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Her Royal Spyness Audiobook

Her Royal Spyness: A Royal Spyness Mystery

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Audible Editor Reviews

Why we think it's Essential - Her Royal Spyness is an absolute gem! In this lighthearted mystery series, Rhys Bowen delivers a charming combination of intrigue and romance blended with a touch of humor. She has created an interesting cast of characters and those personalities (a royal down on her luck, a lovable cockney grandfather, a devilishly lovable Irish gent) come alive through Katherine Kellgren's flawless narration. This is a series that begs to be listened to, but fair warning, once you start, you won't be able to stop! —Katie

Publisher's Summary

Georgie, aka Lady Victoria Georgiana Charlotte Eugenie, cousin of King George V of England, is penniless and trying to survive on her own as an ordinary person in London in 1932.

So far she has managed to light a fire and boil an egg... She's gate-crashed a wedding... She's making money by secretly cleaning houses... And she's been asked to spy for Her Majesty the Queen.

Everything seems to be going swimmingly until she finds a body in her bathtub... and someone is definitely trying to kill her.

©2007 Janet Quin-Harkin (P)2010 Audible, Inc.

What the Critics Say

  • Audie Award Nominee - Best Mystery/Suspense Audiobook, 2011

"Rhys Bowen has crafted an insightful blend of old-fashioned whodunnit, clever satire, and drawing room comedy of errors -- and created a feisty new heroine to delight a legion of Anglophile readers." (Jacqueline Winspear, author of the Maisie Dobbs novels)

"Kellgren finds unique voices for quirky characters such as Georgie’s adorable grandfather and estranged mother, Wallis Simpson, and a sexy Irish lord. Kellgren will make listeners want to meet the kilt-clad ghosts who play bagpipes in Scotland’s castle corridors and tartan-wallpapered bathrooms." (AudioFile)

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    timchi racine, WI, United States 11-22-13
    timchi racine, WI, United States 11-22-13 Member Since 2006
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    "From riches to rags"
    What disappointed you about Her Royal Spyness?

    The highly affected English upper crust accent used by the narrator. It was grating after the first minute of listening. Not much of a story to keep you interested. Found it hard to empathize with the main character, a spunky "poor little rich girl" experiencing hard times.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    I am listening to "wool".


    How could the performance have been better?

    Tone down the irritating accent.


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    Mary Centerville, TN, United States 11-21-13
    Mary Centerville, TN, United States 11-21-13 Member Since 2010

    Toni in TN

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    "I was surprised and delighted"

    Frankly, I bought this book because it was the "daily deal," but what a nice surprise!! It's more of a fun, light read and I love the setting being in 1930's England. Usually, I go for the darker, heavier detective series, but this was delightful little gem to take a break with. This is the very reason I love Audible's Daily Deal. It allows people, like me, to take a chance on a new author without worrying about wasting a credit or spending a lot of money and sometimes you find a great new author and a little jewel!! The narrator does a wonderful job with the different characters sounding so differently.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Karen Loves Park, Illinois, United States 11-21-13
    Karen Loves Park, Illinois, United States 11-21-13 Member Since 2006

    I love Mysteries. May be something I picked as a child listening to Ellery Queen.

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    "Royal Hit!!!"
    Would you listen to Her Royal Spyness again? Why?

    Yes I love this book. Love the way both author and narrator tell story. Very enjoyable series.


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    Amazon Customer tampa, FL, United States 11-19-13
    Amazon Customer tampa, FL, United States 11-19-13 Member Since 2016

    Hola, soy India!

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    "Thoroughly enjoyable."
    Would you consider the audio edition of Her Royal Spyness to be better than the print version?

    I have no idea, I haven't read the print version. But I believe the narrator really brings the characters to life.


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

    Yes, I really enjoyed listening to the story unfold. The characters are all unique and lovely, and the main character was no push over.


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

    I really didnt have a favorite, I liked them all equally.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Archer 11-17-13
    Archer 11-17-13
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    "Thoroughly Enjoyable"
    If you could sum up Her Royal Spyness in three words, what would they be?

