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Venetia Paperback – 3 Jun 2004
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"My favourite historical novelist - stylish, romantic, sharp, and witty. Her sense of period is superb, her heroines are enterprising, and her heroes dashing. I owe her many happy hours" (Margaret Drabble)
"Wonderful characters, elegant, witty writing, perfect period detail, and rapturously romantic" (Katie Fforde)
"A writer of great wit and style . . . I've read her books to ragged shreds" (Kate Fenton Daily Telegraph)
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Top Customer Reviews
The storyline for VENETIA is simplicity itself: the very beautiful, intelligent and sunny natured Venetia Lanyon had long resigned to herself to spinsterhood -- afterall here she was, at the ripe age of twenty-five, living in the country, running her brother Conway's estate, while he was off playing at being a soldier, keeping house for her sickly but brilliant younger brother, Aubrey, and with two improbable country swains as suitors. Enter the roguish Lord Dameral: neighbour of the Lanyons, this rakish and jaded aristocrat is surely the very last person anyone would expect sheltered and virtuous Venetia to become good friends with. But this is exactly what happens much to the consternation of those who love Venetia...
This is a very "grown-up" kind of novel, about the relationship between two adults of very different upbringings and two very different temperaments, from friendship and a sincere admiration to something more (in fact as several other reviewers have already mentioned, the attraction between Venetia and Demeral fairly sizzles and yet there is not one sexually explicit scene! goodness!!). Georgette Heyer does a fantastic job of charting this blossoming relationship from its incipience to the painful parting to the satisfying and triumphant end.Read more ›
Then Lord Damerel arrives in the neighbourhood bringing with him rumour and scandal. Chance meetings with the rake and known gamester bring Venetia's beauty and wit to his attention.
Heyer once again draws a beautiful picture of these two lovers dancing around to the niceties of this glorious historical period. Humour lurks in every page but before we reach our favourite conclusion we are presented with an idiotically noble rake who only now decides to do the right thing. It's only Venetia's discovery of her own family's scandalous past that leads us to a classic Heyer end. Fabulous stuff.
Richard Armitage does have a distinctive voice; deep, well-annunicated but mainly classless with a slight northern accent and it is very, very easy to listen to. I've recently listened to a couple of other well-known actors reading books. One seemed to think all he had to do was read the book - wrong! He also read too fast. Another was well-paced and adjusted his voice for each character but his female characters were too shrill. Mr Armitage reads at an easy, extremely listeningable pace and his characterisation, both male and female, are so good you forget that it just one man's voice you are listening to.
At over 4 hours this was meant to last a week in my car, instead I just spent an enjoyable Sunday morning listening to it. If this man's voice was chocolate it would outsell Cadburys and Galaxy combined!
Buy and enjoy.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
It always amazes me how many different story lines Georgette Heyer finds to write about. I have read quiet a few of this writers work and find them most enjoyable.Published 11 days ago by florence
Should anyone wish to comment on my review, I hope I have her/his permission to use the comment for an article I intend to write about the influence of Georgette Heyer's... Read morePublished 24 days ago by Mary Ann
Not my top favourite, but Georgette Heyer always guaranteed to please. They've stopped stocking her at WHSmith 😧Published 2 months ago by Mirabella
Very slow. The last few chapters are good though I nearly didn't get that far. If you prefer action, like me, look elsewhere . The dialogue was witty when it was comprehensible. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Eirlys king
not her best, nothing happens, what does is dullish and deeply politically incorrect...Published 4 months ago by robin goodfellow
Funny and romantic. Well written and good to read about a feisty young woman at a time when most suffered the vapours in the presence of men. Charming throughoutPublished 4 months ago by Janice