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Maisie Dobbs Audiobook

Maisie Dobbs

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Publisher's Summary

The debut of one of literature's favorite sleuths! Maisie Dobbs isn't just any young housemaid. Through her own natural intelligence - and the patronage of her benevolent employers - she works her way into college at Cambridge. After the War I and her service as a nurse, Maisie hangs out her shingle back at home: M. DOBBS, TRADE AND PERSONAL INVESTIGATIONS.

But her very first assignment, seemingly an ordinary infidelity case, soon reveals a much deeper, darker web of secrets, which will force Maisie to revisit the horrors of the Great War and the love she left behind.

©2003 Jacqueline Winspear; (P)2008 BBC Audiobooks America

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    Sheri C Wylie, TX United States 03-21-12
    Sheri C Wylie, TX United States 03-21-12 Member Since 2015
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    "Dull tale about dull characters, but well-told"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    Probably not. The story was well-written enough to keep me listening, but the characters were uninteresting and the secrets, once revealed, weren't worth waiting for.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Jacqueline Winspear? Why or why not?

    Maybe. There were bright moments when I was immersed in the experiences of the characters that made the time spent on this book worthwhile. For example, I was moved by Maisie's experience as a field nurse during the war.


    Have you listened to any of Rita Barrington???s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    This is the first I've listened to.


    Do you think Maisie Dobbs needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    No. The main character is too perfect - a classic Mary Sue. She solves her mysteries mostly by a sense of intuition and fortunate coincidence. If I want a story with supernatural elements, I'd rather have straight out fantasy or horror, or even magical realism. In this case, it felt like a substitution for actually weaving in clues and reasoning.


    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    C. Telfair Shepherdstown, WV, United States 02-14-12
    C. Telfair Shepherdstown, WV, United States 02-14-12

    Audible has changed my life! Dry , itchy eyes were destroying one of my greatest pleasures - reading. Now I am experiencing books again!

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    "Grab This Series!"

    Start at the beginning and listen to them all! I have both read and listened to all the Maisie Dobbs books and have enjoyed every one. All the narrators are quite good, tho the excellent Orlagh Cassidy seems to have emerged as the standard bearer in the later books of the series. If you like historical "cozy" mysteries at all, you will like these! The wonderful ongoing characters send you happily on into each new addition. I must say that these books started an interest in WWI for me and led me to read more nonfiction. Yay, education! Long Live Maisie!

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    "unknown" ANN ARBOR, MI, United States 09-29-11
    "unknown" ANN ARBOR, MI, United States 09-29-11 Member Since 2016
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    "Alright"

    I really love a good mystery novel, but I really couldn't get into this book. It was entertaining, but also felt flat. Possibly it was the narration or the storyline. It just felt like it was slowly chugging along.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Jennifer Bronx, NY, United States 07-21-11
    Jennifer Bronx, NY, United States 07-21-11 Member Since 2012
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    "Boring"

    The book was boring, for the most part, except the last 20% of it. Maisie is a very uninteresting and not engaging character and the story wasn't entertaining. The relationships she had and developed were a snore fest. Don't think I'll be getting the rest of the series unless I'm dealing with insomnia.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Tom 04-28-11
    Tom 04-28-11
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    "Worth it"

    This is a very good English detective novel with a rather novel protagonist. Well narrated as well.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    James Hawthorn Woods, IL, United States 04-22-11
    James Hawthorn Woods, IL, United States 04-22-11 Member Since 2007
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    "Masie Dobbs"

    This is one of the more enjoyable books I have read in a long time. It is fun to read an occasional mystery that is not filled with blood and gore althought there are references to World War I severely wounded soldiers. It helps that I love the genre and the time period the mystery took place in.

    The pleasure of this audio is greatly is greatly enhanced by the talented narrator Rita Barrington who guides us through this novel with great skill.

    I look forward to reading the entire series.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Jami E. Nettles Columbus, MS USA 02-02-11
    Jami E. Nettles Columbus, MS USA 02-02-11 Member Since 2005
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    "Flat characters and caricatures"

    I slogged through this book, but the characters were lifeless - either flat and inexplicable or exaggerated but predictable caricatures. There was very little mystery, and although the "surprise" at the end was supposed to explain something about the title character, it left me liking her even less than I did before. I see from other comments that the rest of the series is better, but this turned me completely off.

    14 of 16 people found this review helpful
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    Carl Smith 07-22-10
    Carl Smith 07-22-10
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    "First quality novel but so sad"

    I love Maisey. Like no other fictional detective! I agree 100% with what the other reviews so far have said.

    But the subject matter is so very sad. It works for so many people but I'm not sure I will be able to continue the series. This fiction is too much like non-fiction. I look to novels to get a bit of a break from it all.

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    Wayne Matthews, NC 12-11-15
    Wayne Matthews, NC 12-11-15 Member Since 2016

    I love espionage, legal, and detective thrillers but listen to most genres. Very frequent reviews. No plot spoilers! Please excuse my typos!

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    "Light and fun British historical mystery!"

    There are 10 Maisie Dobbs novels in this wonderful series. This is the first of the 10. It is very similar to Rhys Bowen's Royal Spyness series. Highly recommended!

    The narration is excellent but does not match the quality of the novel.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Debbie Toney, Alabama 09-13-14
    Debbie Toney, Alabama 09-13-14 Member Since 2013

    Retired CFO, Army wife, Mom of five, Grandma of six, two sons who served in combat, love to read books that reflect my values and faith, love mysteries, historical, military stories, and books that don't waste my time . . . if it doesn't have an ending that was worth the wait, I'm not a happy camper.

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    "Amazing Girl, Maisie Dobbs!"

    Set before, during and after the Great War, this is a wonderful historical mystery series that will keep you listening. It's clean, yet the depth of emotion and understanding of the horrors of war that the author displays will stay with me for a long time. I appreciate the sensitivity with which the childhood of young Maisie is written, and the seldom touched on mixing of social status. This first book in the series was absolutely necessary to learn exactly what Maisie Dobbs is made of, and I must say, she's made of some very fine stuff. Can't wait to listen to the next in the series!

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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