    Brainless, Enjoyable, Entertaining


    Any additional comments?

    Every now and thn it's important for me to read what I endearingly term as "brainless". After reading many trade journals and reference books throughout the day, I've come to appreciate my fun reads. This qualifies. It was a fun listen.

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    Amazon Customer Pt. Edward, ONTARIO, Canada 11-17-13
    Amazon Customer Pt. Edward, ONTARIO, Canada 11-17-13 Member Since 2014

    Reading puts me in a whole new world and I have a large variety of books on my Kindle. Listening to audible is what I do to relax.

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    "Needs a younger,more modern and appropriate voice"
    Where does Her Royal Spyness rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I LIKED THE STORY BUT THE NARRATOR WAS DIFFICULT TO UNDERSTAND For A NON- BRITISH listener and I had to use the slowest setting to follow her rapid dowager- voiced rendition.GEORGIE,the main character is 20 yrs. old and the narrator had the voice of an aging does get duchess in her early 50s. You should have used a young girl like the actress who played Hermione in Harry Potter movie or Rene -Zelwegger who did an adorable English voice in the Bridget Jones movie.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The idea of a young minor royal rubbing shoulders with the Royals and solving mysteries while trying to service in a life full of loonies,without funds or proper life skills.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    HER VOICE WAS HUSKY , DIFFICULT TO FOLLOW AND MIDDLE aged,not suitable for the young women CHARACTERS and far only,Apple's the believability of the entire production making me lose inerest in the book and the entire series which she alone narrates.


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

    DIDN't get that far because I hated the narration.WILL SKIP AUDIBLE AND READ THE BOOKS ON MY KINDLE INSTEAD UNTIL YOU GET A MUCH YOUNGER MORE APPROPRITE- NARRATOR, maybe try the Dutchess of Cambridge!


    Any additional comments?

    I love audible but this NARRATOR spoiled the entire book for me and I was so excited about getting it in this charmingly written series.which I will now read on Kindle instead.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Emma Helsingborg, Sweden 11-16-13
    Emma Helsingborg, Sweden 11-16-13 Member Since 2016
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    "Lovely!"
    What made the experience of listening to Her Royal Spyness the most enjoyable?

    Katherine did a very good job reading.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Exciting!


    Have you listened to any of Katherine Kellgren’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No


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

    Yes haha!


    Any additional comments?

    Perfect for rainy days sittning in the couch with a cup of tea listning to this.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Nancy ALBUQUERQUE, NM, United States 11-12-13
    Nancy ALBUQUERQUE, NM, United States 11-12-13 Member Since 2014
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    "Tasty like Cream tea"
    What did you love best about Her Royal Spyness?

    Light and fluffy, just what was needed to unwind.


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    The performance and light mystery, English style. Charming!


    Have you listened to any of Katherine Kellgren’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Never.


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

    No.


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    Amelia Pretoria, South Africa 10-25-13
    Amelia Pretoria, South Africa 10-25-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Refreshing, funny and mysterious."
    What made the experience of listening to Her Royal Spyness the most enjoyable?

    The narrator is wonderful - what a great listen!


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

    The plot keeps getting more and more intriguing, fascinating, captivating, what is going to happen next.


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

    The portraying of each character, voice imitating. Why, if you read the book it would be so different. Listening to it was such fun.


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

    It made me laugh and I just could not stop to listen.


    Any additional comments?

    I loved this book. Just what we need in our lives today!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Martha Las Cruces, NM, United States 10-05-13
    Martha Las Cruces, NM, United States 10-05-13 Member Since 2017
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    "Jolly Good Fun!"
    What did you love best about Her Royal Spyness?

    I love Georgi's spunk! She was "bred" to be a royal pet, yet finds herself destitute during bad economic times (the 30s). She just attacks life! I like her loyalty to those in her family and getting to "know" those around her. She uses her wits to solve the mystery as well as figure a way to survive. I intend to keep listening to this series. It was read exceedingly well -- just jolly good fun!


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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