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.....
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.
I listen to audiobooks constantly since I am constantly on the move. Her Royal Spyness is a typical 'first in series' in that some time is taken to introduce Georgie. Having said that, this introductory type material only enhances the storyline of the book as well as giving a depth to said storyline.
Rhys Bowen emerges the reader in post World War I, pre World War II England. The wit and charm of the story of Georgie and her set can't help but keep the reader wanting more.
What I liked best about this performance of Her Royal Spyness was the perfect match of Keatherine Kellgren's voice to the character of Georgiana. The pace and delivery of the story was spot on also.
This is a delightful story, light and full of interesting characters with humor on every page. The story gives some hints toward the resolution of the mystery, you are kept in suspense until the end.
Cant really compare it to the print version since i havent read it myself.. but the nartor does a briliant jobb so i suspect this audio book is an improvment.
The Parasol protectorate series comes to mind though that more steampunk while this is more reality inspired..
Not sure not having read it myself.. but i did enjoy it.. very good narator suspect this performance adds a lot to the experience..
plus its allway more convenient to listen that way i can work or draw while listening :)
no idea... not familiar with the whole tagline concept
This feels a bit like a meeting between Agata christie and Parasole protectorate if i had ot compare it to something...
if you read lots of steampunk then you will probably enjoy this even though its not actually steampunk...
If you love murder mystery then this should be really enjoyable too...
If you love romance then this works for you too... even if the main character is a bit old fashioned...
This is just a damn good series and i can never get enught of those myself :)
They say not to judge a book by its cover, but the art style of Queen of Hearts intrigued me, then the synopses of Her Royal Spyness caught me, so I decided to give it a shot. I was thoroughly pleased. I smiled a lot while listening to this book. It's light, fun, and maybe a little silly, but it's also full of an innocence and place in history that is both interesting and much glossed over in my own experience.
Not usually the type of book I read, I am nonetheless very happy I chose it. I loved it, and especially I loved the Ms. Kellgren's voice work.
The story moves at a nice clip, the characters act in sensible ways, or at least as sensible as my prejudices suggest. But beyond that, I love the placement in history. World War II is looming on the horizon, but no one wants to believe it, and yet the impression of that world, recovering from the Great Depression, is plain and direct, and it feels like you're there.