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Stars: Overall: 5 Narration 5 Story 5
I never quite know what I’ll get with a Barbara Silkstone title beyond the giggles, 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.
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Wendy Darlin is back with a boat-load of punny named characters and insane situations. To provide a cover story for herself and the delicious archaeologist Jolly, Roger, they pretend to be married in order to search for the tomb of Cleopatra/Marc Antony. There are lying scum everywhere including the Russians, an old rival for Jolly, an old high school classmate, and a hilarious bunch of others.
Whenever you've had a totally carp shift or day, or you just need a really good laughfest, grab any of Barbara Silkstone's Wendy Darlin books! Just don't make the mistake of drinking or eating while listening to one!
The narrator's performance is fine, but she has some really odd pronunciations.
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