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Heirs and Graces Audiobook

Heirs and Graces: A Royal Spyness Mystery

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Audible Editor Reviews

Editors Select, August 2013 - I am absolutely not joking when I say I had to beat out no less than 7 other hard-core in-house Royal Spyness fans for the privilege to choose Rhys Bowen’s newest installment as my top pick for August. If you have already started listening to this series I don’t really need to talk to you because you’ll already be as excited as I am about Heirs and Graces. If you have not picked up Her Royal Spyness then listen up: Please, I beg of you, do not hesitate. I have yet to recommend this series without effusively positive results. I’m not generally a cozy mystery fan, but Rhys Bowen’s delightful saga is my top favorite series to date, and Katherine Kellgren is at her most talented and charming in her spot-on performance of the myriad voices at play. —Emily, Audible Editor

Publisher's Summary

Audie Award Finalist, Mystery, 2014

As 35th in line for the throne, Lady Georgiana Rannoch may not be the most sophisticated young woman, but she knows her table manners. It's forks on the left, knives on the right - not in His Majesty's back….

"Here I am thinking the education I received at my posh Swiss finishing school would never come in handy. And while it hasn't landed me a job, or a husband, it has convinced Her Majesty the Queen and the Dowager Duchess to enlist my help. I have been entrusted with grooming Jack Altringham - the Duke's newly discovered heir fresh from the Outback of Australia - for high society. The upside is I am to live in luxury at one of England's most gorgeous stately homes. But upon arrival at Kingsdowne Place, my dearest Darcy has been sent to fetch Jack, leaving me stuck in a manor full of miscreants…none of whom are too pleased with the discovery of my new ward. And no sooner has the lad been retrieved than the Duke announces he wants to choose his own heir. With the house in a hubbub over the news, Jack's hunting knife somehow finds its way into the Duke's back. Eyes fall, backs turn, and fingers point to the young heir. As if the rascal wasn't enough of a handful, now he's suspected of murder. Jack may be wild, but I'd bet the crown jewels it wasn't he who killed the Duke…."

©2013 Janet Quin-Harkin (P)2013 Audible, Inc.

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    Corey A. L. 01-22-15
    Corey A. L. 01-22-15 Member Since 2015
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    "A fantastic performance"

    A solid follow up to 12 Clues of Christmas. The story is good, but not quite great; too slow to get started, and the last two chapters, with the resolution of the mystery, felt rushed, with far too much expositional dialogue . It is the suspect characters themselves, though, that make the story shine. They are a motley group whose eccentricities are played up to a good level of comedic effect without descending into pure farce. And they are brought to life by another absolutely fantastic performance by Katherine Kellgren. The voices she has chosen for each are just perfect. I appreciated the subtle ways she made those who are family members in this story sound similar, so that even audibly you can sense the family connection. And as always, her first person narration of the heroine's thoughts are spot on. Highly recommended.

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    Gail 08-20-14
    Gail 08-20-14
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    "Couldn't get past the hysterical narration"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    A different narrator.


    What could Rhys Bowen have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Can't say. Because of the loud, shouting, hysterical voiced characters I couldn't get past chapter three. Grating and extremely annoying vocalizations.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Katherine Kellgren’s performances?

    No way.


    Any additional comments?

    I have enjoyed previous books in this series very much but simply could not tolerate this narration.

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    oskiek 08-14-14
    oskiek 08-14-14
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    "Hated it"

    Bought this based on the reviews but this was nothing I execred just not my cup of tea.

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    Tog 08-03-14
    Tog 08-03-14 Member Since 2012

    I've been a fan of mysteries since getting up with a notebook to solve Scooby Doo cases. I now write my own.

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    "A wise step back from the edge"
    What did you love best about Heirs and Graces?

    The voice work. How is this even a question on something Katherine Kellgren read? Every character has a such a distinct voice that it's incredible to think they all come out of one throat.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I liked Jack, the Australian. He was so lost in the situation and the way that was portrayed made me feel like I was right there with him in that.


    What does Katherine Kellgren bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    The accent work. The UK has accents that vary from town to town and across different social classes. You can tell how much someone's education cost by listening to them say "I've been there," and she captures each and every little nuance in every character.


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

    I really hate this question.

