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Is there anything you would change about this book?
The narrator had a childish whinny voice and, although she tried to change the tone per character, was dull throughout.
What other book might you compare Maids of Misfortune: A Victorian San Francisco Mystery to, and why?
I would compare this to "The curse of the House of Foskett" as its set in the same era but back home in London and the main character is a female who solves the crime alongside her ward.
Who might you have cast as narrator instead of Cynthia Wallace?
I would have cast Emma Gregory as the narrator as she has a clear voice.
Do you think Maids of Misfortune: A Victorian San Francisco Mystery needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?
A follow up book would be a good idea as the main character has two roles to play within the time of life when women were not suppose to know a lot or were not listened to. But thed narrator has to change.
Any additional comments?
My mistake before buying the book was not to read the reviews and not listen to the sample I just liked the overview. Wont do that again!
How did the narrator detract from the book?
The narrator used an extremely annoying and fake sounding voice for the main character and her attempts at accents were way short of the mark. I skipped the middle three hours of the narration because I could tolerate no more of it. I have never written a review, even though I listen to books all the time, but this one was so disappointing I felt I must.
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Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?
No, the story is interesting, and I liked the characters, but the narrator made me stop before I finished.
What did you like best about this story?
Loved the main character's attitude!
Would you be willing to try another one of Cynthia Wallace’s performances?
Maybe. I always listed to a sample before buying, and the sample sounded wonderful. Her natural voice is rich, smooth, and melodic - a pleasure to listen to. But she struggles mightily with creating different voices for other characters. The Irish accent drifted between Spanish, German, and Vampire. I think she'd be great with more practice, or when reading a book that's written all in third person.
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