Tangential, eclectic, avid listener... favorite book is the one currently in ear.
I quite enjoyed the first book, a little less the second and this, the third a lot less. Perhaps my problem is that I read them too close together... but it felt like sentences were copied and pasted from book to book. I like a fluffy, fun, "brain in neutral" read from time to time... but I felt like I had gone around the same block twice already, and I really couldn't suspend my disbelief for a lot of the new material. I like Georgie, the format of the book and I utterly love the narrator. However, it will take a while or a really good sell for me to pick up number four.
It is silly and the mysteries are easily solved but who cares. The characters are fabulous, the narration is spot on and the stories are fun. I have listened to the whole series and will definitely listen to all future ones. It is nice break, light and fun.
Love this series, it is entertaining and light. This narrator is fabulous, the characters come alive. Very few audio books make me laugh out loud, this series has that effect frequently. I love the descriptions of the royals, the fact that these women are trained only how to be a wife, and where to seat aristocrats at dinner parties. There are little digs like that, which add a lot of flavor to the stories. The fact that Georgie is always trying to find some way to support herself when she has no marketable skills. A unique perspective on that time period. And of course the handsome Darcy plot always adds a lot. Definitely start with the first one in this series.
The first two and fourth Spyness books were light and fun. They do become repetitive and formulaic, which is good when on vacation with kids and concentrating can be challenging. The plot of this particular book, however, just did not make much sense, especially the ending. Darcy (really?! poor Jane Austen) is quite the James Bond caricature in this one, albeit a more romantically satisfying version! This is the one to skip.
Her various voices are wonderful. Clear, strong, soothing voice with a light and lovely accent.
I have listened to the entire series and I love them all. The characters are developed well from one book to the next and you are left wanting more of their lives and experiences. In the context of formal history, the people we have known from a distance become real people with everyday challenges and flaws and yet are part of the aristocracy that we do not have access to but can only imagine. Great entertainment.
I find that I love Louise Penny's books for the same reason. She brings history to life and keeps you engaged in the lives of the characters too. Rhys and Louise have become my favorite mystery writers. They both have priceless senses of humor.
Oh my its hard to pick a favorite character. Georgiana is so wonderfully naive and gets herself into situations because of it. Her journey to become an independent woman of the 30s while maintaining her aristocratic presence and morals, lends to many humorous and suspenseful situations.
I have never enjoyed an narration more. Katherine is brilliant at creating a voice for each character and making them instill a visualization and emotion for each one for every circumstance. After listening to Katherine, I'm afraid I'm a little more critical of listening to other narrations now. :-o
After a head injury a few years ago, I thought I would have to give up my love of books. But audible has brought books back to me! This is how I try to rate (although I feel bad giving bad ratings) (1 - didn't make it through first chapter) (2 - didn't finish the book) (3 - finished the book, but it was a chore to finish it) (4 - I enjoyed the book) (5 - I want to listen to the book again!!)
This book was light and fun. It was the perfect thing to listen to in the car after a long day at work. It made me laugh and always put me in a good mood. The mystery took a while to develop but, by the last couple of chapters, I had theories on who had done it and why and was eager to get to the end to see if I was correct.
I like shelling out the $$ for an enjoyable, feel-good listen when I'm on the road. I don't want to think about it but I want it well-written and well-performed. Delighted, as always.