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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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    Vickie Ford 04-08-15
    Vickie Ford 04-08-15 Member Since 2014

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    "A wonderful get-a-way"

    I have truly enjoyed this series! Getting a glimpse of the class system, while being romanced with quaint, lovable characters, is truly entertaining. I love being reminded of proper manners, and eloquent speech, without foul language. I can't wait for the next story.

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    Jacqueline 03-17-15
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    "This book seemed shorter than the others"

    But I was gardening and I could have rushed through as the story passed the time. I usually savour the author's descriptions. I enjoy the way she draws the listener into the main character's thoughts as the story is told. I may listen to this one again in a few months. I have a lot of cooking and cleaning to do at our logging camp this spring and summer.

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    Ms. Patty 03-09-15
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    "Always a story to look forward to"

    I have for some time had a "Georgie" story in my library waiting for the right time to begin. It's been a breath of fresh air after deeper and darker books. Looks like there is only one left however. Enjoy the fun of it, no need to look for deeper meaning just entertainment.

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    AcadiaSeasideCottages@gmail Acadia Natl Park 01-31-15
    AcadiaSeasideCottages@gmail Acadia Natl Park 01-31-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Fun British Mystery"

    Light installment in a light, mannerly series. Heavy on social hierarchy of the time. Excellent narration with exceptional voicing variety.

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    "Comfortably suspenseful"

    I like the characters better with every book. The narrator does a wonderful job giving each character a distinct voice that is just right.

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    "Great read"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Heirs and Graces to be better than the print version?

    I love listening to these books.


    What about Katherine Kellgren’s performance did you like?

    Her vast range of personnas makes this series come to life.


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

    Yes, as with most of these books, I cannot wait to get to the end.


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    Elizabeth A. Clarke Toronto, Ontario Canada 01-24-15
    Elizabeth A. Clarke Toronto, Ontario Canada 01-24-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Fun Narration"

    I really enjoy this series. This narrator is very talented with her range of accents. The stories are becoming a bit formulaic, with Georgie uncovering the truth via grand confession and nearly being offed herself. But quite fun.

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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
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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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