Audio edition accomplished ambiance greater than print version.
The main character, Hope.
She carried the story with a fantastic voice and suitable accent.
While I enjoyed the first book in this series, I found myself becoming ever more irritated by this follow-up. The interaction between the characters, especially in the latter half of the book, was on the shallow side. More than once I found myself yelling at the player - "am I supposed to believe that would happen, just like that?" as when, for example, 4 armed guards are quickly dispatched by a pair of abductors who shoot the first two, then would have had to go around to the back of a van to get the other two, and manage to do so without encountering any resistance?
The simplistic nature of the character communications made me start thinking maybe I'd misunderstood and this was really a YA novel. This impression was backed up by the tendency of the narrator to deliver the lines of any"bad guy" with much guttural relish, like something out of a cartoon. You could just hear them twirling their mustaches, even the women. When villains gloat, it loses any reality, at least for me. I know this makes writing dialogue for Nazis a challenge, but, for example, the young Frenchwoman supposedly had family being essentially held hostage, yet after this fact was stated the first time, it was never referenced again, and her attitude was as black-hearted as the men.
I listened through to the end, but I think that's probably it for me and this series. it was a fun idea, but the execution of it kind of broke down.
Bring back Donada Peters, please. Juggling all those voices-- male, female, British and American must be tricky, but seriously, the main character comes off like Marilyn Monroe. A brilliant mathematician, graduate of Wellesly, and she might as well be singing Happy Birthday on someone's lap. Story is okay.
No, I would not try another one. she is imposing modern behaviors on historically differnt times. Too militant feminist, not subtle at all.
clear, good story voice, sometimes mixes up character voices.
no, the author has lost the time and era. she has spent too much effort on modern values and how they were not probably present in the time the story was set. Makes a bad jarring story note. very dissappointing
too preachy. unfortunate she missed the mark. the story basis would have been interesting if handled more adroitly.
The Maggie Hope series offers archtypically "cozy" stories, so one doesn't expect much above 3 stars. The plots are strained, the characters are trimmed to fit and the author's understanding of the inner workings of the military and civil institutions into which she's placed those characters seems shallow. However, bringing back Donada Peters for the second and subsequent books would have enhanced the "star" value.
The first book, Mr Churchill's Secretary, was a pleasant accompaniment to a long trip across the flat plains of Texas and Oklahoma. Sadly, I could not finish even the fourth chapter of the second book.
The narration suffers from two major deficiencies. - First, the narrative, story-telling segments are delivered in an unnatural rhythm and tone, with five- or six-word phrases not related to the text content, and a rise-and-fall pattern that is more suited to the nursery. - Second, someone decided to have the German characters speak to each other in German accents. Really cheesy accents.
I'm continuing to read Princess Elizabeth's Spy in the Kindle edition. We'll have to wait a few more chapters to see if it the book is worth finishing.
Yes because I love the story
Maggie and Hugh
Would rather have the narrator of the first book back
Queen Elizabeth as a 14 yr old girl during WW II as heroine in her story. With aid off mi5 agent Maggie Hope placed in Westminster as a math teacher to princess.
This was disappointing.
I truly enjoyed the first book in this series and I was looking forward to this one. The story was no more than just okay. What bothered me more was the narration. I've enjoyed Duerden's work before but her Maggie Hope was way too "breathless." All the men sounded very angry. It was difficult to listen to.
Some of the dialogue was downright silly and some of the terminology was definitely American and not British. I could understand if this was Maggie's dialogue but the use of the word "flashlight" in place of "torch" was out of place. There were a few more but they escape me now.
I've already downloaded the next book; otherwise I may have reconsidered the audio version.
I love the story and the writing, do not at all like the narrator. Much prefer the narrator for the first book and wish they would bring her back.
The story is intriguing, if a little stretched. It is worth reading, once one get used to the reader's irritating cadence.