I will add my support to the other reviews of similar content: the narrative performance is terrible! I cannot find anything positive to say about her performance. The characters' voices are poorly crafted, and her voice as narrator is too airy, fake, and affected. Having listened to excellent female, English narrators, such as Katherine Kelgren, it is disappointing that Susan Duerden was even allowed to perform this book. The producers clearly failed to cast good talent, especially when there is so much available.
I did not care for the narrator's choice of voice for Maggie. I thought it was too immature sounding, and didn't represent an intelligent, strong, and brave woman. It definitely affected my enjoyment if the story. I will switch to reading the
rest of the series.
I'm intrigued by the time period, and the personalities in World War II. Although this is fiction, the characters of young Princess Elizabeth and her parents, the king and queen, and Winston Churchill contain enough of what is known to be true to keep the story interesting.
The plot is believable, and the play between MI5 and MI6 together with basic spycraft make the story fun.
If it were not for the strength of the story, I would have deleted this after the first 15 minutes. The narrator speaks in a sing-songy voice that about drives me nuts. At one point I nearly decided to stop listening and buy the book. I bought the entire series, and hope that there is an improvement in the subsequent audios.
The interaction between Molly and the young princesses is touching.
good clean fun
i'm addicted to the story so I'll have to put up with her narration despite finding it very irratating
I didn't like the voice of Maggie Hope. She sounded like a teenager.
I was disappointed that the character, Maggie Hope, seemed weak. She missed clues, did not keep her full attention on the Princess at a critical moment. Over all, she seemed like a different character from the Churchill's Secretary story.
She was ok with some of the characters, but Maggie Hope's voice did not fit the character.
The new narrator's extremely girly readings of the characters doesn't help the fact that Maggie is even more impulsive, entitled and prone to temper tantrums in this novel than the previous. If you have trouble suspending disbelief, this novel is not for you either. Maggie and her emotional maturity and stability of a14 year old would never be allowed yo be a spy. The history isn't very accurate or vivid either,. It seems like most of it was gleamed from recent novels and TV. The characters sensibilities and language are very modern.
That said, this is still a fun light novel with some engaging characters. The narrator isn't bad at all, even if she has a tendency to read the female characters as high pitched and bubbly. I could criticize it forever, but that isn't fair. It is an enjoyable novel, with sufficiently complex story and charters. Something you can smile your way through without ever worrying too much. At times that's just what is needed and I enjoyed it.
This was an enjoyable book read by an outstanding reader. Highly recommended.
Yes! Nice mixture of history and plot. It kept moving along without so many side stories. It kept me reading and enjoying. Some nice twists and turns than kept you listening and enjoying.
Yes! Nice voices and be had to adjust to them. The story was so great who cares about the voice. She did a great job overall.
Yes The tile is good!!!
Great book. Must read and I will be reading book 2, 3 and 4.
I am in the middle of the book but I am not sure I if it can finish. The narrator is irritating! I see the third books goes back to the narrator used in book one.that is a good thing
Different narrator. She reads each line as if it was a stand alone sentence, not a part of a story. The dialog is slightly better.
These are bang-up good stories - MacNeal even has me talking like a WWWII Brit these days!
However, I wish that before I purchased this book and the third in the series, that I had noticed that the narrator was not the excellent Wanda McCaddon from the first book in the series. This narrator ends most phrases and sentences with an upward lilt. It becomes quite annoying, quite quickly, and seriously affects my ability to enjoy the performance.
I would absolutely recommend this book. I don't write many reviews but I enjoyed this series so much, I felt that it was important to tell others about it.
I don't know that there is another female heroine that is as intelligent, determined and "real."
This book is intriguing. It makes you want to turn the page to hear what will happen next. Many times you read a spy novel and the spy is just there, you don't put much thought into how they became a spy, what training was necessary, what thought processes the person goes through - I have no idea if the information is 100% accurate in the novel but it really, doesn't matter, it gets you thinking about a spy novel from a completely different - completely enjoyable angle.
If you are a fan of the spy/mystery/1920's era novels, this series is a must. I appreciate the intelligence of the characters and did not feel that that the novel slowed as some do when over describing technical details. I bought the first audible book in the series because it was recommended to me based off other purchases. After the first read, I quickly purchased the other 2 and I am certainly glad that I did.