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Faro's Daughter | [Georgette Heyer]

Faro's Daughter

Fiery, strong-willed Deb Grantham, who presides over a gaming house with her aunt, is hardly the perfect wife for the young and naive Lord Mablethorpe. His lordship's family are scandalized that he proposes to marry one of 'faro's daughters', and his cousin the proud, wealthy Max Ravenscar - decides to take the matter in hand. Ravenscar always gets his way, but as he and Miss Grantham lock horns, they become increasingly drawn to each other. Amidst all the misunderstandings and entanglements, has Ravenscar finally met his match?
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Publisher's Summary

Fiery, strong-willed Deb Grantham, who presides over a gaming house with her aunt, is hardly the perfect wife for the young and naive Lord Mablethorpe. His lordship's family is scandalized that he proposes to marry one of "faro's daughters", and his cousin the proud, wealthy Max Ravenscar - decides to take the matter in hand. Ravenscar always gets his way, but as he and Miss Grantham lock horns, they become increasingly drawn to each other. Amidst all the misunderstandings and entanglements, has Ravenscar finally met his match?

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    Nancy Ellen Sammamish, WA USA 08-01-14
    Nancy Ellen Sammamish, WA USA 08-01-14 Member Since 2013

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    "Georgette Heyer is all the better when heard"
    Would you listen to Faro's Daughter again? Why?

    I will listen to this book over and over. The verbal sparring with Max and Deb is so much fun. You can imagine the scene unfolding before your eyes.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I liked the way Heyer slowly bring the H and h to a realization that their the first impressions were wrong. She is so skilled it does not seem improbable at all.


    What does Laura Paton bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    I love the variety of voices she can create for the characters of the story. She brings each character to life. She paces her reading very well. When the character is excited or angry, the reads with more energy. She acts each part. Exactly as I hope each time I hear a narrator. I will look for more books read by Laura Paton.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I laughed in many places throughout the book. Deb's reaction to Max's high-handedness is so funny. Yet, it is a romantic story of first impressions being corrected and everything set to right.


    Any additional comments?

    I recommend both this book and the narrator.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Lulu 11-29-14
    Lulu 11-29-14

    I ignore genre labels. Some of my favorite books are outside my genre comfort zone. Listening to audiobooks is still reading. Not theater.

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    "A Slight Twist on a Successful Heyer Formula"

    Not your typical Heyer Regency because the heroine is not "quality" or even impoverished gentility. But it follows the successful formula of many of Heyer's novels, and was thoroughly enjoyable. Narration was great.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Leslie 07-30-14
    Leslie 07-30-14 Member Since 2011
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    "Sparkling Story, Disappointing Narrator"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    This is one of Georgette Heyer's classic historical romances, with a spirited, beautiful heroine and a darkly handsome leading man. The story would be trite if it weren't for Heyer's wonderful characterization and humor. The supporting characters always make Heyer's stories rich and wonderful because she doesn't stint on their complexities, even if they have only brief appearances in the plot.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Faro's Daughter?

    For whatever reason, the part of Faro's Daughter which always pops into my mind is the youthully enthusiastic, painfully detailed description of the carriage race by Adrian, and Deb's exasperated reaction to it. It is a pivotal moment for Adrian, when his relationship with Deb changes forever.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Laura Paton?

    My biggest quibble with Laura Paton's narration was her voicing of Lucius Kennet, whose character is unmistakably Irish, but is given a strange, working class accent by Paton. The wrong accent makes Lucius' dialogue sound very odd. She might also review the pronunciation of the word "phaeton."


