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Publisher's Summary

From award-winning author Alan Bradley comes the next cozy British mystery starring intrepid young sleuth Flavia de Luce, hailed by USA Today as "one of the most remarkable creations in recent literature".

Eleven-year-old amateur detective and ardent chemist Flavia de Luce is used to digging up clues, whether they’re found among the potions in her laboratory or between the pages of her insufferable sisters’ diaries. What she is not accustomed to is digging up bodies. Upon the 500th anniversary of St. Tancred’s death, the English hamlet of Bishop’s Lacey is busily preparing to open its patron saint’s tomb. Nobody is more excited to peek inside the crypt than Flavia, yet what she finds will halt the proceedings dead in their tracks: the body of Mr. Collicutt, the church organist, his face grotesquely and inexplicably masked.

Who held a vendetta against Mr. Collicutt, and why would they hide him in such a sacred resting place? The irrepressible Flavia decides to find out. And what she unearths will prove there’s never such thing as an open-and-shut case.

©2013 Bradley Page (P)2013 Random House Audio

Critic Reviews

"Every Flavia de Luce novel is a reason to celebrate." (USA Today)
"Utterly beguiling." (People (four stars), on The Weed That Strings the Hangman’s Bag)
"Outstanding...[a] marvelous blend of whimsy and mystery." (Publishers Weekly on A Red Herring Without Mustard)

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Father delivers a surprise

What made the experience of listening to Speaking from Among the Bones the most enjoyable?

The narrator does a delicious job of reading Flavia- a joy to hear

What other book might you compare Speaking from Among the Bones to and why?

Agatha Christie spirit

What about Jayne Entwistle’s performance did you like?

She is fabulous.

Any additional comments?

Looking forward to Flavia as a teenager...perhaps the murders will get trickier. Love the chemistry thread to detecting. GREAT

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  • DR
  • 02-25-13

Fabulous as the rest of the series

Would you listen to Speaking from Among the Bones again? Why?

Definitely, I love the narrator, I love Flavia, the stories are great.

What did you like best about this story?

I love Flavia and her interactions with everyone around her

What about Jayne Entwistle’s performance did you like?

She does the voices and accents perfectly, it takes away right into the story

Any additional comments?

I love this entire series.

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Series gets even stronger

Jane Entwhistle continues to narrate her alter-ego Flavia's adventures in a pitch perfect way. Good story, well told. If you have enjoyed the earlier Flavia novels, you will NOT be disappointed with this one!

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One of the best in this amazing series

Jayne Entwistle is a super star among readers, but especially here where her talents are wonderfully showcased by the main character in this amazing, brilliant and entertaining series. Start at the beginning and read them all. I cannot wait for the next book by Mr. Bradley.

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Entwistle and Bradley BOTH better this time

Entwistle's annoying habit of punching up the "slyly humorous" bits of internal monologue are not nearly as evident here, allowing her otherwise lovely evocation of Flavia to shine. Bradley, too, while still tending to over-express the obvious in Flavia's analysis, has written a tighter, more affecting book than the last two in the series.

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  • Tina
  • Tucson, AZ, United States
  • 02-14-13

Alan Bradley does it again.

Where does Speaking from Among the Bones rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Right up there with ones by Cotterill.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Flavia de Luce, of course.

What about Jayne Entwistle’s performance did you like?

She has a great voice and makes such a believable Flavia.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

clever and engagingly human humor.

Any additional comments?

I love this series in both written form and as read by Jayne Entwistle.

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  • Johnnie
  • Lacombe, LA, United States
  • 02-10-13

Could I have some more, please?

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Highly Recommend, but only if you want to be thoroughly entertained and baffled until the the finale (see comment at end)

What did you like best about this story?

The novels are sooo British and the archetypal characters with their idiosyncrasies lend continuity to each new adventure.

Which character – as performed by Jayne Entwistle – was your favorite?

Flavia, obviously,But she also does well in the men’s roles as her father, Dogger and the inspector

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Constantly smiling, chuckling, guffawing, and laughing out loud.It is the same with all of his previous books

Any additional comments?

As always simply delightful! A wonderful storyline for the most charming of all sleuths.

Jane Entwistle’s performance is entertaining and captivating as ever. My first introduction to Allen Bradley’s unforgettable character was through audible and I must say that I’ve been so spoiled by Jane Entwistle’s narration that I wait and watch for the audible edition of the next book to become available instead of reading ahead.She is simply amazing.

To Allen Bradley: Thank you, keep 'em coming

To Jane Entwistle: You are a treasure

To Audible: Please record the next installment, The Dead In Their Vaulted Arches, as
soon as it is published

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Had to stop listening

What did you like best about Speaking from Among the Bones? What did you like least?

The story line seemed okay but I had to stop listening to the story because Jayne Entwistle's voice drove me crazy.

Would you be willing to try another book from Alan Bradley? Why or why not?

I might try another another Alan Bradley book but only if someone else is narrating it. I might go to the public library and see if they have a print copy of the book/series so I can read the story without having to listen to the high whiny voice of Jayne Entwistle.

How could the performance have been better?

If Entwistle had spoken like a normal young girl instead of adopting such a high whiny voice, it might have been tolerable. I know many young girls and none of them talk like that. If they did, their parents would tell them to stop whining and say what they want in a proper tone of voice.

Could you see Speaking from Among the Bones being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

I couldn't say because I didn't get that far into the book because of the performance.

Any additional comments?

I was looking forward to this book because of an interview with Alan Bradley on CBC with Shelagh Rogers. I thought that the book sounded interesting because of the characters and the plot but I was very disappointed in the performance.

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  • Kathryn
  • FORT MILL, SC, United States
  • 07-29-13

Poor narration

Is there anything you would change about this book?

I have enjoyed the other books in the series; this was my first audio version. The narration is unbearable. I will be reading this one and returning my Audible book.

Would you recommend Speaking from Among the Bones to your friends? Why or why not?

No.

How could the performance have been better?

Different narrator

Was Speaking from Among the Bones worth the listening time?

I could not finish

0 of 1 people found this review helpful