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Heirs and Graces Audiobook

Heirs and Graces

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Editors Select, August 2013 - I am absolutely not joking when I say I had to beat out no less than 7 other hard-core in-house Royal Spyness fans for the privilege to choose Rhys Bowen’s newest installment as my top pick for August. If you have already started listening to this series I don’t really need to talk to you because you’ll already be as excited as I am about Heirs and Graces. If you have not picked up Her Royal Spyness then listen up: Please, I beg of you, do not hesitate. I have yet to recommend this series without effusively positive results. I’m not generally a cozy mystery fan, but Rhys Bowen’s delightful saga is my top favorite series to date, and Katherine Kellgren is at her most talented and charming in her spot-on performance of the myriad voices at play. —Emily, Audible Editor

Publisher's Summary

Audie Award Finalist, Mystery, 2014

As 35th in line for the throne, Lady Georgiana Rannoch may not be the most sophisticated young woman, but she knows her table manners. It's forks on the left, knives on the right - not in His Majesty's back….

"Here I am thinking the education I received at my posh Swiss finishing school would never come in handy. And while it hasn't landed me a job, or a husband, it has convinced Her Majesty the Queen and the Dowager Duchess to enlist my help. I have been entrusted with grooming Jack Altringham - the Duke's newly discovered heir fresh from the Outback of Australia - for high society. The upside is I am to live in luxury at one of England's most gorgeous stately homes. But upon arrival at Kingsdowne Place, my dearest Darcy has been sent to fetch Jack, leaving me stuck in a manor full of miscreants…none of whom are too pleased with the discovery of my new ward. And no sooner has the lad been retrieved than the Duke announces he wants to choose his own heir. With the house in a hubbub over the news, Jack's hunting knife somehow finds its way into the Duke's back. Eyes fall, backs turn, and fingers point to the young heir. As if the rascal wasn't enough of a handful, now he's suspected of murder. Jack may be wild, but I'd bet the crown jewels it wasn't he who killed the Duke…."

©2013 Janet Quin-Harkin (P)2013 Audible, Inc.

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    Charles Atkinson Greensboro, NC, United States 10-01-13
    Charles Atkinson Greensboro, NC, United States 10-01-13 Member Since 2015

    Dept Q, Harry Hole... where are you?

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    "A fun and lighthearted series..."

    English period novels tend to take me away to a slower paced society more suited to my personality. I like this series in particular because it gives us a clever picture of the lives of the royals, the famous, and the working class, each with its own set of rules and all in good humor.

    7 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    Ann Tucson, AZ United States 04-17-14
    Ann Tucson, AZ United States 04-17-14
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    "Almost ruined by narration"

    This is a good story almost ruined by narration. Katherine Kellgren used to be a good narrator, but in recent years she has gone over the top dramatically trying to act out the events in the books she reads and giving the characters exaggerated accents. In Nora Robert's Dark Witch and Rick Riordan's Kane Chronicles she actually ends up shouting most of the lines! Some of those dramatics show up in this book, too. She does a much better job on the early books in this series.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Kathi 08-27-13
    Kathi 08-27-13 Member Since 2010

    Love books! Classics and lighter fiction, mysteries (not too violent please :-). And selective non-fiction--whatever takes my fancy.

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    "LOVED IT! Best of the series so far!!!!!"

    I have loved every single book in this series about Lady Georgiana Rannoch, an impoverished distant cousin of the queen, whose life is a constant search for finding a secure place somewhere. Her peculiar circumstances, of being a "royal" but without any money or training for a career, has left her open to having to go to new places, where she meets people and gets herself into situations where intrigue and murders occur. Naturally, she is the clever one who winds up solving the mysteries.

    This was the absolute best in the series so far--and the wait was worth it! Katherine Kellgren, the most talented narrator, has outdone herself with the amazing versatility she shows for creating different voices. I have never "read" one of the books in this series (always listened to these recordings of them) but cannot imagine doing so, after listening to Kellgren's delightful readings of them. There are just not enough superlatives available to describe the range of her vocal skills. The stories are loads of fun--they are genuine mysteries, but with a subtle (and sometimes not so subtle) mockery of the aristocracy, laugh-out-loud funny much of the time, and genuinely quite addictive! I recall that the first of the series I ever read, I chose with some skepticism, since that does not sound like the typical books I read--but by the end of the first chapter of the first book, I was a confirmed follower of Rhys Bowen's Lady Georgiana series. The author, the narrator and the uncommonly clever writing work together in a way that many recorded books do not.

    In this book, Georgiana goes to a lush mansion with Lady Edwina, a wealthy duchess with great pretensions, to help her teach a long-missing grandson how to behave properly in his new place in society. However, when the young Australian outback, sheep-farming youth meets his royal and very pompous, grandiose grandmother--the outrageous fun begins--along with the murder.

    If you choose to listen to this book--it would be wise (and fun) for you to begin at the beginning of the series. However, it would be fine to begin with this one--I believe it could be a great stand-alone book on its own.

    11 of 15 people found this review helpful
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    MissSusie66 05-06-14
    MissSusie66 05-06-14 Member Since 2010

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    "Such a hoot!"

    This book was hilarious it made me laugh out loud while driving down the road other drivers must have thought I was crazy!

