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
No clue what book these people are reading!! Where the heck is the mystery?? This book starts out great.....than it jumps all over the place! I don't know what the heck is going on!!! First she's a women than a teen, than a young girl, than a teen, than a little kid...if it EVER goes back to the present is ANYONE GUESS!!! What the heck!!! The mystery is WHY did they cut 2 to 3 books together to make one!!!! Thank goodness I didn't pay for this craziness!!!
No, this book is not a mystery if it is it must be on the last on the very last page!
This books jumps all over the place and it's frustrating trying to follow it!
No clue why they had to take 2 or 3 books and edited into one book! I have no clue what is going on! You never know when they're going to go in the past come back to modern day if they ever do come back to modern-day I find myself turning it out and not even listening because I can't follow it anyway!
I so wanted to like this book. But the narration was so horrible that it grated my ears to listen to it. I had read so many wonderful reviews about the written word and upon listening to the audible just could not get into it. They have gone thru three narrators for this series and after the trauma of the first one, I just have to give this series a miss.
In top 10%. Not higher only because I feel guilty listening to fiction rather than "serious" books on science or social issues. But among the fiction books I've listened to, this is definitely in the top 5%. A cliffhanger I did not want to put down.
Definitely Maisie. Inspiring heroine.
Different accents, good delivery without overdoing it, brings characters to life.
Yes. Very hard to stop!
This isn't a heavy philosophical book. It's a feel-good story with an inspiring heroine and lots of details about what it was like to be a young woman in London and France during WWI. Loved it. Now I'm hooked on the entire series. I predict that PBS will come out with a Masterpiece Theatre series based on these books.
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I was concerned that this series would be a little too much like “Molly Murphy” so I hesitated reading it at first, but as it turns out they are different enough so they won’t compete for my attention.
I started off loving it, but it began to fall apart about half way in. I felt the coincidences were a little too convenient, the drama a little too theatrical, the love story a little too gloomy… While I did get sucked into the story and I do like the main character, the story around her felt contrived. Perhaps the best way to express my thoughts on why I was not crazy about this installment is: “I can’t quite put my finger on it”?? How do you explain that fiction is too fictiony?
Still, I want to read more. I have a feeling this series will be one of those that starts off rocky but before you know it, it’s your favourite.
I felt the narrative was disjointed, jumping from 1929, then back to pre-WWI. I also found the main character, Maisie, to be inconsistent in one very important way. ( I won't disclose, since it concerns the emotional heart of the story)
Her entire performance was excellent, even the singing ! I hope she will perform future audio books.
This would make a good movie or TV series.
I have read and enjoyed several books in this series, all of them "out of sequence". I was able enjoy each book on it's own. In this first book of the series, I learned how Masie's story begins.
I like Masie very much. She's caring. intelligent and brave without being foolhardy.
The story begins in the years just before World War 1, and ends a few years after the war's end. Most of what I know about this period I've learned from this series of books (and Downton Abbey). Reading these stories has made me curious about the era and I intend to read some non-fiction books about it.
The plot was intricate enough to hold my interest. The pacing was brisk, but allowed time for character development.
Narrator Rita Barrington is excellent. Her voice is pleasing. Her diction is excellent.
Fun, Smart and Easy Read
Masie is my favorite chararcter but a very close 2nd is Billy.
I did not love the narration. I seem to be in minority so I will try another book and see if I like it better.
A friend introduced me to Maisie Dobbs and I devoured the first book. I travel a lot and depend on my audiobooks but few books keep me captivated, and this one did.
The WWI setting really helped me see that war in ways I had not before.
I had not heard Rita Barrington before, but think she is amazing and would have liked it if she had been the narrarator for the whole series.
PET PEEVE: In this book there are two characters, Lady Rowan and Lord Julian, who are also called Lord and Lady Compton. It has always been my understanding that in the United Kingdom a titled person is known by one title. A person would either be Lady Mary Smith or Lady Smith. There are a very few instances in which a peeress in her own right, married to a peer, might be known both as Lady Smith, (Baroness of Smith in her own right) and Lady Jones, (Baroness of Jones, wife of Baron Jones)
Anyway, as an American, I could be wrong, but every time the narrator said "Lord and Lady Compton," I cringed, having become accustomed to hearing them called "Lord Julian" and "Lady Rowan."
SETTING THAT ASIDE, (as I said, I may be mistaken there) the book was okay. It was very interesting to read about Maisie's experiences as a nurse in World War I, the workings of a Grand Household, and the other interesting scenes she set. However, between the plot coincidences, and all the things that simply happened in Maisie's best interest, it seemed a little too pat.
Of course, Maisie is a quite the prodigy. I attended one of the (so-called) top universities in the United States, and I don't know if I ever met someone who would have voluntarily and eagerly read philosophy at age 13 or 14, when a library full of other (unread) books was available. Maisie is a very moral character, not a person chock-full of human failings. Without spoiling the mystery, I will say I felt she seemed to have acted out of character in the end, when the mystery of Simon was revealed.
I'm just rambling here, (using my new dictation program) but let me say that this is a book one can safely read without being assaulted by immoral characters, shocking cruelty (except for the crime detective Maisie uncovers,) and gratuitous sex. It was fine for whiling away a three day drive, but not one I would read again.
Not that I like shocking cruelty, etc, in books, mind you, but this one lacked truth. I suppose my main problem with the book is that everything simply falls into place.
THE NARRATOR was quite good MOST of the time. I do not know if her various British accents were correct, but they seemed fine to me, and added to my enjoyment of the book. BUT there was one problem that was quite jarring to me. Now and then she would put pauses in, as though the sentence had ended, only to continue with a clause that I realized was supposed to be attached to the previous sentence. It is the sort of mistake that is quite forgivable in a cold reading, but which is unacceptable in a professional. It happened often enough that I decided to avoid this narrator in the future.
WOULD NOT RECOMMEND to my friends, but I might see if the public library has a later volume, to see if the series improves. Thank you for reading my review. Still getting used to my word recognition program.
This is an engaging story--excellent characterizations, great historical context, an appealing heroine, and an ending I didn't see coming. Wonderful narration. Now that Maisie's history is established, I'm hoping for a bit more mystery in the next book.
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