This was my first encounter with Maisie Dobbs and I am hooked. Rita Barrington's narration in this story was fantastic. Maisie is an interesting, independent, and strong woman, and someone I can't wait to meet in future books in the series.
I didn't know much about Jane Lynch except for her portrayal of the aggressive lawyer on The "L" Word and the competitive but complicated coach in Glee. After hearing her life story, I now know her as a funny, honest, reflective individual. She is candid about her addiction to alcohol, the journey she has taken to get to where she is now, and the many "happy" accidents that have brought her so far along. Her bright, positive outlook is contagious and refreshing. I was sorry when my life got in the way of hearing about hers. This was a true joy to listen to, and I was sorry when the story ended. I could have listened for hours longer.
The author provides a peek into a world far removed from middle class America in the 21st century. It is worth listening to for the keen insight it provdes into life inside NewYork tenements through the eyes of a young girl. The story moves slowly, however, and I would have enjoyed it much more if it were considerably shorter.
This was a really good story that became great when a completely unexpected twist was added to it. Cleverly crafted, and well narrated.
I was hesitant about listening to this book after some of the violent scenes in the first book. However, the characters were compelling and I wanted to know what was going to happen to them. I found this book to be gentler than the first and more to my liking. All of the details build a rich world that is hard to leave. Looking forward to book 3.
The demeanor and personality of Maisie Dobbs as portrayed by this narrator is very different from the way the narrator of the first story in the series played the part. The voice of Maisie as read in this story comes across as very somber and serious. I much preferred Rita Barrington's narration of the the first book. Her portrayal gave Maisie a much richer, lighter personality.
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