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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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    N Hall 04-20-17
    N Hall 04-20-17
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    "Not as Much Humor But a FANTASTIC Story"

    Georgette Heyer has done it again!!! While most of her books are more light hearted and have more humor, this one is more serious at times and the love story less of a focus than in some of the others. But it is a great story with quite a few twists and turns and the 'good' characters all interesting. And the narration by Daniel Hill is over the top! He makes this book even better than it would have been as just a read. Look forward to more Georgette Heyer and Daniel Hill audibles!!!

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    Amazon Customer 03-29-17 Member Since 2017
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    "High adventure with an engaging cast of characters"

    I'm an avid Heyer fan and this book is a delightful example of her ability to create characters with heart and a sense of self even if they aren't the main attraction. That said, our hero, Capt. Staple, is incredibly endearing and the characters surrounding him and Nell are funny and engaging. The real gem here, though, is the narration. Absolutely top notch. Mr. Hill has a pleasing voice, excellent characterizations and his skill with dialect and accents make this book a joy. I enjoyed every second.

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    Agatha Istanbul Chapel Hill, NC USA (and world traveler) 02-04-17
    Agatha Istanbul Chapel Hill, NC USA (and world traveler) 02-04-17 Member Since 2015

    classic film addict

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    "Georgette Heyer's books are always good!"

    I've listened to very, very many Georgette Heyer books on Audible, and at first, from the look of the book cover, though I might not care to listen to The Toll Gate, but I was wrong.
    It's a very good story, well narrated, and I did enjoy it.

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    WGS 10-12-16
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    "toll gate"

    the narrator was very good. the distinction between characters was well done.
    love the storyline and was sad when I reached the end.

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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 H 03-24-14
    Katherine H 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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  • Anonymous
    West Midlands, UK
    8/26/15
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    "Enjoyable story, lacklustre narration"
    If you could sum up The Toll-Gate in three words, what would they be?

    Rom Com Mystery


    Any additional comments?

    I always loved this Heyer. Lots of fun characters. It's hard for any narrator to do justice to a much loved and often read book and Daniel Hill doesn't quite make the grade for me. But I'll listen to it again.

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  • Amazon Customer
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    10/31/14
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    "Disappointing narration"
    What did you like best about The Toll-Gate? What did you like least?

    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.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    His voice does not have the timbre that I mentally associate with Georgette Heyer books.


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  • Linda
    London, United Kingdom
    8/10/14
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    "Rip-roaring yarn"

    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.

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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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