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I've listened to very, very many Georgette Heyer books on Audible, and at first, from the look of the book cover, though I might not care to listen to The Toll Gate, but I was wrong.
It's a very good story, well narrated, and I did enjoy it.
The Toll-gate isn't my favorite Heyer romance, but it is still good fun. And the narrator made a good story highly entertaining with different voices for each character and amusing sound effects that brought each scene to life. Highly recommended!
The first time I listened to this book, I was a little bewildered. For a romance novel, the romance seemed a bit skimpy. It can be summarized thusly: You're tall?...I'm tall!!! We're both tall. Let's get married. With a second listen I could see that the true romance of this story was the adventure and that it is the secondary characters who bring the story to life. Daniel Hill is memorable as he puts life into each of the different characters so you feel like you know them.
Yes, I would recommend this book to a friend because in spite of having some trouble innitially forgetting Daniel Hill's tv character, Harvey Bains, Daniel does a great job with the narration. His characterization is wonderful.
I've read this book a couple of dozen times--at least. The plot is strong and the love story is tender.
Jack Staple, of course. He's the main male character and drives the book.
There is no doubt that characters being read by a narator rarely sound like they do in your head when you are reading the book. The portrayal of Jack is no different. I had always imagined him with a deeper voice because he is such a big man. However, I soon became accustomed to Daniel's portrayal of him. So, if this is the case for other readers, I urge them to give the audible book a chance. I really think they will enjoy it.
A little bit of adventure - a little bit of romance - enough authenticity not to insult the intelligence and Georgette Heyer writes so well, it is easy to be lost in her world!
Georgette Heyer's most enjoyable romances are always the ones with a mystery entwined in the story. The mystery in The Toll-Gate is particularly well constructed, and it is both historically based and very comprehensible to the modern reader.
Daniel Hill does a very good job of keeping the voices distinct, and the reading is fluent and easy to listen to. The novel is full of extraordinary characters, and Hill's reading captures them well
It almost seemed as if the narrator didn't think the book was exciting enough, and as a result made all of the scenes with any action BREATHLESS AND URGENT and RIDICULOUSLY MELODRAMATIC. Keep it simple, Mr. Hill. Your performance was distracting, mannered, and disappointing.