I've spent my entire life around the written word - writing it, editing it, teaching it. So, it's no wonder I also love to read it!
This book is utterly engaging, one of my favorite reads of the year so far. Charming and funny but with important underlying themes concerning true love, expectations and appearances, this book was a delight from beginning to end.
I loved Venetia's strength of character -- how good and honest and trustworthy she is -- and how Georgette Heyer plays with that character by having Venetia do what she can to destroy her own purity in the name of true love.
While I will admit to being a fan of Richard Armitage, this is the first time I've listened to him narrating a book and his reading was captivating and so entertaining. His various voices were pure gold and none of them sounded like the other (how does he do that?!). I was completely charmed by his narration which made the experience so much more fun.
Abridged versions of Heyer's books are always sadly lacking - the story is missing the charm of the way only Heyer can tell a story.
I confess: I bought this audiobook solely because it was narrated by Richard Armitage. I mean, come on, who wouldn't want Richard Armitage reading a romance story to them? I know it made my day. And I loved this audiobook. It was a fun, classic regency romance. I laughed out loud in parts. Other times, I felt for the position that Venetia and Lord Damerel were in. The entire time, I was so pulling for everything to work out for them. My only complaint is that this was an abridged audiobook. I would have loved an unabridged version.
Yes, I enjoyed this version of Venetia, although I usually eschew the abridged version of any book. Armitage has a velvety voice and creates a personality for each character. Good acting, who needs a whole cast of voice actors? I would listen to him reading the phone book. Five stars. I plan to listen again.
the scene in which Damerel rescues Venetia from Oswald. Funny stuff.
Velvety chocolate voice that has a growl in it.
The scene in which Venetia learns to stand up for herself in spite of her domineering relatives.
wonderful book, wonderful performance.
Listening to Richard Armitage is a treat.
I would have preferred less abridgement, however. I missed some parts of the story they chose to edit out. Overall, wonderful still!
As usual, he is fantastic. 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!
The narrator, Richard Armitage was brilliant yet again. Cannot get enough of his narration style. The accent, tones and ability to provide character to the stories players is amazing
I cannot point to one thing. I believe you either love old European society or you do not. I find them charming and yet frustrating too.
Where do you start? The man has a voice that draws you in and keeps you interested and engaged. To be honest, he could read a manual for rebuilding a car engine and I would listen to the entire thing. He brings stories to life.
As all these types of stories do, I was always frustrated with the characters but I think that keeps me interested.
Comedy of errors
I most loved that the story makes you root for the characters because of their imperfections.
His voice is memorizing. His variety of voices is amazing.
History student with VERY eclectic tastes. Too busy to actually sit down and read most of the time so audiobooks have saved my sanity.
This is the second Heyer novel I've listened to (the first was Sylvester). I really only downloaded them because Richard Armitage was narrating. I didn't really expect to like these books, as'm not much of a romance fan, but I'm glad that I was sorely mistaken in this.
Richard Armitage does an amazing job narrating. I could listen to his voice all day.
As for the story, there are parts of the narrative that are a little silly, but overall it is super entertaining. The characters are marvelous and remind me a little of Jane Austen characters. I love the strong independent Venetia and absolutely adore Demerel, the rake.
I'm definitely planning on reading/listening to more Heyer.
It was entertaining
The fact that it was "abridge". My mistake for not picking up on that, but Venetia and Sylvester were my first two orders so I blew it.