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Publisher's Summary

In spring a young man’s fancy will turn to love, and the Honorable Phillip Petrie is no exception. Daisy’s chum is totally smitten with Miss Gloria Arbuckle, daughter of a millionaire Yank. But before the enthusiastic suitor can pop the question, his beloved is abducted. As a distraught Mr. Arbuckle begins assembling the ransom, Phillip enlists Daisy to help him recover his missing sweetheart.

Strictly forbidden to contact Scotland Yard, Daisy must resist the temptation to bring dashing Detective Inspector Alec Fletcher on to the case. But as she closes in on the abductors’ rural hideaway, she begins to suspect that Gloria isn’t the only fair damsel whose life hangs in the balance.

The fifth whodunit in Carola Dunn’s stylish cozy mystery series set in 1923 England once again features British heiress and Town and County writer Daisy Dalrymple.

©2011 Carola Dunn (P)2014 Blackstone Audio

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No, No, No to Narrator: Mia Chiaromonte!

I am an avid audio book listener. I believe Ms. Chiaromonte’s performances of Carola Dunn’s books are absolutely terrible! Carola Dunn’s books have entertained me with their light, yet entertaining story lines and plots. I am skipping all in the series narrated by Mia Chiaromonte - her narrative style destroys these quaint stories for me.

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Narrator was more in Distress than the Damsel

Where does Damsel in Distress rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

In the middle. It includes some appealing characters and it's fun to hear of their developing relationships - and the budding romance of Alec and Daisy. But some of the minor characters are mere stereotypes.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Damsel in Distress?

The most memorable moments were the jarring mispronunciations by the narrator. She drove me to distraction.

What didn’t you like about Mia Chiaromonte’s performance?

This narrator has no understanding of American English; the father from Chicago had a Texas drawl. She doesn't even understand how to pronounce English place names or English proper names. When she attempts British dialects, she falls back on her Australian accent.She does not know how to pronounce words that any well-read person knows.

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Story A+, narrator a total F-.

Story fantastic. Of course :D


I am very very disappointed that this narrator (Mia Chiaromonte) has recorded books 6 and 7 as well as these past two. She is terrible. Completely misrepresents the characters. Has this one sounding haughty when she is not; that one sounding weak and unsure when she is not; that one sounding like a low-voiced woman when it is a strong male.... There are many passages when you cannot tell who is speaking, or when the speaker changes, because the voices are so similar. Any accents are inconsistent, even within the same sentence. The narration between the dialogue is too bright and high-pitched, putting emphasis there in stead of on the dialogue.

It is a tough go when you love the author and the series but begin to feel the book is less well-written due to the narration. ARG

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Somebody for everybody

I don't know who's worse, American's attempting English accents or English attempting American accents . . . it's a toss up!!

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Lovely Cozy Read

Excellent mystery. Carola Dunn skillfully unravels her story. Daisy and company are a pleasure to spend time with as they work their way thru the twists and turns of the story

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Entertaining story, poor narration

I almost quit after the first couple chapters (which all centered around a minor character), but once it got going, I found the recording to be good entertainment when engaged in other activities (walking, driving, gardening). Like the other books, it is a quite decent mock-classic cozy mystery with engaging storytelling and likeable protagonists. However, although I've gotten used to some of the new narrator's shortcomings (difficulty making different voices distinctive, inconsistent and inaccurate accents, unconvincing male voices, etc), I continue to be distracted by her mispronunciation of words. Although English has many different regional accents, that's not the issue in this case. It seems as though the narrator is unfamiliar with the pronunciation of some less common English words and doesn't bother looking them up. Some mangled pronunciations made me laugh out loud — but I don't think that was the point.

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The narrator is okay but...

Bernadette Dunn had a better range and was more believable. This narrator's voice is rather high pitched for the male parts, most of the characters sound alike.

