Loved the first book, and this one is even better. I am IN LOVE with the narration and couldn't imagine reading this series after hearing Moira Quirk. She does the greatest accents and voices, and has so much affliction in her reading. Cant wait for the 3rd - most likely released 2015 and just round out there is also a 4th scheduled!! I also began listening to Gail Carriger's Parasol and Protectorate series, which I am also LOVING! The world is set in the same as Finishing School's and Madame LeFoux is in book 2! Cant wait to see who else pops up. If you like the Finishing School series, give Parasol and Protectorate a try! Good narration on that one as well - not as great as Moira Quirk, but still good.
Thankfully this was not my first experience with Agatha Christie. My first was actually The Body in the Library, which was SO good, it made me want to get into the Miss Marple series. Though the performance by Richard E Grant was extremely well done, I found the story slow moving, uneventful, and really difficult to finish. I don't really enjoy Miss Marple as a character, but I love mysteries and Agatha Christie is one of the best to write them. I plan on listening to one more at least before giving up. I would say that if you start with this book as your first taste of Miss Marple or Agatha Christie and find it uneventful, give both another shot. Im holding on to hope that they just keep getting better, which is why The Body in the Library was so good. Perhaps Miss Marple will not be for me, but there are so many other books Agatha Christie has written I'm not too worried. In sum, not the worst book, but certainly not the most exciting. Decent twist in the end with a few unexpected nuggets, but for me it was a tad painful getting there.
I don't need to actually review the book but I will just say that I LOVED it! Im in my 30's and just thinking about it - I am SO happy I never read this book until now. There is so much to appreciate that would have been missed by my younger self. As this being my introduction to Jane Austen, I have to say I am beyond blown away at how advanced she was for her time - such a natural! Its crazy to imagine a woman in those days writing something like this, which just screams of how insanely cool she was!
As far as the narration - Josephine Bailey did an excellent job performing the characters, but her actual narration of the story in between dialogs was kind of weird and choppy. I will say that I sampled literally ALL the versions audible had, and this one sounded the best at the time, so Im still gland I went with it in the end.
I would definitely recommend this book to anyone intimidated by a "classic". It wasn't at all drawn out, hard to understand, or boring as many of them have the rep of being - at least that's what I was afraid of. Jane Austen's wit and sassiness demands admiration and claimed me as a fan by the first chapter. SO GOOD!!
This was another great mystery done by Martha Grimes. I enjoyed the first book more because there were so many funny, interesting, and oddball characters, however the ones which did carryover were a joy to see back. I love Martha Grimes theme of placing murders in towns with unique pubs, and I especially love Jury traveling from town to town to solve them. It not only gives each story a new fresh setting so you're never stuck in one place, but also keeps it comforting and familiar by having some of the same great characters in book after book.
As far as narration goes, seriously Steve West is unreal. I listen to ALL books on audio, and I have never come across a narrator who has as many voices as he does. He must have a bottomless bag spilling over with them because each and every character has his/her own unique tone. The fact that Richard Jury will be going from town to town solving murders in a series of almost 2 dozen novels means we will be introduced to dozens and dozens of characters. Steve West is by far in the top of his class and the perfect narrator to perform this series. I love him so much I've actually added some books to my wish list just because he's the narrator. Im completely hooked to everything and everyone surrounding this series. As far as Im concerned, each book is worth several golden credits.
I don't even know where to start, Im so excited about this series! Have to say the first 2 hours were rough.. Im not sure why. There was a lot to follow at the beginning and I think I was afraid it was going to be full of descriptions of characters I didn't know if I should be caring about or not. Somewhere right after the 2 hour mark the action picked up and I was hooked from there. I think also the narration took some getting use to. Steve west is awesome performing really unique voices for each character, and there are a ton, but his regular voice when narrating felt a bit stiff and flat for the first half of the book. I don't know if he got more in to his groove or I just got use to him, but it all came together rather well by that point!
Martha Grimes is now one of my new favorites and Im so excited to have a new series to follow. The story was incredibly detailed and creative without being boring. I was hanging on every word instead of trying to force myself to follow along. Also, I loved the mystery being solved about an hour before the book was over, which left time to explain things and follow up with some of the main characters. I hate stories where everything is thrown at you the last 10 minutes and you're then left stunned with your mouth open in confusion.
For me, this is the most well written mystery I've come across yet, even in comparison to Agatha Christie, who is brilliant but tends to wrap her stories up rather quickly at the end. I urge you to give this a try if you're considering. Its a great mystery with more wit than cheekiness, an incredibly talented narrator, and a genuinely good hearted detective who you'll quickly grow fond of... dare I say even crush by the end.
Being an avid lover of Sherlock Holmes, Nancy Drew, Trixie Belden, Amelia Peabody and Her Royal Spyness Mysteries (just to name a few favs), I knew it sacrilegious to not experience an Agatha Christie book. Though this is book 3, it was the first I listened to because I scored it in a BOGO sale almost a year ago. From reviews based on the series as a whole, I gathered that this book is unlike others based on how the story was told. There wasn't much of Miss Marple at all, but more of the other investigators solving the crime. I didn't mind because the mystery was really good!. To be honest, Im not sure if Im loving Miss Marple's character in general, but Im going to listen to book 1 before deciding. Even if I end up not liking her character, I'll still listen to the series because the twists, turns and then finally the 'who done it' really slaps you in the face at the end! This one hit me so hard I actually got confused and had to re-listen to the last 15 min to fully understand what had actually happened.
