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Audio Book Review: The Secret Life of Anna Blanc by Jennifer Kincheloe, Narrated by Moira Quirk

This is a ridiculously funny book, it’s humour all in words.
An audiobook review of The Secret Life of Anna Blanc by Jennifer Kincheloe, narrated by Moira Quirk.

 
The Secret Life of Anna Blanc by Jennifer Kincheloe
Title: The Secret Life of Anna Blanc
Author: Jennifer Kincheloe
Narrator: Moira Quirk
Length: 12 hours 45 minutes
Publisher: Jennifer Kincheloe⎮2016
Genre: Historical Fiction Mystery
Read Synopsis on Goodreads
Stars: ★★★★★
Buy On: Audible | Amazon US | Amazon India

 

My Review:

Note: I received this book from the author via AudioBookworm Promotions in exchange for an honest review.

The Secret Life of Anna Blanc by Jennifer Kincheloe, narrated by Moira Quirk exceeded my expectations. When I read the blurb, it held out a promise of a light and funny read, but the book turned out to be much more.

In 1907 Los Angeles, women weren’t allowed to be detectives. But society and rules weren’t going to stop Anna Blanc. A jugaadu girl with lots of pluck and inspired by crime novels she gets a Police Matron job using an alias stumbles upon a murder series and sets out to solve it.

In Anna Blanc, Jennifer Kincheloe has created an endearing character. A floundering silly girl who forever seems to get into trouble, yet she does it all with heart and joie de vivre. A woman fighting the system for what she wants from life. A lady juggling a double-life hidden from her father, fiancé and best friend.

What stood out most for me in The Secret Life of Anna Blanc was Jennifer Kincheloe’s use of the English language and Moira Quirk’s narration of it. This is a ridiculously funny book, it’s humour all in words. Jennifer Kincheloe’s choice of words and descriptions for people and situations had me grinning though out. /(make sure you head over to audible and listen to a sample)/

Moira Quirk’s narration makes this book easy on the ears. All the various characters are easy to distinguish and Moira Quirk brings a certain life to them. She sets a good pace for easy listening and had me hooked until the end.

At 12 hours and 45 minutes, this is one long book and I wasn’t sure I’d finish but Anna Blanc’s spunk brought to voice by Moira Quirk kept me going right to the end. If you, like me enjoy the humour in words, this will be 12 hours of laughs (45 minutes you might just hold it back).
And there’s a book 2 and 3 too!

Buy On: Audible | Amazon US | Amazon India

About the Narrator:

 
Moira QuirkMoira grew up in teeny-tiny Rutland, England’s smallest county, which is fitting as she never managed to make it past five feet herself. Moira’s work spans the pantheon of the voiceover world: plays for BBC radio, plays for NPR, video games, commercials, television promos, podcasts, cartoons, movies and award winning audiobooks. She’s won Multiple Audie Awards, Earphone Awards, as well as Audible’s prestigious Book-of-the-Year Award. She has lately set foot in front of the camera again, appearing in “Pretty: the Series” and the Emmy-winning “Dirty Work.”
 
Links:
Website │ Twitter – @moiraquirkableFacebook Page
 

About the Author:

 
Jennifer KincheloeJennifer has been a block layer, a nurse’s aid, a fragrance model, and on the research faculty at UCLA, where she spent 11 years conducting studies to inform health policy. A native of Southern California, she now lives in Denver, Colorado with her husband and two teenagers. She’s currently writing book three in the Anna Blanc Mystery series. Book two, THE WOMAN IN THE CAMPHOR TRUNK, is coming out in Fall of 2017 from Seventh Street Books.
 
Links:
WebsiteGoodReads │ Twitter – @jenkincheloeFacebook Page
 

February 7, 2020   1 Comment

Audio Book Review: The Case of the Cursed Dodo by Jake G. Panda, Narrated by Full Cast

The Case of the Cursed Dodo by Jake G. Panda
 

The Case of the Cursed Dodo by Jake G. Panda

Narrated by a Full Cast

Summary:

(Goodreads)

If you’re looking for trouble, you’ve found it. The name’s Jake G. Panda, and trouble seems to follow me wherever I go. I work in the protection racket at a flophouse for endangered critters called the Last Resort. I’m the hotel snoop. The resident fuzz. It’s my job to keep these guests safe and outta harm’s way. This is the first of my many misadventures. A wild and woolly mystery involving a lost suitcase, a green bird, and a bunch of double-crossing animals. I’m calling this jungle noir The Case of the Cursed Dodo.

This hilarious first instalment of The Endangered Files follows Jake, a hardboiled panda detective, and an unusual cast of endangered creatures on a globe-trotting adventure that will appeal to young and old alike.

