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Captain John Staple’s exploits in the Peninsula had earned him the sobriquet Crazy Jack amongst his fellows in the Dragoon Guards. Now home from Waterloo, life in peacetime is rather dull for the adventure-loving captain. But when he finds himself lost at an unmanned toll-house in the Pennines, his soldiering days suddenly pale away beside an adventure - and romance - of a lifetime.
©1954 Georgette Heyer (P)2014 Audible, Inc.
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By Yvette on 04-12-10

Great book - reader only OK

I LOVE GEORGETTE HEYER!!!!! And this is a really fun book!!! Mystery, laughs, & romance! Daniel Hill is ... (disagreeing somewhat with a previous reviewer) ... a fairly good reader who goes over the top sometimes, and when he goes over the top he makes the character that he is reading sound like an asthmatic that is trying to shout while having an asthma attack. Luckily, this happens less and less as the story progresses. I was able to get past this issue pretty easily. (And if he sounds familiar ... he played the obnoxious Harvey Nigel Baines in the BBC's '90s sit-com "Waiting for God".)

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By Ruth on 08-26-10

No bad Georgette Heyer Book, STOP ABRIDGING THEM!

I have read and re-read these books since I was a child and they are all wonderful! Please don't fob us off with abridged versions though - two of my favorites, Venetia and Slyvester are only here in an abridged versions, and there is no point in even trying to listen to them if they do not contain every beautiful word and cant phrase!

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By Maggie on 06-19-14

More action, less manners - but vintage Heyer

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Having devoured the Heyer paperbacks in my teens I'm now, years later, devouring the audio versions and this one was a delight. Daniel Hill's voice is very familiar to anyone who watched Waiting for God and I wondered if that would spoil it, but not at all. He read it excellently with very clearly defined characters all of whom were brought to to life convincingly, even the few women. This is a more male cast than normal though. The only voice which was not as I'd heard it in my head was Crazy Jack himself but I soon accepted the audio version. Georgette Heyer didn't write action novels, but this one is about as close as she gets. Murder, betrayal, Bow Street Runners, high drama - more like the style of The Unknown Ajax, The Reluctant Widow and The Talisman Ring than her drawing room comedies of manners. If you enjoyed those, I think you'll enjoy this. I actually got more out of this version than when I read the book and will listen to it again in a year or so, so very glad I downloaded it.

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By Susan on 07-12-10

An excellently read version

I have always enjoyed this book but usually 'skipped' the bits I did not understand! The reader gives an excellent rendition of the story and, for the first time for me, brings to life the rich clever narrative of 18th Century broad Yorkshire mixed with thieves cant, I think! I enjoyed the audible version so much that I have passed it on to my 80 year old Mum who has also given it a delighted thumbs up and now wishes me to download more for her! A slightly different Georgette Heyer Regency Romance but very enjoyable.

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By Leisal on 01-05-18

Great story wrong voice

The Toll Gate has a genial hero that you can’t help liking, a cast of fun characters and a mystery adventure coiled into another of Heyer’s ‘reluctant’ romances. The love story is barely there, integral, but taking a back seat to hero John Staple’s personality and determination to solve the mystery.

The narrator, Daniel Hill’s voice for John is disappointing. It isn’t a failure of his performance so much as a poor selection for the task. John’s voice is described as being calm and deep, but Daniel Hill’s voice is too light for that and he only succeeded in making John sound rather abrasive. The adventure and climax of the story was also read as though it was a sporting event and Daniel Hill the broadcast commentary. His voice is better suited to Heyer’s gentler novels.

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By Regina on 11-08-16

Entertaining romp

Another great story from Heyer's pen with great attention to dialect and a grasp of criminal detail. Good fun with a hugely built hero and heroine who manage to baffle and beset a nadty crim who's threatening all and sundry in the district. The narrator does a great job impersonating a range of characters including a highwayman, a Bow Street Runner and various farm folk of Derbyshire.

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