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Her Royal Spyness Audiobook

Her Royal Spyness

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Audible Editor Reviews

Why we think it's Essential - Her Royal Spyness is an absolute gem! In this lighthearted mystery series, Rhys Bowen delivers a charming combination of intrigue and romance blended with a touch of humor. She has created an interesting cast of characters and those personalities (a royal down on her luck, a lovable cockney grandfather, a devilishly lovable Irish gent) come alive through Katherine Kellgren's flawless narration. This is a series that begs to be listened to, but fair warning, once you start, you won't be able to stop! —Katie

Publisher's Summary

Georgie, aka Lady Victoria Georgiana Charlotte Eugenie, cousin of King George V of England, is penniless and trying to survive on her own as an ordinary person in London in 1932.

So far she has managed to light a fire and boil an egg... She's gate-crashed a wedding... She's making money by secretly cleaning houses... And she's been asked to spy for Her Majesty the Queen.

Everything seems to be going swimmingly until she finds a body in her bathtub... and someone is definitely trying to kill her.

©2007 Janet Quin-Harkin (P)2010 Audible, Inc.

What the Critics Say

  • Audie Award Nominee - Best Mystery/Suspense Audiobook, 2011

"Rhys Bowen has crafted an insightful blend of old-fashioned whodunnit, clever satire, and drawing room comedy of errors -- and created a feisty new heroine to delight a legion of Anglophile readers." (Jacqueline Winspear, author of the Maisie Dobbs novels)

"Kellgren finds unique voices for quirky characters such as Georgie’s adorable grandfather and estranged mother, Wallis Simpson, and a sexy Irish lord. Kellgren will make listeners want to meet the kilt-clad ghosts who play bagpipes in Scotland’s castle corridors and tartan-wallpapered bathrooms." (AudioFile)

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    Louise Ricci Midwest 12-31-14
    Louise Ricci Midwest 12-31-14 Member Since 2013

    Not your typical Grandma

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    "Entranced"
    Where does Her Royal Spyness rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This series is ties as my favorite series to read/listen to. The Phyrne Fisher series, read by Stephanie Daniel, is tied with it.


    Which character – as performed by Katherine Kellgren – was your favorite?

    All the characters are my favorite because she does such a good job one doesn't realize it's the same person.


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

    There is always something in the Royal Spyness books that makes me laugh out loud.


    Any additional comments?

    These stories encompass a part of British history where my knowledge is lacking. It's inspired in me a need to research the royal family and learn more about this time period.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Miss Pink 12-01-14
    Miss Pink 12-01-14 Member Since 2014
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    "Light-hearted fun."
    If you could sum up Her Royal Spyness in three words, what would they be?

    Fun, silly, and engaging.


    What other book might you compare Her Royal Spyness to and why?

    It reminds me of an episode or two of Upstairs, Downstairs, but more light-hearted. It's from the same era and gives insight into the lives of both the rich and titled, and the working class.


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

    I actually disliked the voice she gave to one of the characters. It influenced my picture of the character too much. I've since bought several books in the series, but not in the audio format.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    No.


    Any additional comments?

    A good book to listen to while cleaning!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    ScienceTeacher 11-11-14 Member Since 2016

    Retired science teacher, sci-fi, historical romance, comedy... favorite authors... Evanovich, Patterson, Carr, Roberts, and many others.

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    "Wow! Fascinating! Love it!"
    What did you love best about Her Royal Spyness?

    I love the trip back in time and the historical implications.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Georgy is so much fun! I love Belinda too!


    Have you listened to any of Katherine Kellgren’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    First I've listened to.


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

    When she met with the Queen.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    sharron 11-09-14
    sharron 11-09-14
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    "Love the characters"
    Would you listen to Her Royal Spyness again? Why?

    The narration is very enjoyable.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The humour and the voices make it fun and light to listen too. Always makes me smile.


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

    The voices of the different characters, her aristocratic English voice is just the best.


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

    Right royal spy


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Mike T. 10-30-14
    Mike T. 10-30-14 Member Since 2017
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    "A delightful fluff read."

    Set in the early thirties upper class circles, this presents ample opportunities to make fun of aristocratic twits. And Rhys Bowen makes use of them all, but not in a mean way. You actually find yourself liking most characters. A thing that I did not expect. The whodunit build is pretty good. Well done Bowen. And Kellgren is absolutely marvelous in making characters come alive with absolutely spot on voices. She gets a little hurried (fast) when reading "action" sequences, but that's a minor niggle of mine. She's a joy to listen to. Sure, this is a fluff read. But it's good fluff. Recommended.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Catherine 10-20-14
    Catherine 10-20-14
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    "Unexpectedly fun."

    Georgie is great fun and Darcy is an irresistible rogue. It was fun to find a little light romance in a mystery novel. I am sure to purchase the next in the series.

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    Kathy Alexandria, KY, United States 10-20-14
    Kathy Alexandria, KY, United States 10-20-14 Member Since 2014
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    "A Great Start to a New Series"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, I would. I found this to be a lighthearted read/listen with murder, mystery, royalty and romance. I also think it is an appropriate book for tweens...although it may be too tame and innocent for some of them.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The book has references to historical happenings and people as seen through the eyes of a fictitious relative. I love the humor and the story hints at some very serious things like war, drugs and murder. But it is basically fast-paced story, with likable characters that you want to see succeed.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    All the scenes that describe the main character's ability to be a klutz.


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

    No tears, but there were a number of giggles throughout the book.


    Any additional comments?