    "'My Fair Lady' as re-imagined by Agatha Christie."

    Which shows why I hate that question.


    Any additional comments?

    I listen to a lot of old radio shows, and a recurring plot in many was the long lost brother who returns from Australia to claim the family fortune, but he's really an impostor. This is not that story.

    This one has a solid "old school" feel that does the idea of a Classic British Mystery proud.

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    Nancy 06-04-14
    Nancy 06-04-14
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    "Love these books"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes i do recommend this author. I am so hooked on these books. They are light, fun with mystery and romance. Everything I want for relaxing and drifting off to another place.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Lady Georgiana and BelindaThey both live in a fantasy world but clearly on opposite ends and yetAre great friends.


    What does Katherine Kellgren bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    She does a great job with the voices and her inflections help to identify the type of personality of the person


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

    I smile throughout the book seasoned with bursts of laughter. I is a fun book.


    Any additional comments?

    Would like to discover more authors who write these type of books. It is nice to relax to a book without it being filled with heavy love scenes and a bit of mystery is nice.

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    Bodiccea 05-06-14
    Bodiccea 05-06-14
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    I don't mind a light mystery but my word, this was just intolerable. There is absolutely nothing even remotely natural about the characters or dialogue. The performance borders on histrionic and the accents near-mockery. I was looking for some light fare but this is unadulterated cotton candy and made me nauseous. I couldn't wait for it to be over.I have enjoyed other entries in this series which were silly but not sick-making.

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    M. Chesapeake, VA, United States 05-02-14
    M. Chesapeake, VA, United States 05-02-14 Member Since 2013

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    "Guilty Pleasure listening to this book!"

    Enjoy the series, light frothy entertainment wrapped around a mystery. Self depricating 34th in line to the throne....what a heroine!!! The books are great fun. The author writes such a good story that I have now purchase all in the series and am looking into her other books. The miles just fly by when listening. The narrator has such a complete and total lock on the character creating just the right nuances to make the author's story line flow.

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    Susan 04-05-14
    Susan 04-05-14
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    "A Guilty Pleasure"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I would recommend this book to people who enjoy a little romantic escapism into the life of 20th century British Aristocracy.


    If you’ve listened to books by Rhys Bowen before, how does this one compare?

    This is one of my favorite Royal Spyness books.


    Which character – as performed by Katherine Kellgren – was your favorite?

    I love both Georgie and Darcy.


    Any additional comments?

    I've listened to all of the Royal Spyness available and do really enjoy them. There is nothing particularly complex about the plots or surprising about the mysteries involved. But they are a fun tromp through a bygone era with characters you grow to love more with each passing story.

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    N. Hopkins 03-29-14
    N. Hopkins 03-29-14 Member Since 2012
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    "Another great listen"
    Where does Heirs and Graces rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Like each book in the series, this is a pleasant listen. It's easy to care about these characters. They're like-able people, wrapped up in interesting plots and challenges.


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    These aren't exactly edge-of-your-seat books. They're more like grinning-with-anticipation books. The sometimes awkwardly humorous circumstances and interesting plot twists are certainly enough to keep you interested, but you probably won't be biting any nails off while listening to it.


    What about Katherine Kellgren’s performance did you like?

    Katherine Kellgren is simply outstanding. Her characterizations are spot on, and her interpretation of the text adds a very unique depth to the story. My only problem is the sometimes strident (and certainly over-used) "she said" or "he said." It's almost as though she's adding an odd exclamation point every time she does it.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Again, there's very little that I would describe as moving. Granted, the romance between Georgianna and Darcy is cute, perhaps even touching, but I wouldn't say particularly moving.


    Any additional comments?

    A good entertaining listen. Go ahead and get it. You won't regret it.

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    Simone 03-25-14
    Simone 03-25-14 Member Since 2016

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    "All caught up!"

    I’m sad to come to the end of the available instalments; I have at least a 6 month wait to go for Book 8!

    I wanted to spread the episodes out a little more, but I was in the mood for a fast easy and enjoyable to read before going on vacation so picking up Book 7 right after Book 6 seemed like a no-brainer.

    Like I said in my review of Book 6: When you’re in the mood for a fun little break from longer heavier books, it’s so nice to have such an enjoyable series at hand.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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