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The Toll-Gate | [Georgette Heyer]

The Toll-Gate

Captain John Staple’s exploits in the Peninsula had earned him the sobriquet Crazy Jack amongst his fellows in the Dragoon Guards. Now home from Waterloo, life in peacetime is rather dull for the adventure-loving Captain. But when he finds himself lost at an unmanned toll-house in the Pennines, his soldiering days suddenly pale away beside an adventure - and romance - of a lifetime.
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Captain John Staple’s exploits in the Peninsula had earned him the sobriquet Crazy Jack amongst his fellows in the Dragoon Guards. Now home from Waterloo, life in peacetime is rather dull for the adventure-loving captain. But when he finds himself lost at an unmanned toll-house in the Pennines, his soldiering days suddenly pale away beside an adventure - and romance - of a lifetime.

©1954 Georgette Heyer (P)2014 Audible, Inc.

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    Elizabeth 04-30-14
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    "Really, really annoying narrator"
    What didn’t you like about Daniel Hill’s performance?

    I thought his presentation was very cartoonish, and disliked the "voices" that he chose for most of his characters. He made the action scenes sound like someone broadcasting a sports event.


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    Katherine 03-24-14
    Katherine 03-24-14 Member Since 2007
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    "Always easy listening!"
    What did you love best about The Toll-Gate?

    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!


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    Kathleen Las Vegas, NV, United States 08-27-12
    Kathleen Las Vegas, NV, United States 08-27-12 Member Since 2010
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    "I enjoyed the book"
    What made the experience of listening to The Toll-Gate the most enjoyable?

    It was typical Georgette Heyer and was easy listening.


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    It was of course unrealistic. Love at first sight kind of thing.


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    Kim 07-02-12
    Kim 07-02-12
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    "stay away from this one!"
    What disappointed you about The Toll-Gate?

    didn't get very far 'cause the narrator talked too fast


    What was most disappointing about Georgette Heyer’s story?

    didn't get very far 'cause the narrator talked too fast


    What didn’t you like about Daniel Hill’s performance?

    he talks way too fast!


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    anger


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Joyce Indian Wells, CA, United States 04-14-10
    Joyce Indian Wells, CA, United States 04-14-10 Member Since 2009
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    "Great narrator"

    One of the best narrators I've heard. He is very gifted. I really like to be able to disquish the characters and when a male voice is able to make a female sound like a female without using a high-squeeky voice.

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    M 07-06-10
    M 07-06-10 Member Since 2009
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    "Excellent Narrator!"

    Georgette Heyer has been a favorite for years - I never get tired of her stories. "The Toll Gate", as narrated by Daniel Hill, made me appreciate her skills even more, if that is possible. Absolutely outstanding performance of the characters voices as well as descriptions of the action - particularly the scene in the cave towards the end, which was very well done - fast paced and thrilling!

    I sincerely hope that Mr. Hill will narrate more of GH's books. I will most definitely be looking for his name in the future....."Regency Buck"? Or "The Talisman Ring", perhaps?

    3 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Lori Fort Worth, TX, United States 02-24-12
    Lori Fort Worth, TX, United States 02-24-12 Member Since 2011

    Veterinary Technician, book addict.

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    "A few problems with the reader"

    From the very start of the book, I thought the reader's accent was wrong for the aristocratic social class of the characters. For the most part, however, I like the character voices (even the occasional vocal sound effects), with the notable exception of the main character, Jack. Mr. Hill makes him sound like a thug. When there is a dialog between two characters, especially Jack and Chirk, it is hard to distinguish who is saying what. And in many places the narration is too fast.

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    Jill North Potomac, MD, United States 10-11-12
    Jill North Potomac, MD, United States 10-11-12 Member Since 2002
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    "An old favorite of a story, but an awful narrator"
    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    It almost seemed as if the narrator didn't think the book was exciting enough, and as a result made all of the scenes with any action BREATHLESS AND URGENT and RIDICULOUSLY MELODRAMATIC. Keep it simple, Mr. Hill. Your performance was distracting, mannered, and disappointing.


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    Wendy 10-20-11
    Wendy 10-20-11 Member Since 2007
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    "Not the best"

    Both the author and the narrator were mediocre in this one. It was a bit hard to follow, at times. Not bad.

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