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Cocaine Blues Audiobook

Cocaine Blues

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Publisher's Summary

Unforgettable characters and a fascinating 1920s setting.

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.

©2006 Kerry Greenwood (P)2006 Bolinda Publishing Pty Ltd

What the Critics Say

“A delicious bon-bon of a book that will have readers eagerly looking forward to the sequel." (The Weekend Australian)

"A scintillating start to the series." (The Advertiser)

What Members Say

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    MB of Brooklyn Brooklyn, NY USA 03-05-15
    MB of Brooklyn Brooklyn, NY USA 03-05-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Reader not right"

    This series is based in Australia, yet reader doesn't try in the least to bring any accent into her reading. Really takes a great deal from story.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    a reader 09-29-13
    a reader 09-29-13 Member Since 2014
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    "Too Too Predictable"

    Oh Missy just too quickly does she do her tricks and too easily does she get out of trouble. Drug sellers are just not quite that stupid no matter where you are .

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Cheryl Chester, NJ, United States 09-13-13
    Cheryl Chester, NJ, United States 09-13-13 Member Since 2010

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    "Change the voice"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    I only listened to part of this book and was stressed the whole time.


    What didn’t you like about Stephanie Daniel’s performance?

    Couldn't get past the reader's nasally voice and her bad accent. I think with another person doing the performance I would have loved it.


    Did Cocaine Blues inspire you to do anything?

    I ended up returning it. Too bad. Nice try Audible and thanks for the flexible return policy. I will continue to order other books and I love your service!


    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    James Audubon, NJ, United States 02-03-15
    James Audubon, NJ, United States 02-03-15 Member Since 2015
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    "A lot like the show."

    It's good. The sound editor should have cleaned it up a bit more though.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    K. Neeley columbus, ohio 01-22-14
    K. Neeley columbus, ohio 01-22-14 Member Since 2013

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    "Narrator drives me crazy"
    What did you like best about Cocaine Blues? What did you like least?

    I almost couldn't finish this book because the narrator made me crazy. I felt like I could hear her swallowing every other minute. Surely an audible book narrator can find a way to combat this problem. Perhaps the producers can edit that horrible sound out? It is so distracting!


    Would you be willing to try another one of Stephanie Daniel’s performances?

    No way.


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Linda PITTSBURGH, PA, United States 05-24-11
    Linda PITTSBURGH, PA, United States 05-24-11 Member Since 2016
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    "Good, but could be better"

    I liked the story, although part of the ending was distasteful to me. The characters are interesting. The narrator is good when she goes into a character voice, but her voice is very flat during the rest of the narration.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    abbyk 12-19-12
    abbyk 12-19-12
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    "Bit of "romantic" Fluff with mystery thrown in"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    Probably not-- very light weight though entertaining in parts


    What could Kerry Greenwood have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Nothing


    Have you listened to any of Stephanie Daniel’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No


    Do you think Cocaine Blues needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    This is part of a series but I gather they don't follow this subject--just Phrynne the main character.


    Any additional comments?

    It is a good book to listen to when your mind doesn't want to be burdened. The heroine's sexual dalliances are gratuitous but obviously part of her persona. I thought at times I stumbled into a seamy romance novel.

    6 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Sarah BOERNE, TX, United States 07-26-16
    Sarah BOERNE, TX, United States 07-26-16 Member Since 2013
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    "I wanted to like this series, but. . ."

    Probably a fine book but not to my taste. The characters are too extreme, which may be an authentic representation of that time in history in an upper class social setting, but I just couldn't get into it. I should have known, as I didn't like the TV show either, although it, like this book, was well done.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Margaret SAN JOSE, CA, United States 07-10-16
    Margaret SAN JOSE, CA, United States 07-10-16 Member Since 2016
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    "moderately entertaining"

    I have developed the habit of going to bed almost as soon as I get home on Friday nights and just sitting in bed listening until I fall asleep. A cute, fast-moving story with a couple of entertaining characters filled the bill last night. Like classic detective and spy stories, the plot is full of unlikely coincidences and stagy witty exchanges. Race cars appear from nowhere. Not serious literature by any means. Yet, sprinkled here and there is some pretty gritty feminism.

    The loving descriptions of the heroine's outrageously stylish clothing will appeal more to women than men, I think.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer 07-06-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Excellent book on a go."

    I found it somewhere in between Agatha Christie and Janet Evanovich style of writing. Easy to listen, catchy story line, witty, slightly unrealistic but nevertheless interesting. going to order more books in this series.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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