Narrative makes the world go round.
It took me two novels to warm up to Maisie Dobbs. I now think this series superior to similar series in the subgenre of early 20th century women sleuths (Phyrne Fisher, Daisy Dalrymple, et. al.) - almost as good as Mary Russell.
I found this listen marred, however, by the speed of the narrator, especially in the first half of the book where she seemed to be trying to add suspense by the rate and pitch of her voice --BUT I think that was inappropriate to the text. It's a slow, atmospheric, character driven mystery with an element of whodunnit, not a cliff-hanging thriller. I listen to be absorbed and relax - a racing narrator detracted from that by "waking up" my brain when I wanted lulling (though not numbing).
That said, the narrator was good, had the cool edge of the Ms Dobbs character and competently created voices for other characters. I look forward to her version of further Dobbs mysteries, if she slows (and calms) down to voice the zen of Maisie.
I am an avid eclectic reader.
I had read some of the latest Maisie Dobbs books so decided to go back and read the early ones. I much prefer Orlaugh Cassidy narration of the books. I only gave this book a four star because of the reader. I was thinking during the story that Billy's son will just be the right age for WWII when it begins. I think Tom Brokaw is wrong. This was the greatest generation not there children. This generation had to go through two world wars and a great depression all as adults.
Retired CFO, Army wife, Mom of five, Grandma of six, two sons who served in combat, love to read books that reflect my values and faith, love mysteries, historical, military stories, and books that don't waste my time . . . if it doesn't have an ending that was worth the wait, I'm not a happy camper.
The second in the Maisie Dobbs series is just as good as the first (apart from the change in narrator, which is definitely a downgrade). Following the Great War, Maisie continues her work as a sleuth with her assistant Billy, an injured war veteran by her side. The story centers around Mr. Waite, owner of several grocery stores who hired Maisie to find his grown daughter. She has again ran away from home. And the search turns into a tale of three murders . . . with his daughter, Charlotte soon to be the fourth. What is so amazing about the Maisie Dobbs series is that interwoven into the mysteries are wonderful tales of wartime families learning to deal with all manner of pain and adjustments to life following WWI. They are multi-layered, emotional stories that give real meaning to the period of time about which they are written, and true satisfaction at the conclusion of each book. Looking forward to number three in the series!
I just love this mystery series and can't wait to download the next book. I think Miss Hick's narration was wonderful and don't understand the other reviewers issues, unless there was a technical issue early on. Her voices and dialects is just spot-on for everyone. The story line is excellent and is suspenseful. I was definitely caught off-guard by "who dunnit" -- total surprise for me anyway.
I have come to really enjoy the Maisie Dobbs series. I know that everyone has different tastes, but if you enjoy gentle stories, full of likeable characters, and a good mystery thrown in, then I would absolutely recommend this book to you.
My favorite is Maisie herself, followed by Billie. These two share such a respectful and tender bond.
I love Kim Hick's interpretation of these stories. She IS Maisie Dobbs.
I really just enjoyed it -- nothing extreme. It's like spending time with an old friend.
Try it, you might like it.
Avid audible listener!
I don't like mysteries that are solved with intuition and meditation. And even if I was OK with that type of solve, the way it was written into this book was forced and unrealistic. The narrator was very good at characterization, but I couldn't keep my mind on the story.
This was my second MD book and I can't recommend this series.
This reader reads way to fast. The reader of the first book was excellent. Her performance was very thoughtful, much like Maisie.
I have a hard time understanding this reader. Often the meaning of a sentence becomes clear in my mind as the next sentence is being read. After awhile this gets all muddled and I have to back it up. A good reader can add so much to a text. This reader does not do that unfortunately.
I see that reader of the 3rd book in the series on is read by someone else. Lets hope she's better!
I read the other reviews after I had already purchased the book, so I began to listen to it with trepidation, due to the criticism of the narrator in some of the other reviews. But after listening to it, I think there must have been a technical problem with their experience that has since been remedied. The narrator was neither unduly speedy nor screechy, in my opinion. I enjoyed the book very much.
In a series like this, the narration should be the same throughout, or you lose the nuances of the character. Had this narrator been the same as in book 1, it might have made a difference, but this was really disappointing, and I can't even make myself finish the book - it's that distracting.