 
The Case of the Cursed Dodo by Jake G. Panda, Narrated by Full CastTitle: The Case of the Cursed Dodo
Author: Jake G. Panda
Narrator: Cast – Michael McConnohie, J.W. Terry, Dave Mallow, Molly Brandenburg, Antoinette Attell, Ian Whitcomb, Barbara Watkins, Bobb Lynes.
Paperback: 172 pages/2 hours 34 minutes
Publisher: Woolly Family Studios, October 3rd 2017 (first published November 23rd 2014)
Genre: Mystery, Middle Grade, Family Audio Drama
Read: audio book

Stars: ★★★★★
Buy On: Amazon US | Audible | Amazon India

 

My Review:

Note: I received this book from the author via AudioBookworm Promotions in exchange for an honest review.

Cover: Cliched Mysterious

Narration: Entralling

Readability, language: Simple and Easy

Why did I choose this book: I was looking for an easy listen. And this was a simple easy listen, just not how I had expected it.

I’ve been listening to audio books for two years now and yet this is the first time I’ve experienced a book like The Case of the Cursed Dodo. This book is a full production with multiple voice actors, sound effects and background score. It was like listening to a movie, and in my mind I could see it all in vivid technicolour.

A mystery thriller, The Case of the Cursed Dodo starts off with Jake G Panda, the in-house detective at ‘Wildlife’s Last Resort’ receiving a call that gets cut-off mid-conversation. He sets out to find his friend, the Professor, who has disappeared. Along the way he gets kidnapped by poachers, rescued by the Endangered Underground and finds a mysterious Jade bird. Now he must solve the mystery of the bird before it’s too late.

First Impressions

It was the title and cover that caught my eye first when I came across The Case of the Cursed Dodo. It was just so like those Famous Five, Three Investigators, Nancy Drew and Hardy Boys books I’ve read ages ago. The cliche was comforting. The blurb closed the deal as I wanted a simple easy listen. And it was a simple easy listen, just not how I had expected it.

The Case of the Cursed Dodo as an audio book is an experience that will enthral. The production makes it a different thing altogether, it’s no longer a simple children’s mystery with a whole lot of varied endangered animals.

Plot, Setting, Characters

The story begins at the Wildlife’s Last Resort, a flophouse for animals in trouble and quickly becomes a globe-trotting adventure, involving flying to Marrakech by Tortoise Air, searching The Critter Bazaar, escaping by The Creature Comfort Express and landing up in Extinction City.

This may be a children’s book but the play of words will be absolutely enjoyable for adults. I laughed many a time at the puns and old clichés. Have you spotted some of them? It was way too funny.

There is a whole forest of anthropomorphized animals as characters in the story. Here are a few – Jake G. Panda a panda, The Professor a.k.a. Harry a hispid hare, Rose an El Hierro giant lizard, Ernie an Asian elephant, Daisy Condor a California condor, Madame Baloni a wild yak, and Bedouin Joe a large Bimini boa among others.
I enjoyed getting to know the whole bunch of animals, each with their own quirks of dress, makeup and mannerisms. They add so much to the story.

Note for Kids

If you have kids this a great book to introduce them to a plethora of animals. There is also a Resources Section with links to fun activities and animal organisations.

Audio Book Experience

Like I was saying earlier The Case of the Cursed Dodo as an audio book is an experience to be had. Each character has his or her own voice actor, the narration is excellent with each chapter starting out with a recap and scene setting, and the story progressing with sound effects and a background score. The language is simple and easy. The story has a good pace and an unexpected climax, there’s loads of action too!

I absolutely enjoyed The Case of the Cursed Dodo and heartily vouch for it. This is a book for kids for sure (I lent it to a 10 year old and she sat still for almost the whole book!). But it’s also for adults who enjoy verbal humour and word-play. 🙂

Buy On: Amazon US | Audible | Amazon India

About the Author:

 
Marc Secchia - AranyaJake G. Panda is a wildlife investigator. A hardboiled Winnie-the-Pooh. He likes bamboo and saving endangered animals. He is the author of The Endangered Files, a mystery series about his misadventures in the protection business.

His partner in crime, the fella who helps write these books because, let’s be honest, it’s not easy typing with big, clunky bear paws, resides somewhere in New England. He has written his fair share of stuff, mostly for the big screen. And some of it has actually been projected. He likes to keep a low profile and lets Jake do all the talking.
 
 
Author Links:
WebsiteGoodReads │ Twitter – @jakeGPandaPIFacebook Page
 

December 16, 2017   1 Comment