My favorite book by Heyer, Armitage's dramatization shines. he really captures the inflections of the characters, ive listened to this book several times and still it tickles me.
I usually stay away from Regency Era romances, but when NPR listed it as one of the best literary romances, I thought I would give it a try. (And it doesn't hurt that it's narrated by Richard Armitage.) The story is well-written and humorous, but it's just not my preferred genre so I didn't particularly enjoy it.
It is the abridged version, but I will definitely pick up the unabridged one and read again. Venetia is a clever heroine and you feel a bit like you'd enjoy a nice afternoon tea with her. She a woman before her time, and she exists in a great time for historical romance! The narration is also excellent - smooth as silk. Nicely done Mr Armitage!
Richard Armitage, the wonderful Brit actor is a terrific reader for this period romance, but there's an echo effect in the way it was recording. That is distracting and annoying.
Richard Armitage is wonderful. Delicious voice for the hero and a wide range of distinguishable voices of many characters. Ordinarily, I don't like abridged versions of books because I read before listening. However, I think the Queen of Regency benefits from a bit of judicious editing as long as performed by the magnificent Armitage.
I love Georgette Heyer books and the narrator was pretty good.
It's one of my favorite Georgette Heyer romances.
I did not care for how he performed some of the female characters, especially Mrs. Denny.
Yes, the story is great.
I was very disappointed that this is not the full version of Venetia. It has been edited. A great deal of the comedy is lost, when full sections are cut.
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.