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In Farleigh Field Audiobook

In Farleigh Field: A Novel

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Publisher's Summary

World War II comes to Farleigh Place, the ancestral home of Lord Westerham and his five daughters, when a soldier with a failed parachute falls to his death on the estate. After his uniform and possessions raise suspicions, MI5 operative and family friend Ben Cresswell is covertly tasked with determining if the man is a German spy. The assignment also offers Ben the chance to be near Lord Westerham's middle daughter, Pamela, whom he furtively loves. But Pamela has her own secret: she has taken a job at Bletchley Park, the British code-breaking facility.

As Ben follows a trail of spies and traitors, which may include another member of Pamela's family, he discovers that some within the realm have an appalling, history-altering agenda. Can he, with Pamela's help, stop them before England falls?

Inspired by the events and people of World War II, writer Rhys Bowen crafts a sweeping and riveting saga of class, family, love, and betrayal.

©2017 Janet Quin-Harkin, writing as Rhys Bowen (P)2016 Audible, Inc.

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    susan harper 05/03/2017
    susan harper 05/03/2017 Member Since 2015
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    "Narration not good"

    I am sorry to say that although I would have enjoyed the story I have been unable to listen to the narrator's voice. I tried speeding it up a bit but still no good....I shall have to return this book

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    genierose 06/03/2017
    genierose 06/03/2017
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    "Narration lets it down"
    What made the experience of listening to In Farleigh Field the most enjoyable?

    The story was good although in places became a bit predictable


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Margot - she was feisty


    Did the narration match the pace of the story?

    I was disappointed with the narration. The tone of the narrator seemed to make all the characters sound as if they were completely stupid which I don't think was the intention of the author


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

    The story seemed to have some ups & downs, so it took me 3 sittings


    Any additional comments?

    Overall a good story a bit spoiled by the irritating narration,

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Leonora 04/04/2017
    Leonora 04/04/2017 Member Since 2017

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    "Pleasant book, shame about the narrator"

    The book was OK, plot rather weak. Narrator not so good. She said aerodome instead of aerodrome every time the word cropped up!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Elaine 21/03/2017
    Elaine 21/03/2017

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    "Story ok, narration needs work"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    No, it takes too long to set the story. Then it plods along.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Rhys Bowen? Why or why not?

    Yes, but not with this narrator.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    Inflection was all over the place. Often placed emphasis on the wrong word(s).


    If this book were a film would you go see it?

    Probably not.


    Any additional comments?

    The narrator has a good voice but needs training on pacing and inflection.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Merelina Halinghen, France 01/05/2017
    Merelina Halinghen, France 01/05/2017 Member Since 2016
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    "Fantastic Enjoyable Exciting"

    One of the best books I have listened to in ages. A really good spy story with good background story at the same time. If you like history, romance and excitement then this is the book for you. Have been listening in the car and round the house to know what happens.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Mrs. Cullen London 14/04/2017
    Mrs. Cullen London 14/04/2017 Member Since 2016
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    "Nostalgia"

    The story line is strong and very credible, I enjoyed it. Partially historically correct and had the listener guessing.
    I recommend this story, very easy to listen to and a transport to a bygone age.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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  • Scott
    Moss Beach, CA, United States
    17/03/17
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    "Fun New Characters"

    I'm a big fan of the Royal Spyness series. This novel, which may or may not be a stand-alone title, has the same sort of class delineation and intrigue, but in a slightly more serious vein. I enjoyed it, despite its predictability (I anticipated the antagonist from very early on in the story). Bowen's pacing is always fine, the dialogue believable, and the plots intricate enough that you're never bored. The narrator had her hands full with so many characters, and she did a good job of giving each character a distinctive voice, though the upper class accents were a bit over the top, and her tone made the story seem lighter than it would have had I read it.

