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.
One of the best
Out of the Silent Planet by CS Lewis. Has the same satirical taste
Mike, the narrator.
Global Warming via Deus ex Machina
Only wish that some of John Wyndhams lesser known works, in particular 'The Trouble with Lichen' were also in audible format.
I thoroughly enjoyed both versions but one gets the full benefit of the witty dialogue when listening to the book compared to reading it.
Frederica herself, in particular her optimistic outlook.
A very easy-to-listen-to voice.
Highly recommended. This is one of my favourite Regency romances by Heyer.
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.
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.
Fairly easy to know which character was talking based on the narrator's voice.
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.
This series not quite as good as the Belgariad and The Mallorean but still a good read.
Main problem with the story is that not a lot happens even though the book is quite large.
Narration was fairly good, just some strange choices of pausing sometimes.
It is worth the listening time.
More padding and less character development than Eddings' earlier books.
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'.
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.
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.
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