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A Perilous Undertaking

Narrated by: Angele Masters
Length: 12 hrs and 25 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (2,150 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Veronica Speedwell returns in a brand new adventure from Deanna Raybourn, the New York Times best-selling author of the Lady Julia Grey mysteries.

Victorian adventuress and butterfly hunter Veronica Speedwell receives an invitation to visit the Curiosity Club, a ladies-only establishment for daring and intrepid women. There she meets the mysterious Lady Sundridge, who begs her to take on an impossible task - saving society art patron Miles Ramsforth from execution. Accused of the brutal murder of his artist mistress Artemisia, Ramsforth will face the hangman's noose in a week's time if Veronica cannot find the real killer. But Lady Sundridge is not all that she seems, and unmasking her true identity is only the first of the many secrets Veronica must uncover. Together with her natural historian colleague Stoker, Veronica races against time to find the true murderer - a ruthless villain who not only took Artemisia's life in cold blood but is happy to see Ramsforth hang for the crime. From a Bohemian artists' colony to a royal palace to a subterranean grotto with a decadent history, the investigation proves to be a very perilous undertaking indeed.

©2017 Deanna Raybourn (P)2017 Recorded Books

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  • Denise
  • San Jose, CA, United States
  • 01-18-17

Can't get enough!!

Love this series!!! I have Deanna's Julia Grey book one in my wish list!

This series is best read in order.

Angele Masters narration is marvelous!!

Veronica and Stoker are wonderful together!! They have such a wonderful relationship. If you like a good mystery with great characters and a series that adds more history of the main characters each book. This is for you.

Good ending no cliff hanger (thank goodness). Still I cannot wait for the next book!!

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  • sonia
  • Alexandria ,Virginia, United States
  • 06-13-17

What sex? No where is anyone actually having sex.

What made the experience of listening to A Perilous Undertaking the most enjoyable?

Ms. Masters is pretty much spot on. She enunciates, pronounces words properly and has the perfect cadence to tell this type of story. I could tell the difference between characters. She reads very well and I enjoyed her. The story flows.

What other book might you compare A Perilous Undertaking to and why?

A Curious Beginning. To compare it to another author's story is not something I do. To me each author is a separate entity. Apples and oranges thing.

What does Angele Masters bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

The story isn't convoluted, simple relationship story with a bit of mystery, 19th century humor. Not sure, due to my Veteran PTSD, I cannot read a book anymore. So I can't give my opinion.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

chasing butterflies up a camels butt!

Any additional comments?

I don't understand the reviews about too much sex. No where in the story does anyone have sex. It is talked about and with some explicit descriptions. If you can't handle limited descriptions of sex, not the book for you

42 of 46 people found this review helpful

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An Intriguing Mystery

In this second installment of the Veronica Speedwell mysteries I find that I have come to like her character better than in the first book. I only have one complaint: it was a bit much that with every new acquaintance Veronica made she had to prove to them how unaffected she is by their lack of convention or morality, and try to one-up them with her own immoral views I find it hard to believe that everyone she meets would try to shock her and then admire her for not reacting. Other than that I really enjoyed the story. I loved seeing how Veronica and Stoker's friendship has grown and how they well they complement each other. I also like a book where I am not able to figure out the murderer right away. Now if only miss Angele Masters could narrate a female character, besides Veronica, that does not have a shrill voice . . .

15 of 16 people found this review helpful

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Another winner!

Veronica is my kind of hero! I love her attitude.

This second book in Raybourn's latest series continues the excitement and humor of the first. The dialogue between Veronica and Stoker is fabulous! Their interactions - whether in a mortuary or an opium den - make for an amazing adventure.

The narration was perfect. I hope Angele Masters remains the narrator for the following books. And I hope Deanna Raybourn is writing frantically.

