I got this audiobook thinking it was a China Bayles mystery and was disappointed at first when I found out otherwise. But I ended up really enjoying t..Show More »his story -- the story is engaging and well written and imaginative. Give it a try! It will make you smile.
Following a series is always fun. I love escaping into the world of nature with a little fairyland added. Albert does a wonderful job weaving her pl..Show More »ot into the world of animals and fairies into this one.
Although my age indicates that I'm undeniably an adult, I have never given up my belief in fairies. I believe Fairies exist because I still need them..Show More ». Ms Albert provides believable eveidence of their existence and how they might interact with the human world. Ms Albert also gives poignent portryal of the role of children and how the adults who should care for and about them often fail to look out for their best insterests. Compare the treatment of Miss Potter by her own self-absorbed parents, the red-haired Irish orphan taken in by the vereinarian and his family (a British Anne of Green Gables?), and baby Flora. In this writer's mind these three individuals are unvalued children who comprise a major theme in the book. Ms. Albert skillfully resolves each character's plight at a different pace; Flora's by the end of the book, Miss Potter's and the orphan's by stages by the end of the series.
I have thoroughly enjoyed each of the Beatrix Potter Cottage Tales. They are well written stories, and the narrater does such an amazing job that I fi..Show More »nd it difficult to read these books myself now without at least attempting to put in the normal accents and voices I'm so use to hearing. Each of these books is set in The Lake District of England and takes place during the various years of Beatrix Potter's life, always referring to whatever book she would have been working on during that time frame. Simplistic and enchanting stories that are fun for the whole family!
I listened to the first book in the series, then skipped to this one to hear about the romance between Beatrix and Will Heelis. There were times I alm..Show More »ost quit listening because of the annoying 'narrator'. Why, Ms. Albert, why did you think you needed to add this? Did you think your readers aren't clever enough, so that they need everything spelled out for them? I doubt I'll listen to any more now. But the performer does a very good job of reading, and the overall story - except for the intrusive narrative parts - is up to the standard.
I'm a Beatrix Potter fanatic, with a house full of her books, china figurines, and stuffed animals. Susan Wittig Albert has taken the history of Pott..Show More »er and the charming style of talking animals to create a beautiful series of mysteries featuring Beatrix in her home in The Lake District of England, with historical characters and her animal friends.
In this book, in 1911-12, a "flying bird" --the hydroplane-- is disturbing the tranquility of everyone in the district. Beatrix, and her fiancé, Will Heelis, are deciding how to tell their plans to her parents, who are bound and determined to keep Beatrix single so she can care for them in their old age. Then, threatening letters are scaring Beatrix's friend who is planing to marry the new vicar.
In the animal arena, a surprise birthday party is in the mix, a Jack Russell Terrier saves a man's life, and a dragon searches out the "flying bird" with an owl. Lots of fun with dialogue reminiscent of Potter's actual children's books. Great fun read!