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Although somewhat shorter than many of her other novels. Heyer's Talisman Ring is one of her most entertaining reads. When I first read it years ago I thought how good a play it would make. Now, many years on, my very much thumbed and ragged version of the book has been replaced with an Audible version of the book delightfully read by Phyllida Nash - and yes, it does play very well as an audiobook. Snappy and funny dialogue of extremely likeable characters in a gently adventurous situation, this is a book that is fun to read and fun to listen to for anyone who enjoys lighthearted, well-scripted, regency romances.
14 of 14 people found this review helpful
This is just a delightful novel, the characters so endearingly funny and the plot twists and turns. I am in awe of Phillida Nash's skill in giving us so many distinct voices from young to older, french and english. She enhances and enlivens what is already a great tale.
18 of 19 people found this review helpful
I was so pleased to see this in the new release list today. I hope this means that Audible has a release programme for Heyer and will be issuing all of them over a period of time. I would love to see Venetia, Friday's Child, The Grand Sophy, Sylvester, well all of them really. Although even better news would be to hear that some of the more poorly read ones from the old Chivers back catlogue have been re-recorded, starting with Devil's Cub, which is already on Audible's list in its original unlistenable to format!
The Talisman Ring is one of my favourites. Georgette Heyer is very undemanding but should have you gently giggling from page 1. They are light, feel-good books which I save for days when I'm feeling rotten or to help me unwind when work is particularly stressful. Not everyone's cup of tea, I know, but don't mistake for cheap imitations and if you a looking for something undemanding to relax with, this one is worth a try.
16 of 16 people found this review helpful
I have just finished this audio book, and it was a real treat, beautifully read and great fun. It was always one of my favourite Georgette Heyer books and this version does full justice to it. Strongly recommended if you fancy a light heated romance!
7 of 7 people found this review helpful
One of the few Georgette Heyer novels I haven’t read. It just never took my fancy. Phyllis Nash breathed life into it and I enjoyed the story line. I would love her to narrate ALL the Georgette Heyer books.
What did you like most about The Talisman Ring?
I liked most the wit and fast-paced action of this story. There was a delightful deftness in the twists and turns of plot, and the characters were both credible and fantastic at the same time.
What did you like best about this story?
I loved the witty dialogue and the way in which the mystery was gradually revealed, leading up to a very satisfactory happy ending.
Which scene did you most enjoy?
My favourite scene was when the cross-dressing hero managed to evade capture.
Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?
It was, and I did!
Any additional comments?
This narrator was brilliant. Her characterisations spot on, her narration spiked with all the irony and subtlety of the prose, and her voice very pleasing to the ear. Perhaps not one of Heyer's more well-known novels, but a light-hearted romp through Georgian England which I found enjoyable and satisfying.