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Aunt Dimity and the Duke: An Aunt Dimity Mystery | [Nancy Atherton]

Aunt Dimity and the Duke: An Aunt Dimity Mystery

Emma Porter is 40, fat, frumpy, and a passionate amateur gardener. When her longtime lover dumps her for a younger woman, Emma escapes the cloying sympathy of family and friends by setting out on a summer-long driving tour of England's glorious gardens. A Dimity-contrived coincidence brings her to Penford Hall, a sprawling Gothic mansion in Cornwall, where she finds a duke in search of a missing lantern with extraordinary powers.
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Emma Porter is 40, fat, frumpy, and a passionate amateur gardener. When her longtime lover dumps her for a younger woman, Emma escapes the cloying sympathy of family and friends by setting out on a summer-long driving tour of England's glorious gardens. A Dimity-contrived coincidence brings her to Penford Hall, a sprawling Gothic mansion in Cornwall, where she finds a duke in search of a missing lantern with extraordinary powers.

Suspecting there's more than one mystery to be solved at Penford Hall, Emma accepts the duke's invitation to stay on and restore the once glorious chapel garden to its former beauty. The dark rumors surrounding a rock star and the near-death of the duke's beautiful cousin confirm Emma's suspicions, and set her - with Aunt Dimity's ghostly guidance - on the path to Penford Hall's secrets and the pleasure of unexpected love.

©1994 Nancy T. Atherton (P)2013 Audible, Inc.

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    Linda Flushing, NY, United States 04-04-13
    Linda Flushing, NY, United States 04-04-13 Member Since 2008
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    "One of my favorite books ruined by the reader."
    What disappointed you about Aunt Dimity and the Duke?

    The performer appears to be learning to read. Every "a" is pronounced as a long a.
    The character Emma is written as smar, logical, strong and is here made to sound weak, young, and non-assertive. All the English characters speak with big spaces between each word.
    I was really happy that you had made this book available. I preordered so I anticipated enjoying the reading. I forced myself to listen twice, hoping it would sound better the second time. It was just as annoying.
    I can get free recordings through a government program for the handicapped. They have a great recoding of this book, but I have no way of copying it because they use a unique recording method.
    I am also VERY sorry to see that, now that you have made the series available, it is all performed by the same artless individual.


    What other book might you compare Aunt Dimity and the Duke to and why?

    The book, not the erecording, has many of the qualities of Charlotte MacLeod's Sarah Kelling series: Charm, wit, and humor. These qualities do not come across in your version.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Teri Clark Linden’s performances?

    NO


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Aunt Dimity and the Duke?

    The text is great and does not need cutting.


    Any additional comments?

    Please rerecord with a different performer.

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Dorothy Knoxville, TN, United States 04-02-13
    Dorothy Knoxville, TN, United States 04-02-13 Member Since 2010
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    "Nice development of a background character"
    Would you try another book from Nancy Atherton and/or Teri Clark Linden?

    The Aunt Dimity series has been delightful diversion, Nancy Atherton has inserted this volume skillfully into the series.


    What didn’t you like about Teri Clark Linden’s performance?

    Reminds one of a teacher reading to an elementary school class.


    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Sara M Glassman Tuscaloosa, AL United States 04-05-13
    Sara M Glassman Tuscaloosa, AL United States 04-05-13 Member Since 2005

    Bookseller, book blogger, librarian, actress, and artist.

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    "Such High Hopes"
    Would you be willing to try another one of Teri Clark Linden’s performances?

    Probably not. I have the old versions of Aunt Dimity's Death and Aunt Dimity Beats the Devil, which were recorded by Christina Moore. They're fantastic, but I have to agree with one of the previous reviewers - Teri Clark Linden sounds like she's reading to a class of under-performing children. The words are very carefully enunciated and there are fairly long pauses between them, especially for the English characters. I love, love, love Nancy Atherton, but I don't think I'll be getting any more of the audios, which is disappointing. I was so excited to see an expanded selection that I didn't even notice it was a new reader.


