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Rivals

Rutshire Chronicles, Book 2
Narrated by: Sherry Baines
Series: Rutshire Chronicles, Book 2
Length: 27 hrs and 41 mins
5 out of 5 stars (104 ratings)

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Summary

Into the cutthroat world of Corinium television comes mega-star Declan O'Hara. Declan soon realises that the Managing Director, Lord Baddingham, has recruited him merely to help retain the franchise for Corinium. Baddingham has also enticed Cameron Cook, a gorgeous, domineering woman executive, to produce Declan's programme. 

As a rival group emerges to pitch for the franchise, reputations ripen and decline, true love blossoms and burns, marriages are made and shattered and sex raises its head at almost every throw....

©1988 Jilly Cooper (P)2018 W. F. Howes Ltd

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Audible, thanks for listening... this one works

Whilst not wishing to rake up old problems, most of us who have read Jilly Cooper's Rutshire Chronicles over the years were puzzled why so few were recorded, and those out of order. So when Polo and Rivals were released not long ago we were delighted - until we heard them. The reviews were pretty unanimous, but it seems Audible really did listen as both recordings were eventually withdrawn.
Now books 2,3,4 and 5 (Rivals, Polo, The Man who made Husbands Jealous and Appassionata) have appeared, with book 6 (Score) to follow, all by a fresh narrator, Sherry Baines, so we have consistency - but what about the quality?
Relax, we seem to be in safe hands with this one
I only downloaded Rivals this morning and was reassured by pleasant, clear narration from the start. Slightly slow and laboured at first but soon got into its stride. Then we got to the Becher's Brook for narration in Rutshire: the divine Taggie. Sherry Baines has given Taggie a soft, gentle, low Irish accent exactly as described in the books and as I imagined Taggie to sound, so thanks to all concerned for the re-recording.
Of all the Rutshire books I think this is my favourite, Rupert continues to be Rupert, Billy and Janie Lloyd-Fox put in another appearance, and the new characters introduced are some of the best in the whole series. The O'Hara family above all, then the lovely Freddie and ghastly Valerie Jones, LIzzie Vereker who is far too nice to be lumbered with James, but whose life is immeasurably changed during the course of the book, Bas, Monica, Dame Enid... and so many others. And the whole process of putting together a bid for an independent television franchise is fascinating, and detailed. It's a great read.
I know I haven't heard it to the end yet, but I know and love the book and I've heard enough to be reassured. I was one of those who were pretty scathing about the previous recording, so in fairness I want to say "thank you for listening Audible, - and this one works”
Gerri Halligan, who recorded books 1 and 9, seemed to be everyone's favourite, but hasn't returned. Sherry Baines isn’t Gerri, but she does a good workmanlike job. If Sherry has been contracted to read up to book 6, please give us consistency by getting her to record books 7 and 8 (the only unrecorded books) as well.
So, with Rivals part heard, and Polo, Lysander, Appassionata and eventually Score waiting in the wings, it's back to the headphones... this time with a smile

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Send help!

Read this many moons ago and several times since in hard copy. Such a joy to listen on audio. Like all Rutshire devotees, I’m falling in love with Rupert and Taggie again. The only problem I have with this title is that I can’t stop. Please help.
Could someone pop round and tidy up a bit and feed my children and dogs.

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Much better second time round

I bought the original recording of this a few months ago and am pleased that it has now been re-recorded. The narration this time is really good.
This is my favourite of the Rutshire books. I love the way Rupert’s character develops in this - the rivalry between Rupert and Tony is brilliantly done and the franchise battle is really interesting. Best of all is the way Jilly shows the characters at their worse as well as at their best.
Of all the books I have read over the years I have never wanted a couple to have their HEA as much as Taggie and Rupert.
Brilliant!

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And here is the news...

Jilly Cooper is great which is why I bought this to listen to after hugely enjoying Riders narrated by Gerri Halligan - but, man o man, is this audio book ruined by a clipped, news-reader, dated-sounding voice. Sherry Baines (I’m sure she’s lovely in real life) has a slightly shakey, bitter, sweeping, 50+ English accent with a cringe-y old-fashion Alan Partridge-like pronunciation of ‘r’... “...furriously rrreprimanded..” more suited to narrating Gone With The Wind or Brief Encounter, not JC’s racy sex scenes. This is a story set in the 1980s with characters in their 20s and 30s and frankly would be more accessible if the narrator had a younger sounding voice. With the exception of the spoken bits, there is not nearly enough variety in tone, all sentences have the same intonation and end up landing in my ear the same way. It’s so disappointing! I couldn’t get past chapter five as I was distracted the whole time by the annoying sound of her voice.

I much preferred listening to Riders narrated by Gerri Halligan but couldn’t find the next books in the Rutshire Chronicles read by her. I had a hunch I wouldn’t enjoy Rivals when I listened to the sample. My advice to other audible readers is to listen to the sample before buying and go with your gut when choosing between narrators. I really wanted to hear this book but didn’t have a choice here.

Sorry Sherry but - Bring Back Gerri!

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  • Lu
  • 02-08-18

Thank Goodness for the re-recording

Sherry Bains does a worthy job of reading the Rutshire Chronicles, which is wonderful after the total pigs breakfast that other narrators have made of reading them. The story line isn't as strong as Riders but it's still all passion, betrayal and despicable behaviour, making an engaging listen.

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Loved it

Didn't want it to finish, now have to wait too long to get the next one!

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Fantastic

Really enjoyed this book. Hard at the beginning to know who all the characters are but once further into the book, you know them all so well.
Well narrated too.

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Amazing JC as always!

finally on audiobook well done audible love love this book! narration is good easy to listen too.

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Fantastic story and well read

Loved this book and now love listening to this book. Well read and really enjoyed.

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One of the best 4

Much better than Riders. Sherry managed to read this with more emotional feeling and her accents, voices and dialects were much more distinctive. Been a long time since this was written 30 years in fact and its stood up pretty well although of course technology now is a far cry from the year this was issued which does date it a little. On the whole though this is a fairly good story with a nice ending although Cameron Cook did not deserve any such thing and a much more fitting ending for that character would have improved it considerably. However that's my opinion and life often seems to reward those undeserving and bypass the people It should be kind to. It is therefore quite predictable in story and ending but there is also a real feel good feeling to this on the whole and sometimes you need that, especially when life is not like that for you. I hope this lady reads more of the Rutshire Chronicles series, she adds something a bit special that made this book stand out and I believe she will do it again. I will be buying the whole series and especially if she narrates more of them. Like a bubble bath they are deliciously warming, lovely to sink into and a well deserved treat and wind down from life and stress. I do recommend them.

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  • Qyler's Mom
  • 04-01-19

Never before

I don’t read romance novels but I got this audio book free. I loved it. Character development is superb and the plot immersive. I will certainly read Jilly Cooper again!

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  • ronald archer
  • 10-09-18

Rivals

Great story once again from Jilly Cooper. Didn't want to put it down. Well done

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  • jacqui lefebvre
  • 25-08-18

Great story telling!

Sherry has a wonderful voice for audio books. I enjoyed listening. Jilly Cooper is such a great author and story teller and I think Sherry paid homage to that.

For future reference, Moet is pronounced with a hard ‘t’ and not Moay! It’s derivative is Dutch not French!