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.
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!
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.
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.
I've read this book a couple of dozen times--at least. The plot is strong and the love story is tender.
Jack Staple, of course. He's the main male character and drives the book.
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.
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!
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.
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
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.
It was typical Georgette Heyer and was easy listening.
It was of course unrealistic. Love at first sight kind of thing.
The overall Heyer story. However, I found the narrator's voice quite grating and the range of characters' voices were not up to the usual standard of narrators such as Phyllida Nash.
His voice does not have the timbre that I mentally associate with Georgette Heyer books.
Bowling along at a tremendous pace The Toll Gate introduces us to a host of characters including an orphan, highwayman, bow street runner, ex captain of the dragoon guards and dandy. Any woman of more than average height like myself will warm to the heroine and swoon happily as she is swept up by a man that she can truly look up to! Daniel Hill reads in a 'boys own' style which suits the story admirably laying on the melodrama as the grand finale in the cavern is reached. Great literature it may not but a thoroughly enjoyable listen it most certainly is.
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.
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.
"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.
"Adventure and Romance"
Good paced story, kept listener's attention. Excellent narrator, wide variety of voices, all credible.
The mixture of romance and adventure, the broad range of characters.
When John first meets Nell.
Overall a really good story that holds your attention, first chapter does not quite sit with rest of book.
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