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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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    5 out of 5 stars

Great book - reader only OK

I LOVE GEORGETTE HEYER!!!!! And this is a really fun book!!! Mystery, laughs, & romance! Daniel Hill is ... (disagreeing somewhat with a previous reviewer) ... a fairly good reader who goes over the top sometimes, and when he goes over the top he makes the character that he is reading sound like an asthmatic that is trying to shout while having an asthma attack. Luckily, this happens less and less as the story progresses. I was able to get past this issue pretty easily. (And if he sounds familiar ... he played the obnoxious Harvey Nigel Baines in the BBC's '90s sit-com "Waiting for God".)

12 of 12 people found this review helpful

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    5 out of 5 stars
  • Ruth
  • Cape Cod, MA
  • 08-26-10

No bad Georgette Heyer Book, STOP ABRIDGING THEM!

I have read and re-read these books since I was a child and they are all wonderful! Please don't fob us off with abridged versions though - two of my favorites, Venetia and Slyvester are only here in an abridged versions, and there is no point in even trying to listen to them if they do not contain every beautiful word and cant phrase!

17 of 20 people found this review helpful

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    5 out of 5 stars

Great book, very fun narrator

This classic Georgette Heyer is sparkling! I have bought all of the unabridged Heyer books, and have listened to them more that once. I am impressed with the quality of the narrators of her books, and Daniel Hill is no exception. I think the lively dialogue and period idioms challenge the narrators. Hill amused me as much as Heyer with his lively performance.

7 of 8 people found this review helpful

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    5 out of 5 stars

Book Great! Narrator STINKS

Have you ever wanted an Audible book and it finally showed up? You are so excited! BUT, then you hear to the WORST voice you have ever listened to!!!

I will listen to this again,(because I LOVE the book) but Audible PLEASE don't have Daniel Hill narrate anymore Georgette Heyer books.

His normal voice is pleasant...his characters are horrible.

I love Audible...I don't have the time anymore to sit down and read. I listen as I am working on a project. Thank you so much for the wonderful books you have.

18 of 22 people found this review helpful

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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.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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Terrible narrator

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

No. The book is fun, the narrator is ruining it. I don't know if I will be able to finish it.

What didn’t you like about Daniel Hill’s performance?

His voice, his characters' voices.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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Really, really annoying narrator

What didn’t you like about Daniel Hill’s performance?

I thought his presentation was very cartoonish, and disliked the "voices" that he chose for most of his characters. He made the action scenes sound like someone broadcasting a sports event.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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  • Sherri
  • Guildford, Australia
  • 07-25-12

This is Georgette Heyer for boys

Not the book for you if you enjoy a 'will he, will she' romance. This is an adventure amongst blokes( including a highwayman with a heart of gold) salted with enough local idiom to make you scream for mercy. The narrator makes a good fist of it and the hero is a good'un but I don't think Ms Heyer would have rated this as one of her finest.

5 of 6 people found this review helpful

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  • Anne
  • Montgomery Village, MD, United States
  • 04-30-11

One of Heyer's good ones

I read most of Georgette Heyer's romantic novels when in my late teens and early twenties. They're almost all light hearted fun, with some seriously funny bits thrown in. This one doesn't have as much hilarity as some, but it is an excellently crafted story of adventure and romance in regency England.

4 of 5 people found this review helpful

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Terrible Narrator

The story is classic Georgette Heyer with a little less romance than usual and a little more adventure. The narration on the other hand was horrible. I try to be charitable because it is a hard job to narrate characters that many people know and love but he made the main character, John, sound like a pirate or criminal. It was disconcerting considering John is educated and comes from a good family. He actually did a better job with the females than the males.#Heyerlover #Heyerreader #tagsgiving #sweepstakes

6 of 8 people found this review helpful

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  • Maggie
  • 06-19-14

More action, less manners - but vintage Heyer

Any additional comments?

Having devoured the Heyer paperbacks in my teens I'm now, years later, devouring the audio versions and this one was a delight. Daniel Hill's voice is very familiar to anyone who watched Waiting for God and I wondered if that would spoil it, but not at all. He read it excellently with very clearly defined characters all of whom were brought to to life convincingly, even the few women. This is a more male cast than normal though. The only voice which was not as I'd heard it in my head was Crazy Jack himself but I soon accepted the audio version. Georgette Heyer didn't write action novels, but this one is about as close as she gets. Murder, betrayal, Bow Street Runners, high drama - more like the style of The Unknown Ajax, The Reluctant Widow and The Talisman Ring than her drawing room comedies of manners. If you enjoyed those, I think you'll enjoy this. I actually got more out of this version than when I read the book and will listen to it again in a year or so, so very glad I downloaded it.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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  • Susan
  • 07-12-10

An excellently read version

I have always enjoyed this book but usually 'skipped' the bits I did not understand! The reader gives an excellent rendition of the story and, for the first time for me, brings to life the rich clever narrative of 18th Century broad Yorkshire mixed with thieves cant, I think! I enjoyed the audible version so much that I have passed it on to my 80 year old Mum who has also given it a delighted thumbs up and now wishes me to download more for her! A slightly different Georgette Heyer Regency Romance but very enjoyable.

