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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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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.

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  • Glenda
  • 08-11-2017

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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  • CATS3
  • 11-08-2017

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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  • paula
  • 25-06-2015

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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  • Brennan
  • 27-10-2020

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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  • KateM
  • 11-09-2020

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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  • Gia
  • 02-11-2020

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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  • Animal lover
  • 23-10-2020

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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  • James
  • 24-08-2017

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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  • PATRICIA MCCOOL
  • 15-03-2017

Simply Spiffing

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

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  • Christina
  • 26-07-2016

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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  • Elizabeth Hudson
  • 30-12-2018

Romping Adventure.

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

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  • marion
  • 06-06-2018

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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  • J. Bolton
  • 04-06-2017

Good story. Dreadful reading

This is the fourth of these books I've listened to. Two different narrators. Both mangled the English language. Even allowing that they are not English or British the basic grasp of how to pronounce Malvern or Hereford or even Savoy is irritating. in the end it became a game to spot the next bad pronunciation.

Having said that the stories are light and fun and I will grit my teeth and listen to more.

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  • M. Bevon
  • 14-01-2017

Love this series

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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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  • Michele Facer
  • 09-03-2016

My Favourite Diasy Dalrymple Story So Far

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

A really good story. I've liked all the Daisy Dalrymple stories but this is my favourite so far.

Any additional comments?

Some reviewers have commented on the accent of the narrators - I don't find either of them distracting or difficult to listen to. In fact, as both have a similar pronunciation I assume it's how the books are written or an attempt to be authentic to the 1920's settings.

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  • Lydia
  • 01-12-2014

Please change the Narrator

What did you like best about Damsel in Distress? What did you like least?

The story as ever with the Daisy Dalrymple books is fun. but the narration is awful. the constant missproncation of British places is appalling and detracts from the story so much.

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

Daisy slipping down a embankment

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

Please can she learn how to pronounce British names including those of place as they are such and important part of all the Daisy Dalrymple books. I don't expect her to learn a British accent. but it is a basic requirement to get the names right.

Could you see Damsel in Distress being made into a movie or a TV series? Who would the stars be?

yes

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  • emma
  • 21-10-2014

Good and bad!

Who was your favorite character and why?

Daisy, saves the day again but in a non annoying way

How could the performance have been better?

The narration is appalling and clearly the narrator had not been briefed on pronunciation of British words. In the beginning it was funny by the end very annoying as I'm a huge fan of the author and chief character.

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

daisy does it again

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  • AZ
  • 19-07-2014

The Famous Five For Adults

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

Daisy Dalyrmple, the 'spiffing' heroine has a friend in a spot of bother again. It is a similar formula of love, larks and lurking menace. This time, however, it is Daisy's chums who are the first on the scene to help foil a dangerous group of cockneys and a yank who have kidnapped the new love interest of bumbling and lovable Philip. Alec, Daisy's own love and Chief Inspector is kept in the dark, due to a promise made, for the first part as police involvement is feared. The plot and group of characters made me think of famous five novels and I half expected to hear someone call for lashings and lashings of ginger beer.

It is generally an easy listen; a cosey crime with some romance and period glamour. The male voices could have been more convincing but the overall affect was good. If you enjoy a mystery with a lighter side this one may suit you to a T.

Could you see Damsel in Distress being made into a movie or a TV series? Who would the stars be?

With the success of period and mystery dramas I can see this series of books made into a successful drama series for TV. I would particularly like it if the makers of a TV series allowed the deliciously popular Daisy as much of the honey-haired, English and 'unfashionably curvy' qualities as possible. There are few curvy actresses, especially British 'bright young things'. Maybe Rachel Hurd Wood with her grace and beauty, if she ate a few doughnuts, or Jemima Rooper, who could do the vivacious character credit.

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