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April J. Zarychta

Baton Rouge, LA USA
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  • Queen of the Flowers

  • A Phryne Fisher Mystery
  • By: Kerry Greenwood
  • Narrated by: Stephanie Daniel
  • Length: 8 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 548
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 491
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 492

With more than a dash of glamour and serious helpings of style, the witty and courageous Phryne Fisher returns. In 1928 St Kilda’s streets hang with fairy lights. Magic shows, marionettes, tea dances, tango competitions, life-saving demonstrations, lantern shows, and picnics on the beach are all part of the Flower Parade. And who else should be chosen to be Queen of the Flowers but the gorgeous, charming and terribly fashionable Hon Phryne Fisher?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The Delightful Phryne

  • By Marin on 03-28-12

Stephenie Daniel has outdone herself.

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-19-16

This is one of Stephenie Daniel's best performances! the Orkney accents were beautiful, and she keeps up with Phryne very well. I loved the addition of the epistlary format interspersed throughout. It added a layer to the story that was interesting and heartbreaking at the same time.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Crocodile on the Sandbank

  • The Amelia Peabody Series, Book 1
  • By: Elizabeth Peters
  • Narrated by: Barbara Rosenblat
  • Length: 9 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 4,796
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,459
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,447

Amelia Peabody inherited two things from her father: a considerable fortune and an unbendable will. The first allowed her to indulge in her life's passion. Without the second, the mummy's curse would have made corpses of them all.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Nice break from the usual-

  • By Carrie on 12-18-04

Excellent!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-24-16

No doubt you have heard this already, but this is wonderful in more ways than I can say. Amelia is delightful and acerbic and she is my spirit animal.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Raisins and Almonds

  • A Phryne Fisher Mystery
  • By: Kerry Greenwood
  • Narrated by: Stephanie Daniel
  • Length: 6 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 557
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 471
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 469

In investigating the poisoning of a young man in a bookshop at the Eastern Market, and the wrongful arrest of one Miss Sylvia Lee, Phryne Fisher is plunged into a world of Jewish politics, alchemy, poison, and chicken soup. Stopping only for a brief but intensely erotic dalliance with the beautiful Simon Abrahams, Phryne picks her way through the mystery with help from the old faithfuls: Bert, Cec, Dot, and Detective Inspector "Call Me Jack" Robinson.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Clever as always, Miss Fisher.

  • By April J. Zarychta on 12-08-15

Clever as always, Miss Fisher.

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-08-15

Now that was lovely. Clever, a bit steamy, and always in fashion. I liked the addition of the Yiddish to the book; it gave it an air of authenticity. Also, you will adore Simon's mother.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Nightlife

  • By: Rob Thurman
  • Narrated by: Patrick Lawlor
  • Length: 11 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 467
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 391
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 395

In New York, there's a troll under the Brooklyn Bridge, a boggle in Central Park, and a beautiful vampire in a penthouse on the Upper East Side. Of course, most humans are oblivious to this, but Cal Leandros is only half-human. His father's dark lineage is the stuff of nightmares - and he and his entire otherworldly race are after Cal.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent debut for promising new series

  • By Tracey on 03-28-13

Are we there yet?

Overall
3 out of 5 stars
Performance
1 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-14-15

I did struggle through this one. The plot was a little predictable and the main character barely had any chance to develop from his whining self pity before the story is hijacked by someone even less likable. This also another case of the fist personnperspective completly ruining any chance of developing side characters that are more interesting than the limiting main character. Also, the narrator's voice was like listening to a chain smoker tell his life story. If that is your tabacco-laced cup of tea, go ahead. As for me, I don't think I will be listening to any more of these. Maybe in print, but not voiced by this guy.

8 of 9 people found this review helpful