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  • Cotillion

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Georgette Heyer
    • Narrated By Phyllida Nash
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (404)
    Performance
    (237)
    Story
    (240)

    The three great-nephews of cantankerous Mr Penicuik know better than to ignore his summons, especially when it concerns the bestowal of his fortune. His freakish plan is that his fortune will be his step-daughter's dowry.

    connie says: "Don't judge this book by its cover."
    "A story of a real hero"
    Overall

    Another beautifully read story by Phillida Nash. 'Cotillion' is another of Heyer's romances which could have been written specifically to be read and listened to. One of her few romances that does not involve a cleverly sardonic hero but instead involves a quiet, dandy-ish hero of average intelligence and a very kind heart. Freddy's character is wonderfully created by the nature of his dialogue and Phyllida Nash does an excellent job of translating that dialogue into voice - despite being female. The reader follows Kitty's journey from her childish adoration of the handsome Jack to her more mature and more true love of the less obviously heroic Freddy. A thoroughly enjoyable audibook.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • The Kraken Wakes

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By John Wyndham
    • Narrated By Alex Jennings
    Overall
    (15)
    Performance
    (14)
    Story
    (14)

    Journalist Mike Watson and his wife, Phyllis, trace it back to the strange showering lights they noticed on the final day of their honeymoon cruise; lights which appeared to land and disappear into the water. Reports mount of similar sightings all over the world. Governments embark on missions to investigate the sea, but ships disappear and diving crews never return to the surface. Something deep in the ocean does not want to be disturbed.

    Ross Henderson says: "Something of a Disappointment"
    "Classic sci fi with a satirical bite"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Where does The Kraken Wakes rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    One of the best


    What other book might you compare The Kraken Wakes to and why?

    Out of the Silent Planet by CS Lewis. Has the same satirical taste


    Which character – as performed by Alex Jennings – was your favorite?

    Mike, the narrator.


    If you could rename The Kraken Wakes, what would you call it?

    Global Warming via Deus ex Machina


    Any additional comments?

    Only wish that some of John Wyndhams lesser known works, in particular 'The Trouble with Lichen' were also in audible format.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Frederica

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Georgette Heyer
    • Narrated By Clifford Norgate
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (711)
    Performance
    (412)
    Story
    (414)

    Rich and handsome, the hope of ambitious mothers and despair of his sisters, the Marquis of Alverstoke sees no reason to put himself out for anyone. But when a distant connection applies to him for help, he finds himself far from bored.

    connie says: "not run-of-the mill chick lit"
    "A Heyer Favourite"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you consider the audio edition of Frederica to be better than the print version?

    I thoroughly enjoyed both versions but one gets the full benefit of the witty dialogue when listening to the book compared to reading it.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Frederica herself, in particular her optimistic outlook.


    What about Clifford Norgate’s performance did you like?

    A very easy-to-listen-to voice.


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

    Yes.


    Any additional comments?

    Highly recommended. This is one of my favourite Regency romances by Heyer.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Ruby Knight: The Elenium, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By David Eddings
    • Narrated By Greg Abby
    Overall
    (589)
    Performance
    (346)
    Story
    (354)

    Ehlana, Queen of Elenia, had been poisoned. A deep enchantment sustained her life, but only while the Knights aiding it still lived - and, already, they were dying, one each month. Then Sparhawk, the knight and Queen's Champion, learned that the cure for the poison was Bhelliom, the great jewel lost when Sarak of Thalesia died in battle 500 years before.

    Christina says: "Couldn't wait"
    "Improved performance, padded story"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    Despite it's lack of action and less than perfect editing (too much padding) this was still an entertaining enough book to listen to for relaxation.


    If you’ve listened to books by David Eddings before, how does this one compare?

    As mentioned, The Elenium as a series is not up to the standard of The Belgariad and The Mallorean. There is less character development, less entertaining dialogue and rather a lot of descriptive padding, much of which could have been omitted from the story.


    What about Greg Abby’s performance did you like?

    Fairly easy to know which character was talking based on the narrator's voice.


    Could you see The Ruby Knight being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    No.


