Alice Lovesey is a poor, mistreated scullery maid whose desperate plea for help miraculously summons Wadham Hall's rakish eighth duke - summons him from the dead! Though caught up in the delights of being newly materialized, the duke promises to return the favor by helping Alice become a lady of quality. But does Alice's heart stand a ghost of a chance now that she has lost it to a restless spirit?
©1981 Marion Chesney (P)2014 Blackstone Audiobooks
M c Beaton has a knack of creating unique characters and conveying a lot in few words. The plot is tight and the characters are memorable.
I like the scene where the ghost first appeared. Alice is dirty and in rags and the detail of the Duke's costume is so beautifully detailed.
When I heard her voice I recognized it, but I'm not sure from where. She is very professional and can voice an array of characters without becoming annoying.
No! It is such a great book. If it was made into a film they would make a mess of it. Maybe a BBC mini-series might handle it.
I was a huge fan of the Hamish McBeth series and have nearly every audible book. I wasn't so impressed with the female detective M C Beaton wrote next, but I'm so glad to find that he/she is still writing and if the other books are as good as this one, I'll be listening for awhile to come.
This whimsical "ghost" story is ruined by a completely incompetent narrator. Ms. Dore cannot do even basic voice differentiation, accurately depict emotion, or even pronounce much of the English language much less foreign places any regular reader of period romances knows. (Ms. Dore, Ciudad is not pronounced kyu-I-dad; it is see-you-dad.). She narrates the entire book as if she didn't bother to read it first. Her male voices are deplorable and devoid of any appropriate emotion. She mixes up her female voices with that of the story's narrator.
I would hope that either she takes vocal acting lessons or finds another line of work.
Despite a lot of teeth gritting over the performance, the story is a delicious cross between a gothic novel if the time and a very witty fairy tale.
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