The ABRIDGED version of Venetia left me feeling cheated and as if I had only been allowed to peep through the keyhole into this unusual and exciting world of the Regency period instead of being able to open the door and walk into the story which I am normally able to in Georgette Heyer's full versions. There is something about Georgette Heyer's Regency romances that makes them special. The depth of knowledge of the settings, the lifestyle makes one feel as one is really there and experiencing the nuance of the period. When this is taken away in the abridged version, it becomes nothing more than a trite and shallow romance. I do not like reading Mills & Boon but this is what these abridged versions become like, so if you like Barbara Cartland this is for you, but if you want something with a bit more meat than I think you may be doomed to disappointment.
Georgette Heyer is so authentic. They are not just romance novels, she manages to take one back into the Georgian England of the aristocracy and she dwells on the more pleasurable side of life. Though we do get a little insight into the true nature of life, with arranged marriages in this story.
The interplay between hero and heroine, and the audaciousness of Sophy as she pushed the social boundaries. I was intrigued by Georgette Heyer's imagination as she weaved the plots in this story.
The end scene of course, when Charles and Sophy finally got together.
It made me laugh and it made me feel happy as I plunged into the roller coaster of partings and coming together of Charles and Sophy.
It provided what I need at this moment in my life, a journey of escapism as my job can deal with the more harrowing side of life, so I look to escape when I relax. But escapism which doesn't insult my intelligence and Georgette Heyer for me - fits the bill.
I like listening to my audio books when it is inconvenient for me to read! However, I find I am listening to them more and more! I am currently doing research and it is nice to relax with something light.
I liked the fact that it was set against the background of the NZ boiling mud, which I have visited.
No, I listened to it in more than one sitting!
A little bit of adventure - a little bit of romance - enough authenticity not to insult the intelligence and Georgette Heyer writes so well, it is easy to be lost in her world!
Kept me on the edge of my earphones!!! I enjoyed the actor who read it as well. Can we have some more of Nelson Demille please - Up Country, Plum Island, etc
I really enjoyed this novel. Set in the early 20th century in Australia, it gives us a glimpse into a different society and a different culture. It gives us an insight into an amazing people, the Australian Aborigine, who like indigenous peoples all over the globe, their mental and spiritual gifts have been lost in the whirlpool of European culture.
As usual Georgette Heyer does more than tell a love story, she presents her stories in history and we have an insight into what life was like for women and for those who were not born into the aristocracy and how most women had no control over their lives.
While still a good listen - I found this one abit shallower than her normal books.
I really enjoyed Faye Kellerman's A Ritual Bath. Authentically set in the Jewish culture it had just the right amount of depth, intrigue and romance to make it a 'must keep listening'! Can we please have some more of Peter Decker and Rina Lazarus stories, especially the early ones and please keep them in the unabridged format.
What a little gem, Bethlehem Road is! Not only an easy and enjoyable listen, but it historically presents an authentic picture of the early struggles of the Suffragette movement and the pathetic conditions that women lived under. Can we please have some more of Inspector Pitt titles to choose from and in the unabridged format?
I really enjoy Georgette Heyer, she is a comfortable, relaxing listen. Her settings are authentic and her characters enjoyable, just enough mystery, intrigue, romance and depth to get one intrigued.
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