three different people though they were obviously related. That was a very subtle technique which added to it for me.
When the heroine met with her father but he did not know her. He saw his eyes in her and while her story was farfetched he believed the unbelievable.
I can't wait for the second book. I hope this character progresses and does not stay the same age as did Nancy Drew.
Story was well constructed and not confusing despite the topic.
I could not think of anything that was left out.
Just when you think the writer is biased toward Diana, she gives info that makes you realise that here is a person being presented warts and all and you still love her.
I like the way her last day was dealt with. There seemed to be info about the crash that I had not heard before.
Yes....plus there were times that although you see the best in Diana...there are other times you would have liked to shake her and say WTF! For a loving and caring person....pushing her mother in law down the stairs was totally upsurd! I can't believe she would do that!
I think if Diana had shown the empathy and love to those closest to her as she did to strangers she would have been a happier person.
I also think Charles missed a golden opportunity to mould this young girl to be the woman of his dreams. Very sad.
The characters age and progress....or at least they seem to....
Yes .... the writing is very good. Nice plot development.
I like the voices except for the little girl's voice and I thought that the male lead was Irish...I hear no hint of an accent.
Yes...like a book you cannot put down.
I have liked all of this line of books so far.
I like that she is her own hero! She saved herself when being attacked...good thing too... because the lead male was not much help.
Also she is not afraid to roll up her sleeves and do what is required - unlike her sniveling brother.
Agatha Raisin - the character is not perfect....but is loyal, smart, and ready for anything.
I like the accents. The male character with the lisp was hysterical!
A Royal Spyness - upstairs gone downstairs
A good listen overall....but really slow going. Chapter 14 or 20 before the crime was committed. This may have been due to it being the first one....I am not sure. I will have to check it out.
I hope the character ages and develops.....
Hercule is always right...even when others think he is wrong. In the end he is Hercule and you cannot take that away from him.
It had a similar feel to the Death of Roger Akroyd. I was half afraid the author was going to steal that idea...but in the end she made it her own.
I enjoyed the narration. Poirot's voice was good....but if I had left the audio for a moment and came back I could not determine the other characters. I found that Jenny's confession was nondescript.... part way through I forgot that it was a woman who was supposed to be speaking.
Jenny, Nancy and the cop could have all been the same person.
I was a little anxious....Poirot is not a coffee lover, yet he 'treats' himself to two coffees once a week. Also - since when did Poirot admit to making mistakes! Never - to my memory. I felt the writer did not know the character as well as they could have.
I think a story to itself it may have been okay...but the Agatha Christie people could have done better. That is just my humble opinion.
Besides Agatha! Charles was on hand again when needed....I love it whenever Agatha has a should to cry on. He really is a great support to Agatha....I am glad this has never developed into an actual romantic relationship.
She is 'the' Agatha Raisin. No one can compare to her...she is fantastic. She does for Agatha what David Suchet does for Poirot!
When Agatha feels at her lowest...charles shows up! Never gets old.
Loved the book.
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