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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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    Amazon Customer 10-16-16
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    "Had my doubts at first, but...."

    It took awhile for this book to creep into my imagination, but eventually it revealed the humor and invention of a Georgette Heyer story. Be patient.

    The reader's voice characterizations were quite good, although like other reviewers, I feel the voice of Avon seems a bit ancient. Really, 40 is not that old. And by the way....3 cheers for Rupert!

    In the end, Great Good Fun! 😀

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    Laurie 09-26-16
    Laurie 09-26-16 Member Since 2014
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    "Funny and Engaging"
    What did you like best about this story?

    Georgette Heyer is really at her best in this novel. The Duke of Avon, his friends and siblings are witty and funny -- it got me out of a blue funk and involved in the story. The adventure seems a little unusual for Heyer at first. I started to wonder where the story was going because the love interest didn't appear immediately -- but actually it did. Everything seems a bit mysterious at first, but be patient, all will soon become clear. This isn't her usual Georgian period piece either; everything is set around the court of Louis Quinze and most of the action takes place in France, not England. She still sparkles even out of her usual setting and in fact she has written a first class adventure here with sympathetic and lovable characters. The male hero is her stereotypical "jaded bachelor" who needs to be redeemed by a good woman, but that is about the only predictable thing here. Everything else is just oodles of fun, highly entertaining and at about the height of her imaginative best. I still can't figure out why it was called "These Old Shades" but no matter ...


    What about Cornelius Garrett’s performance did you like?

    The narrator was outstanding! He did all the voices with consummate skill and really got into acting the parts. This is storytelling at its finest. He is first class and his style is perfectly suited to Heyer.


    Who was the most memorable character of These Old Shades and why?

    The Duke of Avon -- I have said he is a type that Heyer uses a lot, but his wry sense of humor is a hoot and he made me chuckle many times.


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    Irene West 09-10-16
    Irene West 09-10-16 Member Since 2016
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    "great narration, great story"

    Perfect media while traveling. Highly recommended for both story and narration. Georgette Heyer always excels!

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    Ariel 08-02-16
    Ariel 08-02-16 Member Since 2017

    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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