The book itself isn't cheeky like one can enjoy from Amelia Peabody or Her Royal Spyness, but it is as engaging if not more than a Sherlock Holmes. I suppose it nice to just have a good old fashioned mystery without the silliness once in a while. Regarding the narration - it was hit and miss in my opinion. The characters voices were so similar, I had trouble figuring out who was talking half of the time. Aside from that, Stephanie Cole did a really good job performing the story. Every character had life and it didn't feel like I was being read to, but more like I was watching from the wings. All in all, I'd say this is a good listen, but I might recommend listening to book 1 first to get the full Miss Marple experience - as stated by other readers of the series.
Rhys Bowen can do NO wrong! This third installment of A Royal Spyness Mystery was full of action, excitement, and suspense. I love how Rhys sets up several characters to be the culprit through out the story. Its so much more fun to wonder than know right away. Im loving the romance building between Georgie and Darcy and I also loved learning more background on some of Georgie's family. Her grandfather, sister-in-law, and brother are in this book much more, and I enjoyed its setting taking place at Georgie's home vs London this time. This series is such a fun listen and Katherine Kellgren is unbelievable! I cant imagine reading this series and not being able to hear all the characters distinct voices. She really brings this series to an entirely different level than other narrators. It feels like Im watching a movie more than listening. LOVE LOVE LOVE!
This is by far my most favorite Amelia Peabody yet! The story was so so good: non-stop excitement, constant anticipation, lots of action, plot twisting, and such fun adventure! The narration by Barbara Rosenblat is beyond award winning as well. There aren't many books I can say I'd listen to over and over again, but 100% this is one of them!
First hear me out... I too have been a giant fan of this trilogy. Thought the False Prince was a really really good book, loved The Runaway King, and couldn't wait for The Shadow Throne. ..Couldn't wait as in I checked audible several times a week waiting for it to show up, even contacted customer service to see why it wasn't listed even though the release date for hardcover was approaching. I was almost going to buy the audio book off Amazon and pay a lot of money because I couldn't wait. Then finally it showed up.
So in saying all of that, there's nothing left to say but..... I didn't think this one was good at all. I don't know if the performance was just too over the top this time, or the fact that it felt like one never ending bad scenario after another, in a never ending battle, fought all over the land with few characters together at a time. Whatever it was, I was over it half way in. I of course finished it, but yeah... major buzz kill on this one.
I wonder if I would think differently have reading it instead. If so, it just screams how much a performance can make or break even the best book, but I guess I'll never know. I just could not stand literally every sentence being said in tones that made me feel I was watching a bad SNL skit where they play drums and horns every when someone says something dooming (dun dun dun!!!!!!!!!!) The narrator was just pushing it to hard and I tired listening to him.
Also, though there were some good twists in this story that I didn't expect, the majority were really obvious and generic, and very unlike the first 2 books which delivered one great game changer after another.
Im really sorry to be writing a review that isn't 5's across the board for this one, and I really hope this doesn't influence anyone - because it totally may have just been me. I went on goodreads and looked at the reviews and most people gave 4 & 5 stars, which makes me again think it was the tone of the performance.
To sum up the trilogy - great plot, great characters, good twists, descriptive writing, and aside from said dislikes, the narrator does a fantastic job doing so many different characters through out all 3 books. Im interested to see what others will say on audible.
I have to say I struggled though this one. The story got off to a decent start, but after they boarded the ship it got reeeally slow. I don't feel like it picked up till the last third of the book after that. I only gave it 2 stars because I compare everything to the first book, which is one of my favorites. Overall it got 3 because I felt 2 was insulting to Amelia. As for the performance, Barbara Rosenblat is sooooo good - ridiculously good!! I cant imagine listening to these stories told by anyone else but her. She brings every single character to life, making each one memorable, even if they were only mentioned in passing.
I wouldn't stand on my head for this book, however for any fan of the series its a must read because, well, its Amelia Peabody, Emerson, Egypt, and everything fantastic surrounding that time period. I could do without Ramses though... I liked it better when they left him behind.
LOVED LOVED LOVED this book! In my opinion, the best book of the series so far! It was packed with tons of action, all my favorite characters in the series & some new ones to enjoy as well. The pace of the story as it unfolded was really well done this time, opening about 2 weeks after Changeless stops. I think one of my favorites things about Gail Carrigers' writing is that its so incredibly descriptive, where you feel like youre watching a movie more than listening to a story. That has much to do with the exceptional performance of Emily Gray as well. To be honest, I wouldn't want to imagine my interpretation of this series if having only read it. Emily Gray brings life to it on a whole other level I don't believe my imagination could create. I cant wait to start Heartless, and I am so happy with where the story is headed. I wish this series would go on and on .. like the Amelia Peabodys. If this book grabs your eye, start with Soulless, Book 1 and after, head on to Gails Finishing School series which takes place about 25 years before this. You get to learn what some of the characters in these books were up to in there much younger years!
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