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.
Cozy Mystery Addict!
The 1930's, the political landscape, the communists, the class conflict, fashion, royal family...this book is chock full of fun insights and info all whilst reading a great murder mystery.
YES! I'm listening to it for the 3rd or 4th time now.
Ms Kellgren needs to work on her scottish brogue: all her Celtic characters sound like they come for County Cork. Other than that (which I found irritating), the book moves along very well. Listening to this series is fundamental fun!
Melinda, such a party girl !
I could listen on one sitting but can't sit that long.
Audible version is much more lively than reading it yourself. But the printed version is still very enjoyable.
After reading the first in the series, I wanted to read them all. And after the second one, they became predictable, but still enjoyable.
If you want a book that has a pleasant resolution, this is one of them. I enjoyed this book and the series so much that I am now becoming involved the author's other series.