A number of reviewers have noted the poor narration and I thought I'd give it the benefit of the doubt. But boy am I sorry I did. The narrator is utterly appalling. There is no sense that she's reading a story at all with her strange lilt and pattern of speech. It's not only contrived, it makes the story sounds superficial and boring. It sounds like she's reading an advertisement or a menu, and very badly at that. I wonder why the producers passed this reading and worse used the same narrator in subsequent books! Did they not listen to the performance before releasing it or do they not know what a reading should sound like? Really does make you wonder. I've only heard a few hours of this story and already the performance makes the experience painful and grating. I am an avid listener but I will not be buying anymore books read by this narrator. Pity because I do like the series.
Story was entertaining but the narrator really got on my nerves. Her up speak at the end of each sentence reminded me of Robin Leech's voice on the Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous show . Just irritating,
The narrator's performance improves over the course of the book. I didn't appreciate that she voiced every German as a mustache-twisting villain, but she adds subtlety to every character as the book goes on so I rated her as a 4 instead of a 3.
Great story, and a little suspension of disbelief is required, but a wonderful escape on my daily commutes.
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.