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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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    deepdvr_ca Northern, Ca 03-01-14
    deepdvr_ca Northern, Ca 03-01-14 Member Since 2012

    deepdvr_ca

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    "Very nasally and irritatingly slow"
    What disappointed you about Her Royal Spyness?

    Get to the point. Tired of hearing about how she has no money. Very boring characters


    Has Her Royal Spyness turned you off from other books in this genre?

    no


    How could the performance have been better?

    ohhhhhhhhhhhhhh yessssssssssssssssss!!!

    Almost couldnt understand the narrator. Very Nasal


    What character would you cut from Her Royal Spyness?

    All of them


    Any additional comments?

    Extremely Disappointing

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    redfox 02-21-14
    redfox 02-21-14

    too many periodicals

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    "A cute diversion"
    What made the experience of listening to Her Royal Spyness the most enjoyable?

    When the action actually got started, there was trouble to sort out rather than just Worrying About Money and so forth. One got drawn into the worry and danger quite well.


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

    Finding a body in the bath tub!


    What about Katherine Kellgren’s performance did you like?

    Good distinctive voices for some of the main characters, lots of wonderful accents.


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

    Sometimes royal clout isn't enough to save your life!


    Any additional comments?

    The part that's a bit much is the start, where the level of helplessness of a pampered upper class girl is a bit hard to take when reported in first person. Throughout, there's a sort of zany level of fecklessness to the titled classes that's a bit embarrassing and doesn't really even ring quite true. Over time, though, it allows some humorous situations to arise (as when somebody is taken for her own maid just because she answers the door)... However, if you're just looking for some "light reading," this is a pretty fun romp, and subsequent books are likely to be more pleasant for needing less introductory floundering.

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    Jennifer 01-10-14
    Jennifer 01-10-14
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    "Not about spies"

    Unconvincing story about a young woman who has never cleaned anything before, working as a successful cleaner in pre World War II England.

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    Lee S. Colvin Minneapolis Minnesota 12-29-13
    Lee S. Colvin Minneapolis Minnesota 12-29-13 Member Since 2016

    mixing momma

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    "fun, silly easy read"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    yes, it was light entertainment


    What about Katherine Kellgren’s performance did you like?

    very good. She did a great job with all the different characters voices


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    Moonglotexas South Africa 12-28-13
    Moonglotexas South Africa 12-28-13 Member Since 2017

    Finding my Joy with CRPS

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

    Toward the bottom, whilst being lighthearted, the mystery was solved by luck rather than intelligence.


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

    The reader is a great one, the story was just a bit weaker than I hoped


    Any additional comments?

    More romance than mystery

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    Maliha Hattiesburg, MS, United States 12-03-13
    Maliha Hattiesburg, MS, United States 12-03-13 Member Since 2017

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    "Annoying orator, good story!"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    British women don't have the best voices. Some of the orator's, Katherine Kellgren, voices were just plain annoying to listen to. Especially her rendition of Belinda. But the story and writing itself is pretty good though!


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Lady Georgiana of course!


    Would you be willing to try another one of Katherine Kellgren’s performances?

    Sure, why not.


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    julia SARASOTA, FL, United States 12-03-13
    julia SARASOTA, FL, United States 12-03-13 Member Since 2013

    Me? ....... Capable of many moods, and enjoying a vast range of literature. Incapable of uploading a picture and realized none of the Avatars are ......appropriate. That pretty much "tells" it all.

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    "Quite a delight!"

    I like a mystery that I haven't figured out and this was one of them. Was humorous and well told. Reading was excellent. Loved that it took place in the 1930s and had to do with the aristocracy. The poor relatives actually. All kind of employment is mentioned that was beneath their dignity. They lived in beautiful mansions or with a friend when times got really tough. Had beautiful clothes, just no money. Good book, I recommend it highly.

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    Linda Tuscaloosa, AL, United States 12-01-13
    Linda Tuscaloosa, AL, United States 12-01-13 Member Since 2012

    Nurse, mom, loved to read....but now I love to listen. When I retire I hope to hear waves crashing in 1 ear and audible in the other!

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    "Light-hearted, funny and excellently narrated."

    Though this is not my favorite genre, I could not help but give it fives for making me laugh throughout and enjoying to the very end. The narration was excellent. I need a little more heat with my stories, but it is a nice change when you need a laugh! The description and narration of poor "Twistwum" still brings a smile to my face....

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    Rachel 12-01-13
    Rachel 12-01-13
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    "Tedious and lacking in substance"
    Any additional comments?

    The performance was excellent; without it this book would have been unfinishable. It reads like a chatty gossip column. I can only give the author points for maintaining a consistent voice. This book could have been condensed to at least half its length. It was like the author picked certain events: introduction of protagonist, introduction of love interest, introduction of crime, introduction of suspects, etc., identified the chapters they would happen within 1-6, 7-10, 11-15, etc and then if the topic didn't fit the length of chapters, simply more words were added. Nothing actually happens until chapter 15 though I kept waiting and hoping. The premise and protagonist had promise and I was so disappointed that it didn't deliver.

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    Elizabeth Bothell, WA, United States 11-28-13
    Elizabeth Bothell, WA, United States 11-28-13
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    "So well done! A great purchase"
    If you could sum up Her Royal Spyness in three words, what would they be?

    Unique professional funny


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I loved Darby, Katherine did an amazing job with all the voices.


    Any additional comments?

    This is the best narrorator I've heard on Audible. She delivers the lines beautifully. Each character is robust and you get he sense that she is enjoying the story as much as the listener.

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