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  • The Grand Sophy

  • By: Georgette Heyer
  • Narrated by: Sarah Woodward
  • Length: 11 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 321
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 289
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 285

Resourceful, adventurous and utterly indefatigable, Sophy is hardly the mild-mannered girl that the Rivenhalls expect when they agree to take her in. Kind-hearted Aunt Lizzy is shocked; stern Cousin Charles and his humorless fiancée Eugenia are disapproving.With her inimitable mixture of exuberance and grace Sophy soon sets about endearing herself to her family, but finds herself increasingly drawn to her cousin. Can she really be falling in love with him, and he with her? And what of his betrothal to Eugenia?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Utterly splendid - classic GH

  • By Beccameriel on 16-05-17

Excellently narrated

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-11-13

Would you listen to The Grand Sophy again? Why?

This is one of my favourite books by Georgette Heyer, and I was wary of a narrator new to me. But she did an excellent job - her Sophy was just right, as was her Miss Wraxton.

I think there has been a slight editing of the money-lender scene which causes problems for many readers, although I haven't checked it word for word. Just a few words omitted or changed, from memory.

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  • All She Wrote

  • Holmes and Moriarity, Book 2
  • By: Josh Lanyon
  • Narrated by: Kevin R. Free
  • Length: 7 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 41
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 38
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 38

A murderous fall down icy stairs is nearly the death of Anna Hitchcock, the much-beloved "American Agatha Christie" and Christopher Holmes' former mentor. Anna's plea for him to host her annual winter writing retreat touches all Kit's sore spots - traveling, teaching writing classes, and separation from his new lover, J.X. Moriarity. For J.X., Kit's cancellation of yet another romantic weekend is the death knell of a relationship that has been limping along for months. But that's just as well, right?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent book superbly performed

  • By Country Reader on 13-04-13

Excellent book superbly performed

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 13-04-13

Josh Lanyon has taken great care in selecting the narrators for his audiobooks, and it shows. Kevin R Free's performance is worthy of the good material he has to work with; he excels in using different voices for each character without going over the top, so that it is easy to tell who is speaking even without dialogue tags. And the dialogue is wonderful. I'd forgotten how funny this book is, with Kit's rather sarcastic inner commentary as well as his quick ripostes and the amusing insights into how writers work. The book starts with Kit seizing an opportunity to avoid a weekend with J.X., his new lover, because of his insecurities both about his desirability and J.X.'s success as a writer. He answers a plea for help from his injured former mentor, who asks him to stand in for her at her writers' seminar at her country estate in the Berkshires - oh, and to find out who is trying to kill her. There is equal pleasure in following Kit's navigation through the characters and motivations of the possible suspects and in watching his relationship with J.X. develop.



It isn't essential that you listen to the first Holmes and Moriarity (Somebody Killed His Editor) but it enhances the experience if you do and you wouldn't want to miss it anyway! The third book, The Boy With the Painful Tattoo, is due late 2013.

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