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?
Following an accident, Monk is left injured and without memory of either the accident or his life. Struggling to find himself, he is thrown in the midst of a murder he is expected to solve in his role as a police detective. As he unwinds the death, he also unwinds the mystery of himself.
I was SO hoping for a new series to sink my teeth/ears into and William Monk will be it! I really like Davina Porter as a narrator and I'd love to learn how she prepares for a reading. Her subtle changes of voice are as good as her reading of mood and action. I am also listening to the Outlander series with Ms. Porter.
But, about this book, the development of a character with memory loss was well accomplished! His anxiety, pride, fear in discovery, complicated by the intriguing death of a charming war veteran set up an entertaining page-turner, so to speak. Plus, the ending! Thank you Ms. Perry, you have a new fan!
First, I must confess that I don't usually listen to or read books about vampires/supernatural beings, but I bought this book because it was a daily special and had a lot of positive reviews.
So, I had to spend a very long day in a very big garage project and the book was my companion. It entertained me, I laughed out loud, and when the book was over, my garage was done.
The narrator was excellent, really made the book, in my opinion. BTW, how do authors think of things like these characters and situations? I'm constantly amazed at the imagination of so many and the benefit I derive from their willingness to share their crazy ideas! I will probably listen to another of these books because it was good entertainment.
I read/listened to this book after having read/listened to a few in the middle of the series. I enjoyed each one and, honestly, each gives enough of a historical perspective to Maisie, that this isn't necessary to enjoy any one of the books - but it is a great place to start. It is a gentle series, punctuated by twists and turns, mystery and character flaws - enough to make each book interesting in its' own right.
Narration makes a book and the narrator of this and others in this series is quite good. She imparts the sensitivity and stability of Maisie, complementing the character development Ms. Winspear so carefully brings to the reader. I also enjoy the period descriptions, I feel the coldness of the flat she returns to, the warmth brought to her by her kettle and tea and well as the social comfort a good, warm cup brings to an unfamiliar situation. Tragedy, social unrest, the aftermath of the Great War, all from the eyes of a witness to the turbulent time.
That all sounds very serious, but it's not. These are engaging and I finish a Maisie book and am eager to download another.
I was convinced to buy and listen to this book because of the reviews. You can read many of the other reviews if you want to know what will occur in the story. I want to praise the author for the depth of the character development that is the true success of this novel. The setting is so well described, you can see the dusty paths, you can smell the kitchens, and the curtains of the main house and much more.
This will always be a painful part of the history of our civilization, and frankly, that puts me at arm's length to some of the books about slavery. This book is about the humanity of this time in our not-so-recent past.
Listen and become a part of this story. The narration is excellent, Orlagh Cassidy is one of my favorite narrators and again does a great job bringing a voice to these well-developed characters.
This is an aging Vonnegut's take on life. The reflection was a bit depressing, sorry for all of you who are Vonnegut fans. The good news - it's short.
A sleepy little town with seasoned seniors whose life is upturned by the murder of one of their own. Enter the "Inspector", and off it goes ... somewhat slowly, but with good descriptions of the characters and the locale. Several twists and turns combined with anguish and regret, a sprinkling of surprise and humor reveal the dastardly villain who robbed Jane of her first art show and her final years. No corset-ripping or foul language here, just a steady march to solving the case.
First of all, I'm not sure why I downloaded this book. It is told like a Dragnet story from the 50's. A matter-of-fact narration, some emotion, but more pure reading made it even less engaging.
Didn't love it, would not give it the 2+hours again.
Rhys Bowen and Katherine Kellgren provide a perfect listening experience for me! This light mystery with twists and turns is just listening pleasure. The beautiful British accent with a touch of brogue is delightful, thank you Ms. Kellgren. My only regret is that I have listened to them all and want more!
Expected to love it and it lived up to expectations ... on to book 3! Patrick Tull can read to me anytime and I'll listen eagerly!
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