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Mr. Churchill's Secretary Audiobook

Mr. Churchill's Secretary: A Maggie Hope Novel, Book 1

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Publisher's Summary

For fans of Jacqueline Winspear, Laurie R. King, and Anne Perry, Mr. Churchill’s Secretary captures the drama of an era of unprecedented challenge - and the greatness that rose to meet it.

London, 1940: Winston Churchill has just been sworn in, war rages across the Channel, and the threat of a Blitz looms larger by the day. But none of this deters Maggie Hope. She graduated at the top of her college class and possesses all the skills of the finest minds in British intelligence, but her gender qualifies her only to be the newest typist at No. 10 Downing Street. Her indefatigable spirit and remarkable gifts for codebreaking, though, rival those of even the highest men in government, and Maggie finds that working for the prime minister affords her a level of clearance she could never have imagined - and opportunities she will not let pass.

In troubled, deadly times, with air-raid sirens sending multitudes underground, access to the War Rooms also exposes Maggie to the machinations of a menacing faction determined to do whatever it takes to change the course of history.

Ensnared in a web of spies, murder, and intrigue, Maggie must work quickly to balance her duty to King and Country with her chances for survival. And when she unravels a mystery that points toward her own family’s hidden secrets, she’ll discover that her quick wits are all that stand between an assassin’s murderous plan and Churchill himself.

In this daring debut, Susan Elia MacNeal blends meticulous research on the era, psychological insight into Winston Churchill, and the creation of a riveting main character, Maggie Hope, into a spectacularly crafted novel.

©2012 Susan Elia Macneal (P)2012 Random House Audio

What the Critics Say

“This wonderful debut is intelligent, richly detailed, and filled with suspense.” (Stefanie Pintoff)

“A terrific read.... Chock full of fascinating period details and real people including Winston Churchill, MacNeal’s fast-paced thriller gives a glimpse of the struggles, tensions, and dangers of life on the home front during World War II.” (Rhys Bowen, author of Royal Blood and winner of the Agatha, Anthony, and Macavity awards)

“Think early Ken Follett, amp it up with a whip-smart young American not averse to red lipstick and vintage cocktails, season it with espionage during the London Blitz, and you’ve got a heart-pounding, atmospheric debut. I loved it.” (Cara Black, author of Murder in Passy)

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    sharon san diego, california, United States 02-13-14
    sharon san diego, california, United States 02-13-14 Member Since 2016

    love to read and love audio books!Favorite authors: Marcia Willett,Nevil Shute,Mary Stewart,and Jacqueline Winspear. I could go on and on but wont bore you! I belong to a book group and we often" Listen" to the books we have selected for the month while using a paper copy for the discussion notes. It really enhances the quality of the story.

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    The book is a childish attempt to give us a history lesson on WW2. Terrible dialogue,
    and a silly plot. I did not even finish it. No more Susan MacNeal for me.

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    Archer 09-08-13
    Archer 09-08-13
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    "Took me by surprize"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I'd have to say that I was pleasantly surprised by this audio. I thought it was going to be a "fluffy" type audio but instead I found an entertaining, historical mystery.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Mr. Churchill's Secretary?

    I loved the Churchill moments. It gave me a feeling of being in the same room as he went through his day.


    What three words best describe Wanda McCaddon’s voice?

    I found her voice lacking. It was difficult to recognize some of the characters. That being said, with intense listening, I was able to enjoy the story.


    Any additional comments?

    I'll continue to read the series. I enjoy Maggie's story and there a new voice reading the book.

