Thursday, May 3, 2012

Review: An Incomplete Revenge (Audiobook)




An Incomplete Revenge by Jacqueline Winspear
Maisie Dobbs #5
Genre: Mystery, Historical Fiction
Length: 9 Hours and 18 minutes
Narrator: Orlagh Cassidy
Source: eLibrary
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Description:
Maisie Dobbs travels to Kent to investigate, among other things, a series of fires, a family of Dutch bakers who were killed during WWI in a zeppelin attack and the theft of some silver. Hop-picking has brought everyone to the area, from Londoners to Gypsies. Orlagh Cassidy, who also read Messenger of Truth, not only captures a range of London and Kentish accents, but she also individualizes even the most minor characters. The lilt of a Danish luthier is perfect, and the dozen or so villagers interviewed by Dobbs have their own rhythms of speech and tone. Cassidy's rendition of Roma words comes across as authentic. This engrossing mystery will be hard to put down, and the listener will be sad when the final, lively strains of a fiddle are heard.

My Rating:

.My Review:

I didn't have a great experience when I read Messenger of Truth, which was number four in the Maisie Dobbs series.  I had heard so many great things, that I decided I had to give another one a try and I'm so glad that I did.

Business is slow for Maisie and she's quite happy when work starts trickling in to distract her from a personal loss.  However, what seemed like a simple job turns into quite a bit of mystery and things aren't as they seem (not surprising to us).  Over a span of time Maisie puts all the pieces together well before the reader and slowly unveils the truth which is quite surprising.

On the story...
While I wasn't intrigued from the very beginning, I soon fell into the story.  Many of the complaints I had in the previous book concerning Maisie's attitude isn't present here.  The story started off a bit slow for me but when I recognized the bizarre circumstances I became hooked. There are many characters and many repeats.  I didn't start from book one so I think that it's possible to jump in at any time with this series.  There is mention of previous events but it isn't such a big deal.  Honestly, I found the ending to be so beyond anything I ever expected, it left me thinking quite a bit.

On the narrator...
Ms. Cassidy did a great job with this audio but I'm not sure I would recommend the audio version for other reasons.  Ms. Cassidy easily took on the varying accents and her voice gave the characters personality.  But there are quite a bit of details in this mystery and many many characters.  I think it just might be simpler and easier to read just in case you forget something and want to flip back

Overall...
I'm glad that I didn't give up on this series because this story was very entertaining.  My advice?  Read the back of the book and pick up a book where the actual mystery interests you.  Otherwise the unveiling could take some time and if you aren't interested in the subject it might drag.
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18 comments:

  1. I have read a few of the Maisie Dobbs books and I enjoy them. I have not read this one yet, it sounds good.

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    1. The mystery was a good one. Very different from anything I've come across.

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  2. Sounds great and I love that it left you thinking. Thanks for your honesty.

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  3. I have found with Mysteries that you can skip around without missing too much. I had the same problem with some of the Scarpetta series---I have learned to see if they mystery fits me first!

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    1. I like that about mysteries. I was a mystery genre girl for a long long time for this reason. I was too impatient to wait for patrons to bring books back to the library :)

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  4. I read a few of her books and liked them, but the library got no more :(

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    1. Oh no! I hate when that happens. Do you have a interlibrary loan system you can use?

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  5. I'm so anal about series I don't think I could start from anything but the first unless I'm completely unaware the book is a part of a series. I've actually been really interested in knowing more about this one because they look like books I'd enjoy. I'm glad to hear the second one is better than the first one you read. Makes me feel okay about eventually picking these up.

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    1. I can understand that. But the build up this series can be quite detailed and slow and if you aren't interested in the subject of the mystery it could be a bit slow.

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  6. I haven't read any Maisie Dobbs mysteries yet but I do have one sitting on my shelf awaiting my attention. I now look forward to reading it even more. I do love a good mystery!

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    1. I'd give it a try. It reminded me of my Nancy Drew days.

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  7. Oh, it sounds like a good series, and I'm glad you give that advice about picking up a book that interest you in particular, I'm glad the series allows you to fo that.

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    1. I am too because I feel more comfortable continuing with the series that way.

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  8. I haven't read these books but I like mysteries :)

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    1. I'm not sure that they are for everyone. They have an old school mystery kind of vibe. I like those and if you are into those you'll probably like it.

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  9. I've heard so many good things about this series. I actually have the first couple of books. I just need some time to read one and see if I like it.

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    1. Oh I can't wait until you do. I want to know what you think.

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