Nancy receives a letter meant for a British heiress who has the same name and, in her attempts to contact the other young woman, faces danger from a man who operates a Lonely Hearts Club mail fraud.
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I love the BBC and British mysteries, but my tastes are very eclectic. I live with my husband and menagerie of rescued cats and dogs.
I enjoyed all the previous Nancy Drew books narrated by Laura Linney who is fantastic. I did not expect this narrator to be as good as Linney, but I didn't think she would be so awful. I listened to the sample, and I thought her voice pleasant enough. But in listening to the book, I discovered that this narrator has no clue about how to present different "voices." It would have been better had she just read the book straight; instead, she attempted to create characters through caricatures. Male characters were all petulant, for example. The most heinous offense, however, was that she turned Hannah Gruen, the Drews' housekeeper, into Butterfly McQueen through an outrageously stereotyped southern, African American accent! Apparently, Birschbach believes this novel was set in the pre-Civil War era and thinks of "the help" as Mammy figures. She read all of Gruen's verbs without the final G-- cookin' instead of cooking-- which is NOT how they're written! (Shouldn't the narrator read the text *as written*?) I kept expecting to hear Gruen saying, "Miss Nancy, yo's never gonna fit in 'dat dress..." Anyone who has read the books knows that Gruen is NOT this type of character. Even anyone who has not read the books should be able to figure out that a character named Gruen is not from the rural South! The horrible and miscast stereotyped voiced ruined this book. I could not finish it! This narration is disrespectful to the novels and the fans of the series.
We've been listening to audiobooks for years. My kids and I particularly like the Nancy Drew series.
This is the first one we've been disappointed in, due solely to the narrator. She uses different voices for the characters. Some of the voices don't sound right or are overly exaggerated, and sometimes she gets mixed up and uses a different voice for a character than she used before. We usually get wrapped up in the story, but with those issues it would pull us right out, unfortunately.
I would suggest listening to more of this audiobook than is available in the sample (ie from a library?) before purchasing.
NO. The narrator's use of accents in characters' speech was VERY grating to both mine and my 8 year old daughter's nerves. Just read the story as written. Please don't add accents that are not described in the books. I was shocked to hear Hannah Gruen portrayed as a Yankee interpretation of a Southern belle. George's voice conjured images of an elderly male nursing home inhabitant.
Unfortunately the introduction to Bess and Gearge's romantic interests was marred by the narrator's rendition of their parts in the book.
Laura Linney had done an excellent job narrating previous books.
A mistaken letter stolen, an unknown heiress in danger of being swindalled and a teenage detective with two mysteries to solve.
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Anger & Disappointment!
This narrator is the worse................at one point I have to take a good look to see if i was listening to a "Nancy Drew" book. I want to be rid of that narrator.....i didn't make it pass the 1st chapter...................where is LAURA LINNEY? I need her to come to the rescue.
At the bottom unfortunately.
Yes, with trepidation. If anybody has listened to the previous stories, they would realize that those productions were a lot better than this one. The reader changed, and the story lacks all the suspenseful music that used to make it a lot more entertaining.
She doesn't seem to have the experience necessary to deliver credible male voices. She also changed the accent of the maid and it sounds awful!!
We've enjoyed the other Nancy Drew mysteries but this one was tedious and the narrator was abysmal.
She disappeared with the real Hannah Gruen and was replaced by an imposter.
The 'accents' by this narrator are so offputting, it's hard to follow the story. Let's see: Hannah Gruen, name sounds German, but her voice is....a caricature of a Southerner? So horrible. Glad audible has the return policy, this one is going back.
Different narrator. Or have the narratator just read and not try to 'act' different characters.
not this version.
Does anyone at Audible read these comments? Are they effective for making changes?
Nancy Drew books are classics! I have the entire collection of all 56 titles in hardback, and all of the 1930s editions that were recently reprinted. So to say that I am an avid fan, is an understatement. To have them SLAUGHTERED by an absolutely horrible performance this way, is almost criminal!
The first seven books in this series were performed by Laura Linney, and were excellently done. THIS narrator however, was beyond ridiculous!
Seriously? Reading the part of Hannah Gruen with some type of mangled "southern accent"?! Really???? The performer's voice was monotone, in between the her pathetic attempts to imitate characters voices.
I'm not usually a person who gives harsh critiques, but heaven above, these books narrated by Jessie Birschbach are just...nightmarish!!!! I couldn't even finish listening to it! I only gave the "Performance" one star, because zero wasn't an option!
I implore you...please, BRING BACK LAURA LINNEY to finish narrating the Nancy Drew series.
I listen mostly to history, classic scifi, cozies, medical suspense and liberal arts Great Courses.
Yes - if you are a young girl or if you just want to remember when you were a young girl and read Nancy Drew books.
Not unless it was a book I desperately wanted to listen to.
not that type book
I know everyone can't be Laura Linney, who narrated the first few Nancy Drew books, but I disliked this narrator. Her voice is okay to listen to but when she tries to speak "in character" for the various people in the story, it hurts my ears. Her accents are atrocious. She makes the Drew housekeeper, Hannah Gruen, into a southern speaker. Okay, i can't prove that Hannah Gruen wasn't a southerner, but other Stratmeyer books, including the Bobbsey Twins, did have southern speakers and it was obvious.There is no indication in Nancy Drew books that Hannah was southern (or black). They supposedly lived in the midwest and Gruen is a German name. I know, I'm being picky here. But still, all her accents were like caricatures of accents. She needs to work on this and in the meantime, they need to give the job to someone else.
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