Not my kind of book. The narrator was wonderful but the story was just OK. I realy don't know what else to say about it.
I loved the two main characters and the unusual story line.
It is difficult to choose just one since I love, love, love this book.
I have read hundreds of historical romance novels, and this novel is one of my top five. The unique plot, strong characters and a wonderful narration make this the only novel that I have rated five stars.
Riveting, unforgettable, superb
The characters were realistic. I cared about them. I want another story about them. Even the secondary characters were compelling. The story was well written. The author has excellent command of the written word.
Kirsten Potter brought all the characters to life. Her portrayal of the characters accents, French, German, and English were excellent. Her male character voices were perfect.
Joanna Bourne is a master author and Kirsten Potter is an outstanding reader.
I"m a audible addict. My eyes have gotten really bad so I really hadn't read much in the last 10 years until I discoverd books on CD and Audible. Now I'm a fiend. Other than audio books I enjoy my family, work and dabbling on the computer.
Slow start but gets better through the chapters. I understand the reasoning behind all of the ground work. The narrator is exceptional. She's got me interested in the characters around them now. Can't wait for more audio from Joanna Bourne.
From the hundreds of Audible titles I have downloaded, no title has entertained more in this genre. Joanna Bourne and Kirsten Potter are an incredibly magical duo offering excellence and originality in both writing and narration. I have listened to "The Spymaster's Lady" so many times that the characters seem like old friends. Unfortunately, only one of Ms. Bourne's books is offered by Audible even though her reviews and ratings exceed those of the formulaic authors regularly offered in abundance from the same genre.
I will definitely listen to this book again because the reader is excellent, the characters are very realistic and it's simply a great story.
I've read all Joanna Bourne's books and I love that the same characters show up in them, in addition to others who are equally interesting. The time period (Napoleonic) is fascinating, the relationships between men and women in the French and English secret services provides great fodder for these thriller/mystery/romances.
She did a fantastic job with Annique's accent, and did all the characters well, males and females.
No, I wanted to prolong the pleasure!
I very much hope Kirsten Potter can narrate the other books in this wonderful, unique series. She is masterful.
This is one of my favourite novels, which is why this critique may sound too critical, but the standard in my mental reading is quite high.
Kirsten Potter delivers a fairly good reading of a truly brilliant novel. I don't mean to damn with faint praise, because the demands placed upon her were extremely difficult. The variety of accents and dialects required (French -- and, trickier yet, English spoken as if French were really being spoken, aristocratic British, Cockney, German [or rather, English spoken as if German were spoken], Somerset county, etc.) for both men and women of different ages is extensive.
Most of the British dialect was American-sounding to my ear, and the French accent was simply not correct (Annique's pronounciation of "Robert" -- which was called out *in the text* as starting and ending with a long R drove me mad.). Consequently, I *never* believed Annique was French, which is a huge point in the novel.
Nonetheless, this is a simply fantastic novel -- and if the narration isn't perfect, it's still an extremely enjoyable audiobook.
The story line was unexpected. It was something you have not heard before. The narrator was also very good. She handled the different characters very well. The only thing that I could wish for is a sequel. The Hawker needs his story told.
I read the book when it first came out and loved it. Joanna Bourne is a very gifted writer and prose-master. But the thing that makes this book such a delight to listen to is the narration. Kirsten Potter does a fabulous job with the French names and prose. She has done justice to this outstanding work of fiction.