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Leaving Everything Most Loved Audiobook

Leaving Everything Most Loved: Maisie Dobbs, Book 10

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Publisher's Summary

In Leaving Everything Most Loved by New York Times best-selling author Jacqueline Winspear, Maisie Dobbs investigates the murder of Indian immigrants in London.

The year is 1933. Maisie Dobbs is contacted by an Indian gentleman who has come to England in the hopes of finding out who killed his sister two months ago. Scotland Yard failed to make any arrest in the case, and there is reason to believe they failed to conduct a thorough investigation. The case becomes even more challenging when another Indian woman is murdered just hours before a scheduled interview. Meanwhile, unfinished business from a previous case becomes a distraction, as does a new development in Maisie's personal life.

Bringing a crucial chapter in the life and times of Maisie Dobbs to a close, Leaving Everything Most Loved marks a pivotal moment in this outstanding mystery series.

©2013 Jacqueline Winspear (P)2013 HarperCollins Publishers

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    Taryn Suffern, NY, United States 05-08-13
    Taryn Suffern, NY, United States 05-08-13 Member Since 2006

    Addicted to Audible!

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    "Another GEM!"

    For Masie fans this book does not disappoint. What I really enjoy about this series is that the author doesn't sensationalize with gory details, yet crafts a well thought out mystery plot. She is wonderful at describing the most routine daily life details of this time period, both for the upper and lower classes. I enjoy the fact that over the series of books Maisie is evolving emotionally, confronting her own demons and becoming more self aware. I love the narrator!

    8 of 11 people found this review helpful
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    Vicki Nathan 01-11-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Excellent book!"

    Having read the complete series I must say this last book was so good. I was curious to see if she really would leave and how she would wrap up her life in London. I think she did it well, with the exception of billy, who I wish would not have been attacked. Over the complete series I have gotten attached to all the main characters, and I think for the most part the author did a wonderful job. I think the narration was quite good, I chuckled once in a while, especially at her "American" accent, but it must be hard, so I give her credit. I read a new massie dobbs novel is coming out in March and I can hardly wait!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    D. Hubbard 06-07-14
    D. Hubbard 06-07-14 Member Since 2013

    I enjoy murder mysteries, fantasy, some horror, some romance.

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    "The long kiss goodbye..."
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    Maisie is on the trail of another murder, which is nothing new and normally the excitement of the novels - the whodunit. There are the usual suspects, all who seem to have an ulterior motive with vaguely valid reasons for killing someone. When the big reveal happens it goes out with a whimper, not a bang.


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

    The entire novel was uninteresting. The title of the book tells you the end of the novel before you even get to the prologue so there's no suspense there. Actually, the prologue was really interesting, too bad she had to take a walk by that canal. I could have listened to what that character was doing/thinking for the entire novel.

    James is still asking her to marry him although I couldn't tell you why. She treats him as if he's just a convenient dinner date. Maisie wouldn't put up with someone playing with her affections like that. At this point, the only thing keeping Maisie and James together is the author and even she seems to be getting tired of the - and I use the term loosely - relationship.

    Every time there seems potential for a romantic interlude where you can become invested in keeping James in the storyline, Maisie either has to go to bed, or disappear to her "own home" to have a breather from James and high society. And she's constantly complaining about how unpleasant the upper classes are and how she'll never fit in. No wonder! Get over it already or stop going to all of the parties! What happened to your optimistic, head strong, "I don't give a d#&n attitude?

    I've loved all of the Maisie novels with the exception of the last two. When did Maisie become this insipid, insecure, whiny creature? Two novels of a whining Maisie constantly doubting herself is a bit much.

    The murder is secondary to Maisie's deciding what she wants to do with her life and she spends the majority of the novel planning her get away. That's about as suspenseful as the book gets. I had to make myself listen to it, hoping that it'd get better but it didn't.

    The end of the book is Maisie saying goodbye to everyone - this literally takes up the last two hours of the novel. I know, I was watching the minutes count down until it was finally over.

    Will she, won't she leave? Do us all a favor and leave, PLEASE! She has become so annoying as to practically erase all of the things that I've loved about her in the other books. If this had been my introduction to the character, I doubt that I would have come back to give her another chance.

    And I'm sick to death of her asking everyone and anyone's advice. Or wondering what Maurice would think. He's been dead for a few books now, get over it. You're 36 years old, woman! Time to pull yourself up by your bootstraps and become the independent, self-confident that I thought you were well on your way to becoming.

    And the Columbo act is really tired. If I hear "just one more question" again, I might just slam my head against the table. In this book, she's say "one more question" and then follows that up with four or more "just one more question"! And then she'd keep returning to the same characters with more questions. So many times, in fact, that I was on their side at being annoyed with her for being there.


    What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

    The performance by Orlagh Cassidy is normally very enjoyable however I found some of the voices to be inconsistent. Especially Maise and Billy's voices. At times I didn't know who was talking because the voices were indistinguishable from each other.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    Good lord, no!


    Any additional comments?

    This book was so frustrating. You barely cared if the murder was solved and when it is, there's no personal investment in the characters to make it matter. It also feels like a culprit was picked at random just to get to the goodbyes.

