I was hoping for more from this book (and ultimately the series). There is not a lot of depth in the storyline or the characters. Their lives and actions are very simple, with none of the richness that makes a story interesting. There is a good mystery with a number of possible choices and a twist or two. However, never once was I disappointed to stop listening temporarily.
To make it all worse, as most others have noted, the narration was absolutely awful. It sounded like the efforts of character differentiation were too extreme. Her normal voice would have been fine. But many of the voices were fake sounding and certainly overly dramatic, and that should have been noted (and changed) during production.
Really really dislike the narrator. Her voice is thin and very shrill when she does the voice of Annie the books main character. The voices of the men are kind of on the silly side...like she a women faking a man's voice....and sometimes she doesn't even bother to do a man's voice at all when a man is speaking. I like it better when the voice is so good you forget it's a women doing the voice.
This was a good story, with interesting characters and a solid narration.
It reminded me of a cross between "Faro's Daughter" by Georgette Heyer and "The Clairvoyant Countess" by Dorothy Gilman. To say more would require a spoiler alert.
When the protagonist recognized the strength and courage displayed by the Chinese butler.
Unfortunately the narrator wasn't very good. She was way to monotone and there was not enough difference from one voice to another. Her man's voice was awful.
I did like the story and the setting but couldn't enjoy it on audio because of the narrator.
Needs more range and depth.
Yes, I think it would be a good who dunnit
I ordered this book thinking "how bad can the narration be?" I have to say it was pretty bad. That said, it was a fun little story and the narrator did fine enough when not narrating the female characters.
I would be willing to try another of her books. The story wasn't the most amazing but it was definitely fun and absorbing.
I would say it was worth the listening time. You get used to the narrator after a while.
I really enjoyed this story, nt only was it well written but the performance by Cynthia Wallace was outstanding and added to the enjoyment. Annie/Madam Sibyl was wonderful, I love how independent, strong, loving and hard working she was. She was definitely ahead of her times. Matthew Voss started out as being percieved as almost perfect to real human being and only in death is he understood. Nate Dawson was so funny, how he kept trying to stop Annie from investigating and how he kept trying to protect. Ending up with im falling in love with her and supporting her in every way.
The dialogue betwen annie and Nate is was so funny.
I loved the picnic on the beach ending in the discovery of the body.
Not what I would normally chose to listen to or read, but I am glad I did, I really liked it!!!
The narration of this story was the worst I've ever listened to and I've listened to hundreds. Her character voices were annoying. Inflection and accents were awful.
The story itself was predictable and not very clever but would have been an ok distraction after a tough day at work if the narration wasn't so annoying.
Kim Hicks would have been much better for this book.
Annoyance and amazement that the company that made the audio book didn't notice what a horrible reading it was and get someone else to do it.
Yes! The reader. She is terrible. Next time hire a professional. This woman is clearly an amateur. BIG MISTAKE. This book wouldn't be bad if it weren't so difficult to listen to the reading!
Her Royal Spyness is similar. They both are Victorian period pieces, but the reader in Spyness is MUCH BETTER.
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Mom, blogger, and lover of books.
I really enjoyed this historical mystery. It is set in San Francisco in 1879. Annie is a young widow who owns a boarding house and poses as a clairvoyant to make money. She is very intelligent and resourceful and unconventional for her time. I really liked her character. There are other great characters as well, including Nate, the lawyer she works with while trying to prove that a client's death was murder. A fun, light mystery with just a touch of romance. I look forward to reading the next book. I am curious to see how things work out with the characters.
The audio was great. The narrator, Cynthia Wallace, has a nice voice and gave the characters distinct voices. She also did an admirable job with the variety of accents. Overall a very enjoyable listen. It is split into two parts for easier downloading.