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Venetia Lanyon, beautiful, intelligent and independent woman, lives in comfortable seclusion in rural Yorkshire with her precocious brother Aubrey. Her future seems safe and predictable: Either marriage to the respectable but dull Edward Yardley, or a life of peaceful spinsterhood. But when she meets the dashing, dangerous rake Lord Damerel, her well-ordered life is turned upside down, and she embarks upon a relationship with him that scandalizes and horrifies the whole community. Has she found her soul-mate, or is she playing with fire?
©1972 Georgette Heyer (P)2010 Naxos
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5 out of 5 stars
By 🇺🇸🌸DARA on 03-31-13

Another great Georgette Heyer book

What did you love best about Venetia?

I love Georgette Hayer Books. They are so sweet and cute. It is a feel good book. I only wish it was offered in the unabridged form. Of course Richard Armitage does a perfect job with the narration. Each character is unique.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Judith on 05-18-10

Great, but too bad it is abridged

Venetia is one of my favorite Georgette Heyer books. For an abridged edition it is quite well done. The narrator is very good, but what a shame that there wasn't an unabridged version.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Amazon Customer on 08-11-10

Prepare to Swoon

I have written a review of the Sylvester Audio Book read by Richard Armitage and said that the pairing of his voice and Georgette Heyer's prose was a marriage made in heaven and I am very pleased that he has been asked to read Venetia.

I thought Sylvester was very good but this is excellent. Once again a range of different characters are lifted from the page and come alive, each with their own distinctive personality.

Rake Damerel will make you swoon, Lady Denny is marvellous and Mrs Scorrier is priceless. I haven't counted accurately but I think there are about 20 characters each brilliantly portrayed.
Quite a vocal feat.

I have rated this 5 stars because I feel the audio book merits it but, yet again, I am very disappointed with the abridgement.
So much is lost. Sometimes it is only a small scene such as when Lambert Steeple buys a brooch for Venetia but these add much to our understanding of the characters. And the final chapter has been cut out of recognition.
If you haven't read the book, I urge you to do so, fill in the gaps and enrich your listening pleasure.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Sarah on 12-18-11

Admir'd Venetia

This has been my favourite Georgette Heyer for a long time.

Venetia is a grown woman who has been kept from the societies of life by an eccentric father. She is however a very intelligent heroine, with whom we can easily relate. When she comes into contact with a suave and sophisticated man of the world with a murky past she is naturally sparked into a new existence since Damarel is in marked contrast to the worthy men in her rural life.

To overcome the difficulties of a hide-bound society and the skeletons in her family cupboard needs all her wit and courage. You wont be disappointed.

If you have not read the paper version, please do so.. this reading has been sadly chopped by abridgeing and doesnt do justice to the original. However the reading *is* masterly.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Jane on 01-22-17

Quirky and amusing romance

Venetia is a strong and resourceful woman who finds herself thwarted by her well meaning relatives and friends when the disreputable Lord Damerel makes her the object of his attentions. His awareness of society's attitude to him and the disgrace that marriage to him would bring her leads him to renounce her leaving her desperately lonely. This unconventional romance explores societal mores in the regency era and the rigid expectations of society's women which put respectability ahead of happiness. Excellent characterization beautifully realized in Richard Armitage's reading. A poignant story.

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By Leah on 02-22-16

Can't get enough of Richard Armitage

Richard Armitage's story telling is engaging and his voice is enchanting, I can listen to his narrations over and over again.

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