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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

    2 of 2 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,

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Elaine 21/03/2017
    Elaine 21/03/2017

    Elaine

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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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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  • 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.

    35 of 39 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!!

    5 of 5 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!

    3 of 3 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.

    10 of 12 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.

    11 of 15 people found this review helpful
  • 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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Marian
    Riverside, CA, United States
    13/03/17
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    "Love want more"

    I loved this book. I've listened to all of the royal spyness series and the molly Murphy series. I'm hoping this turns into a series. It was really good, and couldn't get enough

    2 of 3 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.

    5 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • Simone
    St-Laurent, Montreal
    05/03/17
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    "Fantastic"

    I'll get straight to the point: It was excellent and I loved every minute of it!

    Not much of a review, I know, but I don't have anything to criticize... I thought it was terrific.

    10 of 17 people found this review helpful
  • Christine Holley
    29/03/17
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    "Great book!"

    Excellent narrator. She changes her tone and voice so deftly and quickly between characters, you forget it is one person speaking.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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