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Fun, Frolic and Frivolity

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5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-06-2017

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.

Good story, shame about the sound

Overall
3 out of 5 stars
Performance
2 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-05-2017

This is a great story, and a fitting end to the Crystal Singer series BUT I do not see why it should have been so mutilated by being abridged. It isn't even a long story. The narrator was adequate. The sound quality was abysmal. It sounded like a radio play from the dawn of wireless, or like someone speaking into their phone's recording app while sitting in an empty garage. This audiobook was very disappointing, and frankly, overpriced, especially if you bought it because you know and love the book.

Very Miranda ... but there's more!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-05-2017

This reflection is laugh-out loud funny in many parts, but also tender, honest, witty and brave. It takes the reader on a gentle roller coaster of the sublime and the ridiculous of loving your dog. Along the way, Peggy becomes a canine beacon of hope, resilience and enthusiasm for life. Miranda Hart's narration is just what you'd expect - warm, engaging and personal. Poo-calypse has now been added irrevocably to my vocabulary!

Sophisticated and fun

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 14-09-2016

This is one of my all-time favourites by this author, combining a satisfying balance of wit, romance, likeable characters and sufficient twists and turns of plot to keep the reader turning pages to discover what happens next. The narration is confident and nuanced. This book is brimming with subtle wit and effortless period detail. It would appeal to readers who want to relax with a light, well-written historical novel with laugh out loud humour.

Entertaining!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 16-08-2016

What made the experience of listening to Lady of Quality the most enjoyable?

The narration was spot on. It was read with well-nuanced understanding of the text, the characters and the style. This was a very pleasant voice to listen to.

What did you like best about this story?

The story is witty, yet credible. The historical details are minutely accurate, the characters engaging. The plot holds few surprises, but the clever characterisation draws you right in to the wonderfully humorous climax.

Which character – as performed by Eve Matheson – was your favourite?

While Annis is thoroughly charming, the eccentric and batty Miss Farlow was my favourite!

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes, I thoroughly enjoyed enjoyed it.

Any additional comments?

This story is not profound, but it is elegant, charming, full of humour and wit, and just the thing to enjoy a relaxing moment with.

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Almost there

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
3 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 27-07-2016

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Yes, provided she was ten to twelve.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Alice-Miranda is an adorable little pocket-rocket, who just misses being an intolerable bossy-boots. Instead, she is a feisty little girl who demonstrates the opposite of apathy!

What aspect of Jacqueline Harvey’s performance might you have changed?

The narration is too rapid. The characterization is good, but the indirect speech is punctuated with audible intake of breath due to the pace. This was intrusive and distracting.

Any additional comments?

An attractive story, a lovable heroine, and a humorous, slightly tongue-in-cheek plot salted with mystery. Little girls will enjoy this.

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The Grand Sophy

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-07-2016

Would you listen to The Grand Sophy again? Why?

I have already heard this more than once, for the subtle nuanced reading which complemented the witty, stylish writing.

What did you like best about this story?

I liked the clever twists and turns of the plot, and the very appealing force of nature that was the heroine. The resolution was clever and satisfying.

What does Sarah Woodward bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

The narrator's voice was well-suited to the different characters and accents throughout the story.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

I was frequently moved to laughter!

Any additional comments?

A very fine example of Heyer's style. A light-hearted farce, written with elegance and sophistication. Sophy is larger than life in all ways.