I wouldn't. I think it was very well-written, but it certainly wasn't a mystery. It is SO character-driven. The whole plot revolves around developing the main character, who I found irritating. It moved well, and there were moments of excitement. But not suspense and certainly not mystery.
I liked the period setting.
It's such a petty thing, but there was a lot of singing done by the (excellent) narrator. But the singing was atrocious, and often. It began to drive me out of my mind early in the narrative, and I found myself lurching up to turn the volume down, for fear that the neighbors could hear it. Maybe a small thing, but it really was a crazy-making deterrent in my mind.
I love P.D. James, and I love Jane Austen, but somehow this turned out to be one of the most boring mysteries I've ever heard/ read in my life. The language was very contrived, in keeping with the voice of Jane Austen. It was correct and interesting for a short while, but became really insipid and long-winded. And there wasn't much of a mystery-- very, very anticlimactic.
Definitely. This is the first book of hers that I haven't enjoyed.
The performance was great.
The long letters, the long court scene.. I didn't like the atmosphere much, so it's hard to think of scenes I really enjoyed.
Wonderfully written, of course. For myself, it was a problem of not liking the story. I'm sure I will read P.D. James again, but I think this killed Jane Austen for me for a long time!
I love nonfiction, particularly histories about everyday things/ people-- so this was right up my alley. I have to say, it's VERY similar to Bill Bryson's At Home (which I found ten times more entertaining)-- although had I not read that book, I would have liked this one even more.
The information. There's a ton of history packed into each chapter-- very enlightening and fun.
She did a great job, but I could have done without all the accents-- began to get on my nerves very early.
Not really. Not because it was dull-- just unnecessary with nonfiction books.
I wish I had turned it off at the end of the last real chapter-- before the author went on a bizarre soapbox rant about the horrors of the future.
I like this Flavia de Luce series - but maybe not as much as I wish I did. The main character being a child gets old quickly for me. I read the first in the series and realized I wouldn't read any others--- but listening to the holiday mystery at Christmas time seemed like a nice prospect. This isn't much of a mystery-- it's very character-driven and well-written, but in my mind not a mystery. Still, it was nice to listen to-- well-narrated and put me in a festive mood.
I love classic mysteries and I love Ngaio Marsh. This one is great for the holiday season-- very quirky and enjoyable. I always forget, with Marsh, how long she takes to get into the crime. I still love her mysteries, and I love the atmosphere. It's not the greatest mystery of all time, in my mind, But it's festive and well-written as always.
I read quite a few GREAT reviews of this book and this series and, being a huge Sherlock Holmes fan, hoped that I would like them despite the far-fetched plot. Now that I've gotten through it, I wish that someone had mentioned in a previous review that although the story is well thought out and well written, it is also teetering on the corny side-- hard to take when you're not expecting it. The only way I could get through this book was to pretend that the Holmes character was some other person- otherwise the corny factor was too, too overpowering. It wasn't one of my favorite books, and I wouldn't read/ listen to the other titles in the series. But, I can see how it might be entertaining to someone who has a higher threshold for cutesy dialogue and predictable outcomes. The female character (Mary Russell) was the most annoying character in the book. Well written, but lots of triggers for someone who doesn't like the corn.
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