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Maisie Dobbs | [Jacqueline Winspear]

Maisie Dobbs

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 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.
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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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    JLP 05-23-12
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes because most people would enjoy this story.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The characters are believable.


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

    The narrator did not have enough reflection in her voice and was boring to listen to.


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

    I didnot have an extreme reaction to this book but was ready to listen to the next one hopefully with a differend narrator.


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    Milton Falls Church, VA, United States 05-16-12
    Milton Falls Church, VA, United States 05-16-12 Member Since 2015
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    "Shallow and Tedious"

    Not thrilled with this effort. Not sure if I will try another. The performance is fine, but there is no mystery. I am not hung up on the suffraget movement and classism in post WWI England interests me not at all.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Luanne Okemah, OK, United States 05-14-12
    Luanne Okemah, OK, United States 05-14-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Unexpected greatness"

    This author is very good. I always know that the stories will be interesting and emotional, the narration is great!

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    Lisa A. Bauer 04-26-12
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    "Love historical novels!"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Maisie Dobbs to be better than the print version?

    I did not read the print version.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The story line


    Which scene was your favorite?

    There were many, actually.


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

    War scenes.


    Any additional comments?

    Can't wait to read the next book in the series!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Donald Cary, NC, United States 03-16-12
    Donald Cary, NC, United States 03-16-12 Member Since 2014
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    "The Place to Start an Enjoyable Series"

    From my own perspective this issue of the Maisie Dobbs series begins one of the most enjoyable historical mysteries series that I have come across. The story of Maisie Dobbs is set in the traumatic period of WW 1 and develops as this young daughter of a costermonger is put into service after the death of her mother. As the story develops you begin to get a view of what life was like during that period of change in Britain for both the rich and poor. Maisie's journey from becoming a servant girl at age 12 to a young lady detective who has overcome her station in life gives the reader an intriguing foundation for what is to follow. Her desire to grow and succeed takes the reader through the trials of gaining a college education, service as a nurse in WW 1, the loss of a potential mate and the challenge of striking out on her own. Though this is a fictional history Ms. Winspear's background and research gives one confidence in seeing British life during that period. Having read all of the series to date I do highly recommend starting with this issue and following the order of progression to get the full impact of Maisie's journey. Some readers feel that this issue seems a slow start. I personally prefer Orlagh Cassidy as a narrator over Rita Barrington. Ms. Cassidy gives a zestful life to the character that seems lacking in this first book. That being said it is still a great read and the place to start this wonderful series.

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    Brigitte 02-26-12
    Brigitte 02-26-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Dull and uninspired"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    I didn't/couldn't listen to more than an hour of this audio book. The narrator's voice was too detached and unemotional; it left me feeling as if i were listening to a dull lecturer, not a mystery book narrator. Switched to David Suchet's audios instead.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Rita Barrington?

    Anyone who cold project more emotion and life into her characters!


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    I never finished it.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Paul Altoona, IA, United States 02-23-12
    Paul Altoona, IA, United States 02-23-12 Member Since 2010

    Retired human resources professional and manager, who enjoys history and police and law novels (especially series). A USAF veteran of VN.

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    "WWI history through the eyes of a young nurse."
    Would you consider the audio edition of Maisie Dobbs to be better than the print version?

    Yes. The reader is able to put the different voices of English society better than the written page.


    Any additional comments?

    Good start. Better to read the series in order as the characters build and meture over the years.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Lewis San Antonio, TX, United States 01-05-09
    Lewis San Antonio, TX, United States 01-05-09 Member Since 2011
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    "A little weak"

    This book was not up to the usual standards I've come to expect. It was interesting enough to keep me listening to finish it but I was not impressed. My money was better spent elsewhere

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    Polly Philadelphia, PA, United States 08-04-14
    Polly Philadelphia, PA, United States 08-04-14 Member Since 2010

    An avid reader, demanding of the story, characters and narrator. Mysteries and historical fiction are my favorites.

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    "Fairly Interesting but Too Slow for Me"

    I know very little about WWI and the British world at that time. "Maisie Dobbs" filled in some of that knowledge gap, and for that I am grateful. However, there isn't much of a story here, and the pace is very slow.

    I liked the characters, but I didn't love them, and if I never found out what happened to Maisie, that would be OK.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Thomas New Mexico 07-31-14
    Thomas New Mexico 07-31-14 Listener Since 2005

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    "Excellent concepts"

    I find I really like this author and what she brings to her works. She is careful and thoughtful by design. That said: This is not the best book in the series from the standpoint of story for story's sake, BUT is a very necessary book in the background of Maisie Dobbs, to more fully appreciate the books that come after. Her lessons in psychology alone are thought provoking, and most importantly, are healing, positive, and light emitting.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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