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vicki

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  • Venetia

    • ABRIDGED (4 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Georgette Heyer
    • Narrated By Richard Armitage
    Overall
    (294)
    Performance
    (201)
    Story
    (199)

    Venetia Lanyon, beautiful, intelligent and independent woman, lives in comfortable seclusion in rural Yorkshire with her precocious brother Aubrey. Her future seems safe and predictable: Either marriage to the respectable but dull Edward Yardley, or a life of peaceful spinsterhood. But when she meets the dashing, dangerous rake Lord Damerel, her well-ordered life is turned upside down, and she embarks upon a relationship with him that scandalizes and horrifies the whole community.

    Judith says: "Great, but too bad it is abridged"
    "Imperfect pleasure"
    Overall

    Excellent narration by Richard Armitage. I agree it is too truncated. But it's rather like a movie version that leaves out some of the detail while offering its own satisfactions. The dialogue between Venetia and Dameral is really a delight when read aloud by such a competent interpreter.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Unknown Ajax

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Georgette Heyer
    • Narrated By Daniel Philpott
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (524)
    Performance
    (355)
    Story
    (357)

    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"
    "A narrator's triumph"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What made the experience of listening to The Unknown Ajax the most enjoyable?

    The narrator did an excellent job of managing the many characters and accents, especially the women's voices.


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

    The interactions between the hero and heroine.


    What about Daniel Philpott’s performance did you like?

    See above. I could not have understood some of the "cant" without him.


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

    No. But it was very engaging over several days.


    Any additional comments?

    The reading highlighted some of the weaknesses of Heyer--but enjoyable nonetheless.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Elephant to Hollywood

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Michael Caine
    • Narrated By Michael Caine
    Overall
    (377)
    Performance
    (270)
    Story
    (267)

    Charming, engaging, and surprisingly forthright, Michael Caine gives us his insider's view of Hollywood and the story of his brilliant second act. When he was in his late 50s, Michael Caine believed his Hollywood career had come to an end. The scripts being sent his way were worse and worse. Salvation came in the unlikely form of his old friend Jack Nicholson, who convinced him to give acting one more shot. What followed was one of the most radical comebacks in film history.

    Kaye says: "A pleasure!"
    "Delightful raconteur"
    Overall

    I heard Caine interviewed on Fresh Air and the book is as much fun as promised. It was a great pleasure to listen to his distinctive voice on a long car ride. From "Alfie" onward Michael Caine has contributed so much to film and popular culture, he deserves to be honored and loved.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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