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Mrs. Roosevelt's Confidante

A Maggie Hope Mystery
Auteur(s): Susan Elia MacNeal
Narrateur(s): Susan Duerden
Durée: 10 h et 16 min
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In this latest riveting mystery from New York Times best-selling author Susan Elia MacNeal, England's most daring spy, Maggie Hope, travels across the pond to America, where a looming scandal poses a grave threat to the White House and the Allied cause.

December 1941. Soon after the attack on Pearl Harbor, Winston Churchill arrives in Washington, DC, along with special agent Maggie Hope. Posing as his typist, she is accompanying the prime minister as he meets with President Roosevelt to negotiate the United States' entry into World War II. When one of the first lady's aides is mysteriously murdered, Maggie is quickly drawn into Mrs. Roosevelt's inner circle - as ER herself is implicated in the crime. Maggie knows she must keep the investigation quiet, so she employs her unparalleled skills at code breaking and espionage to figure out who would target Mrs. Roosevelt and why. What Maggie uncovers is a shocking conspiracy that could jeopardize American support for the war and leave the fate of the world hanging dangerously in the balance.

©2015 Susan Elia MacNeal (P)2015 Random House Audio

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  • farmergirl55
  • 2017-05-14

Huge Disappointment

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

Changing the storyline. I think it should have focused more on the story of Churchill and Roosevelt and the struggle of Britain needing the US to enter the war.

What was most disappointing about Susan Elia MacNeal’s story?

The political slant of the story line taking in things that seemed to border on the point of ridiculous. I didn't buy the book to be preached at about the death penalty.

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

Disappointment that a series I had enjoyed this far ended up a wasted credit. Not sure I'll buy any more in the series.

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  • Au global
    3 out of 5 stars
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  • Jean
  • 2015-12-17

Entertaining

I read the first few books in this series and enjoyed them but somehow forgot about the series, glad I came across it again. Soon after Peal harbor, Winston Churchill and special Agent and code breaker Maggie Hope, posing as his typist arrive at the White House. One of the First Lady’s aides is mysteriously murdered. Eleanor and Maggie investigate and uncover a conspiracy that could jeopardize the War effort.

The book is well written and meticulously researched. What I like about MacNeal is the historical detail she puts into her story. There are multiple plotlines and points of view which allows the reader to easily follow the action. How could I not like this book, it contains my two favorite people Winston Churchill and Eleanor Roosevelt. This book sort of reminded me of the Elliott Roosevelt series of murder mysteries featuring Eleanor Roosevelt.

Susan Duerden did an excellent job narrating the story. I was impressed with her narrating ability when I listened to “The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society” book. She brought that book to life as she did with this current book..

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  • The Louligan
  • 2015-11-19

RACIST AND INSULTING TO BLACK AMERICANS

I haven't read the preceding books in this series but this one is just awful! The author has chosen a subject - racism in America - which she lacks knowledge and sensitivity. Her depiction of blacks during the World War II era is appalling. In a purely literary sense,I really tried to get past it because the story plot began in such an interesting way. But the author made me feel really uncomfortable. It takes a lot to upset me when it comes to literary license. I fought to have Audible allow reviewers to use the word "nigger" instead of the really outrageous "n-word" if the term is in the book reviewed and does not insult or degrade. I embrace realism in literature. One cannot read a fictional account about slavery and believe that we were referred to as "African Americans". There are instances in which being "politically correct" makes no sense. However, this author stepped over the line in this book, showing a marked level of insensitivity to blacks, Jews, and other minorities and nationalities. I can't speak for the others in any degree of depth, but I can tell you how this book affected ME as a black American.

Much of the book takes place in Washington DC, where I was born and raised. Her depiction of black Washingtonians was way off. She had the black employees in the White House acting like slaves. I was stunned by the way Winston Churchill talked to the main White House steward. This was 1941 but the white people act like it was 1861!!!

Just in general, the author tried to pack in every famous living person of that time, from the Kennedys to Josephine Baker to Ernest Hemingway. The storyline got bogged down in name-dropping after a while. And while I normally enjoy this narrator, she is not suited to acting out such distinctive voices as FDR, Eleanor Roosevelt and Churchill. It was a really painful listen.

I am descended from free people of color who have lived and worked in Washington since BEFORE the Civil War. Susan MacNeal's story enraged and insulted me and my ancestors, some of whom helped to build the White House and Capitol Building. This book would have been better if the author hadn't tried to include every ounce of our struggle and our history into a storyline that we didn't even need to be included. It is a walk that she has never taken. She took our history too lightly, making us look like minstrel caricatures. MacNeal should be ashamed to release such a racist and insulting book in 2015.

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  • L.P.
  • 2018-11-12

Informative and entertaining

I enjoyed getting a taste of what was happening in the US just after the bombing of Pearl Harbor, and as always, enjoyed the relationships between the characters and the often sticky situations they find themselves in. In this book, Maggie finds herself helping Eleanor Roosevelt with a potentially devastating situation. The fact that there were many people who did not like Mrs. Roosevelt rang true, but what did not was the depiction of Mrs. Roosevelt as a somewhat fearful individual. I feel she would not have been quite so timid and uncertain about what to do in the situation she faced, but would have taken charge. This is history 'light' - no time to delve into things too deeply, but good introduction to events for a younger audience. Kids reading this would find a strong, capable, and independent heroine in Maggie. #inspiring #WorldWarII #tagsgiving #sweepstakes

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  • Allen
  • 2018-08-06

Great historical story

Interesting story line, exciting time in history. Very well performed. A good read and a good series.

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  • Faith Christmas
  • 2017-11-13

I like it ...

I am a young black woman and felt offended by the terms that were used in the book, though not so offended that I didnt finish it.
it was 1942, of course black people were called "colored" and "darkie"
it stung, it did, I won't lie; but I must say I did enjoy the book just as I did the other books.
i cant wait until the I get the next one.

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    4 out of 5 stars
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  • Amazon Customer
  • 2017-09-10

Series Took a Dark Turn

Any additional comments?

Loved the first Maggie Hope books but they have taken a dark turn. Very disturbing, very detailed descriptions of horrible events. I'm using the fast forward to skip some of these descriptions as I still want to find out what Maggie Hope is going to do.

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  • R. Armstrong
  • 2017-08-14

Good, but my least favorite so far.

I've really been enjoying these books; the writing is top notch and the main mysteries within are gripping and thrilling - but this one got very preachy - as if the author were determined to LECTURE the reader about racism and bigotry, rather than just explore them within the confines of the story.

The author also seems a bit obsessed with homosexuality. Besides the aunt and the best friend, it just comes up an inordinate amount - particularly considering the time frame.

This particular book - about protecting the First Lady's heterosexual standing and the long (tedious) discussions between the characters about the history of racism around the world seems a lot more contrived to serve the author's liberal agenda than in giving the reader a great WW II spy story.

Hoping Book 7 returns to the main themes and leaves the preaching for some non-fiction.

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    2 out of 5 stars
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  • Elizabeth von Kessler
  • 2016-12-14

Question Mggie Hope story

This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

This was a stretch and the performance, especially of the black characters was demeaning.

Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Susan Duerden?

Someone who did not exaggerate the black dialect

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

Disappointment

Any additional comments?

I have loved the Maggie Hope books so far - especially for the historical references, but this book was demeaning to all the characters: Churchill, Mrs Roosevelt, and the black characters.

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  • Mariah Howard
  • 2016-11-06

hard to get past the inconsistencies

I struggled to finish this book. There were multiple inconsistencies and the story was terribly unbelievable at times. I love Maggie Hope mysteries, but this one lacked finesse.

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