I have seldom been so upset. I foolishly did not notice the "abridged", so my fault. But to so truncate and destroy the plot and characterization of a book that is not so very long to begin with is unconscionable. I am so glad I did not purchase more of her books, if they are all so clipped and tattered as this one. Shame on the publisher. Shame.
The narration however was quite good. As is the book , of course. One of my very favorites. I am hoping to find it read unabridged somewhere.
Venetia is one of Georgette Heyer's most clever and charming heroines. Up till now her life has been determined by a past she knows nothing about. How can she overcome it to marry her much-disapproved soulmate? A good production which I bought after hearing it from the library -- in spite of its being abridged. My one cavel is that Richard Armitage makes the mistake made by so many readers, trying and failing to sound like the opposite sex.
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.
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.
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.