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I struggled, at first, with the narrator - very flat. However, the story was so interesting and the pace so fast, that I kept going and in the end, I warmed to the narration style.
The foreword has very flowery language and the quotation from D H Lawrence did not surprise me but stick with it - the book is not so!
I recommend listening to this.
1 of 1 people found this review helpful
What made the experience of listening to Spymistress the most enjoyable?
The story itself. And the writing was brisk and informative.
Who was your favorite character and why?
Why, the Spymistress, of course
How did the narrator detract from the book?
Really a one tone narrator. Very little inflection. It was, literally, mono-tonous. It is really too bad because the story is very interesting, and one that needs to be told. It is quite remarkable that this performance was 'approved' by editors/directors. Sentence after sentence delivered with the same intonation contours. It becomes almost impossible to distinguish given and new information.
Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?
Only a strong reaction to the performance. I like the narrator's accent, but his lack of any kind of variation in delivery made listening a challenge.
Any additional comments?
I finished the book because I wanted to hear the story. And it was well told, just not narrated very well at all.
4 of 4 people found this review helpful
The disappointing part of this book is that it doesn't live up to it's title. Lots of info on the WWII spy network, but little about Vera herself. The narrator's fast talking and british accent made difficult to listen to.
2 of 2 people found this review helpful