it was good and I enjoyed learning more about Maisie and post war England, but having a different narrator from the first one was hard to adjust to.
Yes, because of the content, but no because of the narration.
As always, Maisie. I love how controlled and logical she is, while also being intuitive.
The narrator did Maisie's voice ok, but every other character was just terrible. The voices were abrasive, loud, and squeaky. I often turned the volume down more than I usually would just counteract her awful voices. I also felt like her voices weren't true to the characters themselves.
"Alone and palely loitering..." listening to a good book!
This was a well-written story focusing on various aspects of the aftermath of "The Great War". Toward the end,
I felt emotionally involved with the motives of the killer. I was disappointed that the narrator was changed from Book One as I was used to "seeing" the characters. I had to regroup to learn the characters again. Now I see Book Three has yet another narrator. However I may continue with the series anyway. Or get the physical books instead.
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Excellent, Rewarding, Enjoyable
The Royal Spyness by Rhys Bowen.
That each person had their own distinct sound.
Yes, but I listen while I do data input, so it got broken up into several days.
I love these types of novels, not just because of the strong women characters, but because of the gentleness of the spirit of the book. People are looking out for one another.
I love this book. Maisie is a marvellous character. I found Kim Hicks reading took a couple of chapters to get used to as she reads a little quicker, once used to that she is Maisie Dobbs with a great interpretation. Down side is I looked for more Maisie books only to find a different reader that I can't listen to. So maybe listen to the other books and you won't be disappointed.
I like Maisie Dobbs. She's an unusual character in an interesting time and the narrator does a very nice job with all of the quirky and unusual characters that clutter Maisie's life. I appreciated the quality of this mystery, but I especially appreciated getting to know Maisie even better as she works to solve the mystery, help her assistant find his way out of loss and addiction and come to terms with her own loneliness.
I shall continue to follow the adventures of Maisie Dobbs.
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 love Jacqueline Winspear and her Maisie Dobbs...so eloquent and sophisticated. Rich in story and detail.
Kim Hicks however drove me a bit batty! She is so harsh in tone and her narration so rapid it made this audible experience rather painful. Bring back Rita Barrington with her smooth, dulcet tone...she gave the Maisie Dobbs story so much shape and substance.
Nonetheless...I love this series so far and will continue reading and listening. Hopefully Orlagh Cassidy's reading will be more pleasant in the subsequent audio books.
I really like the Maisy Dobbs series. Each one not only engages you on a realistic mystery, but takes you back to a particular time and place...England after the Great War. I plan to eventually read or listen to all of the books.
Numerous other reviewers slammed the narrator. I found the narrator good, but I am guessing that it was the editing that made the narration sometimes sound too fast, or too clipped. I enjoyed the narrators presentation otherwise. Her voice definitely said Maisie Dobbs. The story was energetic and just the right amount of mystery. Will keep going.