I’d never heard of A. Lee Martinez (apparently I’m under a rock) but he’s the sort of author with an edge and snark that I adore, and a fan of many of the nerdish tropes and heroes that make me smile. The first in his Constance Verity series is on the blog today, narrated by Cynthia Farrell. Please read on for my review of
The Last Adventure of Constance Verity
I was wondering just how the introduction to a character could bring us her last adventure, but that is another piece that is the joy of Constance Verity and her story as told by A. Lee Martinez and narrated by Cynthia Farrell. I wasn’t quite sure just what sort of adventure Constance would take me on, but hold on to your hats – Connie is a girl with her finger in every pie, having thoughts and adventures all over the place, or world, as the mood (or opportunity) arises.
Starting out with her posing as mild-mannered office worker, Connie Smythe, she is attempting a normal life as a girl with a normal job. But apparently, normal is an anathema for her, as the office hides a cult, and the mailroom houses an evil monster in the mailroom in need of, you guessed it – Connie as the latest blood sacrifice. While this would be more than unusual for most of us, this seems to be the next in a long list of everyday adventures that Connie faces. And if taking down the cult isn’t enough, she’s encountering these adventures as she struggles to find a work-life balance.
A clever mash-up of character traits from pulp-fiction novels, Dr. Who, Indiana Jones, Tarzan and some James Bond-like qualities, Constance refashions those familiar elements into a uniquely fabulous, snarky, intelligent and brave heroine. With her trusty sidekick Tia (also well-versed in the never-ending dangers and adventures of her best friend) the personalities and struggles in this quest to find balance shine brightly and keep listeners engaged and laughing.
Narration for this story is provided by Cynthia Farrell, and she managed to capture the moods of Connie just perfectly: from her “oh this again?! Really?!” sense of her frustration with the inability to live normally, to her more pensive discussions on free will, destiny, time travel and empathy. Easy to distinguish characters, clearly delineated with their cadence and tone, and pacing that changed to fit the varied (and cleverly) inserted shifts in style through various adventure-fiction tropes. A wonderful listen that kept me involved in each moment and shift through the story, perfectly suited to listeners who haven’t taken a moment with an audiobook before and want something wholly new and different.
It isn’t important that you recognize (or even like) the many influences for this story, for Martinez managed to make it all new, fresh and accessible for all who want something funny, engaging, entertaining and memorable.
Stars: Overall 5 Narration 5 Story 5
Title: The Last Adventure of Constance Verity
Author: A. Lee Martinez
Series: Constance Verity #1
Genre: Romantic Elements, Urban Fantasy
Narrator: Cynthia Farrell
Published by: Recorded Books, Saga Press
Published on: 5 July, 2016
Source: Recorded Books
Audio Length: 9 Hours: 33 minutes
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Constance Verity has been saving the world since she was seven, and she’s sick of it. She sets off on one last adventure to reset her destiny and become the one thing she’s never been: ordinary.
Ever since she was granted a wish at birth by her fairy godmother, Constance Verity has become the world’s great adventurer. She is a master of martial arts, a keen detective, and possesses a collection of strange artifacts. Constance has spent the past twenty-eight years saving the world, and she’s tired of it. All she wants is to work in an office and date a nice, normal guy. And she’s figured a way out. The only problem is that saving the world is Constance’s destiny. She’s great at it, and there are forces at work to make sure she stays in the job.
Then again, it’s also her destiny to have a glorious death.
A copy of this title was provided via Recorded Books for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.
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