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Unnatural Habits Audiobook

Unnatural Habits

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Publisher's Summary

1929: Girls are going missing in Melbourne. Little, pretty golden-haired girls. And not just pretty. Three of them are pregnant, poor girls from the harsh confines of the Magdalene Laundry. People are getting nervous. Polly Kettle, a pushy, self-important Girl Reporter with ambition and no sense of self-preservation, decides to investigate - and promptly goes missing herself. It's time for Phryne and Dot to put a stop to this and find Polly Kettle before something quite irreparable happens to all of them. It's all piracy and dark cellars, convents and plots, murder and mystery...and Phryne finally finds out if it's true that blondes have more fun.

©2012 Kerry Greenwood 2012. (P)2012 Bolinda Publishing Pty Ltd

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    Rachel L Finney 09-04-16
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    "Best Phryne Fisher novel?"

    I think this may be my favorite Phryne Fisher novel yet!
    The intricate plot was fun to follow, and I was intrigued throughout it all!
    The narration seemed even cleaner than previous novels.
    Stephanie Daniel is so talented! And now it seems the better editing has made it an even more fabulous listen!

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    Amazon Customer 07-28-16
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    "Very entertaining! Loved the narrator."

    the mystery had many twists and colorful characters as well as evil ones. The narrator was crisp, clear and fun to listen too! I loved her different voices for the variety of characters.

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    Kimberly 03-30-16
    Kimberly 03-30-16
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    "Fantastic Phryne mystery w lots of history as well"

    I can't understand the poor reviews for this book, except that it appears lots of first-time Phyrne readers may have started with this title and not "gotten" Phryne.
    This was one of my favorites in the series. The mystery is great, there's lots of interesting 20s Australian history tucked in to the story, and Kerry Greenwood's descriptive writing keeps the story flowing.
    All the usual characters help Phryne solve this mystery, along with one new one we were introduced to in the previous title, a boy from Queenscliff named Tinker.
    If you're a Phryne fan, I think you'll love this book. If you're not yet familiar with Miss Fisher, I'd recommend starting with the earlier books to get introduced to the Hon. Miss F. and then coming back to this one.

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    Cheryl Douglasville, GA, United States 07-25-14
    Cheryl Douglasville, GA, United States 07-25-14 Member Since 2014
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    "Not my favorite crime mystery : ("

    This was my first Phryne Fisher mystery by Kerry Greenwood, which was actually Book #19 in a series, so I must say that I wish I had started with Book #1 instead. I was unfamiliar with the characters in the series and because of this, I couldn’t appreciate them the way that I would have, if I had been reading the entire series from the beginning.

    It seemed like a long, slow story set in Melbourne, Australia in the 1920s. It was, however, very well written and had a great narrator, Stephanie Daniel.

    One thing that particularly bothered me was how the lead character, Phryne, called her devoted servants/companions “minions.” I felt it was a negative term implying that they were nameless and faceless servants. Furthermore while reading the story, I felt that she was often times a "snobbish" rich aristocratic and then other times I felt she was very charitable towards needy people. Once again, I have not seen her character develop as others have from Book #1, so that might explain why I disliked her sometimes.

    It’s not really my kind of mystery crime story and it was definitely not as fun and entertaining to me as other readers found it to be.

    I am, nevertheless, looking forward to reading Book #1 “Cocaine Blues” to see if I change my opinion about this series.

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    Leslie Philadelphia, PA, United States 04-19-14
    Leslie Philadelphia, PA, United States 04-19-14 Member Since 2016

    I used to whistle while I worked. Now I read a book!

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    "Thoroughly Modern Phryne"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    Not a thing. a delightful read.


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    The most interesting thing was the VERY modern view the author took on the time. The way it dealt with women in the church and homosexuality.


    Which character – as performed by Stephanie Daniel – was your favorite?

    I think it would be Phryne. She has strength, beauty, charm and cash to back it up.


    Could you see Unnatural Habits being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    Hum. A mini-series would be interesting.


    Any additional comments?

    I think this series is worth exploring.

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    aleshia Manchester, NH, United States 02-11-14
    aleshia Manchester, NH, United States 02-11-14 Member Since 2013

    Mother of three wonderful girls! I love to listen to audiobooks during my commute. Love to hear about any good books.

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    "Not bad"

    A fun and quirky listen. A decent in between book. The story has nice twists and turns. The characters are interesting. Like I said....not bad.

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    JaniceO Queensland, Australia 01-31-14
    JaniceO Queensland, Australia 01-31-14 Listener Since 2010
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    "Excellent entertainment and a great listen."
    What did you love best about Unnatural Habits?

    Kerry Greenwood has put together another excellent plot with Phrynne having to solve a number of disappearances with the help of her minions. Once again Stephanie Daniels gives a great performance.


    Which character – as performed by Stephanie Daniel – was your favorite?

    Phrynne is as always, my favourite character in the book and Stephanie gives her the exact voice I woulod expect her to have.


    Any additional comments?

    This series is a great collection of detective mysteries with the added bonus of learning about life in Australia in the twenties. Each book provides a list of interesting characters and plots and simply a lovely piece of entertainment.

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    Heather Conklin Providence, RI United States 01-13-14
    Heather Conklin Providence, RI United States 01-13-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Excellent combination of story and narration"
    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    The plot was twisty and, as usual, Greenwood ties up all the ends neatly at the close.


    What does Stephanie Daniel bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Stephanie Daniel's narration brought a great, acerbic tone to the story. From now on, her voice is what these books will sound like in my head.


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    Jane West Gosford, Australia 12-20-13
    Jane West Gosford, Australia 12-20-13 Member Since 2013
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    "fun"

    I liked it because I live in Australia though not in Melbourne where the story was set. It gave me a lot of laughs, was lighthearted and easy to listen to

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    paola 11-19-13
    paola 11-19-13
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    "Couldn't finish it"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    Just a tough read. It didn't flow as well as I'd hoped. Only got half-way through it.


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