Book Addict. My preferred books are historical fictions, fantasy (supernatural) fictions, or just good fiction.
Not only is the story slow (as well as the narration), if you like books that are more about gossips and just passing judgement around society (without merrit in the story) and not relevant to the story itself, then I guess it would be a book for you.
The story starts to pick up only in the last quarter of the book and the way it is developed by the writer seem to be written in a haste then without much body (compared to the way she writes about society and gossips within this book)
Her writing is primitive without depth. Her characters are simplistic and not well described.
Too much would have to be done to write a descent crime novel, in my opinion, for the author, so that I might enjoy any of her books. No style, no depth of story and characters. She would be well served to study English literature such as Poe, if she plans on getting any recognition for her books and writing style.
The narration is trying to add some depth and individuality to the characters with a little success. Nonetheless, the narration is so slow (I assume is to make the novel into a book), that in a way it matches my disappointment that I have with the story itself.
Don't bother with this book or series, you'll want a refund.
If you can't stand the 1st hour, stop right away, don't waste your time. I did it for you already. I listened to the whole book, and it doesn't get much better, even in the last couple hours of the book, where finally, the story picks up a little.
A "Feel Good" book
Not an extreme reaction, but it did make me smile throughout the story
Katherine Kellgreens narration is exceptionally good, with a wonderful mastery of accents and timing. Her voice is pleasant, lovely to listen to.
It's not the worlds best detective story, but the humour, the writing style, the interesting time period all combine to make this book a really enjoyable and diverting experience. I loved it.
I love Georgi's spunk! She was "bred" to be a royal pet, yet finds herself destitute during bad economic times (the 30s). She just attacks life! I like her loyalty to those in her family and getting to "know" those around her. She uses her wits to solve the mystery as well as figure a way to survive. I intend to keep listening to this series. It was read exceedingly well -- just jolly good fun!
Very fun story in a setting that we Americans seem to love.
I think that Ms. Kellgren has just the right voice for this story. Some of the ancillary characters run together a bit, but I couldn't imagine another Lady Georgina.
Add more suspense, intrigue, threat, etc. Perhaps after listening to the "In Death" series by J.D. Robb, this series seems lacking. I always felt completely comfortable while listening. Not at all in league with "Gone Girl" or "In Death". The clueless naive main character just seems to stumble upon the answers to the 'mystery'. Perhaps comparing her to Eve Dallas of J.D. Robb's "In Death" series is simply unfair.
I'm not sure. I've tried book two in the series to see if it gets better but so far it is pretty much the same. Dry, slow, dull. I feel no attachment to the main character and her much touted sleuthing abilities seem to be luck or just plain artificial.
The accents. The narrator is excellent with the different voices and with the proper accents. I could do without all the characters with obnoxious lisps. One was enough.
I listen to them at work, so probably. Worth the money/credit? Probably not.
Try out "In Death" if you found this book/series a bit boring.
Just want to start by saying that the narration for this book was fantastic.There were different male and female voices and accents and they were all very believable. Definitely a chick book, although my husband listened to the it without too much complaining and enjoyed it more than he thought he would. That said, it was very cute and entertaining with a number of plot twists and turns. The main character was funny without being ridiculous. It is refreshing to read a thoughtful mystery that isn't full of violence. I will definitely be reading more in the series.
Will read (or in this case, listen) to just about anything.
Not really my usual type of book to read - but read some positive reviews and thought I'd give it a chance. Enjoyed the plot, but the mystery behind it was still a little weak. That said, the narration was just shy of amazing - made a decent book an incredible pleasure to listen to.
Yes. Well written mystery. Entertaining performer.
Yes - when enjoying a mystery, I'm always trying to solve "who dunnit". The plot kept changing and giving more and more options for me to choose the killer and his/her motives.
I liked her betrayal of the American - Mrs. Simpson. She wasn't a main character, but I was impressed that the actor could go from various British accents to an American in the 1930s (our accents are different in 2013).
No extreme reactions. As I listened, I was in awe of the performer. How did she keep all of those characters (and their different voices/inflections/accents) straight? She would switch from one to the next flawlessly.
I'm always looking for an audiobook for traveling in a car with a family that does not have explicit sex scenes described, or excessive gruesome violence. I'm also looking for a book with clean language. It would be great for audible to have a rating system so that people could find appropriate content - similar to the movie rating systems.
This book had clean language and handled the murder without describing all of the gory details. Some people with younger children may not want to hear the discussions about sex, but I didn't find them offensive with older teenagers in the car.
I can find a book to love in any genre -- a beautifully written classic, an interesting mystery or sci-fi, a trashy romance. Bring it!
STORY - Georgie is a single girl who moves to London in 1932 to begin life on her own. She is physically clumsy, gets into all kinds of silly predicaments and her only luck seems to be bad. Her best friend, Belinda, is a slightly promiscuous party girl. Together they try to survive financially, navigate London's single social life and, of course, solve the mystery of the body Georgie finds in her bathtub!
This is the first in the series so there's lots of character-building, but once the murder mystery begins it's surprisingly engaging and will keep you thinking. So there's a very nice mystery component plus all the girly antics, which add up to a clever, fun, easy listen. The mystery is solved by the end of the book, but the door is left open for a future romance and, of course, more escapades.
PERFORMANCE - Good job. Many of the secondary characters are stuffy English socialites and IMHO their accents are intentionally "overdone," which serves to add more humor to the story.
OVERALL - (Actual overall rating 4.5) Highly recommended but for girls only. I usually avoid books of this genre so if you generally enjoy them, you will probably love this book.
This is the first read of the Royal Spyness. The book has a dry humor that keeps me smiling.