The main character is lost in a sea of cut outs and caricatures--most with really bad accents. But, accents aside, the story is just a big, lumbering lummox of a thing; tedious and ill-conceived. The author has forced outrageous stupidity into the Detective Witherspoon character--a SY detective!-- for the purpose of creating the Mrs Jeffries (smart servant helps hapless employer while giving employer all glory and making same believe he is the smart one) character. Yawn.
I made it through the South Texas for American accent on one of the 10000 minor characters- because, I've heard much worse- but the Frenchie French-French maid did me in.
Mrs. Jeffries, taken out of the employ of the buffoon SY detective, and allowed to solve cases on her own, could be of interest. Even the narrator seemed to recognize that this role deserved her best effort. But she (Mrs J) just labors and labors the point of 'oh, sirrrh; aren't you clever..?' Like a mother encouraging a backward child through sheer, slavish indulgence. Maddening.
After some time has passed, I might try a book far down in the Mrs Jeffries series, just to see if her author ever turned her loose
Nice twist in this one, and I was glad to find one I had not previously read. Thank you, audible!
Enjoyed this little gem.
Calm, self- assured narration much appreciated . More of these shorts would be most welcome by me
Fun and fascinating, to a point; but keeps trudging far too long- for my interest, at least. Baba Yaga is fabulous, however, to the end!
New favorite. I've always loved Stephanie Cole, and who doesn't enjoy Benedict Cumberbatch? But my new favorite is Roger Allam; he's marvelous! Thanks to John Finnemore for this series, and for darling Arthur!
Bought season 4 thru audible's Daily Deal, and SO glad I did! Have now added this, the 1st season, and am going back to complete the series. Great witty fun, or, as Arthur would say, "Brilliant!"
The incomparable Katherine Kellgren brings the Incorrigibles to life as no one else could. I cannot wait to spend more time with them, and with their lovely and loving governess- next book in my cart, please!
Why is Cookie so annoyed with her ghost? Why is she annoyed with Charlotte, at all? A vintage clothing dealer and lover should be thrilled to be adopted by a chic, wealthy, clothing- conscious ghost! A dramatic tension device of the author that just really doesn't make sense. Overall ok cute story
Yes; but better in print.
SUCH a clever story; it was wonderful to take a trip into FairyTale land (Land of Stories)!
Someone who knows, for instance that the word "FRUSTRATION" has 2 r's. Someone who knows that, when a person has an accent, say, a British accent, he or she has it all the time, and for all words, sentences, and paragraphs of speech he or she utters. Someone who would've known to inject Alex, the main character, with some (or, a) personality.
A wonderful book, seriously marred by yet another author imagining that she must certainly be the best person to read the story she has written. Too bad.
Perhaps if the narrator had been clued in to a few important details; for instance: 1) Some of these characters are female, and some are male, and- here's the thing- they don't ALL sound alike. The deepest vocal range in the whole reading is given to a woman whom Abby deems, through a psychic session, "gay"; 2) The main and secondary characters are all purported to be in their early to mid-thirties, NOT -sixties (oh, the irony of hearing Michaels speak for Abby, 31, that she "doesn't always act [her] age"); and, 3) The story does not take place in South Philly-- all Michaels' characters- young, old, female, not quite so female- all refer to things, people, events, whatever, having been 'arrestet', 'decidet', 'educatet', people 'remindet' Abby of other people, she realizes she 'neglectet' to lock something, etc. Clearly, this comes to us from Michaels herself, and is not part of Victoria Laurie's story. It is not charming. Nor, by the way, is the peculiar accent--Southern? Afro-American? Southern Afro-American?- accent Michaels give to 'Mary Lou', a weak-willed victim of domestic violence who lives near Abby.
She's okay, I suppose, but full of contradictions and snap judgments. Ridiculous disregard for safety on blind (social media site) dates--3 margaritas!? Oh, and on that same date, her date--a cop--allows her to drive herself home, after just a brief walk around to get some fresh air. Wha..?Also, she is up Dutch's butt about all details of their shared cases, except when she herself receives threatening photos in the mail---oh well; I'll just call him Tuesday; then, on Tues, oh, yeah, I forgot...ridiculous.
WAIT a minute: You know who did it, but you decide to GO TO SLEEP, and call the cops in the morning?? So much nope. Nope.
No; definitely not. I do not know how Ms Michaels gets narration work; she certainly should not have had this particular job. Main reasons given above.
So many: The drunk driving first date; the trip to Boston--who cares where Abby's sister lives?; the psychological evaluation Abby feels free to give to her psychic clients (see above: "You're GAY!"); the whole infanticide case; why such a grisly vehicle just to show us, and the cops, Abby's powers?
To Ms Laurie and her fact-checker: The well known phrase "I want to be alone" is attributable to the great Greta Garbo; not, as you intimate here, to "Miss Dietrich"Also, even as far back as the 90s, there was this magic feature on phones; it was called *69. So, when Alisson called and you brushed her off then felt bad about it and wanted to call her back but didn't have her #, you could've just, you know. Oh, YEAH, you did use *69, just pages later, you know, when it wouldn't have such a dramatic impact on your storyline!Also. THE KILLER TAKES THE AUDIOTAPE (yeah, audiotape) CASSETTE CASE, but leaves the ACTUAL AUDIOCASSETTE at the scene of the crime!!!???Also, and, more importantly, when (the hell) was all this supposed to take place- meaning, in what decade or era? Some seems almost 80s, some modern, and some is pure 90s. Decide.I think perhaps it was actually written sometime between the 80s- 90s, then attempts were made to inject modern elements into the story for post-2000 release. It just doesn't work.I won't move on to a second installment--not even for $4.95
This effort was disappointing, frustrating, and more focused on the concerns of secondary characters than on Jane. For this particular story of our heroine's life, I would have loved to spend more time examining the relationship between Jane and Lord H- such was the attention given to her somewhat problematic yet undeniable friendship with Sophia (Sofia?)
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