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The Toll-Gate Audiobook

The Toll-Gate

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Publisher's Summary

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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    Matthew 09-19-16
    Matthew 09-19-16
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    "love the story, hatred the narrator."

    narrator was almost histrionic in parts. this is one of my favorite Heyer books, but the narration made it painful to listen to.

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    ladyofthelake Wisconsin 08-24-16
    ladyofthelake Wisconsin 08-24-16
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    "Great fun and high adventure!"

    The Toll-gate isn't my favorite Heyer romance, but it is still good fun. And the narrator made a good story highly entertaining with different voices for each character and amusing sound effects that brought each scene to life. Highly recommended!

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    karen marks 06-21-15
    karen marks 06-21-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Heyer's tool gate"

    I have read this story many times, have never heard it read. It is very enjoyable to listen to it this way.

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    Marianne Adrian, OR, United States 02-09-15
    Marianne Adrian, OR, United States 02-09-15 Member Since 2014

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    "Love among the very tall"

    The first time I listened to this book, I was a little bewildered. For a romance novel, the romance seemed a bit skimpy. It can be summarized thusly: You're tall?...I'm tall!!! We're both tall. Let's get married. With a second listen I could see that the true romance of this story was the adventure and that it is the secondary characters who bring the story to life. Daniel Hill is memorable as he puts life into each of the different characters so you feel like you know them.

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    Jessica 07-05-14
    Jessica 07-05-14 Member Since 2011
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    "Hard to forget Harvey Bains"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, I would recommend this book to a friend because in spite of having some trouble innitially forgetting Daniel Hill's tv character, Harvey Bains, Daniel does a great job with the narration. His characterization is wonderful.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I've read this book a couple of dozen times--at least. The plot is strong and the love story is tender.


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

    More drama.


    Who was the most memorable character of The Toll-Gate and why?

    Jack Staple, of course. He's the main male character and drives the book.


    Any additional comments?

    There is no doubt that characters being read by a narator rarely sound like they do in your head when you are reading the book. The portrayal of Jack is no different. I had always imagined him with a deeper voice because he is such a big man. However, I soon became accustomed to Daniel's portrayal of him. So, if this is the case for other readers, I urge them to give the audible book a chance. I really think they will enjoy it.

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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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    Eideann Northern California 01-08-14
    Eideann Northern California 01-08-14 Member Since 2011
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    "A Delightful Romance with an Engaging Mystery"
    What did you love best about The Toll-Gate?

    Georgette Heyer's most enjoyable romances are always the ones with a mystery entwined in the story. The mystery in The Toll-Gate is particularly well constructed, and it is both historically based and very comprehensible to the modern reader.


    What about Daniel Hill’s performance did you like?

    Daniel Hill does a very good job of keeping the voices distinct, and the reading is fluent and easy to listen to. The novel is full of extraordinary characters, and Hill's reading captures them well


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Jill 10-11-12
    Jill 10-11-12 Member Since 2014
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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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    Kathleen Las Vegas, NV, United States 08-27-12
    Kathleen Las Vegas, NV, United States 08-27-12 Member Since 2015
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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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  • P. D. Nelson
    Lancaster UK
    4/7/13
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    "Very Enjoyable"

    I listened to this having not read it since the early 1990s and thoroughly enjoyed it again. It was well read and the characters were easy to follow. The story is of its time, ie innocent, no sex scenes, but it made very easy listening and made a long boring job go much faster.

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  • Andrea
    Hampshire UK
    3/5/13
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    "Disapointing"

    I wish I'd read all the reviews before purchasing this book. Having listened to other Georgette Heyer books, which I enjoyed, and having read this one several times I cast caution to the wind and bought it without having done so. Sadly this version was a dissapointment. Like one of the previous reviews I found the voices given to the characters to be very odd, Captain Staple, described as a giant of a man, has a slightly thin, nasal voice more suited to a much smaller man, probably a fop or a dandy to boot. Several times it seemed as though the narrator began a sentance as one character then suddenly realised he had the wrong person and had to change voice. Also the habit of over emotional drama given to some areas of conversation became very irritating (almost everything said by Ben), as was the tendancy for a sentance or conversation to begin in one place and end elsewhere, resulting in some frankly bizarre intonation, the narrator being obviously unfamiliar with the book.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Avril
    Cinderford, United Kingdom
    9/27/11
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    "The Toll Gate"

    Wonderfully interpreted by Daniel Hill. I've loved The Regency series of books since my childhood, and I was not disappointed in this excellent version.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Village Views
    Norfolk
    1/6/14
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    "Adventure and Romance"
    What made the experience of listening to The Toll-Gate the most enjoyable?

    Good paced story, kept listener's attention. Excellent narrator, wide variety of voices, all credible.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The mixture of romance and adventure, the broad range of characters.


    Which scene did you most enjoy?

    When John first meets Nell.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The marriage.


    Any additional comments?

    Overall a really good story that holds your attention, first chapter does not quite sit with rest of book.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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