These Old Shades

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5 out of 5 stars
By Sharon on 04-19-09

The epitome of romance

Set before the French Revolution, an English duke rescues a French "guttersnipe", with murky plans for his(?) future, but the brat turns the duke's plans on him -- Cinderella with a touch of Romeo and Juliet. This has always been my favorite Georgette Heyer book, and I love them all. "Devil's Cub" is the sequel, set in the next generation.

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18 of 18 people found this review helpful

3 out of 5 stars
By pakkmom on 12-26-09

LOVE Georgette Heyer...but the reader...!

Having discovered Georgette Heyer's books more than 30 years ago and enjoyed reading and rereading many of them since then; I was thrilled to discover them in audio. So far I have listened to three Heyer books from Audible and...well, it has been a mixed bag. These Old Shades has been a difficult listen. Perhaps it is because my own imagination has developed a strong vocal idea of what certain characters should sound like. So I found myself gritting my teeth to get through this audio. As an example, the main character Justin is shrill, grating, and very "old" sounding. As if Justin was a man of 60 rather than a man of 40. Accents were a strange mish mash which didn't match the locations of the characters. For example, the story opens in France and characters have British accents. Leon the waif rescued by Justin, has a French accent but her brother sounds like a working class Brit. Details like this can really make or break a audio rendering. So while I still love Georgette Heyer, I really wish that this story had a different reader.

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23 of 24 people found this review helpful

5 out of 5 stars
By Kelly on 10-19-09

great story, stylized narration

The narration for this book and for Devil's Cub, with a different narrator but the same style, is very stylized and "mannered." It does suit the books but it takes a little getting used to. The narration is imitating the speech of a 1700s fop. It's nasal and drawling. I think it lends atmosphere, but even though I really enjoyed the listen, I couldn't listen for hours and hours as I can for more natural narrators.

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10 of 10 people found this review helpful

5 out of 5 stars
By Courtney Stokes on 03-17-09

Loved it!!!!!

I love Georgette Heyer books and this is one of her best. I hope audible continues adding more of her books.

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7 of 7 people found this review helpful

3 out of 5 stars
By Anonymous User on 09-08-11

Disappointing characterisation

I have enjoyed other books read by Cornelius Garrett, so what possessed him to provide the Hero with the voice of a deaf, very elderly man in this one. Quite spoilt the story for me, and put me off buying any other books narrated by him.

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20 of 22 people found this review helpful

3 out of 5 stars
By Coffee Lover on 01-10-16

Narrator was wrong for story!

I listen to many Georgette Heyer novels and have always enjoyed them. In this case, however, the narrator's voice was totally wrong for almost all of the characters, including the 2 main ones. It cracked like an old man's and the heroine's voice also sounded extremely odd. In my opinion, it totally ruined the entire book. Will be sure not to get any more Heyer books by this reader.

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5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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