    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Donna Camillus, NY, United States 06-27-13
    Donna Camillus, NY, United States 06-27-13
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    "Performance ruins this book"
    Would you try another book from Nancy Atherton and/or Teri Clark Linden?

    I like the Aunt Dimity series despite certain basic problems w/ the stories. The overall charm overcomes occasional literary blunders. But the performance by Ms Clark Linden makes them painful to listen to. The stilted, irregular flow of words makes this unlikely to be listened to again. Perhaps the director instructed her to over-enunciate for some unlikely reason as she becomes more natural when using an accent. But whatever the reason, I will not be buying anymore books with this performer


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Catherine Boulder, CO, United States 06-16-13
    Catherine Boulder, CO, United States 06-16-13 Member Since 2005
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    "Fantastic book, very strange reader"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    I adore this series, so I was thrilled when Audible decided to record them all! I liked the reader for the first two books, but the new reader is completely wrong for the series. All of her British accents are spoken in an unnaturally slow cadence that makes them sound slightly addled. I'll still buy the books because I love them, but I'm disappointed that the reader does not do justice to this wonderful series.


    What other book might you compare Aunt Dimity and the Duke to and why?

    The entire Aunt Dimity series; the Brother Cadfael series (after a fashion - they have a similarly cozy style, though set in an entirely different time); the Agatha Raisin books (though these are slightly more violent); the Her Royal Spyness series.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    She read all the English characters in a completely unnatural cadence that made them sound stiff and addled - even the children! The characters are not written that way at all, nor are any of her accents accurate to anything I've heard in the UK. Also, her "Lori" doesn't have the spunk of Christina Moore's.


    Was Aunt Dimity and the Duke worth the listening time?

    Yes.


    Any additional comments?

    This series should be made into a mini-series! Failing that, could it be re-cast and re-recorded by someone who is fluent in the accents?

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Irene 05-21-13
    Irene 05-21-13
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    "Terrible narration. I am very diappointed"
    Would you try another book from Nancy Atherton and/or Teri Clark Linden?

    I love books from Nancy Atherton but will never buy another one narrated by Teri Clark Linden


    What didn’t you like about Teri Clark Linden’s performance?

    Very boring, especially in comparison with Aunt Dimity's death narrated by Christina Moore


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer 04-19-13 Member Since 2012
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    "This narrator is simply terrible"

    I listened to Aunt Dimity's Death years ago and loved it. Thank heaven I heard it with a different reader. This narrator is just dreadful. Her inflection is all wrong and leaves me feeling like she is reading to a small child. I doubt I will listen to the rest of the series because of her. She just ruins a wonderful novel.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Book Lover_1015 01-19-14
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    "TERRIBLE Narration!"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    A decent narrator!


    What did you like best about this story?

    I adore all the Aunt Dimity stories and was so excited to see them listed here. WAS excited. This narrator is terrible. She's ruined an excellent series.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Teri Clark Linden’s performances?

    Absolutely not. Her cadence and pacing are completely off. She over emphasizes each word and has no expression or emotion in her delivery. I lasted less than nine minutes and had to turn it off. Can't believe I wasted a credit on this.


    Any additional comments?

    Skip the audio--go buy the book!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Vicki 12-30-13
    Vicki 12-30-13

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    "The narrator ruins the story"

    Whatever were the producers thinking? Did they listen to the performer? As others have said, she sounds like she's reading to very young children. Be sure to listen to the preview before you buy.
    The Aunt Dimity series is so enjoyable, gentle and engaging. Too bad it's spoiled in this production.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Christine C 07-18-14
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    "not so good"
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    Pace of reading too slow and sounded forced. Couldn't listen to the whole book.

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  • Bernie Sammon
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    "Disappointing"

    Story was pleasant, but totally let down by narration. Dialogue was stilted, too slow, without much inflection. Accents were hit and miss.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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