I haven't read the original, but I didn't notice any plot holes due to adbridgement. Richard Armitage does a really wonderful job with the different voices and contrary to a previous reviewer, I can detect no lisp.
Yes, yes, yes. The voices are so warm and expressive and fit the characters so well.
The narrative is really compelling and full of real-life drama and comedy.
They really fit the characters well and made them come alive. I enjoyed reading the book, but listening to it was even better. They brought out nuances in the story that I hadn't picked up on just reading.
Dosey! He's understated, but always there. He's the heart.
I can't recommend this book enough. The narrative is somehow sweeping and detailed all at once. The humor is very clever and real.
I already have. Because it's understated, but still really moves.
Watching the characters grow without them realizing how they were changing.
Howl. He was hilarious--he never said anything nice, but was one of the kindest, wisest characters.
The happily ever after she was never looking for.
I can't even remember why I bought this. I had never heard of it or the author before. But I love, love, love it. The characters, in a magical and unrealistic setting, are very real and accessible and likable. The plot is unexpected and exciting.
It's like another Twilight. I wanted to slap Clarey as much as I ever wanted to slap Bella. And yet.......it was impossible to stop listening. I hate myself for listening to it, but also felt compelled to continue.
Everyone in the book sounded bored.
As much as I disliked the book, at the end, I was still very tempted to listen to the next one. I don't know how this happens.
Flavia de Luce is SUCH a distinct, complete, enjoyable character. I work with kids her age, and she would fit right in. As the ring leader.
I want to say Miss Marple, but it is so, so, so much better than Miss Marple.
There is something about her tone that just doesn't sit quite right and her Flavia sounds like a much younger petulant child....at the same time, though....she grows on you. I haven't listened to all five Alan Bradley Flavia books and I don't mind it at all, now. It was initially very off-putting, though.
Flavia to the rescue.
Really can't recommend Alan Bradley's books enough. Very original. Very real. The relationship between the sisters in spot on.
In the top 20 audio books I've listened to.
Learning about Harvey's abilities.
It often made me go, "Whoa!" The plot is a bit implausible, but then...the whole premise is. It keeps going in directions I don't expect.
Really enjoyable, lots of action, lots of learning.
hilarious, scandalous, worrisome
David is a great story-teller and is self-deprecating and proud all in one go.
Being a Christmas elf.
These stories are great, but they are not all new. They have been in other publications.
This is definitely one of the very best audio books I've heard. The narrator's voice is warm and engaging. He does a great job with the characters and accents. The plot is exceptional. I've read all three of these books, now, and this is definitely the best! The author does a great job connecting a modern audience to an 18th C England.
The recording is a little tinny or something in this recording, I found it difficult to listen to due to acoustics. I've listened to all his other books with the same narrator with no problem. Perhaps it was the sound quality, but I also found this plot less engaging than the others. Still worth a listen, but not as magical.
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