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  • Bath Tangle

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Georgette Heyer
    • Narrated By Sian Phillips
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    (192)
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    The Earl of Spenborough has always been noted for his eccentricity. Leaving a widow younger than his own daughter Serena is one thing, but quite another is leaving Serena's fortune to the trusteeship of the Marquis of Rotherham -- a man whom Serena once jilted and who now has the power to give or withhold his consent to any marriage she might contemplate. When Serena and her lovely young stepmother Fanny decide to move to Bath, Serena makes an odd new friend and discovers an old love, Major Hector Kirkby.

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    "Well done but not my favorite G.Heyer"
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    Heyer is a brilliant writer; a true master of her craft and her novels are in my personal permanent collection. This is an excellent audio production, and I appreciated the audio version of the book better than I had the written book. Nonetheless, Bath Tangle remains among my least favorite of Heyer's novels. I find the main characters in Bath Tangle far less congenial or believable than those in her other novels. Consequently the resolution of their dilemma at the close of the book is not as engaging as her other works. The writing is excellent, but the premise is not Heyer's best. That said, Heyer's worst is still great and worth listening to. Of Heyer's novels, The Foundling and Friday's Child are the two I reread most often. I love Audible's version of Friday's Child and look forward to Audible making The Foundling available in unabridged audio. And here I must speak my peace. Audible must abandon the deeply misguided practice of abridging Heyer's novels. Remember the disaster that was "New Coke"? Know your audience! Heyer devotees will NEVER be satisfied with the abominations that result from attempts at abridging Heyer's work. Even worse, such unappealing misrepresentations will only serve to dissuade potential new fans from exploring her other numerous works. Poor business practice! Even the best and most appealing celebrity narrators cannot make it work. Sylvester and Venetia are among my Heyer favorites, and despite Richard Armitage's best efforts, the abridged versions by Audible had been reduced to such a tawdry level of romance novel that I had to return them. Far smarter to produce one excellent version that would have been appreciated and promoted by Heyer fans than two mutilations that can only be deprecated.

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