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Publisher's Summary

Susan Elia MacNeal introduced the remarkable Maggie Hope in her acclaimed debut, Mr. Churchill's Secretary. Now Maggie returns to protect Britain's beloved royals against an international plot - one that could change the course of history.
As World War II sweeps the continent and England steels itself against German attack, Maggie Hope, former secretary to Prime Minister Winston Churchill, completes her training to become a spy for MI-5. Spirited, strong-willed, and possessing one of the sharpest minds in government for mathematics and code-breaking, she fully expects to be sent abroad to gather intelligence for the British front. Instead, to her great disappointment, she is dispatched to go undercover at Windsor Castle, where she will tutor the young Princess Elizabeth in math. Yet castle life quickly proves more dangerous - and deadly - than Maggie ever expected.
The upstairs-downstairs world at Windsor is thrown into disarray by a shocking murder, which draws Maggie into a vast conspiracy that places the entire royal family in peril. And as she races to save England from a most disturbing fate, Maggie realizes that a quick wit is her best defense, and that the smallest clues can unravel the biggest secrets, even within her own family.
©2012 Susan Elia Macneal (P)2012 Random House Audio
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1 out of 5 stars
By Amazon Customer on 11-22-12

Terrible Narration

I had to stop listening and will need to get this book in print in order to finish it. The narrator's "upspeak", as another reviewer aptly described the way she ends EVERY sentence with a melodramatic upward lilt, is beyond irritating, as is her voice for Maggie (main character) and her voices for German speaking characters. I really enjoyed the first book in this series (different narrator) and feel as though I'd enjoy the story of the second one, but I can not listen to another minute of it. I'm very disappointed.

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45 of 46 people found this review helpful

3 out of 5 stars
By PJC on 10-18-12

Great story, have to ignore the narrator a bit

Is there anything you would change about this book?

The narrator does fine when "in character" however when nobody is "talking" she is awful
Trying to make turning on taps suspenseful coming across as stuff and unemotional instead!

Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Susan Duerden?

Bring back Wanda McCaddon

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4 out of 5 stars
By Queenortart on 02-10-14

Great Story - sounds a bit like an M & S Ad.

Would you listen to Princess Elizabeth's Spy again? Why?

Love the story, Maggie off to save the day again at Windsor Castle. Narrator's voice has had me puzzled for days till I worked out that she sounds like the food porn narrator for the M & S adverts.

What did you like best about this story?

Maggie is a feisty heroine and there's a proper thriller aspect

How did the narrator detract from the book?

Sounded like a Galaxy Chocolate / M & S advert

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?


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2 out of 5 stars
By Dawn on 08-10-14

Narration Fail

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

The story is good, the heroine only slightly annoying but the cadence of the narrator was like being dragged upstairs by the feet. With every sentence rising at the last word.. can't express just how annoying I found this.

How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

Story was o.k. A return to the narrator from the first book would have made this so much better.

How did the narrator detract from the book?

Sooo much, I could not listen to the books end. Still don't know how things finished for Maggie. I did try to KBO but the urge to smack the narrator distracted me so much from the story that I began to really dislike Maggie. and care less and less what happen to her.

Was Princess Elizabeth's Spy worth the listening time?


Any additional comments?

I see that the same narrator has voiced the next two books, I wont be buying them.

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