The Love Talker

Narrated by: Grace Conlin
Length: 7 hrs and 47 mins
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Surely Aunt Ida couldn't really have meant it what she said: "I only hope I will be taken before my mind fails. Fairies in the woods, indeed!" But when Laurie and her brother Doug visit her at Idlewood, they discover that Aunt Ida may indeed have something to fear in the woods.
©1980 Elizabeth Peters (P)1995 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

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Not her best

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I normally love to listen to Elizabeth Peters' books, but this one falls a bit short of her normally fun listens.

The story is a bit far fetched and felt very contrived. It was even quite confusing at the end. I listened to the "climax" 3 times but couldn't find the continuity of the storyline. The "mystery" was somewhat (very) predictable and the love interest just wasn't plausible. It felt like a 'C' movie.

The narrator was great, as usual, but the material just wasn't there for her.

Ms Peters was evidently having a rough patch. I wouldn't recommend it, unless you're a 15 year old - maybe.

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WARNING...PAGES MISSING

Three pages were skipped during the book's climax in this audio version. A terrible editing error that really ruined the main "twist" of the story. Pass on the audio and read the book--it rambles a bit but is still enjoyable because it doesn't follow the usual pattern.

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Unusually good performance by Grace Conlin

I usually give poor marks to Grace Conlin because I love, love, love Barbara Rosenblat's readings of Barbara Michaels/Elizabeth Peters books and Conlin loses by comparison. In this book, she did a much better job of differentiating the speech of the characters. She doesn't do myriad voices as Rosenblat does, but the characters were distinct -- via accents and speed of speaking and so on. Best Conlin performance I've heard to date.
Also really liked the story. Laurie, the heroine, exchanges the usual witty banter leading to romance with her half brother and another love interest appears. The mystery concerns an elderly aunt, living with another aunt and uncle, whose behavior is increasingly erratic and worrisome. It is soon revealed she believes in fairies -- living in the nearby woods -- and she has picture proof. I am quite familiar with the story of Alfred Conan Doyle and the fairy pictures and was charmed to find it referenced in this book...
The book moved rapidly and was entertaining throughout. Only near the end did I find myself exhorting, "NO! Don't GO THERE, YOU IDIOT!" and similar warnings. The heroine has to do something stupid to bring the story to a climax, I guess. The revelations after the climax enhanced the story even further.

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Entertaining

It was a fun read with interesting characters. It is very well narrated. I recommend this book if you are looking for a lighthearted mystery.

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An OK story

Laurie goes to visit her aunts and uncle in their mansion in the woods, and finds that there is something sinister going on. Her brother Doug turns up, and there is a sexy handyman involved too. This has the classic Elizabeth Peters flair, with quite a few giggles, but not her best work. I'd probably give it 3 stars if it was any other writer! I would give the editors 1 star if I could. There is a substantial portion of the book missing at the climax of the story, though you can figure out what happened by listening to the recap the characters have at the end. Still, it is disconcerting, and I backed up the book several times to see what I'd missed, only to find it wasn't me that missed anything!

(Spoiler alert! Don't read the rest if you don't want any spoilers!) I was quite put off by the 'relationship' between Laurie and Doug. Being raised brother and sister, whether they actually are or not, should mean they would never want to fall in love. I was just thinking 'Ewwwwwwww'!

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Great series

I love this Amelia Peabody series. The heroine is a feisty woman based in the late 1800's early 1900's. I have always been interested in Egyptology and this is a wonderful mystery series set in this context. Early feminine Activist. Great humor and character development.