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Octavia

Narrated by: Anna Parker-Naples
Length: 6 hrs and 4 mins
Categories: Fiction, Chick Lit
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As soon as Octavia caught a glimpse of Jeremy, she knew she just had to have him. It didn't matter that he'd just got engaged to an old school friend of hers, Gussie. 

An invitation to join Gussie and Jeremy for a cosy weekend on a canal barge came like a gift from the gods. However, the other part of the foursome was tycoon Gareth Llewellyn, and he certainly managed to thwart her plans....

©1977 Jilly Cooper (P)2018 W.F. Howes Ltd

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  • Maggie
  • 04-02-18

Is this really 40 years ago? Still fun...

All of a sudden, so many of Jilly Cooper's well loved novels are being recorded, and that's great. Thank you Audible.
Amongst them are the set of 'single name' books Jilly wrote 40 years ago. Anyone hooked on the Rutminster Chronicles may not realise that these, the Harriet / Prudence / Octavia's etc pre-date Riders and Rupert Campbell Black by a long way. All of them are of their time, novels of the 70s, and that shows..
Octavia is not nearly as nice a person as, say, Harriet or Imogen, two of my favourites in the series. She is someone who is beautiful, has always been rich without having to work for anything, and is accustomed to getting anything she wants. In this case her old school friend's boyfriend, and she has no qualms about how she does it.. But it's a classic case of beware of what you wish for...
Even after this time gap it's still an enjoyable read with a cast of character sketches so clear that you can visualise the people exactly (I think we've all met a ghastly Pamela), and as Octavia is forced to turn over a new leaf in her own life eventually reaches the usual Cooper happy ending.
The only fly in the ointment of this new Audible drive to record Jilly's novels is that there seems to be no consistency to the narrators, and the standard does differ. I found this narration a bit flat, with Gareth in particular, who should be a really forceful character, anything but.

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  • perfectionist
  • 07-22-18

The narration leaves much to be desired

I first read Octavia in the early 80s, when it seemed a very racy read. Now it's certainly something of a period piece (and the social mores of the 1970s often strike an unpleasant note) but putting that to once side I still revisit the book every once in a while, usually when I'm ill in bed – it's a true comfort read.

Re. the audio, the narration is execrable. The straight 'reading voice' isn't too bad but there are loads of jarring mispronunciations ('John Don' for John Donne [should be pronounced John Dun] and 'langorius' for langorous were just a couple) and the character voices and dialogue are APPALLING. Octavia's supposedly plummy accent keeps sliding into estuarine English and Gareth's rather womanly sounding 'Welsh' accent was dreadful and stripped the character of any sex appeal. Joan Seaford, the snooty company wife with a voice supposedly honed from shouting at gun dogs and charity committees, was given a Northern accent. She and Ricky should have sounded like Jennifer and Brian Aldridge from the Archers. As a previous reviewer said, Gussie sounded as if she was constantly on the verge of an asthma attack, while sexy Robert Redford lookalike Jeremy sounded like a pompous headmaster. Come one Audible, you must be able to do better than this?

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  • Becky L
  • 05-07-18

Better in print and in the 70s

So, I listened to the audio of this having read it many years ago. However, whatever you do when you read/listen to this, you have to judge it as a 1977 book and not by the standard of today’s society as it just wouldn’t pass muster.

It was as I remember it - a book about a woman who tries to project a strong image using her sexuality, but really just needs a man to look after her. There were parts which I’m sure would make any millennial cringe, but it had that JC touch that still makes it a good read today (with the date caveat).

This is the fourth book in this series and for me, yet again, the narrator hasn’t quite meshed with the book. I found Octavia’s haughty voice annoying but nowhere near as distracting as Gareth’s on-and-off again Welsh accent. I could have stomached the not-quite-Welsh voice but it was way too soft and didn’t at all project the smart and ruthless businessman he was meant to be.

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  • amanda c.
  • 04-21-18

hilarious Welsh "accent"

As with almost all of the recent Jilly Cooper releases, the narration leaves a lot to be desired. I read this book when I was a teenager, and it's still fun. The Welsh accent was at first annoying, and then amusing :D

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  • DD
  • 07-09-18

Story great

Accents were horrendous , especially Welsh accent , totally spoilt the story , and Gussie sounded as if having asthma attack .

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  • Jorama
  • 07-07-18

Great story; poor narration

I’ve read this story oodles of times over the past 30 years and although it is now quite dated, I still love it. The narration is, however, really poor. Incorrect pronunciation, some words changed (I know this story word for word in many places), but the most heinous of all is the appalling “Welsh” accent; as a Welsh person myself, I was cringing through most of it which is a real shame as it spoilt it for me. Still a great story though. :)

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  • fififlower
  • 04-11-18

A nostalgic read....

I used to read these books as a teenager, many years ago!!
This is the second Audible I’ve bought.
An easy listen whilst driving the length of Britain...
I guess it’s subjective, but the boiccharacter of Gareth’s

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