    Any additional comments?

    I think Eddings fell into the same trap as many other authors of high fantasy have done. He wrote more, producing ever larger volumes for each successive book, but the actual interesting content of the stories decreased.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Diamond Throne: The Elenium, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By David Eddings
    • Narrated By Greg Abby
    Overall
    (794)
    Performance
    (478)
    Story
    (488)

    Sparhawk, the Pandion Knight and Queen's Champion, returns from a long spell of exile to find his native land overrun with evil and intrigue, and his young Queen grievously ill. Indeed, Ehlana lies magically entombed within a block of crystal, doomed to die unless a cure can be found within a year.

    Bryan J. Peterson says: "Quirky pronunciations but overall a worthy job."
    "Solid read"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you try another book from David Eddings and/or Greg Abby?

    This series not quite as good as the Belgariad and The Mallorean but still a good read.


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    Main problem with the story is that not a lot happens even though the book is quite large.


    Did the narration match the pace of the story?

    Narration was fairly good, just some strange choices of pausing sometimes.


    Was The Diamond Throne worth the listening time?

    It is worth the listening time.


    Any additional comments?

    More padding and less character development than Eddings' earlier books.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Bath Tangle

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Georgette Heyer
    • Narrated By Sian Phillips
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (317)
    Performance
    (176)
    Story
    (178)

    Having just jilted the Marquis of Rotherham, Lady Serena takes a house in Bath with her friend Fanny. The Marquis is not amused.

    bebe says: "Don't Miss Reading This"
    "A Tale of Romantic Misunderstandings"
    Overall

    An enjoyable listen although this story is not quite as well suited to an auditory format as some of Heyer's other romances - some of the dialogue in this story consists of characters discussing regency politics and gossip which can be skipped if reading from a book but is not so easily skipped when listening to an audio recording. That having been said however, the second half of the recording is a pleasure to listen to. I enjoyed Sian Phillips reading which did not surprise me when I remember her performance on the television series 'I, Claudius'.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Devil's Cub

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Georgette Heyer
    • Narrated By Michael Drew
    Overall
    (393)
    Performance
    (194)
    Story
    (196)

    The excesses of the young Marquis of Vidal are even wilder than his father's before him. Not for nothing is the reckless duellist and gamester called "the Devil's Cub". But when he is forced to leave the country, Mary Challoner discovers his fiendish plan to abduct her sister. Any only by daring to impersonate her can Mary save her sibling from certain ruin.

    Janet says: "Lovely book but narrator missed the mark"
    "Classic Heyer"
    Overall

    One of my favourite Heyer romances this book translates quite well into an audio format. Stars one of Heyer's typical heros - handsome, dangerous, and cynical - with a smart, courageous, ladylike heroine. This is the sequel to 'These Old Shades' and although it stands very well on its own, one needs to read the prequel in order to fully appreciate some of the characters - in particular the characters of Avon and Leonie. The only slight quibble I have concerns the narrator's voicing of some of the male characters. There is a decided lisp given to many of the more dandyish of the male characters which can become a little distracting. It is rather unlikely that all Georgian dandies lisp when they speak so I think this particular style of voicing was a little overdone in this audiobook.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Talisman Ring

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Georgette Heyer
    • Narrated By Phyllida Nash
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (192)
    Performance
    (152)
    Story
    (156)

    Neither Sir Tristram Shield nor Eustacie, his young French cousin, share the slightest inclination to marry one another. Yet it is Lord Lavenham's dying wish.

    Amanda says: "I laughed and laughed"
    "As good as a play"
    Overall

    Although somewhat shorter than many of her other novels. Heyer's Talisman Ring is one of her most entertaining reads. When I first read it years ago I thought how good a play it would make. Now, many years on, my very much thumbed and ragged version of the book has been replaced with an Audible version of the book delightfully read by Phyllida Nash - and yes, it does play very well as an audiobook. Snappy and funny dialogue of extremely likeable characters in a gently adventurous situation, this is a book that is fun to read and fun to listen to for anyone who enjoys lighthearted, well-scripted, regency romances.

    9 of 9 people found this review helpful

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