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This is a charming time travel escapist adventure. I enjoyed the first half of the book, set in the early years of the 20th century, more than the second, set in 14th century Orkney. I am charmed by the intermittent appearances of the ghosts of the protagonist's father and of Queen Victoria, and I was sorry that these phantoms seem to have difficulty making the journey backwards through time. It's a mystery to me why the aristocratic hero develops a most unaristocratic accent after time travel. Why did the narrator do this? Why did the director (or whoever supervises such things) allow it?
The narrator is not very good. Apart from the accent fiasco, she mispronounces many not-so-very-unusual words. Worst of all, she pronounces the title of the heir to a British duke "mar-keys" -- which is there title of a French noblewoman -- instead of "mar-quiss." Ouch! It's like the scratching of a fingernail on a slate blackboard. At times, the narration lapses into singsong phrases, which I find it hard to tolerate. Usually, when that happens, I stop listening to an audiobook, but I listened to this one all the way through. That's probably because I expected to learn that the heroine is the natural daughter of King Edward -- if that is what happens in volume 3, you heard it here first.
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I ADORED the first book I read in this series, which I found quirky but totally enjoyable. This one just didn’t have the same magic, which I now suspect is because Nicole Barber is not the narrator. I do hope the series returns to Barber for the next installation.