I would listen to Richard Armitage read the dictionary his voice is so wonderful. The fact that I actually forgot it was Richard Armitage reading and was swept away by the wonderful Georgette Heyer story, the characters she created and Mr. Armitage gave life to was an absolute bonus.
Heyer’s books are comedies of manners and you can’t simply remove all the absurdities from one of her books and think you still have a Heyer book left. Venetia is one of the most romantic books I know. I mean it fairly crackles. But none of this is left in the abridged version.
A lot was already removed from the first meeting between Ventia and Damerell. The spaniel is gone plus some other important passages and Damerell simply comes across as a cad. I had a hard time even seeing these two people falling in love as so much was taken out. Whoever wrote the abridged version managed to turn Venetia into a humdrum romance that I wouldn’t look at twice if I didn’t know the original.
Plus it didn’t help that Richard Armitage read these two LIVELY characters as if there were completely bored. I think he might be better suited for heart-wrenching stories like North and South, where he did a great job. But this is a Heyer book!! I wanted to climb into the recording booth and make him read it all in a little more high-spirited way. Now I have to go and re-read the actual book to recover from this audio version. I won’t be buying any more abridged Heyer books.
Audible, why are you doing this to us? The entire book is only four or five more hours. Why can’t you bring us full versions? And while you’re at it, could you please have Kate Reading, Barbara Rosenblat or James Marsters read Venetia and Sylvester? Please!!
This book is so much better unabridged. The characters of the book set this book apart from other Regency reads. Heyer is a worthy successor to Jane Austen but you would never know from this abridged version.The reader is a further detraction from the high quality of the authors and her characters. Skip this version.
Excellent narration by Richard Armitage. I agree it is too truncated. But it's rather like a movie version that leaves out some of the detail while offering its own satisfactions. The dialogue between Venetia and Dameral is really a delight when read aloud by such a competent interpreter.
I love the story but long for an unabridged version. The only reason for an overall 4 stars. I also loved the narration and hope he does more audio narration as well as acting. Even though the story was abridged, I still enjoyed it very much, just wish there was more of it. I plan on reading the book for the full story. Venetia and Damerel are interesting characters. They are not perfect, which makes them more interesting I think. The language of the time is charming. This is my second Georgette Heyer audiobook and I have become a big fan and plan to listen to many more. An easy and fun listen.
Venetia is one of Georgette Heyer's best works, but this abridgement, which cuts out all the delightful characters that should weave in and out of the main plot, doesn't do the novel justice. You read Heyer for more than romance and escapism--she is able to weld humor, the nuances of the age, class conflicts and suble social commentary into a genre which she essentially created. No writer since has managed the trick. To abridge this work so brutally cuts out the very aspects of the story which set Heyer apart from and above the run-of-the-romance novel. Wait for an unabridged version to come out!
I am no fan of abridged books, but this short little listen was charming on all fronts. The story was engaging and well edited from the original length. I never felt that there was too much missing.
Richard Armitage is one the best narrators I've listened to in my 15+ years of listening to audio books. His voice is lovely, a rich baritone, and he acts the characters instead of merely reading them.
This is a great read as it has lively conversations and the Nurse's comments are very funny. It's not as good abridged. You've left out the good stuff! That's the best part of the book and it was chopped into pieces. You need to do it again as an unabridged! The story is a 5 star in its original form.
Yes. She is my favorite author next to Jane Austen. I've purchased many including 'An Infamous Army', The Nonsuch', 'Frederica','The Unknown Ajax','Cotillion','Convenient Marriage', etc I also enjoy ''The Grand Sophy' was also ruined because they abridged the book. Much of the pleasure in the Heyer books is the language and her attempt to recreate the period through slang expressions and creation of the setting with her characters. If you take away the language, you take away a whole lot!
Yes. He does a nice job with Regency works and helps set the scene.
Re-read the book. The book is MUCH better!!!
Arabella is another fun Heyer Regency. There are more Regency period reads like 'Regency Buck' which precedes 'An Infamous Army' with characters. You might try a few more of her mysteries, too, as they are similar to Agatha Christie in the English who-done-it style many love.
Richard Armitage's reading is outstanding, but even that can't quite save this poor abridgement, which cuts out the original book's lively dialogue, strong conflicts, unexpected plot twists, vivid characters, and convincing motivations. What's left is plodding, flat, and trite--the reverse of anything Georgette Heyer would write. Still, the excellent reading may carry listeners all the way to the end.
Attorney - love to listen to audio books
Georgette Heyer is one of the best writers in the world - ever! I love her romances and this is a truly good one. Venetia is a great character - one of my most beloved of all Heyer's female characters. The story has a lot of depth and creates quite a few emotions - humor, sweetness and even some sadness (but you know Heyer will not leave you sad). My only complaint is that the book is abridged, but don't let that stop you. The story is just too good to pass up even if it is shortened.