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
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 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
I enjoyed the first 2 of the series, but this one seemed too juvenile, with the adult characters one-dimensional and mean. The narrator didn't bother me as much as it did others. It was all part of the slightly cartoonish approach. I'll be skipping the rest of the series.
The narration for this Maggie Hope book was really awful. I will not be listening to anymore by this reader.
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!
I'd give it a lukewarm recommendation- I like the ideas- the storyline and the settings. I find the narrator to be annoying and her accent and voice so distracting that it is hard to enjoy the books. I also fine the character to be annoying with her temper tantrums and her overblown agonizing. Her efforts to be strong or to be independent generally make her seem weak and whiny. I've listened to a few and keep hoping against hope that the storyline with triumph.
I don't like the voice and find the performance weak- it makes the characters less likeable.
half and half.
I like the way the author is presenting Maggie Hope. She's young, smart but impetuous - her youth and self-confidence has her making decisions that bring dire consequences. Wisdom is often gained from painful lessons and this is true for Maggie.
Yes, the war leaves it's scars - but the author shows Maggie has the strength to learn to live with them and this needs to come out. This character has a real-life feel to her.
Maggie Hope is a delightful character. Intelligent, skillful, determined, and pretty without being hung up on her looks. She is very easy to relate to because she voices real emotion, thoughts and feelings.
I have listened to all of the books and the first one had a different narrator, so I was disappointed when I found that they changed the narrators - that is until I listened to her. Although the narrator for the first book was good, I found that when I listened to Susan Duerden, I could identify the characters based off the voice she was using for them. It was very expertly spoken.
Yes, it is but there just are not enough hours in the day. I can not wait for the next book to be released.
If you are a fan of the spy/mystery/1920's era novels, this series is a must. I appreciate the intelligence of the characters and did not feel that that the novel slowed as some do when over describing technical details. I bought the first audible book in the series because it was recommended to me based off other purchases. After the first read, I quickly purchased the other 2 and I am certainly glad that I did.
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