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Maisie Dobbs Audiobook

Maisie Dobbs

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The debut of one of literature's favorite sleuths! Maisie Dobbs isn't just any young housemaid. Through her own natural intelligence - and the patronage of her benevolent employers - she works her way into college at Cambridge. After the War I and her service as a nurse, Maisie hangs out her shingle back at home: M. DOBBS, TRADE AND PERSONAL INVESTIGATIONS.

But her very first assignment, seemingly an ordinary infidelity case, soon reveals a much deeper, darker web of secrets, which will force Maisie to revisit the horrors of the Great War and the love she left behind.

©2003 Jacqueline Winspear; (P)2008 BBC Audiobooks America

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    James Hawthorn Woods, IL, United States 04-22-11
    James Hawthorn Woods, IL, United States 04-22-11 Member Since 2007
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    "Masie Dobbs"

    This is one of the more enjoyable books I have read in a long time. It is fun to read an occasional mystery that is not filled with blood and gore althought there are references to World War I severely wounded soldiers. It helps that I love the genre and the time period the mystery took place in.

    The pleasure of this audio is greatly is greatly enhanced by the talented narrator Rita Barrington who guides us through this novel with great skill.

    I look forward to reading the entire series.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Karen S. Garvin Maryland 02-14-13
    Karen S. Garvin Maryland 02-14-13 Member Since 2017
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    "Dragging, like a dead body"
    Would you try another book from Jacqueline Winspear and/or Rita Barrington?

    Most likely not, although I won't close the door on them entirely.


    Has Maisie Dobbs turned you off from other books in this genre?

    No, I like the genre.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    I think the reading speed was far too slow. The drawn-out "male" voice for the butler when he answers the phone was the last bit I was able to listen to. It was just laughable and destroyed the credibility of the story. I want entertainment while I drive, but I can't afford to be put into a stupor. I think the narrator tried very hard to differentiate the voices, but the character of Billy sounded like a young kid and not an older war veteran. This is just one of those things -- women doing men's voices and vice versa -- that don't always work well. However, I give Rita credit for managing to remain consistent (at least the two hours I listened to) for the character voices.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Maisie Dobbs?

    Where do I even start? I'm not sure this story would survive much cutting because much of it seems to be internal dialogue and thoughts. There simply was very little action in the first few chapters and trying to edit it down would reduce that to zilch. However, in some places the internal dialogue could probably be sent the way of the dodo. In particular, the internal dialogue in the scene where Maisie is having lunch with her first client's wife in the restaurant could stand some pruning. When Maisie holds hands with the woman and thinks about how the other women in the restaurant might be interpreting that action, I think that's a fair bit of fluff that can go. I don't think it adds much to the character or the story. I know it's supposed to make us understand that Maisie has feelings for others, but it's over the top for me. I found it maudlin, to say the least.


    Any additional comments?

    I really wanted to enjoy this story, and it has generally good reviews so I thought I would like it. I am also quite interested in history and historical novels are a favorite of mine. But this was far too slow for my liking and I could only manage to listen to two hours of it before I gave up. My biggest concern is that I quit listening just as it *might have* been getting good, but I don't know. In all honesty, I think I could possibly stand to read the book because I could skim over the parts that annoy me, but I just can't sit and listen to the inner dialogue. It's just tedious.I know that as a first book in a series the characters aren't always as well formed as they become later on. I didn't find Maisie objectionable as a detective, but the womanly bonding thing was puke-ready. Sorry. I just found it put me off too much, or maybe it was just a data dump. I'd rather see her feelings through her dialogue or her actions, not constantly be told what she's thinking.

    16 of 18 people found this review helpful
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    Debbie Toney, Alabama 09-13-14
    Debbie Toney, Alabama 09-13-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Amazing Girl, Maisie Dobbs!"

    Set before, during and after the Great War, this is a wonderful historical mystery series that will keep you listening. It's clean, yet the depth of emotion and understanding of the horrors of war that the author displays will stay with me for a long time. I appreciate the sensitivity with which the childhood of young Maisie is written, and the seldom touched on mixing of social status. This first book in the series was absolutely necessary to learn exactly what Maisie Dobbs is made of, and I must say, she's made of some very fine stuff. Can't wait to listen to the next in the series!

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Sheri C Wylie, TX United States 03-21-12
    Sheri C Wylie, TX United States 03-21-12 Member Since 2015
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    "Dull tale about dull characters, but well-told"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    Probably not. The story was well-written enough to keep me listening, but the characters were uninteresting and the secrets, once revealed, weren't worth waiting for.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Jacqueline Winspear? Why or why not?

    Maybe. There were bright moments when I was immersed in the experiences of the characters that made the time spent on this book worthwhile. For example, I was moved by Maisie's experience as a field nurse during the war.


    Have you listened to any of Rita Barrington???s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    This is the first I've listened to.


    Do you think Maisie Dobbs needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    No. The main character is too perfect - a classic Mary Sue. She solves her mysteries mostly by a sense of intuition and fortunate coincidence. If I want a story with supernatural elements, I'd rather have straight out fantasy or horror, or even magical realism. In this case, it felt like a substitution for actually weaving in clues and reasoning.


    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    "unknown" ANN ARBOR, MI, United States 09-29-11
    "unknown" ANN ARBOR, MI, United States 09-29-11 Member Since 2016
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    "Alright"

    I really love a good mystery novel, but I really couldn't get into this book. It was entertaining, but also felt flat. Possibly it was the narration or the storyline. It just felt like it was slowly chugging along.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Jennifer Bronx, NY, United States 07-21-11
    Jennifer Bronx, NY, United States 07-21-11
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    "Boring"

    The book was boring, for the most part, except the last 20% of it. Maisie is a very uninteresting and not engaging character and the story wasn't entertaining. The relationships she had and developed were a snore fest. Don't think I'll be getting the rest of the series unless I'm dealing with insomnia.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Tom 04-28-11
    Tom 04-28-11
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    "Worth it"

    This is a very good English detective novel with a rather novel protagonist. Well narrated as well.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Carl Smith 07-22-10
    Carl Smith 07-22-10
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    "First quality novel but so sad"

    I love Maisey. Like no other fictional detective! I agree 100% with what the other reviews so far have said.

    But the subject matter is so very sad. It works for so many people but I'm not sure I will be able to continue the series. This fiction is too much like non-fiction. I look to novels to get a bit of a break from it all.

    19 of 22 people found this review helpful
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    A. Lai 02-20-11
    A. Lai 02-20-11
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    "Love this author!"

    I haven't even finished this yet but felt i needed to write a review - I am loving the book. The writing is excellent, the narrator is perfect, the story is captivating, and I am thoroughly and completely "hooked". I love backstories like this that form the foundation for development of a character, so I am eager to finish this book and get on to the second book. I am looking forward to continuing with this series as it develops.

    8 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    Helen Austin Texas 01-11-10
    Helen Austin Texas 01-11-10 Member Since 2007
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    "Much better than expected!"

    Beautifully written, beautifully told!!! Maisie Dobbs is a great character, strong, sensitive, reasonable and caring...and evolves as a person through the Great War and remnants thereafter. Winspear creates a bittersweet world that is intriguing and interesting. Narrator does a great job too. Look forward to the other books in the series.

    25 of 30 people found this review helpful

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