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These Old Shades Audiobook

These Old Shades

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Publisher's Summary

Society believes the worst of Justin Alastair, the notorious Duke of Avon who is clearly proud of his Sobriquet, Satanas. It is he who buys Leon body and soul from a scoundrel in a Paris backstreet.

©2002 Georgette Heyer; (P)2014 Audible, Inc.

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    Ariel 08-02-16
    Ariel 08-02-16 Member Since 2016

    The cosmere consumes me.

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    "The Devil meets his match"

    This book was hilarious! The language was clever, the banter was witty and unceasing. I laughed so much and the narrator was perfect! Great story!

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    Lyns 06-13-16
    Lyns 06-13-16 Member Since 2015
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    "good story"

    this is one of my favorite G Heyer books, but I found the voice of Avon hard to listen to. when he was talking I felt I needed to turn the volume down..

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    Robin G. 05-30-16
    Robin G. 05-30-16 Member Since 2015
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    "One if my favorite stories by Heyerdahl"

    Have always loved the characters and humor of this classic Heyer romp. However, the performance of the Duke of Avon was so off the mark that I found it very distracting. Avon was written as a very soft spoken (but carried a big stick) and subtle character who was understated. The narrator performed him as loud and brash, almost yelling at times. He did capture all the other characters very well. I am glad, though, that someone else narrated the sequel, Devil's Cub. Am hoping for a better match to my expectations for that favorite.

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    Lauren L R Murphy University Place, WA, US 03-30-16
    Lauren L R Murphy University Place, WA, US 03-30-16 Member Since 2016

    I love Regency Romance. I spend many hours on the road and I am never happier than when I have a Georgette Heyer book to listen to.

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    "Delightful!"

    There is just everything wonderful about this fun story! From beginning to end it was a great romp in the world of Regency.

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    Adele West Los Angeles, Ca. usa 03-17-16
    Adele West Los Angeles, Ca. usa 03-17-16 Member Since 2010

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    "Charming Tale"
    If you could sum up These Old Shades in three words, what would they be?

    What a delight?!


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

    Made me smile and loved the narration. Fast paced.


    Any additional comments?

    The most impressive aspect of the writing is the author's proper use of the subjunctive. I just read all the Elena Ferrante books where the subjunctive mood was completely absent and thoroughly disconcerting. Heyer's descriptions are beautiful and colorful.

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    MsGromit 12-17-15
    MsGromit 12-17-15
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    "One of her best! Terrible narration!"

    Fabulous story! TERRIBLE reader! So many Heyer fans favorite book and with reason! But the narrator got the Duke of Avon all wrong. Disppointing!

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    Jane Austin 07-13-15
    Jane Austin 07-13-15 Member Since 2012
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    "Great story and it's sequel The Devil's Cub"
    Would you listen to These Old Shades again? Why?

    Yes. It is cleverly written.


    What other book might you compare These Old Shades to and why?

    The Moth and The Devil's Cub.


    Which character – as performed by Cornelius Garrett – was your favorite?

    The main character, but all were good.


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    Booklady1 07-12-15
    Booklady1 07-12-15 Member Since 2014

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    "Great story. Voices disappointing"

    My favorite GH novel is always a good read. However, the voices are wrong. The Duke is supposed to be sensual and mysterious. Instead he sounds blustering. The narrator's own voice would make a better Duke. As usual with this male narrator all the women, young and old, sound like twittering 50 year old matrons.

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    Mary W. Spring Loves Park, IL USA 05-31-15
    Mary W. Spring Loves Park, IL USA 05-31-15 Member Since 2015

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    "Love the story, wished for another reader"
    What did you love best about These Old Shades?

    I'm a Georgette Heyer fan, so I am familiar with her stories. I have always enjoyed the humor she weaves into her romances. The redemption of the Duke is particularly enjoyable and satisfying.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Sometimes I get eager for the end of a story and chafe at the miscellaneous conversation and detail. But Heyer's details and conversation make a satisfying world to live in for just a little while.


    What didn’t you like about Cornelius Garrett’s performance?

    I was relieved when Mr. Garrett got rid of the lisp and affectation about one third of the way through when he was 'reading' for Justin, the Duke of Avon. When he was reading in his normal voice I enjoyed his tone, but his renderings of the voices of the other characters were jarring. Mostly my reaction was that I will avoid books read by him and dig out my old copy of These Old Shades and read it once more for myself. I will not re-listen to this audible book.


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    Valerie HEATH, OH, United States 04-23-15
    Valerie HEATH, OH, United States 04-23-15 Member Since 2016
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    "Spoiled by narration"

    I put off buying this book until I had all the otherr Georgette Heyers on offer, solely because of the sample audio snippet. I had grave misgivings that I wasn't going to be impressed, and so it proved.
    The voices were cartoonish caricatures and greatly distracted from the story.
    Too bad.

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