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
“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)
The lady who reads the story has an annoying way of turning up at the end of almost every sentence. You get used to it after a while, but it grates on you a bit
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.
Yes as above I've enjoyed two seasons of the series on Netflix. So I wanted to listen to the books.
Definitely. I have all but 5 books of the series in my library and I can't gush enough about the stories or the narrator. Even though I know who the murderer (or criminal) is at the end, Phryne's spirit and integrity and bad-ass class is enough to keep me around, even if it's hanging around listening to stories I've heard before. (After all, isn't that what we do for our friend's? Listen to the same stories over and over?)
Phryne and Dot and the Butler's, Jack Russell, and the doctor, and...all of them. Phryne is my hero and I would like to believe that I'd be that bad ass in the same situation as her's: tons o' money but making the world a better place.
As above, I've got all but 5 of the Phryne series in my library and I love them all.
Phryne; she would know the best place to go and the best dishes and she would be known and feared/loved by the chef so I know we'd get something excellent. I imagine she would also be full of great stories and I'd be willing to listen to them all.
I initially held off listening to this series. I'd just completed Kerry Greenwood's "Corinna Chapman" series and being so enamored of that series, I was afraid that this one wouldn't measure up, but I am so glad I took the chance and began listening. I love British and Australian accents so I was in bliss for the couple of months it took to get through both series.
"A positively delightful find"
This was a delightful find - kept my interest right to end. A most unusual set of characters which build up as the books develop. I would recommend this series to everyone.
Based in the 1920,s, the heroine is extremely unique having colleagues and acquaintenances from all walks of life and a varitious appetite for life, adventure and love.
This is a beautifully narrated book and narration is one of the most important features in an audiobook. I've had perfectly good books which I've enjoyed reading completely ruined because the reader's voice/accent is jarring. Phyrne, the heroine, is very engaging and the story moves along at a good pace. All the other characters are well-rounded. Heartily recommended and I've just downloaded two more Phryne Fisher audiobooks.
"A little monotone but a good story"
The Miss Fisher character was well developed.
Using sex to save the day.
The narrator was the downside with this recording. I found her voices a bit hard to stomach and suspect this is a case of just not liking her voice. But if you listen to the sample and don't mind it you'll enjoy the story.
I came to these books the wrong way round - having watched the Miss Fisher TV series from Australia first. I couldn't help comparing the characters with those I'd seen on TV. The book comes off really well with lots of touches that would not have worked on tv but which you can do in a book without seeming silly. Well, not too silly.
"Quirky and enjoyable"
Not quite in the league of Agatha Christie but definitely arousing and clever. nice work.
loved every minute of this book. its read with clarity and enthusiasm. I'll be reading more of this series
"Weirdly long gaps mid sentence in reading"
The story is great, different enough from TV show to be interesting, and the narrator is fine, but the editing is dreadful. Gaps of several seconds occur mid-sentence, so much so you think playback has stopped
"Not too good"
I didn't really enjoy this book. Story was a bit dull and the narrator spoke like a darlek although she was good at different voices, but general narration was awful.
I don't think I'll be listening to this series again, far too dull.
An interesting series being set up here, though the plot owes much to improbable coincidences. The ending comes as no surprise.
"Get Ready to Really Suspend Disbelief"
If you wish a relaxing listen to a cartoonihs-type story, then this is for you.
Her narration was flat and her Australian accent non-existent.
The story was quite preposterous. If you are really prepared to suspend belief beyond belief and are looking for a very light listen, then okay.
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