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    Linda 04-13-13
    Linda 04-13-13 Member Since 2012

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    "London At The Start of World War II"

    At the beginning of this book I feared it was going to be slow moving and hard to follow. I made notes of characters names and occupations. That helped me keep things straight. Once the situation was described the pace picked up. I had no trouble following the plot.
    As the action picked up, I was fully involved and found it difficult to stop listening.
    There are plot points that deal with World War II and plot points that deal with Maggie Hope's personal life.
    I was fascinated by the historical information about WWII. It gave me a feeling of how life might have been for a citizen of London during that time.
    There is violence, however the descriptions are not overly graphic. There is some rude language, but it is kept to a minimum and very approriate to the situations in which it is used.
    There is at least one more book in this series and I plan to read it.

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    Terry Hensley St Pete Beach, FL, US 04-08-13
    Terry Hensley St Pete Beach, FL, US 04-08-13 Member Since 2009
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    "Could Not Understand the Narrator"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    Cannot say.


    What was most disappointing about Susan Elia MacNeal’s story?

    I could not understand the narrator.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Wanda McCaddon?

    Almost anyone.


    Any additional comments?

    The problem was that the narrator was attempting to create several voices, all with a British accent. They became garbled and very difficult to understand. I gave up after abour 50 minutes. Also, the story had not begun to form much of a plot as of that time.

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    Margaret 04-01-13
    Margaret 04-01-13
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    "More Nancy Drew than Maisie Dobbs"

    I was disappointed. I had hoped for a complex mystery series comparable to the Maisie Dobbs series. While the reader did a good job, the story was too predictable to keep my attention. I will have to keep looking.

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    Red Apple Reader 03-15-13
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    "Outstanding blend of history and fiction"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Mr. Churchill's Secretary to be better than the print version?

    I haven't read the printed version-- but I'll say YES, based on a phenomenal performance by Wanda McCaddon. What an outstanding voice actor....both male and female voices, various accents (Irish, English, American). This is a definite 5 stars for me!


    Which character – as performed by Wanda McCaddon – was your favorite?

    Stellar representation of Prime Minister Winston Churchill!


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    DWREAM 03-14-13
    DWREAM 03-14-13 Member Since 2015
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    "A Winner!"
    Would you listen to Mr. Churchill's Secretary again? Why?

    We lived through WWII but never appreciated burdens shouldered by the Brits or the accomplishments of Winston Churchill. Details in this book squared with knowledge that we had of that era, presenting them through the eyes of fascinating characters. The story moved briskly with fascinating twists and turns.


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

    Wanda McCaddon is a superb narrator. She gives an amazing rendition of Mr. Churchill's unique voice. The variety of tone and inflection she gives the characters makes it easy to recognize each person when he or she speaks. We had not heard her before, but would be interested in other fiction narration by her.


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    Robin 03-08-13
    Robin 03-08-13
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    "Ok but not compelling"

    This was an ok read but nothing special. I would have liked more of Churchill who I thought was the most interesting character. The author explained certain things multiple times, which was annoying. On the other hand, it was hard to keep straight some of the characters.

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    LaurelOlivia Carlsbad, ca, United States 03-05-13
    LaurelOlivia Carlsbad, ca, United States 03-05-13 Member Since 2013

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    "Not my cup of Tea"
    Would you try another book from Susan Elia MacNeal and/or Wanda McCaddon?

    No


    Has Mr. Churchill's Secretary turned you off from other books in this genre?

    No, I love English books and mysteries.


    How could the performance have been better?

    The premise is great, just not execution.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Disappointment.


    Any additional comments?

    I was not curious enough to finish the book.

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    K. Gibson Washington DC 03-04-13
    K. Gibson Washington DC 03-04-13 Member Since 2016
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    "A Bit Long, But Well Written"
    If you could sum up Mr. Churchill's Secretary in three words, what would they be?

    Fascinating historical conjecture


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Mr. Churchill's Secretary?

    The first appearance of Winston Churchill


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

    Never heard this narrator before.


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

    You thought you knew history.... here is the story behind the story you know.


    Any additional comments?

    The only complaint I have is that there are too many endings to the book... either the various story lines need to be tied more closely at the end, or shorten the book. Still, a very good listen, well worth the time and credits!

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