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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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    HC 04-06-17
    HC 04-06-17
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    "Not my favorite Heyer"

    I've recently begun reading through Georgette Heyer's novels and I've enjoyed most of them immensely (of particular note are Grand Sophy, Unknown Ajax, Venetia, and Cotillion). However, while this story was exciting and had many twists and turns, I was put off by the main romance and that made it hard to love this book (for my specific issues, read below). I also didn't feel this novel had the same wit and vivacity as other GH works. All in all, it was an engaging story and as my desire was to read Devil's Cub but this came first, I'm sure it met that purpose, but I cannot see myself reading this story again, whereas I'm very likely to re-read my other GH novels many times in the future.


    ** SPOILERS BELOW **



    My issue with the main romance is the incestuous feel between the protagonists. I understand and believe that there is immense love between them but between the age difference, his referring to her as his child, her innocent childlike devotion, and their parent/child dynamic throughout, it sort of turned my stomach when they got together. I do think the narrator contributed to this problem as he voices the Duke with a wizened old voice instead of as the vital 40 year old man he is. However, 40, 60, or even 25, I cannot get past the parent/child dynamic here in order to really embrace this story.

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    April L.A., CA USA 12-15-16
    April L.A., CA USA 12-15-16 Member Since 2015
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    "LOVE story-- HATE the narration!!!!"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    OMG, this is the worst audio performance of a book I've come across. The main character is supposed to be cool and deadly but it's read like he's some guffawing country squire who CONSTANTLY SHOUTS!!! The female character is supposedly French, but doesn't sound French at all. UGH!!! I just couldn't listen to it!


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I LOVE the characters in the book, which I've read and re-read. But these voices are just terrible!!!


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Cornelius Garrett?

    He might be okay, if he got the main characters voices even CLOSE to what is described in the book!!!


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    Jan Hertz 11-11-16
    Jan Hertz 11-11-16 Member Since 2014
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    "Fabulously read, excellently written, well done!"

    Loved this book, but the suburb reader created the characters so amazingly well in my mind! Well worth the listen!! Highly recommend.

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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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  • Stephanie
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    "Really enjoyable"

    This is my favourite story by GH. A unique story, told believably and with the most marvellous "period" writing that utilises a wider vocabulary than most contemporary books.

    Although the narration is different to what I imagined I actually found it very realistic. The voices given to characters were distinct and held a measure of what GH described them to be.

    Wonderful!

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