Venetia Lanyon, beautiful, intelligent and independent woman, lives in comfortable seclusion in rural Yorkshire with her precocious brother Aubrey. Her future seems safe and predictable: Either marriage to the respectable but dull Edward Yardley, or a life of peaceful spinsterhood. But when she meets the dashing, dangerous rake Lord Damerel, her well-ordered life is turned upside down, and she embarks upon a relationship with him that scandalizes and horrifies the whole community. Has she found her soul-mate, or is she playing with fire?
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I love Georgette Hayer Books. They are so sweet and cute. It is a feel good book. I only wish it was offered in the unabridged form. Of course Richard Armitage does a perfect job with the narration. Each character is unique.
Venetia is one of my favorite Georgette Heyer books. For an abridged edition it is quite well done. The narrator is very good, but what a shame that there wasn't an unabridged version.
Richard Armitage's narration.
I rather took to Damerel, the rake, although I also liked Aubrey. And of course, Venetia is not afraid to speak her mind.
He has a light touch that's perfect for this novel--gets in all the wittiness without overempahsizing it.
Not expreme--just didn't expect to care for it, and I did.
This is the first Georgette Heyer novel that I've either read or listened to, although she has been recommended to me many times. I listened to an audio version, masterfully narrated by Richard Armitage; my only regret is that it was an abridged version. Overall, it was a nice bit of fluff, perfect for listening to while on a long drive. Generally, I don't care much for romances, but this was more like a witty Jane Austen romance instead of either gushy drivel or a bodice-ripper. Venetia is a sheltered young woman, shut away in a country home by her father after her mother's death. She (and everyone else) fears that she will end up a spinster as she has reached the ripe old age of 25 and is still not engaged; she has two suitors, but neither appeals to her independent spirit. But then the handsome local rake, Lord Damerel steps into her life . . .
As I said, there were a lot of elements that reminded me of an Austen novel: Venetia's care for her lame younger brother; the arrival of her elder brother's pregnant wife and her mother, who plan to take over the estate; Venetia's witty exchanges with Damerel and her brother Aubrey; the bumbling suitors. The novel has many twists and turns as well--it's not written according to a formula, as are so many novels of this genre. It's not great literature, but its a good, fun read/listen.
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One of her best books - and only available as an abridged version! An enjoyable (albeit fast) listen. I enjoyed the accents, they were well done and very consistent.
Georgette Heyer is one of my favorite authors but the abridged version of Venetia was very disappointing. I've listened to the unabridged version with Sian Phillips narrating and thought it was much better. Unfortunately that is on tape so please add the unabridged version to Audible.
The ABRIDGED version of Venetia left me feeling cheated and as if I had only been allowed to peep through the keyhole into this unusual and exciting world of the Regency period instead of being able to open the door and walk into the story which I am normally able to in Georgette Heyer's full versions. There is something about Georgette Heyer's Regency romances that makes them special. The depth of knowledge of the settings, the lifestyle makes one feel as one is really there and experiencing the nuance of the period. When this is taken away in the abridged version, it becomes nothing more than a trite and shallow romance. I do not like reading Mills & Boon but this is what these abridged versions become like, so if you like Barbara Cartland this is for you, but if you want something with a bit more meat than I think you may be doomed to disappointment.
I love Georgette Heyer and this is one of my favorites. But this abridged version has resulted in the loss of the abominable mother-in-law and scenes that make this version un-Heyer. Please can we have unabridged versions of this and all Heyers books. Abridged there is just too much missing and the narration was not my favorite.
I have seldom been so upset. I foolishly did not notice the "abridged", so my fault. But to so truncate and destroy the plot and characterization of a book that is not so very long to begin with is unconscionable. I am so glad I did not purchase more of her books, if they are all so clipped and tattered as this one. Shame on the publisher. Shame.
The narration however was quite good. As is the book , of course. One of my very favorites. I am hoping to find it read unabridged somewhere.
Venetia is one of Georgette Heyer's most clever and charming heroines. Up till now her life has been determined by a past she knows nothing about. How can she overcome it to marry her much-disapproved soulmate? A good production which I bought after hearing it from the library -- in spite of its being abridged. My one cavel is that Richard Armitage makes the mistake made by so many readers, trying and failing to sound like the opposite sex.
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