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  • Cocaine Blues

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Kerry Greenwood
    • Narrated By Stephanie Daniel
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    It's the end of the roaring twenties, and the exuberant and Honourable Phryne Fisher is dancing and gaming with gay abandon. But she becomes bored with London and the endless round of parties. In search of excitement, she sets her sights on a spot of detective work in Melbourne, Australia. And so mystery and the beautiful Russian dancer, Sasha de Lisse, appear in her life. From then on it's all cocaine and communism until her adventure reaches its steamy end in the Turkish baths of Little Lonsdale Street.

    Barbara M. Sullivan says: "A series that just gets better"
    "Brilliant however you find it!"

    I was introduced to the Phryne Fisher series via the excellent ABC TV adaption. However, if you think that having seen the TV series spoils the books for you then think again! The plots of the books are quite different to that of the TV adaption and, whilst I could see the origins of the episodes in the books, I was completely enthralled by the books. In fact, it was quite fascinating to consider the differences and similarities while listening.

    Without taking anything away from Kerry Greenwood's masterful writing, I can say without any hesitation that Stephanie Daniel's reading made the series come alive for me. Her style captures the character of Phryne perfectly and her versatile voice somehow manages to give every single character their own distinct recognisable voice.

    I cannot recommend this series more highly. You will not regret your purchase!

    9 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • Diving into the Wreck: Diving Universe, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Kristine Kathryn Rusch
    • Narrated By Jennifer Van Dyck

    Boss loves to dive historical ships, derelict spacecraft found adrift in the blackness between the stars. Sometimes she salvages for money, but mostly she's an active historian. She wants to know about the past--to experience it firsthand. Once she's dived the ship, she'll either leave it for others to find or file a claim so that she can bring tourists to dive it as well. It's a good life for a tough loner, with more interest in artifacts than people.

    Pascal Scheffers says: "Scubadiving... in space."

    I'm a huge fan of Rusch's Retrieval Artist series so I went into this with high expectations. Unfortunately, although the reader was great, the material was not and I was not very impressed.

    The protagonist is a very unsympathetic character; this is not necessarily a fatal flaw in a book but when it's being told in the first person it doesn't help. I also found myself unable to see the internal logic in many of her decisions (despite the first person narration) and quite often I just wanted to slap her upside the head and tell her to grow up. Particularly when her bad strategic decisions got others killed. There were a number of technological issues that jarred, such as space suits that only had enough air for an hour and were fragile enough that brushing against a sharp edge was fatal. Apparently self-sealing isn't around 5000 years from now even though we routinely use it in car tyres. I also found the complete reversal of attitude of the protagonist at the end of the novel completely unbelievable in light of her actions and attitudes to that point.

    I'm going to stick with the Retrieval series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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