Maisie Dobbs [Audiobook Review]

Title: Maisie Dobbs
Author: Jacqueline Winspear
Narrator: Rita Barrington
Genre: Mystery; Fiction
Pages: 294
Audio: 10 hours
Year: 2004
Publisher: Sound Library
Source: Library
Rating: 4.5/5


Maisie Dobbs is a “psychologist and investigator” in post-WWI London. Trained for years by her mentor, Maurice, she’s hanging up her own shingle and ready for her first case: a simple suspected adultery turned into something much more.  In the midst of this story, we learn about Maisie – from housemaid to WWI nurse – and how she came to be the Maisie we see today.

My Thoughts:

I am only one book in and I totally understand why the world is in love with Maisie. I’ve never been much of a mystery reader, but I’m sold on Maisie. She’s a charming character, surrounded by wonderful family and friends, and I can’t imagine many readers fail to fall under her spell.

I had heard that the first Maisie Dobbs was not the strongest, mostly because of the large amount of backstory squeezed in the middle.  While I’m not sure that devoting such a big chunk of the book to the back story (maybe it deserved a book of its own?) was the best story-telling decision, I actually really enjoyed learning about young Maisie. If this is the weakest book in the series, I can’t wait to keep reading.

Audiobook Thoughts:

I was able to get completely lost in the story and I believe much of this was due to the narration. Rita Barrington has this wonderfully lyrical voice. I definitely recommend reading (or revisiting) this one in audio.

7 thoughts on “Maisie Dobbs [Audiobook Review]

  1. Heather March 29, 2012 / 7:55 am

    I have the first two of these sitting on my shelf right now… I need to get to them soon! Everyone keeps talking about how great these are. Since you enjoyed the audio so much, maybe I’ll take that route instead of print.


  2. zibilee March 29, 2012 / 12:00 pm

    I liked the back story so much, and felt the historical bits were amazing, but I was less enchanted with the mystery, and eventually decided that I wouldn’t go further in this series because of that. I have been reconsidering as of late though, because I have been hearing some amazing things about the way the books progress. I am glad you loved this one. Are you thinking of going further with the series?


    • Michelle March 30, 2012 / 8:30 pm

      Yes, I plan on reading the rest of the series so stay tuned. 🙂


  3. Jennie March 31, 2012 / 11:35 am

    I’ve been interested to read this series…I’ve been hearing a lot of buzz lately. I’m glad to know the first book will draw the reader in!


  4. Joeie June 18, 2012 / 11:00 pm

    That’s a creative answer to a diffciult question


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