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I love historical novels about spies, especially when one of the spies is a woman. I liked that Roselie/Asteria didn’t act like she would have preferred to be a man, and didn’t act like she was all that tough, just that she could almost take care of herself and she only told Brody that once instead of over and over again throughout the story. Roselie was better with words, and she had some great lines.
This was all about Roselie being a masked spy and Brody’s attempt to unmask her, while falling in love with her. And Roselie, having grown up with Brody, always trying to hide her identity from him. It was about them both trying to find out who was selling England’s secrets to France. It was a book filled with spies, murder, kidnapping and romance. What more can you ask for? And there was some fun and entertaining secondary characters in it, too. Budgey was really funny and I was sorry he wasn't in the book except for the very beginning. I wondered why he was even added to the book. He seemed to be a non-entity to me. He was part of the Ton, acted like a fool for a few minutes then he disappeared. It was a little odd, and disappointing.
There was sex scene and a little desire once in a while. No swearing.
As to the narration: I absolutely love Susan Duerden. She does great voices BUT most of all she reads with emotions and enthusiasm. AND, most importantly, she laughs and whispers when the book calls for it. That’s the most important thing to me, especially the whisper. When a narrator reads that a character whispers and the narrator doesn’t, then that makes for a bad narrator. The very worst thing is when there’s a female narrator and the book says the hero’s voice is deep and sexy but he sounds just like a girl when he talks, THAT is really a bad narrator. And still, in 2017, the female narrators are ruining books by not even trying to sound even a little bit like a man. Amazing!!
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Read for Review/Listened for Fun (Avon/Audible)
Overall Rating: 4.75
Story Rating: 4.50
Character Rating: 5.00
Audio Rating: 4.50 (Not part of the overall rating)
Quick Thoughts: I adored almost everything about Six Impossible Things. The gumption of Roselie (in EVERYTHING she does) coupled with the exasperation of Brody trying to "save" her really made me smile the entire way through. Their topsy turvy romance coupled with the intrigue was really fun to read. I am going to be doing a reread (listen) on release day because I already have this on my pre-order for Audible. Really I highly recommend picking this up! I don't think you will be disappointed!
Narrated By Susan Duerden / Length: 10 hrs and 7 mins
Susan is really great at this series. I am not quite done with the re-listen but she nailed Roselie. You could just hear her bringing out the rebel in this character and the exasperation of Brody. It has been a fun listen. I am so glad I picked up the audiobook too!
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