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A Very Enjoyable Undertaking

I thoroughly enjoyed this production. First of all, the narration was some of the best I've heard. Ms. Masters was able to capture each character well and have unique voices for them. The story itself was a pleasant surprise. I enjoyed the first in the series, A Curious Beginning, but I definitely think this is a stronger book. The characters and their relationships and motivations are well-drawn, and the mystery itself is interesting. It's also a very funny book, making it the total package as far as I'm concerned.

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Loved this book!

I almost didn't get this 2nd book in the series because reviews were mixed. But if you like the first this is a great continuation of their journey. I hope there are more to come!

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Enthralling Storyline and Intersting Characters.

Would you listen to A Perilous Undertaking again? Why?

I don't generally listen to them more than once since my queue is always full of books to listen to.

What did you like best about this story?

I like the characters, they are very eccentric and although the main character can be an overbearing and bratty sometimes, (it's true) I like that Raybourn went "all in" with her main characters, sometimes verging on absurd, but it works. The dilaogue/banter between the characters is delicious to listen to and to read.

What about Angele Masters’s performance did you like?

How she handled all of the often quick and witty (often with multiple voices and accents) dialogue--which is more challenging than paragraphs of prose. Very smoothe and clear. At first I wasn't sure how I fel about her gravelly Stoker, but after I got to know the character, it grew on me, and it fits. I look forward to the next book in the series, she really did a great job.

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

I think some of the more tender moments when Veronica and Stoker both have their guards down, and we can see them forming a lasting connection. Especially since he's so rough and tumble it's nice to see his soft side. And for Veronica to be quiet for a moment. :)

Any additional comments?

Deanna Raybourn is one of my favorite authors and I think the great performances by the readers really enhance the stories and have really done justice to the books. Highly recommend!

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  • J
  • 02-07-17

Much More Sexual Than the First

Is there anything you would change about this book?

This book would be better with far less discussion of historic sex toys and orgies.

What does Angele Masters bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Master is an impressive narrator. She reads male and female voices so distinctly that it is easy to tell the different characters from each other. Beautiful work.

Any additional comments?

This book is not one I would share with my young teenagers. It was gorier and more prurient than the first novel. This is a plus for some readers, just not my thing.

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Such a disappointment!

I love these characters, and loved the first book of the series. I even went so far as to preorder this sequel, something I have never done before. But I was sorely disappointed. The author, it seems, was absolutely consumed with a single topic while writing this episode: sex. The plot and subplots are about sex, in every imaginable form and several, quite frankly, better unimagined. This is not just the jealous-lover-turned murderer kind of sex. This book is obsessed with intercourse. While we hear about all these goings-on from our heroine in her adorably stilted and downright clinical perspective, still it all boils down to: sex. Lame.

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Will Not Buy Another book written by this author

This is a review for the second book in this series, but I want to post a warning to those of the Christian faith. I like murder mystery books of in this time period, and genre, largely, because most are not filled with foul language. This book was not filled with foul language. However, (disappointingly) as with the first book, the author again showed a disdain and hatred towards those of the Christian faith. The author, again, went out of her way to offend and profane the name of Jesus, in such vile ways I've never even heard, before, except for in her first book. From a financial standpoint, it puzzles me to no end as to why an author would go out of their way to offend customers as they're unlikely to be repeat customers, thus, they lose money. Unfortunately, for me, I purchased the second in the series prior to hearing the first. (won't happen again for the 3rd in the series.) For non Christians, they probably wouldn't be bothered.

I have no complaints about the narration. I thought it was good. As for the overall storyline, with regards to the mystery, I didn't think it was as good as the first book. What I found, repulsive, was the sexual perversion interwoven in the storyline and the author painting the 'heroine' of the book, as viewing sexual encounters comparable to working out at the gym. Again, the heroine of the story still has the same arrogant personality, as well as a militant feminist attitude towards sexual encounters. I also saw in this second book the same disdain for females, unless they were militant feminists. At the rate in which this author is going downhill, in debauchery, who knows what level of low will come with her next book... I won't be finding out.

3 of 4 people found this review helpful