    The narrator did a fine job portraying the various accents. It aided in visualizing the class system in Britain at the time.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    michael 10-19-14
    michael 10-19-14
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    "Light hearted fun"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    This is a fun romp if you like period pieces like Wooster an Jeeves. I had to get used to the accent, but then it was easy (and enjoyable). To follow


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

    Interesting accent makes the story come alove


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Miachi MD 10-14-14
    Miachi MD 10-14-14 Member Since 2017
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    "A fun story with a great narration"

    Sometimes I need a light book in between the more serious ones, or I need a quick romp during a long road trip to make the time pass quickly. This fits the bill. I picked it up because I've heard good things about Katherine Kellgren, and a later book in the series won an Audie award. Kellgren does a great job with all the character voices and I will definitely be looking for more from her in the future.

    As for the story, I was a little hesitant because I have recently listened to two other books set during similar times (London ~100 years ago) with similar strong female characters (Alexia Tarabotti and Lady of Devices). I liked Georgie the best so far because she seemed the most natural. The others were more defiant of their societies to the point of pontificating. They were the stereotype of anti-stereotypes.

    I am looking forward to the rest of this series, but I am not so hooked that I am buying them all immediately so I can binge. I'll probably pick them up onesie twosie when I see them on sale and listen when I need a quick pick me up.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    julie ann hoss 09-26-14
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    "DELICIOUSLY FUNNY"
    Where does Her Royal Spyness rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Katherine Kellgren nailed it. Her accents were delightful and she brought such personality to each character.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The story line was light hearted, easy to follow and very funny. This was a change from my usual listening habits and it was an absolute delight! A great break from serious and complicated stories. A very easy listen!


    Which character – as performed by Katherine Kellgren – was your favorite?

    Belinda.


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

    I laughed out loud many times.


    Any additional comments?

    Highly recommend it for readers looking for something quick, easy and funny!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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  • Mr. F. Hartshorn
    Leicester, UK
    4/9/14
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    "Body found in Dukes bath!!!"
    Where does Her Royal Spyness rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This series of audiobooks is among the best for easy listening. Lots of humorous episodes with a minor Royal who also has a cockney grandad.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Her Royal Spyness?

    Georgie, short for Lady Victoria Georgiana Charlotte Eugenie is the poor relation but gets called in to the palace to be the Queens spy. This leads to hilarious scenes between Georgie and Fig (the sister-in-law); who holds the purse strings of her brother Binky (the Duke); as she tries to get money or a maid to come down from the Scottish Castle to the London residences were she tries to look after herself without servants.


    Which scene did you most enjoy?

    Georgie's meetings with her ex-policeman Grandad (the royal one haunts the castle battlements) as they investigate the Murder in their bath while dodging someone who wants her out of the way.


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

    Full of laughs and old-fashion fun with thrills in a time between the World Wars.


    Any additional comments?

    Katherine Kellgren brings the book to life with the range of voices and accents she brings to this audiobook. Looking forward to the next in the series.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Mrs. Rm Walters
    Barnsley, South Yorkshire, England.
    6/28/14
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    "Brilliant Book"
    Where does Her Royal Spyness rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Very high, certainly one of my favourites.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Her Royal Spyness?

    Having more or less worked out who the murderer was, I was delighted to find I was correct.


    What does Katherine Kellgren bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

    Wonderful use of accents, with just the right emphasis.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes, but one does have to sleep!


    Any additional comments?

    I will certainly be investing in the rest of the series over the coming months.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • L
    8/7/15
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    "Great, light-hearted fun"

    This is a great, light-hearted story with a classic feel to it. It kind of reminded me of the old Miss Marple or Hercule Poirot series. Not a complicated tale, and it was easy to work out how the culprit was, but it was still fun to listen as the heroine of the story put the pieces together. I liked the narrator, she did a good job with the characters and added to the fun. This is an ideal book for a lazy afternoon when you want something entertaining but uncomplicated.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Zeinab
    Giza, Egypt
    12/2/14
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    "Very Amusing"
    What made the experience of listening to Her Royal Spyness the most enjoyable?

    A very enjoyable books. Light entertaining and quite jolly.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Rhys Bowen? Why or why not?

    Definitely. I really enjoyed this one


    Which scene did you most enjoy?

    Her scenes with HRM. The characterization was very funny.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    I actually finished it in about 2 days. More's the pity!<br/>


    Any additional comments?

    I'm really looking forward to the next book I purchase from this series. I listen to audio books as I do the house work. The time flies by and I don't feel the load of the chores!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Ms. Jenny M. Stone
    4/5/17
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    "Perfectly pitched and narrated"
    Where does Her Royal Spyness rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Not obvious, but fun and really well written. I love the narrator


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Georgie


    Which character – as performed by Katherine Kellgren – was your favourite?

    Georgie


    If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Perfect vintage


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • jacwills
    United Kingdom
    11/16/14
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    "A fun lightweight story"

    This is not going to win an intellectual review but it was fun and kept me amused on the way to work. I will probably get another in the series at some point because it is easy listening. Enjoyable.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Bridget
    Aymestrey, United Kingdom
    11/18/13
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    "Dreadful narration"
    What did you like best about Her Royal Spyness? What did you like least?

    I liked the concept behind the story. But the story itself is slow-moving and very badly read. The accents are too heavy and unbelievable.


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    I lost interest before getting to anything interesting. The pace of the book was too slow


    How could the performance have been better?

    Less use of accents


    If this book were a film would you go see it?

    No


    4 of 12 people found this review helpful

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