It took awhile for this book to creep into my imagination, but eventually it revealed the humor and invention of a Georgette Heyer story. Be patient.
The reader's voice characterizations were quite good, although like other reviewers, I feel the voice of Avon seems a bit ancient. Really, 40 is not that old. And by the way....3 cheers for Rupert!
In the end, Great Good Fun! 😀
Georgette Heyer is really at her best in this novel. The Duke of Avon, his friends and siblings are witty and funny -- it got me out of a blue funk and involved in the story. The adventure seems a little unusual for Heyer at first. I started to wonder where the story was going because the love interest didn't appear immediately -- but actually it did. Everything seems a bit mysterious at first, but be patient, all will soon become clear. This isn't her usual Georgian period piece either; everything is set around the court of Louis Quinze and most of the action takes place in France, not England. She still sparkles even out of her usual setting and in fact she has written a first class adventure here with sympathetic and lovable characters. The male hero is her stereotypical "jaded bachelor" who needs to be redeemed by a good woman, but that is about the only predictable thing here. Everything else is just oodles of fun, highly entertaining and at about the height of her imaginative best. I still can't figure out why it was called "These Old Shades" but no matter ...
The narrator was outstanding! He did all the voices with consummate skill and really got into acting the parts. This is storytelling at its finest. He is first class and his style is perfectly suited to Heyer.
The Duke of Avon -- I have said he is a type that Heyer uses a lot, but his wry sense of humor is a hoot and he made me chuckle many times.
The cosmere consumes me.
This book was hilarious! The language was clever, the banter was witty and unceasing. I laughed so much and the narrator was perfect! Great story!
Have always loved the characters and humor of this classic Heyer romp. However, the performance of the Duke of Avon was so off the mark that I found it very distracting. Avon was written as a very soft spoken (but carried a big stick) and subtle character who was understated. The narrator performed him as loud and brash, almost yelling at times. He did capture all the other characters very well. I am glad, though, that someone else narrated the sequel, Devil's Cub. Am hoping for a better match to my expectations for that favorite.
I love Regency Romance. I spend many hours on the road and I am never happier than when I have a Georgette Heyer book to listen to.
There is just everything wonderful about this fun story! From beginning to end it was a great romp in the world of Regency.
What a delight?!
Made me smile and loved the narration. Fast paced.
The most impressive aspect of the writing is the author's proper use of the subjunctive. I just read all the Elena Ferrante books where the subjunctive mood was completely absent and thoroughly disconcerting. Heyer's descriptions are beautiful and colorful.
Yes. It is cleverly written.
The Moth and The Devil's Cub.
The main character, but all were good.