I am wondering about the confusion of the narrator, other reviews say it isn't Ellen Archer. She is the narrator of the book I purchased, and was very good.
Moves a little slow at first.
I like all of Ellen Archer's voices.
I so enjoyed Ms. Rayburn's first book, Silent in the Grave, (Gave it 5 stars), so decided to try the sequel.
In my opinion, the first 10-12 chapters are tedious with many details about the characters' costumes, the Abby, the holiday guests, and way too much dialogue with Julia's sister, Porcha, whose squeaky voice would irritate anyone. Finally, something happens, but the search for answers moves at a snail's pace. I was looking forward to the end.
I binge-read (listened) to all the books in this series. They are all very good. There are a few minor issue with the narrator - words mispronounced for example - but I liked these a lot!
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I'm enjoying the story in this series as well as the narrator. However her accents are lacklustre at best. It's a bit distracting.
One can shift in time period through the lives of the characters with ease and grace and feel one is there and party to the goings on. It is so enjoyable even if the baseline for the story involves wealth. I appreciate the reader and conveyance of mystery and intrigue of the March families quirkiness through the eyes of Lady Julia Grey.
No, specifically because while the narrator is good overall, this is yet another book where words are painfully mispronounced. Please, please, please get the directors or producers to ensure that the readers know how to pronounce the words in the books they read. Nothing ruins a story more quickly than mangled language.There's just no excuse. If they review before the performance they can look up unfamiliar words on the Internet and even hear audio to check their pronounciation. It's easy.
There is just something about this series that I love. The pacing is slow and methodical, but it captures my attention, none-the-less. The writing style is very reminiscent of Jane Austen, yet without the wordiness.
In this book, Lady Julia has returned home for the holidays, only to find a rather large house party and whole lot of intrigue. Among the house guests is Brisbane and his finance. When a murder is discovered, Julia once again partners with Brisbane to try to discover the killer.
Part of what makes this series so interesting is the wonderful cast of character. Like Ms. Austen, Raybourn follows the tradition of poking at the limitations of class and gender from the time period. However, she has created the March family, who is deliciously quirky and non-traditional. In addition, the tension and longing between Julia and Brisbane is palpable, yet it doesn't overpower the mystery of the book.
I often have to drive for hours on end and this story paired with Ms. Archer's reading are just what I require to take my mind off the tedium. If you enjoy a well paced listen with a touch of romance and mystery, this is recommended. Bravo Ms. Raybourn! I didn't realize this was published by Harlequin and even after listening to the first two books in the Julia Grey series, I am a little surprised these are Harlequin's.