To be fair, this is not my kind of genre. I think readers who like the Crocodile in the Sandbank or Janet Evanovich would really enjoy this book. I was drawn to it due the era. I have been "trying on" books out of my favorite genre, but from an era I enjoy.
For me, it was charming, but not a book that will stay with me. I certainly did not hate it, but didn't love it. I really appreciated the main character and loved the narration.
She is a great reader. Did an excellent job of changing the character voices without being annoying. Her accent was also charming, like the story.
I would watch it on HBO.
The outstanding narration of this book is what drew me in and the story held me there. Well done!
A story that unfolds at its own pace can be really comfortable, something calming that you can look forward to. But at what point does "comfortable" become a bad thing? As I listen, I find that I like it well enough, and the heroine is charming and intelligent, and I like her, but I can only listen for about half an before I'm ready for a change. If I were a commuter, that'd be perfect, but my listening habits are not like that.
The narrator is perfect, she really captures the time and the heroine in her performance. I think she's why I do enjoy it.
An avid listener of audio books.
The first book isn't as good as the others but I enjoyed it once I got into it and became engaged with the characters. I love all the history in the books. I knew very little about the first world war and it was very interesting learning more about that timeand the changes it made to the world. It really is an amazing series. The mysteries get better and better with each book.
Yes because most people would enjoy this story.
The characters are believable.
The narrator did not have enough reflection in her voice and was boring to listen to.
I didnot have an extreme reaction to this book but was ready to listen to the next one hopefully with a differend narrator.
Not thrilled with this effort. Not sure if I will try another. The performance is fine, but there is no mystery. I am not hung up on the suffraget movement and classism in post WWI England interests me not at all.
This author is very good. I always know that the stories will be interesting and emotional, the narration is great!
I did not read the print version.
The story line
There were many, actually.
Can't wait to read the next book in the series!
From my own perspective this issue of the Maisie Dobbs series begins one of the most enjoyable historical mysteries series that I have come across. The story of Maisie Dobbs is set in the traumatic period of WW 1 and develops as this young daughter of a costermonger is put into service after the death of her mother. As the story develops you begin to get a view of what life was like during that period of change in Britain for both the rich and poor. Maisie's journey from becoming a servant girl at age 12 to a young lady detective who has overcome her station in life gives the reader an intriguing foundation for what is to follow. Her desire to grow and succeed takes the reader through the trials of gaining a college education, service as a nurse in WW 1, the loss of a potential mate and the challenge of striking out on her own. Though this is a fictional history Ms. Winspear's background and research gives one confidence in seeing British life during that period. Having read all of the series to date I do highly recommend starting with this issue and following the order of progression to get the full impact of Maisie's journey. Some readers feel that this issue seems a slow start. I personally prefer Orlagh Cassidy as a narrator over Rita Barrington. Ms. Cassidy gives a zestful life to the character that seems lacking in this first book. That being said it is still a great read and the place to start this wonderful series.
I didn't/couldn't listen to more than an hour of this audio book. The narrator's voice was too detached and unemotional; it left me feeling as if i were listening to a dull lecturer, not a mystery book narrator. Switched to David Suchet's audios instead.
Anyone who cold project more emotion and life into her characters!
I never finished it.