A cryptic message slipped to Susan by a sinister soap box orator was the first puzzle. Why did he choose her? Why was he chasing her? And why were she and the handsome young laird Jamie Erskine suddenly being pursued by the police who wanted to talk to them about...murder?
"Jamie stood by the desk. 'You aren't afraid of me, are you?'"
Susan considered the question. It was the first time it had occurred to her that she might have reasons to be afraid; but the accumulated facts suddenly washed over her and took her breath away.
©1976 Elizabeth Peters; (P)1997 Blackstone Audiobooks
"An adroit mix of glamour and suspense." (Publishers Weekly)
"Grace Conlin's narration conveys the foreign atmosphere that surrounds the history and legend embodied in the story. Her voice captures each scene and character with appealing accents and emotions." (AudioFile)
"Grace Conlin's facility for dialect enriches this pleasant mystery....Her rich, deep voice effortlessly imparts life to the variety of accents and ages." (Library Journal)
I found this to be an action-packed tale and thoroughly enjoyed the narrator. I have been listening to the Amelia Peabody-Emerson books and while interesting, they have very similar plots and not a great deal of action. This was a nice change. Characters w/ a sense of humor even more witty than the above mentioned series.
The plot is rather far-fetched and Sue, the main character makes one brainless move after another. She is supposed to be an intelligent woman from Illinois but she places her trust in good looking men who are absolute strangers with little more than a passing thought to her saftey. She also tends to lecture whatever male happens to be around, sounding more like an excerpt from a history text than a young woman excited by history. There is little sense of reality in this plot, Susan stumbling from one unlikely situation to another. As for the narrator, she does well for some of the plot but she mispronounces several words and her Scot accent tends to come and go like the tide. If you are a real fan of the author, go ahead and get this but otherwise, give it a pass.
This is a ride through the history of Scotland, done "Elizabeth Peters" style. Even though some of the story can be dated, one doesn't mind. It is more like a trip into a different time. Ms Conlin does her usual fine job of narration. Ms Peters writes just to the near side of parody. I prefer a narrator like Ms Conlin who doesn't push the verbiage over the edge.
Leaving out the peurile immature banter, and the not-believable scrapes; which would very nearly eliminate the book altogether. This is not the fault of the reader, clearly.
I'm not sure what genre this book is supposed to fit into, but if I knew, I would avoid all books in it.
All but the historic parts.
Prefer historical romance/mystery books. My absolute favorite is the Outlander series by Diana Gabaldon.
I was very disappointed in both the story and the narrator of this book. The reading was very amateurish with little inflection in tone or proper use of pauses, emotion, anything. The narrator was boring as was a good deal of the story. The author put so much effort into adding history that wasn't necessary to the story that I often felt like I was listening to one of those educational movies they used to show us at school.
The male hero - James
The reading was very amateurish with little inflection in tone or proper use of pauses, emotion, anything. The narrator was boring as was a good deal of the story.
If it had one and it was read by the same narrator I wouldn't purchase it
Just not happy with this purchase/story. Might have been better if the narrator had been better but not even sure of that.
Audible has changed my life! Dry , itchy eyes were destroying one of my greatest pleasures - reading. Now I am experiencing books again!
I read this book many years ago, and, with fond memories of it, I jumped at the chance to listen. But, alas, this has not stood the test of time. It is dated and not as funny as I remembered.
Elizabeth Peters is terrific, but you're better off with her excellent Amelia Peabody series! And, after hearing Barbara Rosenblat narrate those, this doesn't even come close.
I love this Amelia Peabody series. The heroine is a feisty woman based in the late 1800's early 1900's. I have always been interested in Egyptology and this is a wonderful mystery series set in this context. Early feminine Activist. Great humor and character development.
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