For fans of Jacqueline Winspear, Laurie R. King, and Anne Perry, whip-smart heroine Maggie Hope returns to embark on a clandestine mission behind enemy lines where no one can be trusted, and even the smallest indiscretion can be deadly.
World War II has finally come home to Britain, but it takes more than nightly air raids to rattle intrepid spy and expert code breaker Maggie Hope. After serving as a secret agent to protect Princess Elizabeth at Windsor Castle, Maggie is now an elite member of the Special Operations Executive–a black ops organization designed to aid the British effort abroad–and her first assignment sends her straight into Nazi-controlled Berlin, the very heart of the German war machine. Relying on her quick wit and keen instincts, Maggie infiltrates the highest level of Berlin society, gathering information to pass on to London headquarters. But the secrets she unveils will expose a darker, more dangerous side of the war–and of her own past.
©2013 Susan Elia Macneal (P)2013 Random House Audio
Yes. The narrator does not complete sentences as one would expect to have a fullstop at the end of a sentence. She draws out the last word of a sentence and seems to be "breathy". I almost stopped listening because of the monotonous narrator
She was monotonous and boring.
A narrator should make you believe that you are watching a movie. This narrator made me want to switch off audible and watch a movie
The narration for this Maggie Hope book was really awful. I will not be listening to anymore by this reader.
No. This series just doesn't measure up.
The narrator has a pleasant voice, and does accents well. If she wanted to imitate a German accent, though, she should have researched it a bit better. Her "German" comes across a bit too much like what you'd hear in a cartoon. A little too much V for W and little else that sounds German. Her narration tends to have a sing song quality that could be improved on.
The decision to include a PG sex scene was awkward and didn't fit. This series seems to be aimed at YA, and the sex neither added to the characterization nor moved the plot along.
The author has obviously done a lot of research on swing dance and jazz. She includes too much, though. Describing a swing dance would be fine, and in keeping with the book... Including a long list of dance moves was out of place.
The book doesn't seem to be able to decide what audience is wanted. The writing style and characterization is more Young Adult than adult, but the author includes a homosexual character and his affairs as well as an awkward sex scene. Sex can be included in YA if it is handled properly, but this scene comes across as awkward and self conscious.
The characterization and action remind me of the Nancy Drew books I read as a child. I have read three by this author, because I hoped the awkwardness of the first one might have been a fluke. The author writes smooth, easy to read prose, but the characters are rather flat and the plot is very predictable.
Fan of mystery & romance -- particularly of historical persuasion!"
Really loved the story premise but hoped they would bring back the first narrator...but they stayed with the second and, while she has a pretty voice, her "acting" is very limited. The narrator has such a huge impact on how the story is viewed, and it becomes difficult to separate the two.....
Yes, the story line continues to fascinate and keeps the reader engaged.
Maggie is a strong woman dealing with multiple challenges in a time of great uncertainty.
No, I truly prefer the previous narrator.
Definitely Maggie, she is witty, complex, and independent.
I love this series and want to listen to each book as long as it lasts. The story line is a good one, and the historical bits are interesting. I am not sure though that I will be able to listen to another book narrated by Susan Duerden. PLEASE return to the original reader!
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.
Wine, food and travel writer, editor, and aspiring novelist.
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.
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