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Maisie Dobbs

Narrated by: Emilia Fox
Length: 2 hrs and 37 mins
3 out of 5 stars (4 ratings)
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Publisher's Summary

Young, feisty Maisie Dobbs has recently set herself up as a private detective. Such a move may not seem especially startling. But this is 1929, and Maisie is exceptional in many ways. Having started as a maid to the London aristocracy, studied her way to Cambridge, and served as a nurse in the Great War, Maisie has wisdom, experience, and understanding beyond her years. Little does she realise the extent to which this strength of character is soon to be tested. For her first case forces her to uncover secrets long buried, and to confront ghosts from her own past.
© Jacqueline Winspear; (P) John Murray

Critic Reviews

"A strong protagonist and a lively sense of time and place carry readers along, and the details lead to further thought and understanding about the futility and horror of war, as well as a desire to hear more of Maisie." ( School Library Journal)

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  • Mrs Amanda Weller
  • 08-03-2015

easy listen read the book for the better experienc

very well read excellent narration .
disappointed how much of the text was missing in the audio . This is a very good story but has been cut to the bare bones for audio sadly this means that the listener misses out on the deeper development of Maisie's character during her years in France still enjoyable but the text gives a whole lot more




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  • Kindle Customer
  • 28-05-2017

AHAT A DISAPOINTMENT: ABRIDGED VERSION

Emilia Fox has become my favourite narrator and I had much enjoyed reading the first Maisie Dobbs a few years ago. I could not recognise the novel upon listening to it and discovered to my dismay that it was THE THING TO KEEP AWAY FROM: AN ABRIDGED VERSION. What a pity!
Please Mrs Fox, record more books! Thank you.

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  • Lyn Campbell
  • 04-04-2018

Simple interesting read

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Sometimes we all get fed up with the over-hyped new thriller or detective novel and feeling that way I decided to give a lesser known writer and her book a chance. I have to say the novel was enjoyable, informative and entertaining without being offensive.

What did you like best about this story?

The story was simple and straightforward. There were no great twists and turns just a simple well told story which makes a nice change. I liked the additional bits and pieces of information. I also liked the attempt to view this period of history slightly differently than usual.

What about Emilia Fox’s performance did you like?

Emilia Fox's made a huge effort to being this book to life for the reader and her performance was key to my enjoyment of this book. She tried to distinguish between characters for the listeners benefit. All in all, a very good narration.

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

The book was a nice easy listen - not taxing - but very enjoyable. Don't rush through this book just enjoy listening to it.

Any additional comments?

I first saw this book in a bargain book shop the "3 for £5" section and it put me off. If this book had received more attention it might have made an interesting television series.

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  • Jennifer
  • 26-05-2015

brilliant!

loved it.. really enjoyed story & think Emilia fox is a brilliant narrator. will definitely be buying more

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  • Mr
  • 07-04-2015

excellent

Met expectations. Good plot, good concept. Have no idea what else to write. I am sight impaired so find typing difficult.