Wendy Darlin, real estate agent, independent woman, modern day pirate? Not really the life Wendy envisioned for herself when she promised to look aft..Show More »er the criminal miscreant Charlie Hook. When Hook basically holds Wendy, her friend, and an investigator hostage, they have no choice but to help him recover his ill gotten treasure.
Remember the old Rocky and Bullwinkle show, how there was a segment called fractured fairy tales? That was my favorite part of the show. So, to me, it is absolutely no surprise how much I adore Barbara Silkstone's "fractured fairy tale for adults" re-imagining of Peter Pan. I found this book to be, in short, a hoot. The writing is clever, and had me doing that really unattractive giggle-snort combination many times throughout my listen. I love the way the characters embody the essence of the original classic characters, with snarky modern twists.
Be aware, this is not the Peter Pan story you want your kids reading, it is clearly intended for adult readers. Yet it appeals to the childlike part of us that loved the classic original stories. Combine that childlike love with modern politics and technology, and you get this smart, snarky, hilarious mystery. The story is richly developed and leaves you guessing until the very end. I am liking this grown up version of Peter Pan even more than the original.
I received a review copy of the book courtesy of the author.
AudioBook Review: Stars: Overall: 5 Narration 5 Story 5
I never quite know what I’ll get with a Barbara Silkstone title beyond the gi..Show More »ggles, but in this installment to the Wendy Darlin Tomb Raider series, I got laughs, danger, slapstick and some ick with adorable camapoos and Wendy’s trademark neuroses and her ever-present search for new ones.
Wendy and Roger are seeking the tomb that holds Cleopatra and Marc Antony: Roger is in possession of one piece of the puzzle that legend claims will lead them to the unknown and unmarked tomb. Of course, there are Russian Oligarchs looking to acquire the antiquities for their own purposes and displays, and the never ending series of misadventures seem to plague Wendy from the get-go.
With several secondary characters, one is never quite sure who will pop up around the next corner: and paying attention to the names helps readers in understanding the jokes: subtle tweaks and inclusions of names that are related to these characters behavior and personalities, also infuses the story with some fun parallels from classic film, pop culture and even an aspiring author in the form of Fiona Feelgood, a librarian who has determined her new title, Erotica for Dummies will be the next big thing. Fiona is a highlight in much of the wordplay, and she is possibly my favorite secondary character. Wendy is hard NOT to like – she’s a committed neurotic, each new situation or encounter has her stopping to wonder if she has a fear or phobia, if there is a name for it, and should she adopt the new diagnosis. This alone is enough, but when you add her sense of humor and ability to hold a running commentary about her thoughts and fears WHILE running is just enjoyable.
Narration is provided by Nicole Colburn and again she provides a wonderful performance and captures the essence of Wendy as she navigates the threats, mystery and her relationship with the often distracted Roger. Never taking her performance too far, she manages to indicate differences in characters, accents and the sense of their emotional impact upon the story without overreach, and each voice suits the characters and incorporates them seamlessly into the story. These characters come to life and propel listeners through the story making it a true treat.
If you want fun, funny and offbeat humor with insets of actual history and archaeological interest – this is the series for you!
I received an AudioBook copy of the title from the author for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.
Barbara Silkstones stories are so much fun!! She has a way of putting such a little spin on things that make you giggle. I really enjoy her books, an..Show More »d the audio version is GREAT!! Wendy Darlin with her partner Roger Jolley and best friend Kit, find themselves in all sorts of kooky mischief. Trouble seems to follow Wendy wherever she goes. Looking forward to book 5 in this series.