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.
Interesting story overall but the narrator did embarrassingly bad male voices, especially Maurice. Female voices were quite good.
The focus on the supernatural was unexpected and not a positive, although I'm told that subsequent books in this series are not as bad in that respect.
Also, since I had expected a cozier mystery story, the prevailing sense of sadness was a downer. Still, it was well-constructed and with an interesting plot.
Love books! Classics and lighter fiction, mysteries (not too violent please :-). And selective non-fiction--whatever takes my fancy.
It's in a larger group of solidly dependable good british mysteries that I enjoy reading/listening to. I sometimes read books I enjoy more, often read those I like less. The premise is clever, if a little more "modern" in the retroactive telling of it than it would probably have been, if written at the time it portrays. I like seeing women depicted as smart, capable, ambitious, and still warm and good people. But I'm not so sure that her Cinderella rise to good fortune would have been as plausible in life as it works out in the series.
Well, I like Billie--a young man who has returned from war and is devoted to Maisie (her side-kick and great helper).
The whole series is good, not great. I have found no difficulties with any of the narrators so far.
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.
Use the narrator that did the first book. Kim cannot do male voices. And her jerky quick style is jarring.
The plot was good. Not really an edge of your seat type, but interesting.
I know there is and I'm glad.
I'm a bibliophile since early childhood. Love speculative fiction, odd premises, mystery novels that teach about different places and times.
Maisie Dobbs gives an interesting view to post WWI England. Everyone in that world is still trying to find their way after what had to be one of the largest betrayals of that century. A detective and psychologist is a lovely premise and she does it well.
The demeanor and personality of Maisie Dobbs as portrayed by this narrator is very different from the way the narrator of the first story in the series played the part. The voice of Maisie as read in this story comes across as very somber and serious. I much preferred Rita Barrington's narration of the the first book. Her portrayal gave Maisie a much richer, lighter personality.
This author is very good. I always know that the stories will be interesting and emotional, the narration is great!