The legend of the Headless Horseman and a proposed marriage de convenance both have their impact on the mystery of a golden talisman ring and Lord Lavenham's young heir, Ludovic. 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. For there is no one else to provide for the old man's granddaughter while Ludovic remains a fugitive from justice...
©1999 Georgette Heyer; (P)2014 Audible, Inc.
This is just a delightful novel, the characters so endearingly funny and the plot twists and turns. I am in awe of Phillida Nash's skill in giving us so many distinct voices from young to older, french and english. She enhances and enlivens what is already a great tale.
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.
Phyllida Nash brings this story to life far beyond the usual excellence of Heyer's sparkling dialog, quick-paced plot, and engaging characters. What a perfect reader for Heyer's prose!
This is my third by this author in the last 2 weeks, it's addictive. This narrator really did an excellent job with each voice, so the dialog was even better. The french accent was great, loved the schemes of the two women. The plot twists kept it interesting, overall completely entertaining. Highly recommend if you like historical romance. Nothing steamy here, just lots of wit and humor.
The dialogue and characters were really funny. Georgette Heyer is a master at this genre.
I'm glad I discovered Phyllida Nash, the narrator. She really made the book for me. I'm definitely going to seek out other books she has done.
Delightfully fun characters
The Reluctant Widow, It is funny too!
References to Ventre Terre for Eustacie make me laugh!
Eustacie is such a loveable fiesty little French girl!
Philada Nash gave an amazing performance! I bought the audiobook just to hear her read Eustacie.
I've read the original book in print with enormous pleasure for years. I have also listened to this book several times and it's a joy each time. Great story, wonderful characters and a superb performance by Phyllida Nash. It is challenging to remain 'in character' while reading dialogue between several different personalities and genders, but even more so when one of them speaks French accented English. She does the accent for Eustacie fantastically well as well as all the other characters.
All the characters are my favourites as this book would not work without a good ensemble cast and the dynamics are so much fun that I didn't want to stop until the end.
I had two problems with Phyllida Nash.
1. Her breaths were annoying and distracting. When talking to someone in person one does not hear breaths. Throughout the book I’m thinking when is the next breath going to come? They interrupted the story. Narrators: PLEASE listen to the recording of yourself and if you hear your breaths, use a different microphone - or stand farther away from it.
2. She has a haughty British tone. She does not read with wonder and interest. It’s like she does not enjoy what she is reading. I also did not like her voice for 18-year-old Eustacie. It was irritating and shrill.
The story was pretty good. It reminded me of young people taking chances and doing crazy things because they want the thrill of adventure. There is a killer and a stolen ring. An innocent man was accused. Several friends want to help find the ring and catch the killer. There is not much romance, but there is a pleasing romantic attachment at the end. This is a light hearted romantic comedy (kind of slapstick).
Narrative mode: 3rd person.
Genre: historical mystery with some romance.
"A much loved friend"
I was so pleased to see this in the new release list today. I hope this means that Audible has a release programme for Heyer and will be issuing all of them over a period of time. I would love to see Venetia, Friday's Child, The Grand Sophy, Sylvester, well all of them really. Although even better news would be to hear that some of the more poorly read ones from the old Chivers back catlogue have been re-recorded, starting with Devil's Cub, which is already on Audible's list in its original unlistenable to format!
The Talisman Ring is one of my favourites. Georgette Heyer is very undemanding but should have you gently giggling from page 1. They are light, feel-good books which I save for days when I'm feeling rotten or to help me unwind when work is particularly stressful. Not everyone's cup of tea, I know, but don't mistake for cheap imitations and if you a looking for something undemanding to relax with, this one is worth a try.
Another great book by Georgette heyer. She has so many good ones please bring some more out.
"The Talisman RIng"
I have just finished this audio book, and it was a real treat, beautifully read and great fun. It was always one of my favourite Georgette Heyer books and this version does full justice to it. Strongly recommended if you fancy a light heated romance!
"Wonderful Old Friend"
I was so pleased when I realized that Audible had Georgette Heyer in their catalogue that I immediately bought this and a couple of others. The Talisman Ring was always my favourite Heyer book - mostly for the beautifully drawn characters, witty dialogue and Regency details. Its a book that makes time fly and you are slightly disappointed to reach the end as you want it to go on. It is beautifully read by Phyllida Nash who manages to have convincing male characters, which not every female reader can do and a lovely French accent that always sounds natural.I would always recommend this for a relaxing, amusing book with a bit of a detective puzzle included.
Georgette Heyer is not only wonderfully accurate on all details of the regency period but her books are such good fun. This one is no exception. The story is light-hearted but full of enough twists and turns to keep you interested to the end. The characters are delightfully attractive or wicked (as required) and the witty dialogue highly entertaining. The Talisman Ring is among the best of Gerogette Heyer's novels and is beautifully read by Phyllida Nash.
If you want some light listening to lift your spirits or wile away a long journey you could not do better that chose this book.
"Let's hope we get more of these!"
I was so happy to find this one in Audible! I add my pleas to those who wish to see more Georgette Heyer's books in Audible, unabridged and - if only possible - read by Phyllida Nash. There seem to be several for the USA members, let's hope they come out in the European Audible as well.
Georgette Heyer's books are light and funny and Phyllida Nash is a suberb reader.
"A glorious romp from start to finish"
Phyllida Nash's narration is perfect, not a voice out of place. I enjoyed this so much. This is a comedy tour-de-force that's dependant on each character being distinct, but not over the top, otherwise it would just be a far fetched piece of nonsense. In Nash's hands (or rather voice) each one is individual, and all spot on. She is fast becoming my favourite Heyer narrator. (Please can she be commissioned for Frederica next?)
"A delicious mystery"
The reader was a delight to listen to.
A mystery, two love stories and an interesting historical background together with some very likeable characters.
no, this was the first time. She is very good.
It was not a moving story, just fun!
"Thoroughly enjoyable mystery romp!"
This is an excellent reading of vintage Heyer - the characters are well-realised, the humour is given full rein, and the mystery twists and turns to a satisfactory conclusion. If you already love Georgette Heyer you won't be disappointed by this version, and if you are new to her novels this is a fun one to start with!
Phyllida Nash reads this beautifully and pulls off the very difficult challenge of producing a convincing French accent that doesn't stray into parody. A very enjoyable listen.
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