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Nancy's Mysterious Letter: Nancy Drew Mystery Stories Book 8 | [Carolyn Keene]

Nancy's Mysterious Letter: Nancy Drew Mystery Stories Book 8

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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Publisher's Summary

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.

Get a clue! Investigate our list of Nancy Drew titles.

©1963 Carolyn Keene (P)2007 Phoenix

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    Shaliali Sevierville, TN, United States 06-30-11
    Shaliali Sevierville, TN, United States 06-30-11 Member Since 2007

    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.

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    "Ruined by an Awful-- Even Offensive-- Narration"

    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.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Serenity Northeast USA 03-09-11
    Serenity Northeast USA 03-09-11 Listener Since 2007
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    "disappointed in narrator"

    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.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Susan BASTROP, LA, United States 09-30-12
    Susan BASTROP, LA, United States 09-30-12 Member Since 2010
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    "Narrator butchers good story"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Nancy's Mysterious Letter to be better than the print version?

    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.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Nancy's Mysterious Letter?

    Unfortunately the introduction to Bess and Gearge's romantic interests was marred by the narrator's rendition of their parts in the book.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Jessie Birschbach?

    Laura Linney had done an excellent job narrating previous books.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    A mistaken letter stolen, an unknown heiress in danger of being swindalled and a teenage detective with two mysteries to solve.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Sofia San Diego, CA, United States 07-03-12
    Sofia San Diego, CA, United States 07-03-12 Member Since 2009
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    "Great Story - Poor Delivery"
    Where does Nancy's Mysterious Letter rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    At the bottom unfortunately.


    Would you recommend Nancy's Mysterious Letter to your friends? Why or why not?

    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.


    What didn’t you like about Jessie Birschbach’s performance?

    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!!


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    No


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Mary A. Wiley Spring, TX United States 06-26-11
    Mary A. Wiley Spring, TX United States 06-26-11
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    "worst narrator ever!"

    We've enjoyed the other Nancy Drew mysteries but this one was tedious and the narrator was abysmal.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Tracy Miamisburg, OH, United States 07-02-12
    Tracy Miamisburg, OH, United States 07-02-12 Member Since 2010
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    "A fondly remember childhood friend"

    I remember these as a child and was thrilled to rediscover them. I look forward to sharing them with grandchildren some day.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Purple Reader Washington 06-25-12
    Purple Reader Washington 06-25-12 Member Since 2012

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    Where does Nancy's Mysterious Letter rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I love all of the Nancy Drew Audio Books, they are quick listens and fun!


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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