Nancy Atherton's growing number of fans will certainly be delighted by Aunt Dimity's latest appearance in the honey-colored English cottage she bequeathed to her "niece", Lori Shepherd. Thanks to Aunt Dimity, Lori's life has taken on fairy-tale proportions: She's financially set for life and happily married...or so she thinks. When Lori's plans for a second honeymoon to England with her workaholic husband fall through, she begrudgingly takes along her father-in-law who promptly disappears, leaving behind a mysterious note. Inspired and guided by the ghost of Aunt Dimity and her inimitable blue journal, Lori's search for the elderly gentleman turns into a harrowing mission to uncover a centuries-old family secret complicated by mistaken identities, falsified deeds, family feuds, and Lori's unseemly attraction to her husband's beguiling English cousin. In a delightful chase that takes her all over the English countryside, Lori discovers the true meaning of marital bliss, and Nancy Atherton's fans, new and old, will savor a masterpiece of old-fashioned fun.
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The story is interesting, however with nearly 300 titles in my Audible library this is the first time I have encountered a narrator that is so bad I will be submitting for a refund.
Sounds like a computer with a mild grasp of the English language and terrible
Charming series of stories.
I've read them all in book form, and thought I'd enjoy listening to them. However, the narrator is so terrible that I couldn't listen to them without cringing. I finally upped the speed to 2.5, and then she was barely tolerable. She reads like a beginning reader or speech student- e-nun-c-at-ing, mispronouncing, and emphasizing words that were unimportant in the phrase. Ugh! What a disservice to this series.
Again, PLEASE reissue with a different narrator.
I didn't get very far, the narrator was so bad that I gave up.
Her voice and inflection was so irritating that I had to stop listening.
The characters are wonderful, well developed and fun. Fabulous series!
If you put the speed to 1.25 in Audible, you can listen to it with less discomfort.
I first discovered the Aunt Dimity books through the National Library Service for the Blind & Physically Handicapped's audio recordings. I am legally blind and depend on audio books to assuage my voracious appetite for reading. The narrators for the NSL books are volunteers. The one who read the Aunt Dimity stories, Michelle Shafer, was perfect for the part. I was so distressed when I bought the Audible (commercial) version. I couldn't believe that this narrator has been allowed to read all the books in the series. I almost returned the book, but I love the story, so I worked my way through the book. I hate to bash anyone, but all narrators are not created equal, and this one is simply not equal to the task.
Ms. Atherton is a great storyteller. She describes each setting so it's easy to see it in my mind's eye. The narration was a bit slow but still tolerable. Looking forward to listening to next book in the series.
I enjoy having the story read to me; so I would have to say the audio edition is slightly better than the print version
Nell Harris hands down. I like Nell because she is such a curious mixture of wisdom and childlike wonder.
Teri's performance improves with each book. Her performances would be better if she would read at a more natural pace and not put so much emphasis on enunciation.
Lori because I think I would be comfortable with her.
I am thrilled that Audible is offering the Aunt Dimity series at long last. I love these books because they are full of light instead of darkness and the characters are, for the most part, ordinary folks that I can relate to and best of all, wrongs are righted. Please, please record all of the books in the series.
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