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Would you consider the audio edition of Queen of Hearts to be better than the print version?
I jus love the whole series of these novels. Royalty, class wars, humor, great characters if has the lot. Very British upper class. Light hearted. Fanstatic.
Which character – as performed by Katherine Kellgren – was your favourite?
She is an awesome performer.
Any additional comments?
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2 of 2 people found this review helpful
I think this story pushes the envelope a little too far when it ventures to Hollywood.....had most of the story stayed on the ocean liner crossing the Atlantic, I think it would have been much better. I like the central cast of characters (all except for Queenie - she should have stayed with her new boss), but things reached ridiculous with the wild animals and movie plans. It was a fun romp up to and including New York, and I hope the next installment will stick a little closer to home for the 34th in line to the throne and her Irish beau.
And I hope Queenie gets a job elsewhere and exits from the series!
Katherine Kellgren's narration is always great, but even she was stretched a little too far, especially with the Spanish and Mexican accents. She managed a range of American accents fine, though she was a little over the top with the Western twang too. I'm hoping for a more Euro-centered story next time. Maybe even within the UK. A trip to Darcy's old home, maybe?
21 of 23 people found this review helpful
This book is my least favorite of the series. It takes an inordinate amount of time to get to the actual plot line and the cross country train trip is just boring.
The narration is driving me around the bend. Was there no producer to notice that the sheriff sounds like he's from a Wild West show? He's in Southern California! I realize I'm in the minority with my criticism of Katherine Kellgren ...while I do get a kick out of her voicing of Queenie, her "posh" characterizations have always seemed overdone to me. But the sheriff and the Mexicans? I'm not sure I can finish listening....it's that annoying.
I know I sound like an old curmudgeon and it's hard to tell that I am actually a Rhys Bowen fan and have been since her Evan Evans series (my favorite). This book, and especially the reading, just didn't do it for me.
20 of 22 people found this review helpful
Would you try another book written by Rhys Bowen or narrated by Katherine Kellgren?
I will probably try other Rhys Bowen books, but I really am not impressed with Katherine Kellgren anymore.
How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?
The ending was a little flat, but that is something I have noticed in the last three or four books. It is almost as though a required number of words have to be written, so there is quite a lot of padding out.
What didn’t you like about Katherine Kellgren’s performance?
The hysterical nature of the reading is getting worse by the book. I doubt the great grandmother of our heroine would be very impressed as she is no longer acting as a lady should. Even Belinda has been screeching, which is very unlike her, though perhaps three accents that sound similar was probably asking too much.
Although I haven't been that keen on Darcy having an Irish accent, I have never heard a member of the Irish aristocracy have an Irish accent, but in this book it seemed to be all over the place.
Could you see Queen of Hearts being made into a movie or a TV series? Who would the stars be?
Any additional comments?
Please get rid of that maid Queenie. She is becoming a real pain.
2 of 3 people found this review helpful
Some dramatic change in fortune, with Darcy & Georgiana working on a more serious case...perhaps Germany, Max & the looming war playing a part? This novel was too predictable, and the characters shallow & stereotyped. Nevertheless a pleasant holiday read.