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

    I always want to listen to audiobooks all in one sitting, but that's nearly always impossible! ;-)


    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    A. Hawley PORTLAND, OR USA 05-20-15
    A. Hawley PORTLAND, OR USA 05-20-15 Member Since 2008
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    "The Georgette Heyer audiobook dilemma"

    ABOUT THE STORY

    Deb Grantham is one of Georgette Heyer's tall, sophisticated, unconventional heroines, in an adversarial romance with one of Georgette's coldhearted leading men. The expected array of secondary romances, matrons with the vapors, giddy ingenues, ardent young blades, jaded dandies and knowing servants surround the central pair as they battle their way to love against a backdrop of the London gambling scene, circa 1795. Not technically a Regency, it's set just after the French Revolution and just before the Napoleonic Wars--which is to say, in Heyer-fan terms, just after powdered hair but a little before Beau Brummell.

    ABOUT THE GEORGETTE HEYER AUDIOBOOK DILEMMA

    Good story, poor reading. Do I recommend it, or not?

    Georgette Heyer's prose is demanding, and her novels, though lighthearted, are beloved classics that deserve to be recorded with respect. I don't feel like that happened here. This audiobook sounded to me as if both producer and actor said, "Yeah, whatever, it's just a romance, so let's get through this quickly. Nobody who matters will notice."

    To be fair, Laura Paton has a good voice and the requisite command of RP British English. Some of her characterizations are pretty solid, and I can mostly tell one character from another. I think her choice to read an obviously Irish character with a London accent is odd, but probably preferable to a terrible fake Irish accent, so that wasn't a deal-breaker. She reads accurately (which is more than I can say for some other Heyer audiobook narrators).

    Here's the thing, though: Paton's reading sounds as if she encountered the text for the first time in the recording booth--as if there was no thought, no rehearsal, no preparation, and only the most cursory understanding of the characters. The reading is often rushed. Emphasis is misplaced in sentence after sentence, so that important plot points have no more weight than connecting narrative, and all the characters sound angry and tired. I was so busy reinterpreting phrases in my head that I would lose the story thread entirely.

    The best audiobook narrators understand the cadences of Georgette Heyer's sparkling style, and have made some of her middle-of-the-road stories into favorites that I listen to over and over. I count Phyllida Nash, Eve Matheson, and Sian Phillips in this category.

    Less-than-stellar narrators make favorites into sad disappointments--expensive placeholders in my Audible Library where a beloved go-to comfort listen should have been. I'm sorry to say that this is the case with Faro's Daughter.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Marie 09-14-14
    Marie 09-14-14 Member Since 2011
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    "Narrator's male voices are awful, read it instead"

    This is one of my favorite Heyer novels but I just couldn't listen to it. The narrators male voices, especially for the main character (Ravenscar) is awful. Sadly, I am going to return this book.

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    KnitWrite New Mexico 03-31-15
    KnitWrite New Mexico 03-31-15 Member Since 2012

    Stephanie Boutz

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    "Poor Narration for a Great Story"

    This is one of the most unique stories from Heyer with a different setting for her characters. It is one of the ones that I like the most, but I did not enjoy the narrator. She had an odd way of interpreting the male protagonist that I did not enjoy.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Kristin Brookings, SD, United States 10-02-14
    Kristin Brookings, SD, United States 10-02-14 Member Since 2012
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    "Laugh-out-loud fun, needs more than 5 stars!"

    This is one of those books in which, from the start, I liked both the hero and heroine. That alone made this enjoyable, but the dialog between these two is so fabulous, and the narration so wonderful, that is stands out as a big favorite for me. I was laughing out loud during my commute. Other drivers probably wondered if they should steer clear! This book, more than most books I've listened too, made me feel just like I was watching it on stage. That describes how great this narrator is. Definitely worth a credit and highly recommend it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    CDeesBooks USA 09-13-14
    CDeesBooks USA 09-13-14 Member Since 2015
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    "One of my favorite G. Heyer books!"
    What made the experience of listening to Faro's Daughter the most enjoyable?

    This story is one of my favorite Georgette Heyer books and the narrator does an excellent job. Her accent helps bring this story to life.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The bickering between the hero and heroine and the lengths they go to trying best each other makes this one of Heyer's funniest stories. I often found myself laughing out loud as I listened. :-)


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Yes. This story makes me laugh. Love it!


