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Would you try another book from Susan Elia MacNeal and/or Susan Duerden?
Has His Majesty's Hope turned you off from other books in this genre?
No. This series just doesn't measure up.
What do you think the narrator could have done better?
The narrator has a pleasant voice, and does accents well. If she wanted to imitate a German accent, though, she should have researched it a bit better. Her "German" comes across a bit too much like what you'd hear in a cartoon. A little too much V for W and little else that sounds German. Her narration tends to have a sing song quality that could be improved on.
If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from His Majesty's Hope?
The decision to include a PG sex scene was awkward and didn't fit. This series seems to be aimed at YA, and the sex neither added to the characterization nor moved the plot along.
Any additional comments?
The author has obviously done a lot of research on swing dance and jazz. She includes too much, though. Describing a swing dance would be fine, and in keeping with the book... Including a long list of dance moves was out of place.
The book doesn't seem to be able to decide what audience is wanted. The writing style and characterization is more Young Adult than adult, but the author includes a homosexual character and his affairs as well as an awkward sex scene. Sex can be included in YA if it is handled properly, but this scene comes across as awkward and self conscious.
The characterization and action remind me of the Nancy Drew books I read as a child. I have read three by this author, because I hoped the awkwardness of the first one might have been a fluke. The author writes smooth, easy to read prose, but the characters are rather flat and the plot is very predictable.
8 of 8 people found this review helpful
Really loved the story premise but hoped they would bring back the first narrator...but they stayed with the second and, while she has a pretty voice, her "acting" is very limited. The narrator has such a huge impact on how the story is viewed, and it becomes difficult to separate the two.....
7 of 7 people found this review helpful
What made the experience of listening to His Majesty's Hope the most enjoyable?
enjoyed the character of Maggie Hope with several twists and turns in the story line. the narration was good and I found the narrator easy to listen too.
What did you like best about this story?
its flow and easy listening. I like all the bits of history thrown into the mix although I'm not sure all of them a factually correct. But that doesn't matter to me as I'm enjoying the story line.
Any additional comments?
I loved the book and I'm enjoying the series so far. I'm looking forward to listening to the next one.