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Another stop in a very readable series

I'm so glad I stumbled upon this series. The characters are very likable, immersed in Dunn's world of historical fiction that is so palatable one does not even realize she is learning a thing or two from our not so distant past. There are many more books to read in this series and I'm off to read the next. ..toodaloo.

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Simply Spiffing

Good story. I love following the adventures of Miss Daisy and DCI Fletcher. Good story telling.

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Brilliant!!

As a fan of Christie, Doyle and Bowen I was hard pressed to find period English mysteries until now.
The characters are lovable without being too cookie cutter...the narrator is perfect and the stories are great. I love that I hear familiar names of posh families and famous places.

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  • PJ van Zetten
  • 08-01-21

Easy undemanding listening

The narrator’s mangling of english pronunciation is positively excruciating. Yes I know we put in seemingly unnecessary syllables and cut out some that are there. Heck, that is english. If you are pretending to be english, learn the correct way, please!

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  • Elizabeth Hudson
  • 12-30-18

Romping Adventure.

An excellent story once you get past the shocking mispronunciation of the English place names.

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  • H. Fleck
  • 08-18-21

Easy listening…aside from the pronunciation

The story is enjoyable easy listening. The narrator is poorly chosen, thrust into British English without knowledge of how place names are pronounced this was hard to hear but her emphasis on many a word was quirky.
Yes, I will listen to more of this series. It is enjoyable escapism. No, I would not seek out British stories read by this narrator. She may be more suited to her native USA.

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  • alison
  • 08-18-21

Narrator!

The narrator needs to learn how to pronounce accents properly or just not do them, it spoiled an otherwise enjoyable read

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  • marion
  • 06-06-18

Dreadful narrator

I have tried, twice yearly since 2015, to listen to this book and have failed each time - the narrator mangles virtually every other word thinking, I can only presume, that she is using an English accent - no she isn't!! Today I managed 2 minutes - will now delete it.

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  • M. Bevon
  • 01-14-17

Love this series

What did you like most about Damsel in Distress?

The series is easy listening and the stories are enjoyable

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The narrators pronunciation of English place names was particularly irritating, some research would have stopped me shouting out loud at the errors!

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 09-14-21

daisy's continued adventures

another installment of daisy's adventures as she gets involved in a kidnapping and Alex comes to the rescue.

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  • Steve Ellum
  • 09-11-21

Good story but awful accents

Non-Brits can probably enjoy what is a fun and engaging mystery with a delightful heroine.
Unfortunately the narrator is not up to the accents which is such a shame.
At least Ms Chiaromonte can clip her consonants most of the time and pronounce Fenella accurately!
I suggest she learns how to pronounce the name of British place names and how to pronounce “due”. The line in the story when the American father says “you all sound the same to me” explains why the Cockneys and Worcestershire residents have the same accent but at least there are no Australians!
I think she’s an improvement on Ms Dunne but still there needs to be a warning for Brits!!

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  • Mixdell
  • 09-06-21

Narrator ruins all

The narrator can’t say the simplest words accurately. She hasn’t done any research at all into the pronunciations of place names and she can’t do any accent other than American, her native accent. The plot was easy to unravel from the beginning, but the stories are quite sweet and the characters, although stereotypical, are likeable. The narrator ruins the entire thing though, ihand shouldn’t be in this business. She is an insult to all of the incredible narrators on Audible.



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  • Chill
  • 08-25-21

Good story, Appalling narration

What an earth possessed someone to engage an American who has no aptitude for the English pronunciation of words and accents is totally beyond me. Sentences were made ridiculous by mis-timing, abysmal accents and mis-pronunciation of words, at times it was almost impossible to follow the story because of the appalling narration. The titles in the series are free for me thank goodness because they are certainly not worth paying for.

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  • Alexandra
  • 04-05-18

Oh, dear....

Done to death kidnap tale. Uncertain whether it was intended as a farce. Slappable characters.
Appalling narration. Lovely voice but the worst and inconsistent pronunciation of basic English words.