At the beginning of this book I feared it was going to be slow moving and hard to follow. I made notes of characters names and occupations. That helped me keep things straight. Once the situation was described the pace picked up. I had no trouble following the plot.
As the action picked up, I was fully involved and found it difficult to stop listening.
There are plot points that deal with World War II and plot points that deal with Maggie Hope's personal life.
I was fascinated by the historical information about WWII. It gave me a feeling of how life might have been for a citizen of London during that time.
There is violence, however the descriptions are not overly graphic. There is some rude language, but it is kept to a minimum and very approriate to the situations in which it is used.
There is at least one more book in this series and I plan to read it.
I could not understand the narrator.
The problem was that the narrator was attempting to create several voices, all with a British accent. They became garbled and very difficult to understand. I gave up after abour 50 minutes. Also, the story had not begun to form much of a plot as of that time.
I was disappointed. I had hoped for a complex mystery series comparable to the Maisie Dobbs series. While the reader did a good job, the story was too predictable to keep my attention. I will have to keep looking.
I haven't read the printed version-- but I'll say YES, based on a phenomenal performance by Wanda McCaddon. What an outstanding voice actor....both male and female voices, various accents (Irish, English, American). This is a definite 5 stars for me!
Stellar representation of Prime Minister Winston Churchill!
We lived through WWII but never appreciated burdens shouldered by the Brits or the accomplishments of Winston Churchill. Details in this book squared with knowledge that we had of that era, presenting them through the eyes of fascinating characters. The story moved briskly with fascinating twists and turns.
Wanda McCaddon is a superb narrator. She gives an amazing rendition of Mr. Churchill's unique voice. The variety of tone and inflection she gives the characters makes it easy to recognize each person when he or she speaks. We had not heard her before, but would be interested in other fiction narration by her.
This was an ok read but nothing special. I would have liked more of Churchill who I thought was the most interesting character. The author explained certain things multiple times, which was annoying. On the other hand, it was hard to keep straight some of the characters.
No, I love English books and mysteries.
The premise is great, just not execution.
I was not curious enough to finish the book.
Fascinating historical conjecture
The first appearance of Winston Churchill
Never heard this narrator before.
You thought you knew history.... here is the story behind the story you know.
The only complaint I have is that there are too many endings to the book... either the various story lines need to be tied more closely at the end, or shorten the book. Still, a very good listen, well worth the time and credits!
Political intrigue in London during World War II provides the setting. The writing is clunky, with two-dimensional characters and stilted dialogue, but the interesting plot kept me listening. Churchill's staff struggles with Hitler's bombing and the IRA at the same time.
Yes, brings wartime England alive, especially the interesting peek into the inner workings of Churchill's wartime office and MI5.
Adequate. But doesn't hurt the story at all.