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Masked Ball at Broxley Manor

A Royal Spyness Novella
De : Rhys Bowen
Série : Royal Spyness, Volume 0.5
Durée : 1 h et 44 min
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A delectable prequel to the national best-selling Royal Spyness mysteries featuring Lady Georgiana Rannoch - 34th in line to the throne, and England’s poorest heiress. At the end of her first unsuccessful season out in society, Lady Georgiana has all but given up on attracting a suitable man - until she receives an invitation to a masked Halloween ball at Broxley Manor. Georgie is uncertain why she was invited, until she learns that the royal family intends to marry her off to a foreign prince, one reputed to be mad. When the prince, dressed as the devil, rescues her from an embarrassing situation at the ball, Georgie is surprised to find her unwanted suitor to be a dashing, charming man - especially when he pulls her aside and gives her the kiss of a lifetime. But as the time comes for the unmasking, Georgie’s rescuer vanishes and the party is thrown into chaos, making it clear that everything at Broxley Manor is not as it appears…

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  • CMMV
  • 01/01/2015

Fun, light prequel

This is a quick novella set before the events in Her Royal Spyness. You meet a 19 year old Georgie nearing the end of her season. It introduces several (but not all) of the characters in the series during the titular social event.

I quite enjoyed the audiobook. I'm a fan of Katherine Kellgren's performances in the series, and this is just as solid as any. Unfortunately, the plot is vague and there's not really a mystery here, the way there is in the other novels in the series. There is one small plot twist that is very predictable if you're familiar with the series. Since I have read the other novels, for me it was about learning more about the characters and enjoying the setting than about the plot itself. In those areas, it does deliver a lovely (if brief) little narrative. The story is paced well and held my interest throughout the entire narration. It answers a few questions about some characters' backstories, too, which is key to any prequel.

As an additional point, if someone hasn't read the series yet, I'd probably not recommend starting here. I don't think it would confuse a new listener, but there's not enough of a plot or mystery for a newcomer to actually decide if they'd like the rest of the series, and it slightly spoils the ending to a later novel.

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  • perspective
  • 23/12/2015

As always a pleasure

Is there anything you would change about this book?

It is too short and therefore not worth a full credit.

Would you recommend Masked Ball at Broxley Manor to your friends? Why or why not?

If you have read the series you will want this but it is a pity the story is so short. It just does not seem like value for money.

Which scene was your favorite?

The dance scene

Do you think Masked Ball at Broxley Manor needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

This is a short story and should be added to one of the other books.

Any additional comments?

It is not worth the value of a full credit.

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  • Dylan
  • 18/10/2018

I really think there should be more short stories!

A lot of my complaints about the series has been repetition and the fact I would like it stripped down. I think Rhys Bowen should do more short stories for Georgie!
Performance from Katherine Kellgren is outstanding as always - I mean could we really have expected any less.

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  • Gina M. Bertuccio
  • 07/01/2015

Fun Little Ditty

Cute little storyline. It is Interesting to see how Mrs. Simpson came into the picture. Narrator is one of the best.

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  • Too Happy
  • 13/08/2017

too short and little more than an introduction

Not worth the money. The narration was fine. Wallace Simpson and the other American voices were so loud and annoying as to be exaggerations of northern accents. If this had been my introduction to the series, I wouldn't have bothered with more. Thankfully, I know better and plan to enjoy them all. $5.00 for this? Getting my money back. Too bad really. I was looking forward to this.

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  • ShaSha
  • 24/01/2015

Too short!

Too short!
Love these novels... But this short story was not worth burning a credit for or even paying the 5 dollars

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  • DKAero
  • 07/04/2017

She SHOUTS!!!

Cute story, and the narrator is fine when she isn't shouting. BUT most of her delivery was SHOUTED!!! Gracious. It was exhausting. Interesting story and great potential but it was hard to keep listening to being shouted at.

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  • Carolyn Cornish
  • 12/01/2015

Too short

I expected an inferior story as I do not enjoy novellas. Much to my pleasure I was wrong. Great fun knowing the beginning of the service.

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  • A. Arrington
  • 14/01/2015

LOVED it!!!!!!

I adore this series and having a short novella to keep me going between books is lovely! I hope she writes more back story shorts like this! If she could do one every month or so it would suit me fine.

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  • AE
  • 13/11/2016

Fun story, but too expensive

Would you try another book from Rhys Bowen and/or Katherine Kellgren?

I have read many other books from this series, and liked them very much.

What does Katherine Kellgren bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

The narrator is excellent and brings all the characters to life.

Any additional comments?

However this is a short story, and not worth the price

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  • Elena
  • 30/10/2019

Very cute entry story...

... that has the potential of baiting you into this audio book-series. It's approx. 1hour and then you get a sneak peak into the first story "Her Royal Spyness".
This short story gives an insight into the main characters and you get an idea how and what makes them tick. I am curious how their stories will continue to unfold. "Masked Ball at Broxlex Manor" not a murder-mystery per se but rather an introduction that shows threads that will hopefully be picked up in the following stories.

The narrator is brilliant and magages to use her voice in so many pitches and accents so that you, as a listener, can see each character in front of you. Compliment to Katherine Kellgren!!! If I could I'd give 10 stars for her performance :)

My next audible token is definitely earmarked for the sequel :)

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  • emma
  • 26/08/2019

delicious

eine wunderbare kleine Geschichte mit einer hinreißenden Sprecherin und anschließend einer neugierig machenden Hörprobe für den eigentlich ersten Band dieser Reihe.
Absolut empfehlenswert!

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