At her friend Ivy's behest, Lady Emily Ashton reluctantly agrees to attend a party at the sprawling English country estate of a man she finds odious. But the despised Lord Fortescue is not to be her greatest problem.
Kristiana von Lange, an Austrian countess once linked romantically with Emily's fiancé, the debonair Colin Hargreaves, is a guest also. And a tedious evening turns deadly when their host is found murdered, and his protégé, Robert Brandon - Ivy's husband - is arrested for the crime.
Determined to right a terrible wrong, Emily embarks on a quest that will lead her from London's glittering ballrooms to Vienna's sordid backstreets - and into a game of wits with a notorious anarchist. But putting Colin in deadly peril may be the price for exonerating Robert - forcing the intrepid Emily to bargain with her nemesis, the Countess von Lange, for the life of her fiancé.
©2008 Anastasia Tyska (P)2015 Tantor
"A wonderful choice for readers looking for a pleasant diversion from everyday troubles." (Library Journal)
The narration is so distracting it's difficult to follow the story. Quite amateurish. I've listened to all the others in this series and that is the ONLY reason I didn't return the book after the first five minutes.
I suffered through this book ONLY because I love the series and subsequent books have a different narrator. The narration started out badly and only got worse. The entire book is filled with mispronunciations, incorrect emphases and confused character voices. At one point, the narrator uses at least two different accents and voices for a monologue of a message sent from the butler. It was confusing. I will be sure to avoid ALL books with this narrator and am shocked that she has narrated over 40 books. Audible must be desperate for narrators!
This mystery was well worth the wait. But I am very sorry to write that the narration was poor. Sometimes i wondered if the words i heard was spoken with a lisp or baby talk in Ivy's case?!?! And I didn't know if Ms. Margret was from South of the border or New Jersey. But I must reiterate "The story was captivating"! I couldn't put it down.
It would help if Audible would stop changing narrators for each book in this series. Kate Reading did an excellent job on the first book in the series and I would be happy to see her come back. The narrator for this book killed it and I couldn't get past the first 30 minutes before giving up and deciding to purchase the book from Amazon. Attention to diction is always good in a story but this narrator seems to draw every letter out in every word as well as observing every piece of punctuation as if just learning grammar. Additionally, the pauses between every couple of words makes it difficult to concentrate on the story.
I couldn't say as I was unable to concentrate on the story due to the narrator.
Kate Reading did a good job on the first book and it was very easy to distinguish each character.
The story sounded as if it was setting up for a very good plot with interesting characters.
the reader... made... very... odd breaks... in... reading...
good story otherwise and I plan to "read" the other books as well
Not in this case, because the narrator is poor. By poor I mean that she was unable to maintain the same voice and class of each character. So, sometimes Lady Emily seemed like an upper class lady and sometimes she sounded like an Irish country girl. The narrator had a lot of problems staying in voice character. Highly distracting, but I still stuck with the story.
I also enjoy the Charles Lennox mystery series. Both are upper class protagonists and both are charming and somewhat naive. Both use their friends to help them solve mysteries, and both have romance interests that are sweet.
As I mentioned above -- very uneven narration. Unable to choose a voice and stick with that voice for that character throughout the story. Some of the narration worked, but the quality just doesn't compare to what I expect (and usually get) from Audible. I apologize for being so critical, but the narration drug the story down.
Did not appreciate the narration.
Love this series, and I plan on listening to all the books available in the Lady Emily series.
The first two books were very good even though they had different readers. The stories are engaging and the performances were good. Unfortunately, this book's performance is so awkward that I'm not sure I can finish listening.
I have listened to and enjoyed all the other Lady Emily books. I like Tasha Alexander's work, the history, the construction of characters and plots. I am, however, struggling with this one because the narration is SO awful. It's always hard when you are used to a certain voice giving life to characters and I am trying to be open-minded, but the pacing of the words is uncomfortably slow and certain characters, such as Margaret Seward's American accent, are beyond awful. I know British people think Americans all talk with nasal accents, but Margaret is supposed to be NY money, not Bronx Bomber. And for heaven's sake, how hard would it be to find out how to pronounce Bryn Mawr? It's disappointing. If this is your first Lady Emily, don't give up. Others books in the series via Audible are much better.
Having read and loved the previous Lady Emily books, I was excited to revisit them in preparation for the latest release and am doing much more listening than reading nowadays thanks to a long commute for work. Since I'm trapped in the car anyway, it isn't like I lost time to it... But the narrator actually made me consider returning it and just squeezing in time to read it. I would not purchase another book by this narrator regardless of how much I would like to listen.
Kate Reading did the first book in this series and she (as always) was a wonderful narrator. I was a bit disappointed that she didn't do the second book as well, but not nearly as disappointed as I am with the narration of this one. It's appallingly bad.
Report Inappropriate Content