    12 of 12 people found this review helpful
  • Linda
    Bowie, MD, United States
    30/03/17
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    "Golly! WWII Novel Is Great Mystery"

    Golly! From the first time the word is uttered, I was hooked. The narrator in the audio book has such a superb grasp of how the aristocracy sounded at least to my American ears that is. I loved this book and it is always a thrill when a Kindle Book of Month turns out to be so fantastic. This story is set at the beginning of WWII, in May 1941 before the allied joined to beat Hitler. In this story you learn that there are spies among us you would not expect and two of them are main characters, Lady Pamela and Ben Cresswell, the Vicar's son. Both are working under cover and the story meshes so well that the reader doesn't expect who is the planted German spy although there are lots of clues that make you suspect several main characters. This was my first book by Bowen but it won't be my last. This is a mystery based on actual facts. The location in Kent is fiction but the location and the events could have happened just as written. It is an excellent story and surprised me with the discovery of who the actual spy was because clues were left that it could be several people. Read it and enjoy. Gemma Dawson is excellent as narrator. The way she says 'Golly' has got to be the best aristocratic snobbery sound yet. Golly!

    10 of 10 people found this review helpful
  • RavidReader
    Detroit, MI, United States
    05/03/17
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    "Entertaining and Engaging Storyline"

    When I purchased this book, I didn't expect it to be a good as Rhys Bowen's, Royal Spyness books. I was wrong -- it was better! It isn't the light-hearted fun listen that is expected in the Royal Spyness series.

    The characters were believable, engaging and interesting. I felt, as I lived through the history of the period, while listening. Whenever I can vividly picture the characters and the scenery, a book has my full attention. I'm stingy with my 5 star rating. It deserves a solid 4 stars but since it exceeded my expectation, and the narration was excellent, I'm giving it 5 stars.

    21 of 23 people found this review helpful
  • Maine Knitter
    Central Maine, USA
    03/03/17
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    "I see a new series in the works"

    First of all, I am a huge Rhys Bowen fan. I looked forward to this book with great anticipation.

    I listened to the audiobook and immediately got turned off by Gemma Dawson's narration. I hate when an author's work is negatively impacted by a poor narrator. Eventually I came to accept it (other than not finishing what was I to do?) and let the book speak (!) for itself.

    I found this got better as it went along. It was a bit too full of cliches for my liking and the uses of "thinking outside the box" seemed out of context for the time period. But it was an enjoyable book and the characters were easy to like. MI5, Bletchley Park, stately homes, war heroes - what's not to like!

    As I finished this I was thinking that there are many characters whose stories we need to follow. It seems Rhys has a new series in the works. At least I hope so.

    47 of 54 people found this review helpful
  • kws
    Texas
    13/03/17
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    "If you like a great story...,,"

    This was a wonderful listen. If you like England during WWII this is a book for you. I hope there is a sequel!!

    8 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • Wendy
    Ojai, CA, United States
    05/03/17
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    "Annoying narration!"

    Generally, I like Rhys Bowen's books, especially her Evan Evans series. I expect I'll enjoy this one when I read it but I'm returning the audible version. The narrator employs a plummy, pip-pip, upper class voice that just grates on my nerves.

    24 of 30 people found this review helpful
  • C Jane Heffernan
    13/03/17
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    "Captivating !"

    This is a wonderful historical fiction book. Delightful read while exercising. Each character was very interesting and enjoyed their interaction. A must read!

    6 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • Wild Horses Flying
    Bremerton, WA
    10/04/17
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    "In Farleigh Field"
    Any additional comments?

    The writing - as in stringing words together - is good and some of the dialogue is good as in engaging and bringing you into the scene. But the story is really just dressed up soap opera made up of situational cliches. I was disappointed. I couldn't even finish it. The reader is good.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Kaye
    Napa, California, United States
    05/03/17
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    "Excellent start of a new series"

    It took a few chapters to get into the story as is usual for a new series but once I did I was hooked. It is very different from Bowen's Royal Spyness series, more serious although it still has enough light moments. An interesting, historical mystery that keeps you guessing and a nice love interest that leaves you wanting more. I am a big fan of British mysteries and I look forward to more in this series.

    8 of 11 people found this review helpful
  • Diemut
    McLean, VA, United States
    03/05/17
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    "Mediocre"

    This story was written in such an amateurish way. Sorry, but I could hardly finish it.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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