Sometimes I need a light book in between the more serious ones, or I need a quick romp during a long road trip to make the time pass quickly. This fits the bill. I picked it up because I've heard good things about Katherine Kellgren, and a later book in the series won an Audie award. Kellgren does a great job with all the character voices and I will definitely be looking for more from her in the future.
As for the story, I was a little hesitant because I have recently listened to two other books set during similar times (London ~100 years ago) with similar strong female characters (Alexia Tarabotti and Lady of Devices). I liked Georgie the best so far because she seemed the most natural. The others were more defiant of their societies to the point of pontificating. They were the stereotype of anti-stereotypes.
I am looking forward to the rest of this series, but I am not so hooked that I am buying them all immediately so I can binge. I'll probably pick them up onesie twosie when I see them on sale and listen when I need a quick pick me up.
Katherine Kellgren nailed it. Her accents were delightful and she brought such personality to each character.
The story line was light hearted, easy to follow and very funny. This was a change from my usual listening habits and it was an absolute delight! A great break from serious and complicated stories. A very easy listen!
I laughed out loud many times.
Highly recommend it for readers looking for something quick, easy and funny!
Yes. The narrator was amazing. I loved the story its very witty and you feel sot of bad for Georgie's situation.
She does different character voices so well, its hard to imagine them differently.
Yes it was. I found myself staying in the car a little bit longer so I could hear some more. Especially towards the end.
I recommended wholeheartedly, and would totally listen to it again. It was so much fun!!
I've always loved books. Even before I could read I've loved them. Fact or Fiction, I love books. I'd sooner read a book than see a movie.
There are many friends who would love this audiobook. Katherine Kellgren's narration, who's accent for Georgiana , bring to mind of Julie Andrews in Mary Poppins, and her roll in Thoroughly Modern Millie. This is a fun romp, of a penniless cousin of the King of England, who attempts to find employment, and ends up trying to prove her half brother innocent of a murder.
I loved the characters and it is a real who dun-it mystery. You didn't know if she would fall in love and lose her virginity, or be murdered. I just loved it. As the last chapters sped to an end, you were not positive who the murder was, but you knew she would either catch him or die trying.
Her different accents, speech patterns of the upper and lower class of the English and Americans, were so spot on. She created and performed each character with such joy and abandonment. One could hardly put down the book.
Once I started this audiobook, I had to try and listen to it without any breaks. This book kept me wanting more of the Royal Spryness's adventures.
Unfortunately, like most mystery novels, I will have to put this book on the shelf for a few years before I can pick it up again, but I am very much looking forward to continuing the series.
These are very much like the Coffee House and Cat Who series. They're simple, themed and fun. There's really not much deep thinking involved and the clues are so varied and vague that it's really not much of a plot twist. The murderer is revealed quite a bit before the heroine catches on. Regardless, that's part of the fun. It's a fantastic book that makes me want to pour some tea, settle in the big chair by the window and relax.
Katherine's voices and tempo are phenomenal. I laughed over some of her accents, but it was very sporting. I really can't critique her with the exception that toward the end she has a little trouble slipping from character voices back into the narrative. It didn't spoil anything, just added a slight distraction.
I did listen to it all in one sitting. It's comfy and familiar, as classic mystery lovers will understand. It's the sort of story that you slip into and drift away on.
The narrator was brilliant--she can do all classes and genders to a tee without sounding ridiculous or cartoony. The story was...sufficient. It definitely has its humorous moments. I felt the ending was on the edge of the bleeding obvious, but the main character was relatable and fun. Perhaps it's just a weak introduction story and the series keeps getting better. The characters are definitely enjoyable.
Perhaps my biggest problem with the plot was that I expected it to be a story of a Queen sending a lesser royal relative out to spy for her, when in reality that took up a total of about 7 minutes in the plot (and that includes describing the room the scene took place in) and was a majorly low-stakes addition to the high-stakes plot.
I like that she is her own hero! She saved herself when being attacked...good thing too... because the lead male was not much help.
Also she is not afraid to roll up her sleeves and do what is required - unlike her sniveling brother.
Agatha Raisin - the character is not perfect....but is loyal, smart, and ready for anything.
I like the accents. The male character with the lisp was hysterical!
A Royal Spyness - upstairs gone downstairs
A good listen overall....but really slow going. Chapter 14 or 20 before the crime was committed. This may have been due to it being the first one....I am not sure. I will have to check it out.
I hope the character ages and develops.....
It has engaging characters in an interesting setting. The heroine is very likable.
It's 1932 and Lady Victoria Georgiana Charlotte Eugenie (Georgie for short) is 34th in line for the English throne. Only her father gambled away the family fortune and then killed himself, forcing her brother, Binky, to cut off her allowance. She now has to make her own way in the world.
Her stab at a job or two fails miserably. She considers a try at being a maid but she is horrified at the thought of having to clean a loo. So she decides to start her own business, Coronet Domestics, which opens up houses for the rich to save them the expense of having to send their servants ahead. But she needs references. No problem! Coronet Domestics comes highly recommended by...Lady Victoria Georgiana Charlotte Eugenie. She just has to avoid anyone that might know her.
But her world turns upside-down when a notorious gambler is found dead in her bathtub and her brother is arrested for the crime. It's going to be up to her to try to find the real murderer.
The book is filled with many funny asides as Georgie reveals what is in her head at the time. Example, when Georgie is invited to see the Queen:
Her brother's wife: "What can she possibly want? If she would speak to anybody about poor Binky's current situation, she should speak to me."
Georgie: "I have no idea."
ASIDE: Actually, I did have an idea. I suspected that she had found out about Coronet Domestics and I was about to be dispatched to darkest Gloustershire to hold knitting wool and walk Pekinese dogs.
The reader, Katherine Kellgren is a gem! She has a real flair for comic inflection and timing. Her reading alone makes the humorous sections that much more funny. In fact, this would have been the funniest book I read this year, only Kellgren's reading of Magic Marks the Spot is even more comical.
I personally don't like some of her friends' bohemian attitudes but I very much like Georgie and want to read more in the series whenever I need a lift.
Nothing heavy here, just a fun story with engaging characters, brought to life by an EXCELLENT performance. The mystery is slight, but the misadventures of Georgie are entertaining.
Light, fun, interesting.
When Georgiana goes to the wedding with Darcy.
I loved Georgiana's meetings with the Queen. Courtly comedy and brown bread with tea. A lovely combination.
No, although the first meeting with her grandfather was sweet.
This isn't a terrific mystery, but it is a fun book and perfectly suited to summer. I won't read the rest of the series quickly, but it will definitely stay on my "to be read" list.