    Any additional comments?

    If you're a Georgette Heyer fan, you'll love this audio version of the book. If you've never had the privilege of reading one of Heyer's works, you're in for a treat!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Patricia 08-27-14
    Patricia 08-27-14

    Patricia

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    "Absolutely delightful!"
    Any additional comments?

    Naxxos does it again. Another Georgette Heyer unabridged book narrated by a professional actress — what more could a Heyer fan ask for? This book is great fun. The dialogue is simply priceless. Georgette created a wonderful pair of lovers who fight like crazy while falling in love! Highly recommended. While other reviewers were critical of the narration, I loved it. Well done indeed.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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  • Maggie
    8/9/14
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    "Unabridged at last!"
    Any additional comments?

    This is one of Georgette Heyer's better comedies, and as a book I like it a lot. I held off from the only audio version as it was Abridged, which never works, so was really pleased when this was released.

    The other reviewer's comments on narration are fair, it's adequate but never really comes alight, and this is a book that should rattle along at a joyous pace much as The Talisman Ring does. The female voices are OK, and it does improve as the story progresses, but for me the male voices just don't work, and the whole thing is a bit bland and flat.

    With such accomplished Heyer narrators as Phyllida Nash, Eve Mathieson, Daniel Phillpott et al (hopefully) available, that seems a shame.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Alison
    Stanford-in-the-Vale, United Kingdom
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    "Main characters not well read"

    I was really disappointed in Laura Paton's portrayal of Max - much too 'stylised' (pompous?), and not nearly forceful enough. Also, though less so, by Deb (and her aunt) - among other excellent readers of GH books (besides those mentioned by 'Maggie') are Cornelius Garrett & Sian Phillips.

    (Like her aunt!) I do get a bit irritated by Deb! Why can't she be more straightforward? She could have told Max at the outset that she had no intention of marrying Adrian, and was insulted at the suggestion she could be bribed - but then there wouldn't have been a story! Nor would we have had the usual excellent interplay between the main characters, which is what appeals to me most in her books.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Sheila
    London, United Kingdom
    9/27/14
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    "Spoiled by the narrator"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    The reader. She does not have a bad voice but there is little intonation and no drama. Which is a shame as this is a good book with good characters and an excellent plot.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The byplay between the main characters


    Who might you have cast as narrator instead of Laura Paton?

    Phyllida Nash, Nicholas Rowe, Julian Rhind-Tutt, Richard Armitage..............lots to choose from.


    Do you think Faro's Daughter needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    This book is complete. Georgette Heyer generally left her characters alone apart from one family in particular.


    Any additional comments?

    It's not a badly read book but could have been so much better.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • SarahC
    london
    6/6/15
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    "One of the best..."
    If you could sum up Faro's Daughter in three words, what would they be?

    Perfect Regency Misunderstanding!


    What did you like best about this story?

    Debs! A beautiful woman who knows how to look after herself and doesn't take the easy way out.


    Which scene did you most enjoy?

    I especially enjoyed all the scenes between Debs and Max.


    If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Perfect Regency Misunderstanding!


    Any additional comments?

    Really enjoyed Laura Patons narrating, except perhaps Max's voice. If I'd liked that more, this would have been a perfect score!!!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Kelly
    5/6/15
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    "Brilliant story, dreadful narration"

    This is such a shame. Faro's Daughter is one of my favourite Heyer novels but the narration is shockingly bad. Many of the voices sound similar and Mr Ravenscar just sounds wrong to me. But the real problem is how often the intonation and attitude is completely wrong - this really jars when the text states how the line is spoken.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Avril
    Cinderford, United Kingdom
    4/20/15
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    "A pleasant surprise"

    Although it was good to put another Heyer into my library, I was a little hesitant in buying this after my experience with the uncomfortable narration of Cousin Kate, I need not have worried as Laura Paton's voice and character interpretation is very pleasant and un-intrusive upon the story.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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