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Publisher's Summary

Emma Porter is 40, fat, frumpy, and a passionate amateur gardener. When her longtime lover dumps her for a younger woman, Emma escapes the cloying sympathy of family and friends by setting out on a summer-long driving tour of England's glorious gardens. A Dimity-contrived coincidence brings her to Penford Hall, a sprawling Gothic mansion in Cornwall, where she finds a duke in search of a missing lantern with extraordinary powers.
Suspecting there's more than one mystery to be solved at Penford Hall, Emma accepts the duke's invitation to stay on and restore the once glorious chapel garden to its former beauty. The dark rumors surrounding a rock star and the near-death of the duke's beautiful cousin confirm Emma's suspicions, and set her - with Aunt Dimity's ghostly guidance - on the path to Penford Hall's secrets and the pleasure of unexpected love.
©1994 Nancy T. Atherton (P)2013 Audible, Inc.
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2 out of 5 stars
By Linda on 04-04-13

One of my favorite books ruined by the reader.

What disappointed you about Aunt Dimity and the Duke?

The performer appears to be learning to read. Every "a" is pronounced as a long a.
The character Emma is written as smar, logical, strong and is here made to sound weak, young, and non-assertive. All the English characters speak with big spaces between each word.
I was really happy that you had made this book available. I preordered so I anticipated enjoying the reading. I forced myself to listen twice, hoping it would sound better the second time. It was just as annoying.
I can get free recordings through a government program for the handicapped. They have a great recoding of this book, but I have no way of copying it because they use a unique recording method.
I am also VERY sorry to see that, now that you have made the series available, it is all performed by the same artless individual.

What other book might you compare Aunt Dimity and the Duke to and why?

The book, not the erecording, has many of the qualities of Charlotte MacLeod's Sarah Kelling series: Charm, wit, and humor. These qualities do not come across in your version.

Would you be willing to try another one of Teri Clark Linden’s performances?


If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Aunt Dimity and the Duke?

The text is great and does not need cutting.

Any additional comments?

Please rerecord with a different performer.

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3 out of 5 stars
By Dorothy on 04-02-13

Nice development of a background character

Would you try another book from Nancy Atherton and/or Teri Clark Linden?

The Aunt Dimity series has been delightful diversion, Nancy Atherton has inserted this volume skillfully into the series.

What didn’t you like about Teri Clark Linden’s performance?

Reminds one of a teacher reading to an elementary school class.

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9 of 9 people found this review helpful

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1 out of 5 stars
By Bernie Sammon on 04-04-13


Story was pleasant, but totally let down by narration. Dialogue was stilted, too slow, without much inflection. Accents were hit and miss.

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1 of 1 people found this review helpful

3 out of 5 stars
By saskia on 06-05-17

Read by a robot

What a shame! I was reccomended this series by my sister after I finished the Amelia Peabody mysteries. This otherwise perfectly agreeable cosy mystery story was spoilt by the performance. I listened at one and a half times the normal speed as I couldn't bear the almost patronising drawl of the narrator (I'm still undecided if it was a person or a computer generated voice) There are some funny moments of American to English poor translation. I doubt that the Author would have used the phrase like fleas on a cats fanny had they known the English connotations of the word! However, I'm already looking for the next in series so the story won in the end.

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