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  • The Toll-Gate

  • By: Georgette Heyer
  • Narrated by: Daniel Hill
  • Length: 9 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 194
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 125
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 130

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.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • More action, less manners - but vintage Heyer

  • By Maggie on 19-06-14

Excellent story marred by poor narration

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
3 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-06-18

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.

  • The Complete Barchester Chronicles (Dramatisation)

  • By: Anthony Trollope
  • Narrated by: Anna Massey, Alex Jennings
  • Length: 18 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 940
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 593
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 596

Here is a new audio edition of the acclaimed BBC Radio 4 dramatisations of Anthony Trollope's gently satirical tales of provincial life, available together in one download. Nearly 20 hours of ironic, witty, and wonderfully written drama is contained in this audiobook. The cast includes Anna Massey, Alex Jennings, David Haig, Rosemary Leach, Kenneth Cranham, Emma Fielding, and Brenda Blethyn.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Barchester comes alive!

  • By Ian Henderson on 05-06-08

Superb dramatisation

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 14-04-13

This dramatisation of all the Barchester novels perfectly captures the spirit and feel of these wonderful books. Every character has been brilliantly cast and they bring the books to life exactly as one might imagine them.

The stories begin with the Warden, the gentle Mr Harding who is forced from his comfortable job by the criticism of the national press, superbly played by Alec McCowen. They continue in the Cathedral Close in Barchester Towers, which pits the overbearing Bishop's wife, Mrs Proudie (Rosemary Leach), against the Archdeacon (Stephen Moore). They then cover stories across the whole of Barsetshire, from a hunting parson, the son of a spendthrift squire, to a jilted girl, before returning, in the Last Chronicle of Barset, to the Cathedral Close with the story of the wronged perpetual curate of Hogglestock.

Many of the themes seem remarkably current in today's world and Trollope's gentle satire and insight into the human condition underlies this classic dramatisation.

3 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Cotillion

  • By: Georgette Heyer
  • Narrated by: Phyllida Nash
  • Length: 12 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 327
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 229
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 230

The three great-nephews of cantankerous Mr Penicuik know better than to ignore his summons, especially when it concerns the bestowal of his fortune. His freakish plan is that his fortune will be his step-daughter's dowry.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Witty, charming and wonderfully read.

  • By Bettym on 08-11-10

A sprightly dance

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 14-04-13

Beautifully read by Phyllida Nash, this is one of Georgette Heyer's most light hearted stories.

Kitty Charing is the ward of the miserly and cantankerous Mr Penicuik who decides to leave her his fortune if she will agree to marry one of his great nephews. All the nephews know that he wants her to marry Jack Westruther, his favourite, with whom Kitty has been in love since she was a school girl. Jack refuses to obey his summons and Kitty persuades Freddy Standen to pretend to be engaged in order that she can go to London for the season. While everyone suspects that she is trying to make Jack jealous, no-one foresees how events will work out.

Kitty's first forays into the world of high fashion are entertainingly described, with all Ms Heyer's careful attention to historical accuracy. The characters of Kitty, Jack, Freddy and his family are believable and engaging. As always, Ms Heyer has a wide cast of other characters who add to the twists and turns of this plot and the story evolves in a series of complicated steps, just like the lively dance of her title.

7 of 7 people found this review helpful

  • Bath Tangle

  • By: Georgette Heyer
  • Narrated by: Sian Phillips
  • Length: 12 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 188
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 132
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 132

The Earl of Spenborough has always been noted for his eccentricity. Leaving a widow younger than his own daughter Serena is one thing, but quite another is leaving Serena's fortune to the trusteeship of the Marquis of Rotherham -- a man whom Serena once jilted and who now has the power to give or withhold his consent to any marriage she might contemplate. When Serena and her lovely young stepmother Fanny decide to move to Bath, Serena makes an odd new friend and discovers an old love, Major Hector Kirkby.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Lovely reading

  • By Caroline on 25-07-09

A True Tangle of mistaken love

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 14-04-13

This is one of Georgette Heyer's light Regency romances but with slightly older characters. Serena Carlow is in her late 20's and has jilted the sardonic, bad tempered Marquis of Rotheram. She lives with her step mother, a beautiful young widow who had been married to her father for only a few years before his unexpected death.

They move to Bath together and Serena meets her long lost love, the handsome and charming Major Kirby, who has recently inherited a respectable fortune.

There is also a pair of star-crossed young lovers and a host of minor characters to add to the mix in this entertaining and satisfying story.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful