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Birds of a Feather: Maisie Dobbs Mysteries | [Jacqueline Winspear]

Birds of a Feather: Maisie Dobbs Mysteries

Maisie Dobbs is back, and this time she has been hired to find a wealthy grocery magnate's daughter who has fled from home. What seems a simple case at first becomes complicated when Maisie learns of the recent violent deaths of three of the heiress's old friends. Is there a connection between her mysterious disappearance and the murders? Who would kill such charming young women? As Maisie investigates, she discovers that the answers to all her questions lie in the unforgettable agony of The Great War.
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Publisher's Summary

Maisie Dobbs is back, and this time she has been hired to find a wealthy grocery magnate's daughter who has fled from home.

What seems a simple case at first becomes complicated when Maisie learns of the recent violent deaths of three of the heiress's old friends. Is there a connection between her mysterious disappearance and the murders? Who would kill such charming young women?

As Maisie investigates, she discovers that the answers to all her questions lie in the unforgettable agony of The Great War.

©2004 Jacqueline Winspear; (P)2008 BBC Audiobooks

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    APR Boston, MA 01-09-15
    APR Boston, MA 01-09-15 Member Since 2011
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    "Love the book, dislike the narrator"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, because of the content, but no because of the narration.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    As always, Maisie. I love how controlled and logical she is, while also being intuitive.


    How could the performance have been better?

    The narrator did Maisie's voice ok, but every other character was just terrible. The voices were abrasive, loud, and squeaky. I often turned the volume down more than I usually would just counteract her awful voices. I also felt like her voices weren't true to the characters themselves.


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    Book Maven 01-08-15
    Book Maven 01-08-15 Member Since 2013

    Never lonely with a good book in hand

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    "Engrossing story and interesting characters."

    This was a well-written story focusing on various aspects of the aftermath of "The Great War". Toward the end,
    I felt emotionally involved with the motives of the killer. I was disappointed that the narrator was changed from Book One as I was used to "seeing" the characters. I had to regroup to learn the characters again. Now I see Book Three has yet another narrator. However I may continue with the series anyway. Or get the physical books instead.

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    Bessie Hawley-Crissman 10-17-14

    I have been a member of Audible since the mid 90's. I love the format and have listened to hundreds of books. With the new I-Phone version, I can take my stories everywhere with me. Thank you so much for this great service.

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    If you could sum up Birds of a Feather in three words, what would they be?

    Excellent, Rewarding, Enjoyable


    What other book might you compare Birds of a Feather to and why?

    The Royal Spyness by Rhys Bowen.


    What about Kim Hicks’s performance did you like?

    That each person had their own distinct sound.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes, but I listen while I do data input, so it got broken up into several days.


    Any additional comments?

    I love these types of novels, not just because of the strong women characters, but because of the gentleness of the spirit of the book. People are looking out for one another.

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    warwick sawyers gully, Australia 10-15-14
    warwick sawyers gully, Australia 10-15-14 Member Since 2011
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    "suprising, delightful storey"

    I love this book. Maisie is a marvellous character. I found Kim Hicks reading took a couple of chapters to get used to as she reads a little quicker, once used to that she is Maisie Dobbs with a great interpretation. Down side is I looked for more Maisie books only to find a different reader that I can't listen to. So maybe listen to the other books and you won't be disappointed.

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    Anne 10-13-14
    Anne 10-13-14
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    "An unlikely favorite series"

    I like Maisie Dobbs. She's an unusual character in an interesting time and the narrator does a very nice job with all of the quirky and unusual characters that clutter Maisie's life. I appreciated the quality of this mystery, but I especially appreciated getting to know Maisie even better as she works to solve the mystery, help her assistant find his way out of loss and addiction and come to terms with her own loneliness.

    I shall continue to follow the adventures of Maisie Dobbs.

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    Gabrielle Culver City, CA, United States 09-30-14
    Gabrielle Culver City, CA, United States 09-30-14 Member Since 2015
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    What did you love best about Birds of a Feather?

    I love Jacqueline Winspear and her Maisie Dobbs...so eloquent and sophisticated. Rich in story and detail.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Kim Hicks’s performances?

    Kim Hicks however drove me a bit batty! She is so harsh in tone and her narration so rapid it made this audible experience rather painful. Bring back Rita Barrington with her smooth, dulcet tone...she gave the Maisie Dobbs story so much shape and substance.


    Any additional comments?

    Nonetheless...I love this series so far and will continue reading and listening. Hopefully Orlagh Cassidy's reading will be more pleasant in the subsequent audio books.

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    DonnaRussell Tempe, AZ, United States 08-20-14
    DonnaRussell Tempe, AZ, United States 08-20-14 Member Since 2009
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    "Engaging Detective"
    Any additional comments?

    I really like the Maisy Dobbs series. Each one not only engages you on a realistic mystery, but takes you back to a particular time and place...England after the Great War. I plan to eventually read or listen to all of the books.

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    jansly 07-06-14
    jansly 07-06-14
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    "Narrator good, editing bad, story great"
    What made the experience of listening to Birds of a Feather the most enjoyable?

    Numerous other reviewers slammed the narrator. I found the narrator good, but I am guessing that it was the editing that made the narration sometimes sound too fast, or too clipped. I enjoyed the narrators presentation otherwise. Her voice definitely said Maisie Dobbs. The story was energetic and just the right amount of mystery. Will keep going.


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    Teatime2 08-14-12
    Teatime2 08-14-12

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    "A bit of a downer"

    Interesting story overall but the narrator did embarrassingly bad male voices, especially Maurice. Female voices were quite good.

    The focus on the supernatural was unexpected and not a positive, although I'm told that subsequent books in this series are not as bad in that respect.

    Also, since I had expected a cozier mystery story, the prevailing sense of sadness was a downer. Still, it was well-constructed and with an interesting plot.

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    Kathi 08-06-12
    Kathi 08-06-12 Member Since 2010

    Love books! Classics and lighter fiction, mysteries (not too violent please :-). And selective non-fiction--whatever takes my fancy.

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    "Overall good series"
    Where does Birds of a Feather rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    It's in a larger group of solidly dependable good british mysteries that I enjoy reading/listening to. I sometimes read books I enjoy more, often read those I like less. The premise is clever, if a little more "modern" in the retroactive telling of it than it would probably have been, if written at the time it portrays. I like seeing women depicted as smart, capable, ambitious, and still warm and good people. But I'm not so sure that her Cinderella rise to good fortune would have been as plausible in life as it works out in the series.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Well, I like Billie--a young man who has returned from war and is devoted to Maisie (her side-kick and great helper).


    Any additional comments?

    The whole series is good, not great. I have found no difficulties with any of the narrators so far.

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