Susan Elia MacNeal introduced the remarkable Maggie Hope in her acclaimed debut, Mr. Churchill's Secretary. Now Maggie returns to protect Britain's beloved royals against an international plot - one that could change the course of history.
As World War II sweeps the continent and England steels itself against German attack, Maggie Hope, former secretary to Prime Minister Winston Churchill, completes her training to become a spy for MI-5. Spirited, strong-willed, and possessing one of the sharpest minds in government for mathematics and code-breaking, she fully expects to be sent abroad to gather intelligence for the British front. Instead, to her great disappointment, she is dispatched to go undercover at Windsor Castle, where she will tutor the young Princess Elizabeth in math. Yet castle life quickly proves more dangerous - and deadly - than Maggie ever expected.
The upstairs-downstairs world at Windsor is thrown into disarray by a shocking murder, which draws Maggie into a vast conspiracy that places the entire royal family in peril. And as she races to save England from a most disturbing fate, Maggie realizes that a quick wit is her best defense, and that the smallest clues can unravel the biggest secrets, even within her own family.
©2012 Susan Elia Macneal (P)2012 Random House Audio
I'm only an hour into the book, so I will update this when I actually finish... That being said, I read the reviews complaining about the new narrator but the first book was so good that I thought "how bad can it be?" It's bad. The new narrator makes Maggie Hope sound like an earnest teenager not an accomplished woman who had been accepted to an MIT graduate program.
In my limited opinion, I think a lot of the complaints about the dumbing down of the book are related more to the narrators little girl-like voice and may not be fully attributable to the writer's efforts.
Again, will update when I finish, but if I could go back in time I'd read this book in print than continue to slog through the Audible version.
I loved this story. It is well written and entertaining. I have to say I the print version is better in this case.
I like learning some of the details of Windsor Castle
I love audio books. I adore it when someone reads to me. I have a very long commute daily and this allows me to enjoy reading. But this narrator has a habit of 'whispering' dialog when the character whisper. I am hearing impaired and could not understand her. So I missed a good bit of the story. And some of her accents were difficult to catch. I really prefer when they read the story and dramatize it.
A good compelling, if somewhat unbelievable story.
In some ways this reminds me of Maisie Dobbs books, although I do think that Jacqueline Winspear is a somewhat better writer.
I think the evolving relationship with her father is a compelling part of the story.
I like listening peacemeal
Although it stretches believability a bit, the characters are clearly well formed and described and I would like her to write another.
Susan Elia MacNeal's series about the young spy, Maggie Hope, during World War II are entertaining enough. Maggie Hope is a likeable character and the books are enjoyable, light reads.
Susan Duerden's narration of this book is downright painful. The cadence is monotonous. Please bring back Wanda McCadden for future novels.
I really liked the first book in this series. Maggie is an interesting protagonist, and is pleasantly flawed. I like her mixture of rational assessment and irrational assumption. Even though her mathematical aptitude means that she's used to approaching things logically, it's interesting to see her sometimes make decisions with her heart, rather than her head. As with the first book, I found the interpersonal relationships in this book to be more captivating than the mystery, but this isn't necessarily detrimental, as the mystery is plenty interesting on its own.
I recommend this series for any combination of:
- fans of period pieces
- those obsessed with all things British
- people who root for the underdog
- those who enjoy books with strong female protagonists
- people who loved watching Indiana Jones rout the Nazis
- people who felt like offing themselves after reading Atonement
I couldn't get past the first 15 minutes of this book, due to the narrator's infuriating habit of completing every sentence with the uplift of a question. Every sentence? Every conversation? Every description of scenery or statement of fact? You see how annoying that can be when you are reading; try listening to it for more than a minute or two.
Sadly, I loved the first book by this author. I will probably purchase this second book in print so I can read it in peace. I tried to return this book (Audible says you can do this if you're really unhappy) but was not allowed to because I purchase credits.
Don't waste your credit on this narrator. Buy the written book instead.
Got more and more implausible. The historic detail was interesting, but the plot became too absurd.
Direct. Felt the character.
Plot is pretty silly, characterization worse. The first book was a better mesh of story and research; in this, the research is too prominent and less skillfully introduced. Overall, it seems as if the writer rushed to produce a second in the series. It doesn't help that the reader has a quite annoying intonation, with a rhythm in her speech that is both artificial and continuous, although she does a good job with characters and accents.
the narrator's breathy voice was more suitable for fairy tales and made the characters sound like they were constantly overcome by the vapors
Yes. I would suggest this book. It is entertaining and well read.
The entire book. It kept me guessing throughout.
She was excellent. I took it on a cruise and was amazed that it continued to keep my attention throughout.
The Adventures of Maggie Hope.
I look forward to her next book. Did Maggie ever discover that John was alive in German etc.
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