The first 2 books of the Maggie Hope Trilogy were very good, but the third book drags along, mired in the Nazi atrocities during WWII. The characters lose depth and the plot is predictable. Thank heavens for fast forward to get through this book.
While this is a really good book in a favourite series, the narration just seems too stiff to meet the story.
I'd give it a lukewarm recommendation- I like the ideas- the storyline and the settings. I find the narrator to be annoying and her accent and voice so distracting that it is hard to enjoy the books. I also fine the character to be annoying with her temper tantrums and her overblown agonizing. Her efforts to be strong or to be independent generally make her seem weak and whiny. I've listened to a few and keep hoping against hope that the storyline with triumph.
I don't like the voice and find the performance weak- it makes the characters less likeable.
half and half.
I like the way the author is presenting Maggie Hope. She's young, smart but impetuous - her youth and self-confidence has her making decisions that bring dire consequences. Wisdom is often gained from painful lessons and this is true for Maggie.
Yes, the war leaves it's scars - but the author shows Maggie has the strength to learn to live with them and this needs to come out. This character has a real-life feel to her.
Maggie Hope is a delightful character. Intelligent, skillful, determined, and pretty without being hung up on her looks. She is very easy to relate to because she voices real emotion, thoughts and feelings.
I have listened to all of the books and the first one had a different narrator, so I was disappointed when I found that they changed the narrators - that is until I listened to her. Although the narrator for the first book was good, I found that when I listened to Susan Duerden, I could identify the characters based off the voice she was using for them. It was very expertly spoken.
Yes, it is but there just are not enough hours in the day. I can not wait for the next book to be released.
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.
Yes. The characters are fascinating and the plot is complex. Even knowing the outcome,
the characters are so fully developed you want to read about their thought processes in a real historical time period.
Maggie of course for her asides that reveal her humanness in times of humor and in moments of intense danger. You feel you truly know her.
Equally good. Same narrator in all three books.
Little known operations of female spies during WWII revealed.
Thankfully another sequel is in the future. Each one gets more intense and the characters more developed.
Oh, Maggie Hope!! I was so looking forward to this book and it was wonderful. However, I did lose some sleep as I just couldn't stop listening (audio book edition). The suspense involved for Maggie kept my heart racing. Our heroine, with her intense SOE training, is sent off to Nazi Germany. Not only is she behind enemy lines in grave danger, but Maggie also learns more about her family history. Maggie experiences a great deal and is very changed by her ordeal. I hope the next installment in this wonderful series is coming soon. Susan Elia MacNeal, the author, is fantastic!! Susan Duerden created a wonderful performance and it was a pleasure to listen to this audible book.
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.
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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.