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The Spymaster's Lady | [Joanna Bourne]

The Spymaster's Lady

She's braved battlefields. She's stolen dispatches from under the noses of heads of state. She's played the worldly courtesan, the naive virgin, the refined British lady, even a Gypsy boy. But Annique Villiers, the elusive spy known as the Fox Cub, has finally met the one man she can't outwit... British spymaster Robert Grey must enter France and bring back the brilliant, beautiful - and dangerous - Fox Cub. His duty is to capture her and her secrets for England.
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Publisher's Summary

She's braved battlefields. She's stolen dispatches from under the noses of heads of state. She's played the worldly courtesan, the naive virgin, the refined British lady, even a Gypsy boy. But Annique Villiers, the elusive spy known as the Fox Cub, has finally met the one man she can't outwit...

British spymaster Robert Grey must enter France and bring back the brilliant, beautiful - and dangerous - Fox Cub. His duty is to capture her and her secrets for England. When the two natural enemies are thrown into prison, they forge an uneasy alliance to break free. But their pact is temporary and betrayal seems inevitable as the fates of nations hang in the balance.

©2008 Joanna Bourne (P)2010 Penguin Audio

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    J Riverton, WV, United States 01-22-13
    J Riverton, WV, United States 01-22-13 Member Since 2011
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    "OK."

    Not my kind of book. The narrator was wonderful but the story was just OK. I realy don't know what else to say about it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Theresa Chesterland, OH, United States 12-17-12
    Theresa Chesterland, OH, United States 12-17-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Excellent story"
    What did you love best about The Spymaster's Lady?

    I loved the two main characters and the unusual story line.


    What other book might you compare The Spymaster's Lady to and why?

    None


    Which scene was your favorite?

    It is difficult to choose just one since I love, love, love this book.


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

    The end


    Any additional comments?

    I have read hundreds of historical romance novels, and this novel is one of my top five. The unique plot, strong characters and a wonderful narration make this the only novel that I have rated five stars.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Mag Fredonia, NY, US 12-12-12
    Mag Fredonia, NY, US 12-12-12 Member Since 2012
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    "One of the best romance books"
    If you could sum up The Spymaster's Lady in three words, what would they be?

    Riveting, unforgettable, superb


    What did you like best about this story?

    The characters were realistic. I cared about them. I want another story about them. Even the secondary characters were compelling. The story was well written. The author has excellent command of the written word.


    What about Kirsten Potter’s performance did you like?

    Kirsten Potter brought all the characters to life. Her portrayal of the characters accents, French, German, and English were excellent. Her male character voices were perfect.


    Any additional comments?

    Joanna Bourne is a master author and Kirsten Potter is an outstanding reader.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Kimberly 10-01-12
    Kimberly 10-01-12 Member Since 2007

    Say something about yourself!

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    "Surprisingly Very Good"

    First I have to say Kristen Potter is one of the best performers I have listened to. She does accents and dialects very well with an interesting rasp in her voice when needed. I loved the voice she used for Annique Villiers. The cover of the book kept me from listening for a long time because I didn’t want another obvious romance; it is more intricate than that.

    There are a few twists and turns as spy novels tend to have, and these were as good as any for historical fiction. This book kept me interested from the beginning to the end. The revelations in the last quarter of the book are definitely surprising and not expected.

    I have already listened to it twice and will probably listen again. It is worth a credit.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Donna Pennsburg, PA, United States 07-06-12
    Donna Pennsburg, PA, United States 07-06-12 Member Since 2014

    I"m a audible addict. My eyes have gotten really bad so I really hadn't read much in the last 10 years until I discoverd books on CD and Audible. Now I'm a fiend. Other than audio books I enjoy my family, work and dabbling on the computer.

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    "Starte out slow but worth the wait.."

    Slow start but gets better through the chapters. I understand the reasoning behind all of the ground work. The narrator is exceptional. She's got me interested in the characters around them now. Can't wait for more audio from Joanna Bourne.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    B. 03-19-12
    B. 03-19-12 Member Since 2015
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    "Excellence and Originality"

    From the hundreds of Audible titles I have downloaded, no title has entertained more in this genre. Joanna Bourne and Kirsten Potter are an incredibly magical duo offering excellence and originality in both writing and narration. I have listened to "The Spymaster's Lady" so many times that the characters seem like old friends. Unfortunately, only one of Ms. Bourne's books is offered by Audible even though her reviews and ratings exceed those of the formulaic authors regularly offered in abundance from the same genre.

    More, please!.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Joan Arlington, VA, United States 01-02-12
    Joan Arlington, VA, United States 01-02-12 Member Since 2009
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    "Fabulous in every way"
    Would you listen to The Spymaster's Lady again? Why?

    I will definitely listen to this book again because the reader is excellent, the characters are very realistic and it's simply a great story.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I've read all Joanna Bourne's books and I love that the same characters show up in them, in addition to others who are equally interesting. The time period (Napoleonic) is fascinating, the relationships between men and women in the French and English secret services provides great fodder for these thriller/mystery/romances.


    Which character – as performed by Kirsten Potter – was your favorite?

    She did a fantastic job with Annique's accent, and did all the characters well, males and females.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    No, I wanted to prolong the pleasure!


    Any additional comments?

    I very much hope Kirsten Potter can narrate the other books in this wonderful, unique series. She is masterful.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    D. Sy 11-22-11
    D. Sy 11-22-11
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    "Good reading of a brilliant novel"

    This is one of my favourite novels, which is why this critique may sound too critical, but the standard in my mental reading is quite high.

    Kirsten Potter delivers a fairly good reading of a truly brilliant novel. I don't mean to damn with faint praise, because the demands placed upon her were extremely difficult. The variety of accents and dialects required (French -- and, trickier yet, English spoken as if French were really being spoken, aristocratic British, Cockney, German [or rather, English spoken as if German were spoken], Somerset county, etc.) for both men and women of different ages is extensive.

    Most of the British dialect was American-sounding to my ear, and the French accent was simply not correct (Annique's pronounciation of "Robert" -- which was called out *in the text* as starting and ending with a long R drove me mad.). Consequently, I *never* believed Annique was French, which is a huge point in the novel.

    Nonetheless, this is a simply fantastic novel -- and if the narration isn't perfect, it's still an extremely enjoyable audiobook.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Katherine 10-20-11
    Katherine 10-20-11
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    "Great reader makes a good book better"

    The quality of the reader made this good historical romance story great. A very enjoyable time, even though I had read the book myself.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer Charlotte, North Carolina, United States 07-31-11
    Amazon Customer Charlotte, North Carolina, United States 07-31-11 Member Since 2011
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    "Very good book"

    The story line was unexpected. It was something you have not heard before. The narrator was also very good. She handled the different characters very well. The only thing that I could wish for is a sequel. The Hawker needs his story told.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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