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I'll make it unanimous. This is a great production, terrific reader, nice music, and a decent abridgement. But We Want the Whole Thing!
"The Grand Sophy," "Venetia," and "Frederica" are considered by many to be the "big three" of Georgette Heyer's Regency Romances. I'd add "Cotilliion" and "Bath Tangle" to those, and for those who like a touch of mystery, "The Quiet Gentleman" and "Regency Buck." Only some of these are available here, and I hope Audible gets unabridged versions of all of them (and of any other Heyers that aren't already here).
This version is beautifully done, and I love Clare Wille's narration, but the abridgement will disappoint those who will miss many of their favorite scenes and confuse those who haven't read the book. If Naxos was going to put this much effort into the book, why not do the whole thing? This novel certainly warrants it.
41 of 41 people found this review helpful
I was happy to see this released yesterday so that I could download it to soothe a head cold, but even with Naxos Audiobooks sound quality and a good narrator, a Heyer novel just becomes silly with only the broad story line exposed in an abridgement. It might be good nostalgia for those who loved the novel in print. What a waste - Heyer can be such good diversion, unabridged.
30 of 30 people found this review helpful
At least not if they are Georgette Heyer books. The Grand Sophy simply works at more levels than this abridged version gives it credit for. I so wanted an audible version of this book that I was willing to buy an abridged version. Never again! You turned a book brimming full of fun and cunning plot into a trite farce. Just listen to the unabridged version of Fridays Child and compare to this offering and wonder whether you are listening to the the same author. Unabridged versions of The Grand Sophy, Faro's Daughter and False Colours are definitely required! Read by whoever you choose, although I like Claire Wille and Phillida Nash.
8 of 8 people found this review helpful
This is one of my favourite Georgette Heyer books and I have been waiting ages for it to come out in audio. I am disappointed that it is abridged, but downloaded it anyway. The reader is ok, but I think that Clifford Norgate, Phyllida Nash, Sian Phillips, Barbara Leigh-Hunt and Cornelius Garrett portray the characters best and show an understanding of the author's humour. I hope they will consider recording an unabridged version of the book read by one of the above.
6 of 6 people found this review helpful