    I know this review is all over the place but I had to start typing the minute the book was over. Once you've read the title, you already knows what happens. Save your money and don't buy the book. It's a waste of time.

    After this being the second awful book in a row, I find that I'm not anxious for another. Maybe Maisie has run her course. I hope not. Maybe the author needs a break. It sure seems like it.

    7 of 10 people found this review helpful
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    Eddie Lynn 09-08-13
    Eddie Lynn 09-08-13 Member Since 2015

    No spoilers from me! Sexy, romantic stories, thrillers, mystery, relationship stories.. my library is a crazy mix.

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    "Ah, complicated Maisie"

    Maisie Dobbs is a comfortable character for me to fall back on. Ms. Cassidy is melodious to listen to and the stories continue to be beautifully representational of the U.K. in the 1930's. Other reviews have shared elements of the story, I hope to represent a listener.

    Ms. Winspear meticulously develops her characters and settings, not in a boring fashion, but by painting word pictures of each, so that they feel real. Ms. Cassidy works to bring their voices to life with her dialects and pitch - and she does it well.

    This is easy listening, but it's not frivolous. It is a mystery and we are quickly swept into the midst of it all. Ms. Winspear has developed a complicated and strong heroine who longs for more and don't we all?

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Kathy 08-11-13
    Kathy 08-11-13
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    "Wonderful and frustrating"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Leaving Everything Most Loved to be better than the print version?

    I've only listened to the audio, but Orla Casidy was wonderful!


    What did you like best about this story?

    I liked Maisie's search to find what she really wanted out of life, but found myself getting mad at her decisions sometimes.


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

    She is always exceptional.


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

    I Don't Know Where I'm Going.


    Any additional comments?

    I have loved this series. Winspear has made the period of the first World War through the early 1930's come alive. Her characters are wonderful. I don't always understand Maisie, but that's okay. I hope there is another book, because I don't want the series to end with this book and it's nonresolution of things. I think it was the most thought provoking of the books, but frustrating for me.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Janet 08-09-13
    Janet 08-09-13 Member Since 2010
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    "Great Series"

    Ms. Winspear gets better with each new book. No. 10 is a great one in the series. Can't wait to see what new adventures Maisie Dobb's finds herself in next. Love this era, 1930's in England.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Carol D. Florida 07-09-13
    Carol D. Florida 07-09-13 Member Since 2012

    Audible started me reading fiction again. What a treat to have professional actors narrating a book I may not have had the time to "read".

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    "Another winner for Jacqueline Winspeare"

    I have thoroughly enjoyed each and every Maisie Dobbs book. Orlagh Cassidy is a gifted narrator and brings all the characters to life.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Kathi 08-22-14
    Kathi 08-22-14 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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    "Really like it, with a caveat"

    I basically enjoy the Maisie Dobbs series--and this book is no exception. It is one of several series which focus on the new ways women were able to establish themselves in the world in more meaningful ways just after WWI. I am really glad to see these book celebrating the exciting changes in women's lives and the newfound respect they were gaining.

    That said, despite that I have always enjoyed the mysteries (the plots) of this series, I've found it a bit of a leap to handle the rags-to-riches, Cinderella type story that Winspear has created for Maisie Dobbs' background. She's gone from being a housemaid in a wealthy household at age 13, to being noticed and selected by them to get a fabulous education at Cambridge (which would have been available to few women yet at that time) to inheriting a fortune from her mentor in psychology and detecting...to possibly now considering marrying the son of the wealthy household she began in. While I really like the complicated plots that come with every one of these books, I find it hard to juggle good stories that are about solving mysteries with fantasy romance.

    And so, this is still a good story. Maisie is approached by Scotland Yard--to her surprise, to take on a case they have not been able to solve. It seems that the brother of the murdered woman, Usha Pramal, has come from India to England to try to find out who killed his sister and why. Maisie is intrigued and takes the case. Before she scarcely gets into it, yet another woman is also murdered, and she is doubly determined to find the killer.

    This book invites the reader, in a very positive way I think--to consider issues of diversity and how people tend to regard those who seem different to them (for instance, it would seem that Scotland Yard didn't give this case as much attention as they might have, had the murdered woman been English instead of Indian). It is also good because it supplies a large number of potential suspects, and kept me guessing till the end who the killer had been. But it was complicated by Maisie's personal life--a number of changes she is making that leave the reader wondering where this series might be heading. Perhaps that is the skill of the author--to be able to move the series in different directions, but I was not terribly comfortable. I'm old. I like things to be as I expect them :-) However, like everyone else, I will wait with interest to see where Maisie finds herself in the next book--and I'm sure the story will be fun to read.

    4 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Mary Quesnel, British Columbia, Canada 05-14-16
    Mary Quesnel, British Columbia, Canada 05-14-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Reservations"

    This is another good listen about the adventures of Maisie Dobbs. But there is too much padding of her past. We hear too much of where she has come from, again and again. We listen to Maisie as much for the plot as for the history of the times. I wish Winspear would moved the plot ahead without the padding. However, that being said, I still love this series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Rose Hackney 05-02-16 Member Since 2012
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    "Orlagh Cassidy IS Maisie Dobbs!"

    Winspear might have been Maisie Dobbs since her character development is so vivid. You won't have trouble finishing this book!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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