Audible has changed my life! Dry , itchy eyes were destroying one of my greatest pleasures - reading. Now I am experiencing books again!
"Birds of a Feather" will break your heart -- and I mean that in the very best way. The Maisie series deals with a difficult time in history and makes the reader/listener feel very close to these people and the times. Winspear does us all a favor by presenting such vivid history in her series of mysteries.
This entry is wonderful. Such a sensitive treatment of a painful subject.
The was my first experience with this series. I bought Book number 2 in the series first based on a recommendation in one of the reviews. The narration is decent and there are elements of the story and writing to admire. However, the main character is a detective who relied several occassions on "the energy" left over at a crime scene to mystically guide her to a clue. On occasions in the story she sensed the "Aura" of a person, "alligned her body with her intentions" by centering herself, felt the energy change (this repeatedly), and used other such devices to move the story and clues forward. Using paranormal powers in a detective mystery is not my cup of tea.
This was the second book of the series that I have listened to and was surprised at the clipped, quick speech of the narration. So unlike the first book this narration completely changed the characters. It was much too noisily at times and very unlike the
Yes. Very entertaining and delightful to follow while knitting and recovering from eye surgery.
We slowed the narration down until we got it where it should be. I think one of the reviewers suggested the narration was too fast and may not have realized this could be adjusted in the Audible app.
2nd book of the series about a young woman in the 1920 era, lots of information on the 1st. world war results , while she works through her plots. Good characters and as I enjoy sequal books very good and different.
The reader does a good job with accents and pulls you into the story line can't wait for the next book in the series about Miss Dobbs and Billy her assisstant.
I really enjoyed the story. These stories really being a new insight into life in England and the deep personal effects of the war. This story had a few red herrings but at the same time you had an idea. Loved the Joseph Pilates inclusion.
I mostly liked the narrator. She did a good job of the different voices but at times seemed rushed.
Love the story and the characters but not the narrator's performance. She speaks entirely too fast. I prefer the previous narrator
The narrator speaks entirely to fast
I am loving this series! It's an easy, engaging story without any gore or fear or anxiety for a mystery novel--perfect for me. I liked the narrator, but she was a bit melancholy so I prefer the narrator of the other books better.
I don 't know if it was the narrator or editor- but the pace was too fast. Either the narrator was trying to break a speed narration record or the speed in which she recorded this was altered and sped up. Either way, it was very unpleasant. It felt like Ms. Dobbs was in amphetamines! Otherwise, it was a good story.
I have listened to all the Maisie Dobbs books and am now going back to listen to the series again, which I appreciate more the second time around. Birds of a Feather is a bit darker than some of the other books in the series, with the murders of 3 of 4 members of a group of friends now separated since the war.
This series is clearly highly researched, with a lot of intricate details of the era, down to the varied locations found in the book, the culture of the day, and the real costs of the war that still remained ten years later.
I highly recommend this book and the others in this series both to fans of mystery and to those interested in World War I history and its subsequent effects on British society. Just because they signed an armistice doesn't mean that the war could be forgotten and life return to its pre-war state, a fact brought home by the long list of employees of just one store who made the ultimate sacrifice for heir country, a list engraved on the wall of the store to remind everyone of the many men who never came back.
This book isn't cozy, but it is powerful and necessary to remind us all of the ultimate costs of war that exist far beyond just the time spent fighting on he battlefield. The first book in the series sets up Maisie Dobbs' background abs qualifications by giving much more focus on Maisie's time in France, leaving less time for the mystery that she is solving, but Birds of a Feather has much more intrigue without neglecting the important details of history.
This is truly a book worth reading, or even better, listening to!