    Georgiana is staying at Kingsdowne Place to help out the family when they find a new heir for the Dukedom unfortunately for this upper crust family the heir apparent is an Aussie who has been raised as a rancher not as a Duke, plus the current Duke Cedric is a jerk who would rather have everyone gone and adopt one of his male playthings than put up with an interloper or anyone else in the family. Unfortunately for the Duke things don’t go well for him at all.

    The mystery was a good one I didn’t guess who had done it. And the cast of characters and I do mean characters are all fabulous; you have Princess Charlotte who constantly wants to have a séance, her sister Vivienne who is a highly sexual being and turns everything into innuendo, The Dowager Duchess who is as upper crust as they come, her daughter Irenee who just whines a lot and her two incorrigible children. Plus we have, as Georgiana called them, the Starlings who are Cedric’s companions and possibly his lovers. And of course we have Georgiana’s boyfriend Darcy and her best friend Belinda shows up hoping to catch the new duke in her snares.

    Katherine Kellgren’s narration was as always Amazing. I kind of feel sorry for anyone else in an Audie category that is up against Katherine Kellgren because she is so amazing. There are so many characters in this book with very different accents and each and every person sounds different and is distinct. Some of the accents in this book were; high brow English, Australian, cockney, Irish, male and female, kids and grown-ups all done absolutely flawlessly. No other book in the mystery category had this many accents and characters done so well.

    This was a fun book and a cute story; I’ve only read the first book in this series and wasn’t confused at all so this one could easily be read as a standalone. This is a very fun historical cozy I highly recommend this series.

    4 ½ Stars

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Felicity Fairchild 04-04-14 Member Since 2015

    Like many of you probably, Audible has become my best friend. I'm a huge fan of paranormal fantasies and mysteries.

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    "Clean, Charming and Brilliant!"

    Rhys Bowen has definitely become one of my favorite authors. I have fallen in love with the settings, the characters and their situations. If you're looking for a good historical mystery that is fun and entertaining, you can't go wrong with this series.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Sarah Toronto, Ontario 08-17-13
    Sarah Toronto, Ontario 08-17-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Lady Georgiana strikes another fun time!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I LOVE this series by Rhys Bowen and Heirs and Graces did not disappoint. Katherine Kellgren is such an incredible voice actress and she truly brings Georgie and all the characters to life in a way you can see them stomping around 1930's England.

    Heirs and Graces (and the rest of the series) is the perfect book to listen to on Audible because they are light enough that if your mind wanders for a second you can easily get back in. But they are still suspenseful enough to keep you engaged and wondering. For me, however, it's the characters that make me love this series. They always have funny little quirks and say hilarious things. Of course Lady Georgie is my favorite - a well-brought up lady who is a huge klutz.

    The only thing that makes me sad is that I listen to these books so quickly and then have to wait for another year for more Georgie! I literally listen all the time: I walk my dogs longer than usual, cleaning the house, making dinner, driving in the car - LOVE LOVE LOVE this series. It's the perfect Audible book!


    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Sheryl 08-17-13
    Sheryl 08-17-13
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    "Great performance!"

    This is a fun cozy mystery series made even better by fantastic narration by Katherine Kellgren. I have listened to 5 of the 7 books in the series (and read the other two in print) and listening to this one was like coming home. Storywise this book might not be the strongest in the series but it was solid and entertaining. If you like the series, you should like this one. If you haven't listened before, what's stopping you? This series is well worth audible credits!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer Hollis Center, ME 08-16-13
    Amazon Customer Hollis Center, ME 08-16-13 Member Since 2016

    "A children's story that can only be enjoyed by children is not a good children's story in the slightest.” --C.S. Lewis

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    "Doesn't disappoint!"
    What made the experience of listening to Heirs and Graces the most enjoyable?

    I love this series anyway, and Katherine Kellgren does a terrific job of narrating it.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Georgianna, always. She's just such a refreshing girl, and so headstrong for the time. Willing to do almost anything in order to stay independent. I like that in a person. The children, Kat and Nick, in this book, were hilarious. And the voice that the narrator does for Belinda is so funny that it makes me laugh just to hear her lines.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    When the twins were trying to get clues from the Inspector.


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

    No, but there are a lot of laugh-out-loud moments and I really thought this was one of the better in the series.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    M SIOUX FALLS, SD, United States 08-11-13
    M SIOUX FALLS, SD, United States 08-11-13
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    "Fantastic entry into the Lady Georgie series"
    Would you listen to Heirs and Graces again? Why?

    The humor that runs throughout the book makes this a book I could listen to again even knowing who the murder is.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I liked the interactions between the characters and the lead character. I also liked the development in Georgie and Darcy's relationship.


    What about Katherine Kellgren’s performance did you like?

    The characters are very easy to tell apart and I loved the accents. Each character felt authentic.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I laughed out lot several times while listening to this book.


    Any additional comments?

    The only negative was there wasn't enough of Georgie's grandfather. I loved the previous books when he was featured more prominently.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Alison 09-18-15
    Alison 09-18-15 Member Since 2012
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    "Aussie accent????"

    I usually love the different character voices but Jack's Australian accent was atrocious. Still a fun listen.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful

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