A good addition to the series. Maggie is an interesting character although I found this one a little less suspenseful than the previous books. Still, it's an interesting time and the book does a good job of showing the humanity even in the horrors of World War II.
She has a good voice and I know she can certainly do convincing characters. I didn't think her voicing of male characters here was very good though. Even the good guys sounded a bit sinister.
Wine, food and travel writer, editor, and aspiring novelist.
Yes, it was like watching a good movie unfold in my head. The point of view kept shifting from major to minor characters, from protagonists to antagonists, which kept the story moving along at a quick clip.
It was fast paced, tightly plotted, and the romantic sub-plots and the intersection of main story and backstory kept me turning the pages. Of course, we know up front that the Nazis lost the war, and in a series such as this we know that the main character will survive. So the dramatic tension revolves around how she uses her wits and training to prevail, and in the survival or death of the peripheral characters. Maggie keeps getting deeper and more resourceful as the series goes on, and her relationships keep changing with changing circumstances. She stands as a reminder that most of the people who fought that war were in their 20's, and the reality of a world gone mad required and demanded that they mature quickly.
While I think Susan Duerden's performance was much improved over her last outing in Princess Elizabeth's Spy, her German accent here was heavy handed. A sentence might read, "This is the way we work," while her attempt to make it sound German was more like, "Ziss is ze vay ve verk." Such distortions aren't necessary, and were in fact a bit distracting.
I'm afraid I'm not up on young British actors and actresses, so I can't comment on who the stars should be. However, it would make a great mini-series, and I expect the BBC will do just that after a few more titles are added to the series.
His Majesty's Hope is by far the best in the series.I found the story much better then Princess Elizabeth's spy. I am still not crazy about the narrator, but she does a much better job, with this book then the last.
I adore British literature from the Victorian Age through World war II, primarily, and fantasy, but also enjoy mysteries once in a while.
Susan Elia MacNeal writes a captivating story with a compelling plotline that left me listening without break...terrific audio novel. The brilliant narrator, Susan Duerden, does miracles with all the German and British characters, male and female. What I probably admire most is how sensitively the author handles the Holocaust, in a believable way even if the actual plotline is fictional (but based on truths).
This series is absolutely perfect for listening and I warmly recommend it. For me, each book was better than the last. I am eagerly looking forward to number four.