I was a bit hesitant to listen to the second book, with a new narrator, but I am so glad I did! The narration was wonderful, and the story was almost better than the original! Twists and turns, romances, happy and sad. And a thrilling cliffhanger. I cannot wait for Book #3 to come out!
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.
I have already recommended this series and book ... it is a great story & listen ... the narrator is very animated and you know just from her vocalizations who the character is speaking ... it is a very well thought out mystery with some great twists and turns ... I love the continued respect given by the author for this strong female character ... this series makes me think of of Jacqueline Winspear's Maisie Dobbs series ... this is a great all round mystery!
Good pacing with the mystery plot ... you remember, know & are ready to hear the story from the beginning of the narration of the story
This series is definitely worth the credits!
Having thoroughly enjoyed the first book in this series, Mr. Churchhill's Secretary, I was anxious to listen to this second book in the series. However, the narrator has been changed from the excellent Donada Peters to Susan Duerdon who's annoying upward turn at the end of every sentence ruins the story from the beginning. Her artificial inflection made listening to the story itself impossible. I will not finish this book or continue with the series with her narration. A very poor decision by the author to change narrators. Such a shame.
She ended every phrase up with a "lift" that was very irritating. I don't think I can finish listening to this book. She is also overly dramatic. I see that she also narrates the next book in this series so I may read it but I certainly won't get the audible version.
I quite enjoyed the first book in the series, although I found the narrator a little irritating. I was looking forward to a second volume because I really liked Maggie and thought she was sensible and intelligent.
This one was really quite woeful. The plot line was totally unbelievable. For example Maggie managed to wander into police stations and get information from the police officers about a murder as a member of the general public. She and many other characters made multiple stupid decisions, without which the plot couldn't have moved along. She jumped to conclusions without any real evidence and caused problems that could have been avoided. When she stood up to the male characters, she carried on like a spoiled brat rather than like a strong woman demanding her rights (which I think is what we were supposed to think she was doing).
I am also not sure whether the author is American or whether the text has been adapted for the American listener, but the American English jarred on the lips of supposed English people.
The narrator drove me to distraction. As several other reviewers mentioned, she 'upspeaks' not just at the end of each sentence, but at the end of each phrase.
I am going back to Violet Winspear's Maisie Dobbs books which are set in a slightly earlier period but much more believable and far better written.