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JULIA

Tracyton, WA, United States | Member Since 2013

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  • Charity Girl

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Georgette Heyer
    • Narrated By Daniel Philpott
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (84)
    Performance
    (76)
    Story
    (76)

    When Fate and a chivalrous impulse combine to saddle Viscount Desford with a friendless, homeless waif in the engaging shape of Cherry Steane, who else should he turn to in such a scrape but his childhood playmate, Henrietta Silverdale? And although they refused to oblige their parents by marrying, they have always been the best of friends. But as Desford pursues Cherry's grandfather and father around the seedier fringes of society, Hetta is forced to wonder if he might not, at last, have fallen in love.

    JULIA says: "Extremely enjoyable 'read'."
    "Extremely enjoyable 'read'."
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Charity Girl to be better than the print version?

    Hard to say. I love the feel of reading a book, but it's also nice to be able to do something else with my hands while listening to an audio version.
    One problem is listening to narrators with styles of speech and idioms that are different from mine; with a paper book I can see the words that are new to me, and look them up for meanings; with audio I sometimes have to get the book out to find out what those words I couldn't quite 'catch' were.
    Also, it's VERY unfortunate that the audio book comes in one long track, so I can't click backwards to re-listen to a short segment - it resets all the way to the beginning of the book; I prefer the (usually) 3-minute tracking I'm used to with CDs.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Hetta, for she was such a clever and humor-loving girl. Ms. Heyer did such an exceptional job crafting her characters ... I've read all her paperbacks many, many times; all her stories are such entertaining reads.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Hard to choose just one, but perhaps the first chapter, when Desford is visiting his father.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    YES, and ignored chores while I sat for an hour or so each time I went back to the story.


    Any additional comments?

    Am so glad Ms. Heyer's unabridged stories are available to listen to, though I'd really prefer to buy CDs. At present I'm stuck at the computer, as my download skills aren't very good; in fact we needed our computer-builder guys to help me even get this first selection downloaded at all. Thanks for carrying her titles!

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  • The Unknown Ajax

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Georgette Heyer
    • Narrated By Daniel Philpott
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (511)
    Performance
    (343)
    Story
    (345)

    Miles from anywhere, Darracott Place is presided over by irascible Lord Darracott. The recent drowning of his eldest son has done nothing to improve his temper. For now he must send for the unknown offspring of the uncle whom the family are never permitted to mention. Yet none of that beleaguered family are prepared for the arrival of the weaver’s brat and heir apparent.

    bebe says: "Another great Georgette Heyer romance"
    "She was a master storyteller."
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    Would you consider the audio edition of The Unknown Ajax to be better than the print version?

    Still not sure. I do like to 'hear' the story, though I still have to refer to the print version sometimes to look up unfamiliar phrasing or decipher British pronunciations. Also, it is still bothersome that there are no track divisions in the audio version, so that I can skip back 3 or so minutes to re-listen to some wording I didn't understand, or when I'm interrupted by my husband or a phone call.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Unknown Ajax?

    Perhaps the Major and Claude's visit to Rye; hilarious.


    Which character – as performed by Daniel Philpott – was your favorite?

    Ajax (Hugo) definitely; the Major had such FUN bamboozling the family in dumbing himself down to conform to the family's expectations of his status and academic learning, and Mr. Philpott did such an excellent reading of his dialogue.


    Who was the most memorable character of The Unknown Ajax and why?

    Again, Ajax, because his performance in hoaxing the family was so entertaining.


    Any additional comments?

    I enjoy Georgette Heyer's novels so much because they make me laugh and chuckle and giggle; there's usually a bit of danger to characters' reputations - and sometimes actual danger - and serious parts, but there's always comedic relief, which she did so VERY well.

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