- Audible Audio Edition
- Listening Length: 4 hours and 58 minutes
- Program Type: Audiobook
- Version: Unabridged
- Publisher: Marie Silk Publishing
- Audible.com Release Date: April 25, 2017
- Whispersync for Voice: Ready
- Language: English
- ASIN: B0722DF5TQ
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Davenport House: Davenport House, Book 1 Audiobook – Unabridged
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The story gives an interesting account of what the lives of the rich and idle were like, and that of the servants. It is reasonably well-written, except I have one criticism that could have made things easier to read. The story is written in scenes, like a movie, but in a movie, you see the scene change. In a book, what seems to happen is the story appears to lurch through different points of view. I would prefer a gap to occur when there is a major change of point of view. The speech is somewhat formal, as the author tries to make the speech sounds as if it came from that time; whether it is accurate, I have no idea. There is little change of speech for the servants, but maybe that is for the best, because trying to create a speech type often does not work because it is not natural. The author can get away with one type, but two would need considerable skill. I also thought the characters were unnecessarily dim. Thus the police come and hear two stories about the death: natural causes, knife in back. What should they do? Surely examine the body? They don't think of that, and that dimness is somewhat widespread, in other words, the story is forced into being difficult to swallow to gain suspense.
The crux of this story is the mystery of Mr. Davenport’s death, including hints of secrets throughout concerning a conspiracy against him. I was about 30% in before I could start to guess what was really going on. Not that it’s a bad thing, but the mystery was revealed in many layers.
Those with notions of love had huge lessons to learn. The narrative and dialogue of Davenport House seemed a carefree read at times, while at other times showed instances of real pain from Mary. She handled the entire ordeal as a lady would, with elegance and compassion.
While the ending of this story was not a complete surprise, it did leave me in a happy place.
Mary's maid Clara has lived at Davenport House all her life. Clara dreams of a life greater than what she has, and her work and a secret engagement aren't enough to satisfy her. When her mother gives her a beautiful gown and tells her that she's been elevated to a new position in the house, Clara thinks that her dreams are finally coming true. But Mr. Davenport passes away before Clara learns about her new position, and the household descends into chaos when foul play is suspected.
This was a clean period drama that could be read as a standalone. The plot was similar to a Gothic romance. The writing was simple and straightforward. The mystery was easily solved, but I enjoyed the journey. I thought Mary was likable and was really worried for her well-being a time or two! She matured a lot through the book and I'm curious to read the rest of the series to see what's in store for the family.
The narration was really well done, Allyson Voller has the perfect voice to portray Mary and Clara. Her voice is pleasant and immersed me in the story. I received a copy of the audiobook, and I'm voluntarily leaving a review.
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This should be an example of how NOT to write.
Was this ghost written by someone in another country??
Or maybe one of my grandchildren purchased it on my account.