Maisie Dobbs is a comfortable character for me to fall back on. Ms. Cassidy is melodious to listen to and the stories continue to be beautifully representational of the U.K. in the 1930's. Other reviews have shared elements of the story, I hope to represent a listener.
Ms. Winspear meticulously develops her characters and settings, not in a boring fashion, but by painting word pictures of each, so that they feel real. Ms. Cassidy works to bring their voices to life with her dialects and pitch - and she does it well.
This is easy listening, but it's not frivolous. It is a mystery and we are quickly swept into the midst of it all. Ms. Winspear has developed a complicated and strong heroine who longs for more and don't we all?
I've only listened to the audio, but Orla Casidy was wonderful!
I liked Maisie's search to find what she really wanted out of life, but found myself getting mad at her decisions sometimes.
She is always exceptional.
I Don't Know Where I'm Going.
I have loved this series. Winspear has made the period of the first World War through the early 1930's come alive. Her characters are wonderful. I don't always understand Maisie, but that's okay. I hope there is another book, because I don't want the series to end with this book and it's nonresolution of things. I think it was the most thought provoking of the books, but frustrating for me.
Ms. Winspear gets better with each new book. No. 10 is a great one in the series. Can't wait to see what new adventures Maisie Dobb's finds herself in next. Love this era, 1930's in England.
Winspear tends to be quite repetitive when she is sitting in Maisie Dobbs' head, having a cup of tea. Maisie frets and frets, worrying about marriage, not marrying, the dark mists of war, her dear old dad. It gets very tedious. And in the hands of this narrator, it devolves intyo treacle, running down your ears. Far better are her character profiles, and her evocative descriptions of London society at the time.
Stay focused on racism in London society, how India viewed its relationship to the Britain. The anxiety about the next war. Make it a genuinely historical novel not the ruminations of a 30-something introspective fretter.
She chirps and breathes like an ingenue when reading passages about Maisie's inner thoughts. Yuck!
Audible is my "can't live without". I enjoy the other readers recommendations. Keep them coming!
I have thoroughly enjoyed each and every Maisie Dobbs book. Orlagh Cassidy is a gifted narrator and brings all the characters to life.
I enjoy mysteries, NOT thrillers, contemporary fiction, especially about diverse cultures, and sometimes history, if it doesn't involve too many dates. I often listen to a book multiple times, discovering unnoticed details in the retelling.
a wide range of characters appear and many are wonderful people. The challenges which each must overcome are of universal interest.
Although crimes and solving them are the basis for each story, one does not end the story with a sense of overall gloom or terror.
the wonderful accents of the characters in the story.
sorry....I have none!
I'm always waiting for the next title in this series!
love to read and love audio books!Favorite authors: Marcia Willett,Nevil Shute,Mary Stewart,and Jacqueline Winspear. I could go on and on but wont bore you! I belong to a book group and we often" Listen" to the books we have selected for the month while using a paper copy for the discussion notes. It really enhances the quality of the story.
Another winner for Jacqueline Winspear. She is one of the best mystery writers around. I always enjoy the plots which are unpredictable,great character development and enough details to keep it interesting. Having been to London gives me added pleasure as I recognize many of the locations and descriptions. Everyone I know reads and loves Maisie Dobbs.
Orlagh Cassidy is the perfect narrator and her accent is polished and genuine. I guess I will have to wait a year for the next installment in the life of Maisie Dobbs.
I really enjoyed this book. It started off with a good mystery, but in solving the crime, our heroine revealed much about life in London following WW1 and leading up to WW2. I had never read a Jacqueline Winspear before, but I am really glad I found her.
Massie Dobbs was my favorite character because she was smart, kind, gracious, and independent. And she was good at her job. I am looking forward to my next encounter with Massie Dobbs.
This was my first experience with Oriagh Cassidy's narration. She's excellent. I have no complaints.
I would have listened to it all in one sitting, but there's never enough time for that.
I recommend it. It was definitely my cup of tea.
JW's books about the life and times of Maisie Dobbs are both insightful and entertaining. I have especially enjoyed the character development throughout the series, not only of Maisie but of those with whom she works, loves and investigates. One example of this is found in Maisie's efforts to help her friend Pricilla discover what happened to her brother, MIA in WWI, which leads to the discovery of a niece that Pricilla didn't know existed. The emotional insight given to this event is very moving and indicative of JW's ability to draw the reader into the to the story.
In this tenth book about Maisie it seems that the mystery isn't as important as the movement going on in Maisie's life. In one sense this book is about closure. As Maisie turns a corner in her life what happens to those characters with whom we readers have become so involved? What's going on in her life that so deeply motivates her to take the actions she is apparently taking? Is Maisie going to return or is her sailing off to India also her sailing out of everything we have come to love and expect from the life and times of Maisie Dobbs? She is certainly leaving one wondering.
In my opinion Orlaugh Cassidy is the perfect narrator for this series. That may be because it is easy for the mind to picture the character's in this series and add to the subtle changes of voice that Orlaugh is so good at presenting in the dialogue.
I suspect that it is best to start this series in the order it is written. That being said I would add that this tenth addition to the series can be seen as a teaser for all that has gone before since it harkens back to some of the major events that have defined who Maisie has become in her journey from a motherless child put in service to the force of character she has become.
I am a senior citizen who loves a good mystery, but I object to books with profanity and explicit sexual situations.
I have been thoroughly enjoying this series! Already looking forward to the next one! If you like "cozy" mysteries, this series is not to be missed. No offensive language or sexual situations. Orlagh Cassidy is surperb!