Friday, January 25, 2013

Audiobook Review: Ventia by Georgette Heyer, read by Richard Armitage

Overall Impression:

Type: Audiobook

Source: Bought

Publication/Release Date: April 2010

Short Synopsis (Goodreads)The 2009 Naxos AudioBooks recording of Sylvester met with resounding approval and clamours for more Georgette Heyer audiobooks. Here is "Venetia", a clear favourite from among Heyer's novels. In her trademark buoyant and exuberant style, Heyer tells the story of an unconventional romance, which is full of riveting dialogue and loveable, very human characters. Quick-witted, self-assured, funny and beautiful, "Venetia" is one of Georgette Heyer's most popular heroines. When the dashing Lord Damerel intrudes upon a quiet provincial community in the North of England, news of his scandalous past soon sets tongues wagging. In spite her of sheltered upbringing, though, Venetia is singularly unfazed by the rakish Damerel, and proves to be more than a match for him.

My Review: I will be the first to admit that I was a hater when it came to audiobooks. 'If you wanted to read so badly, why not just pick up a book?' was my thinking, so I avoided audiobooks like the plague and *cough* kind of looked down on those who listened to them as not being true bibliophiles.

HOWEVER, one day as I was looking at Richard Armitage's list of performances, the fact that he had done a few audiobooks came to light. Um, listening to Richard Armitage's voice for hours on end? Sure, sign me up!!! And that is how I came to listen to my very first audiobook *smiles proudly*

Overall Impression: This was my first Georgette Heyer book. I had heard that she essentially established the historical romance genre and so have wanted to give her books a try for quite a while. I must admit that it was an interesting read. Simplistic, but not without merit. It has a very familiar storyline to those that are familiar with the genre, but I guess since Ms. Heyer created these types of books, everyone else copied off of her. If you are in the mood for a light and clean historical romance, this is a great book to go with.

The reading: Ahhh, Richard Armitage. He has a spectacular voice, not to mention accent, so this was a joy. What kind of threw me (and for those familiar with audiobooks you won't be surprised) was that he did the voices. The characterization was well enough, it was just odd hearing him do the female voices. While he didn't do a bad job of it, I would have preferred, in Richard Armitages' case anyways, that he just read the book plainly. Given this or nothing, I would definitely go with this and thought it a pleasant experience.

This has been only the first of many audiobooks that I have listened to now. They are SO convenient to listen to in the car. I still wouldn't be caught dead listening to one if I was stationary and had a book available instead, but since I get motion sick if I read (or I'm driving and can't anyways) this makes the time pass so much more quickly and I can get a lot more reading done as well! My apologies for looking so down on this form of book consumption. I'm a believer!!

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