I loved who the narrator was. It was a little funny to hear him speak out the female character voices, but a definite pleasure to hear his warm voice giving life to one of Ms. Heyer's favorite heroes.
The fact that it gives your heart a tug when I listen to the story instead of reading it.
Sylvester and his mother. Simply cheeky and adorable.
Have to admit that I bought this because Richard Armitage is the narrator. He does a masterful performance of the rolls in this novel. He does women's voices so well that one forgets all of the voices are being performed by one person. The novel is fine also and I have purchased other Heyer books as I like the genre. This one and the other that RA did will always be my favorites. I wish he would do more audio.
OK, I admit it. I bought this audiobook solely because it is narrated by Richard Armitage. I just had to find out if he was a good narrator. And he was very good. Not as great as Colin Firth who hit everything spot on (and who is my favorite actor narrator) but Armitage was pretty darn close. My only complaint with Armitage was that all the older ladies sounded like they were on their deathbeds and I could never tell if they were about to die or not.
As for the story itself, it was pretty good too. For years people have been telling me that I need to read Georgette Heyer but she's one of those writers that I just hadn't got around to yet. This story in particular is a regency romance but it is a lot like Pride & Prejudice. It had the same feel to it. The main girl disliked the guy because he was arrogant and the guy disliked the girl for the same reasons Mr. Darcy disliked Elizabeth Bennett. It was quick witted and hilarious. I will definitely be picking up more of her stories.
Richard Armitage brings these characters to life with his many wonderful and varied voices. He gives each one a distinct personality which draws the reader into the book. I cannot say not enough about this talented man. I purchased this book solely for his narration and was not disappointed.
I'm discovering that audio books are a new lifestyle for me now that I'm always on the go. Don't get me wrong though, I still love a good book in hand!
Having the story narrated by Richard Armitage was the best decision ever. His English accent and flavorful portrayal of the characters brought the story to life for me.
Sylvester was my favorite character. Usually these stories highlight the faults and trials of the heroine and it was refreshing to have a male more at the heart of the story. A flawed hero .
The scene at the first Inn was my favorite.
YES. Seriously because of the narrator and partly because I was curious how it was going to end.
History student with VERY eclectic tastes. Too busy to actually sit down and read most of the time so audiobooks have saved my sanity.
I enjoyed this story for the most part. I didn't realize it was an abridged version until I had finished it and came on here to rate it. This made perfect sense to me because there are a few points where the story seems to jump forward and character relationships seem to have really moved along in a very short time. This doesn't really hurt the story in my opinion, but it was noticeable. Also, why would you not get Armitage to read the full version? The more Armitage you have the better it is.
Yes, yes, I know...it's abridged. I think most everyone could agree that an unabridged version would have provided more color and nuance. What the story missed in content, however, was more than made up for in the skillful narration.
I have always enjoyed the acting talents of Richard Armitage but this is the first time I've listened to his narration. The man is totally a one-man-show! His vocal characterizations are well-rounded and highly entertaining, bringing the characters wholly to life.
All in all, even with quite a bit of the story ending up on the cutting room floor, I found this to be an engaging listen...particularly for the price!
I love Georgette Heyer and was captivated by Richard Armitage's reading, but I was quite disappointed in the abridgement of the story. Some of the very funniest parts were taken out! Like the first time she scolds him and the Button and the tassels... And the worst part was that I knew Armitage would have been amazing in the narration of it! Please, give us the unabridged version!!
I LOVED the book but was so disappointed that the abridged audio version chopped out all the subtle humour and many rich characters! What a waste of an excellent reader (Richard Armitage - sigh!) and a great story line.
No, but I certainly would not buy an abridged version again.
LOVED Richard's performance. His character interpretations were brilliant which was why I was so disappointed that the clever writing of Georgette Heyer was so swiftly turned into a Mills and Boon Rrrrromance! Yuk!
Hmmmm! Not really! I would never recommend any-one to buy an abridged version of any Heyer - even if you need to hear the delightful Richard's voice.
Please, please, please Audible, NO MORE ABRIDGED VERSIONS OF THE MAGNIFICENT HEYER! Richard! No more please! Give us the full version in future!