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
I love British detective mysteries, and upstairs-downstairs stories, so Maisie Dobbs is right up my alley. A fairly cozy mystery, with a WWI tie-in, and a dash of romance, to boot.
The references to historical fact and emotional stories of the outfall of war or brilliantly written. I really enjoyed hearing the different way that Maisy used meditation and empathy in such a brilliant way. I've never read anything like this before. Absolutely
The storyline was interesting. I would rate it at 3 1/2 stars. I thought the opening of the book was a bit weak, but it picked up nicely. This book had a lot of potential I think the author missed. I almost felt like I was listening to a condensed book. Compared to writers like Patricia Wentworth, the experience of having actually lived through the war years is missing in the voice of the main character. Yes, I would listen again because I liked the narrator. I can have it on in the background and listen while working in the kitchen or walking.
While Ms Barrington had a youthful voice, it was appropriate for the character. There was enough maturity to keep the character grounded.
While I enjoyed this audiobook, I wouldn't buy another in this series. The narrator was good but the writing doesn't justify the price of an audiobook.
Not much of a reader but love to listen
If you want a wonderful story with intrigue and a sweet story, this is the series for you.
My favorite moment was when Maisie was discovered in the library reading.
I am having a hard time putting this down. I keep backing it up and relistening to savor the story.
I am so happy to have found this series. This is the type of audiobook I love listening. The narrator makes the story even better.
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.
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