6 of 7 people found this review helpful

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  • Deborah
  • 10-06-11

Inconsistent

I've read this book many times and love it. I've already listened to two excellent audio versions of other Heyer favourites (The Talisman Ring and The Reluctant Widow) so I was really looking forward to this, but was disappointed. It's really very patchy. At times it sounds as if the narrator had never seen the book before he recorded it and isn't paying it very much attention. All too often he launches into a sentence as if it were heading in one direction, but it finishes somewhere else entirely, so his intonation is all wrong. Some of the voices he gives to the characters are very good, but John Staple, who has more to say than anyone else, sounds as if he's giving a speech rather than holding a conversation most of the time. It's really very odd. The fight in the cavern towards the end is read rather like a racing commentary. I almost gave up in irritation several times. If you don't know the story well, you may not be bothered by these things. If you do - be warned.

9 of 12 people found this review helpful

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  • Judith Bicknell
  • 08-13-18

Smashing

Daniel Hill does a brilliant read, the fight was so superbly done I couldn’t gloss over it as I would usually do. He maintained each character throughout. Terrific

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  • Moomin
  • 06-12-18

Excellent story marred by poor narration

This, as others have said, is one of Heyer's action novels and it is a clever story, full of excitement and a certain level of mystery. She has used the setting cleverly to create a plot that is believable - even if the romance element is a little forced. Like others I found that the narration detracted from the story, even though the voices are well done and the characters all recognisable. For some reason he has given the hero a rather harsh, almost cruel sounding, voice and this jars somewhat but the other voices are excellent. Others have mentioned some strange intonation and curiously placed pauses in the narration and I can only agree that these jar and irritate. Better editing was needed to smooth these out to ensure that the sentences make sense. But worst of all are the huge number of mispronunciations! Georgette Heyer would be horrified! There are too many to mention and I can accept that Lucullan may not be an everyday word but I do think he should know the difference between demure and demur and valet and valise!
I would not listen to this reader again.

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  • LongOne
  • 06-10-18

Rollicking adventure

This is more adventure than romance, it is a really good yarn! Though the romance does hold its own and is quite unusual when compared with other Heyers.
All the characters are given a life of their own with their individual voices. Entertaining listen.

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  • Jan
  • 03-27-18

Wish I’d read the all of the reviews

I like Georgette Heyers regency stories and The Toll-Gate is no exception. I have most of them in paperback and several in my Audible library. This is the second that I felt was spoiled by the narrator. He just didn’t get the feel of the characters and in a few instances where John said “quietly “ or “calmly” or “lovingly” his voice was as strident as if he were addressing a meeting. Another reviewer mentioned that the fight scene in the cave was narrated as if it were a racing commentary and I can only agree. A good story spoiled.

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  • JayCee
  • 03-28-17

Georgette Heyer readers will enjoy this.

If you could sum up The Toll-Gate in three words, what would they be?

Good story telling.

Who was your favorite character and why?

The main male character.

Have you listened to any of Daniel Hill’s other performances? How does this one compare?

He is a reliable reader.

Any additional comments?

Not the best of Georgette Heyer, but her average is still better than most writers of Regency romantic fiction.

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  • Linda K
  • 12-28-16

Over-acted

I loved the story but I think the narrator rather overdid some of the voices!

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  • bookwoman
  • 11-12-16

Good tale, poor reading

What did you like best about The Toll-Gate? What did you like least?

A good tale with mystery and intrigue. It is marred by a poor reading, including several mispronunciations.

What did you like best about this story?

The plot

Would you be willing to try another one of Daniel Hill’s performances?

No.

Could you see The Toll-Gate being made into a movie or a TV series? Who would the stars be?

Yes.

Any additional comments?

Georgette Heyer deserves a far better reading than this. Phyllida Nash would have been much better.

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  • Leisal
  • 01-05-18

Great story wrong voice

The Toll Gate has a genial hero that you can’t help liking, a cast of fun characters and a mystery adventure coiled into another of Heyer’s ‘reluctant’ romances. The love story is barely there, integral, but taking a back seat to hero John Staple’s personality and determination to solve the mystery.

The narrator, Daniel Hill’s voice for John is disappointing. It isn’t a failure of his performance so much as a poor selection for the task. John’s voice is described as being calm and deep, but Daniel Hill’s voice is too light for that and he only succeeded in making John sound rather abrasive. The adventure and climax of the story was also read as though it was a sporting event and Daniel Hill the broadcast commentary. His voice is better suited to Heyer’s gentler novels.

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  • Regina
  • 11-08-16

Entertaining romp

Another great story from Heyer's pen with great attention to dialect and a grasp of criminal detail. Good fun with a hugely built hero and heroine who manage to baffle and beset a nadty crim who's threatening all and sundry in the district. The narrator does a great job impersonating a range of characters including a highwayman, a Bow Street Runner and various farm folk of Derbyshire.

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  • mrsvee
  • 07-06-16

Mispronunciations, misplaced emphases, unbelievable voice characterisations.

As above, this reading has somewhat spoilt the story as written by Georgette Heyer. Why oh why do readers have to try to 'voice' all the characters in the tale, AND IT DOESN'T WORK. Just read, please, do not attempt to dramatise.