As always, Susan Ericksen's narration is the best. I have listened to all the novels and I can't imagine any other voices for the characters.
The twist that I never saw coming.
The scene in restaurant
Yes- and I did (almost). It kept me up til the wee hours.
I have read and listened to many mysteries (some with female heroines) set in Victorian Britain and was drawn to Dangerous and Unseemly because it was set in America in 1896. Concordia Wells is a professor at a women's college in Hartford, CT. At odds with her family,at least with her mother over her choice of career over marriage and motherhood, Concordia is contented with her busy life educating and shepherding young women. All is not well at the college though; money has gone missing and embezzlement is suspected. A series of troubling events begin with Concordia's discovery of the body of the college Bursar. The death is ruled a suicide but Concordia doubts the verdict. Then she suffers a great personal loss when her sister dies of a mysterious lingering illness.
Filled with multiple vivid characters, many of whom are not at all what they appear to be, Dangerous and Unseemly is both an engrossing mystery and a look at the plight of women of the era. Deemed to be unfit for anything other than marriage, any woman who did not walk that path was considered suspect and subject to great censure. I'd like to say that life was better for women in America than in Britain at the time but that would be wishful thinking. Concordia herself is a very likable character, at times impetuous but always intelligent and resourceful.
Becket Royce's narration is excellent. She is the very personification of what I imagine a well brought up and educated young woman of the time might sound like. I particularly like the way she handled the characters who speak with a foreign accent; just enough to differentiate them, never veering into parody.
I highly recommend Dangerous and Unseemly!
After 7 books, the Jane Yellowrock series remains fresh and imaginative. I was particularly liked Black Arts, because Jane makes real progress toward acceptance of who and what she is. The battle scenes are fabulous and Leo, the Master of New Orleans, remains the character I love to hate (except when I don't)! He always keeps me guessing. I think there is much more to this series and hope it will keep going for a long time. Kristine Hvam's narration is spot-on, especially in the voice of Beast.
I could hardly wait for Eve to catch the perp- this is one villain that I truly wanted to see finished. I think I hated him more than any of her previous villains and that's saying something!
I think Susan Ericksen is the voice for all the characters. I no longer read the books and just enjoy her performance.
Eve's interaction with Nixie at end of the book.
I thought the book focused a little too much on the villain. I would have enjoyed more interaction with Eve's friends and family. I do appreciate the way Robb has a horrific scene and follows it with something lighter. It gives you a chance to breathe.
I actually waited for the audio version despite the very long wait for it and have not read the print version.
I always enjoy James Marsters narrations- with some minor caveats. There were a couple of mispronunciations in the book that really bothered me. He handles the multiple voices very well otherwise.
I loved the non-stop action and character development. No one plots action as well as Karen Chance.
I would compare this to the other Midnight's Daughter books and the Cassie Palmer series.
I loved the scene when Ray and Dory go shopping for "supplies" for the fae. Laugh out loud funny.
I think it has to be the final scene between Louis-Cesar and Dory.
It has taken me a while to get used to Joyce Bean's narration of this series, particularly the voice of Mircea, as well as other male voices. The exception is the voice of Ray, which I think she gets just right.
A return to the more adventure based story that I like most in this series
The adventure and learning something about a part of history that I knew nothing about and Laurie King's descriptive prose.
Have listened to all the audio books narrated by Jenny Sterlin in the Holmes- Russell novels. Robert Ian MacKenzie is new to me, and I didn't quite see the point of going to a dual voice production. That being said, I found his voice nicely nuanced and resonant. I don't usually care much for multi-voice but Garment of Shadows was well done.
Yes, and I almost did!
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