Venetia by Georgette Heyer (unabridged), Narrated by Phyllida Nash #Review

Venetia by Georgette Heyer (unabridged), Narrated by Phyllida Nash #ReviewVenetia by Georgette Heyer

Narrator: Phyllida Nash
Genres: Historical Romance
on May 6, 2014
Length: 12 hours 36 minutes
Format: Audiobook
  four-half-stars  

Vintage Reviews–Going back to where we started!

Explanation:

A while back, I had a conversation with Anna @ Herding Cats Burning Soup blog. It started out with a discussion about how many of our older reads were getting hazy in our minds and that we didn’t even have notes or reviews on them to help jog the memory. From that was born the idea of doing an occasional (and by that I mean quarterly at most) re-read to catch up with some of those oldies, but goodies. So watch for the occasional Oldies review at our respective blogs and feel free to join in.

This was a re-read of a favorite book by one of my favorite authors. I decided to try an audio version for a slight change and to see how much I liked listening to the story as opposed to reading it. I found the whole a delightful experience. This author’s writing of character’s monologue and dialogue could have been meant to be read aloud.

“Who are you?” he demanded abruptly. “I took you for a village maiden-probably one of my tenants.”

“Did you indeed?”…

“Fair Fatality, you are the most unusual female I have encountered in all my thirty-eight years.”

“You can’t think how deeply flattered I am!” she assured him. “I daresay my head would be quite turned that I didn’t suspect amongst so many a dozen or so might have slipped from your memory.”

“More like a hundred. Am I never to learn your name? I shall know whether you tell me or no!”

“Without the least difficulty! I am very much better known in this country than you, for I am a Lanyon of Undershaw!” Chap 1 Damerel and Venetia from Venetia

The story is set in York and London during the Regency era of England right after the Napoleonic Wars. Venetia is a young woman who lives on a small country estate in Yorkshire. She is twenty-five and considers herself ‘on the shelf’ though the beautiful woman has two eager suitors. Venetia isn’t interested in the brooding puppy love of Oswald, son to her dear friend and neighbor, Lady Denny, nor the staid assumptions of Edward Yardley her deceased father’s choice of suitor. Venetia is a woman of sense, humor, and imagination and she longs for something more even though she probably won’t ever have it while taking care of her younger brother until he goes off to university and caring for the estate that is now the possession of her older absentee brother.

Into her tranquil life comes a rogue of the first order, Lord Damerel. Damerel misspent his youth and his middle age and has a shocking reputation wherever he goes. He comes to rusticate on his estate only to be struck by the fair delight of Venetia Lanyon. He has a thought toward seduction especially when he is given the opportunity after giving aid to her younger brother after a riding accident. But Venetia stymies him with her openness, humor, and sunny eagerness to have him for a friend. It grows into something more as time passes and Damerel knows that he cannot have her because he would ruin her. And if he didn’t already know this, the neighborhood in York and her distant relations make it quite clear. The only trouble is convincing Venetia.

This was a favorite from the moment I started reading it for the first time years ago. My love affair with this story is due to the fabulous, engaging, delightful heroine. Most of the story revolves around her and she is written so deftly that alone and without her romance, she captured the attention and feelings.

As to the narration, Phyllida Nash told this story as if she wrote it. She nailed the voices, personalities, emotions, and general story. I will definitely be looking for more books narrated by her particularly if they are Georgette Heyer’s.

All in all, this reunion with a favorite book from the past was a fond and heartwarming one. I can easily recommend both story and audio edition to other lovers of this author and Regency Romance in general.

DiscussionStarter

I decided to take it a step further with this re-read idea and really go for some ‘blasts from the past’ that may not even be in print anymore. First up, I went with the Queen of Regency Romance, Georgette Heyer.

Have you read any Heyer books? Got a favorite?

Romance Roundabout #280

Cliché Klatch #168 ‘You’ll catch cold at that’

Historical Romance #77

Audio #14

New to Me #141 narrator

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I was born and raised near Sacramento, CA. I have read since I was four years old and developed tastes that run the gamut of literature. I went away to college and have a degree in education, a certificate in family history research, and a certificate in social work. I worked for a non-profit agency with low income families for 20 years which included being responsible for the children’s library and promoting/teaching adult literacy. I have lived in Southeast Michigan for the last 18 years and I am currently a book addicted homemaker with a cat and husband who keep me grounded. Recently, I made it a challenge to review each book that I have read as a favor to author friends who said reviews are important. I have done reviews for Good Reads, Amazon, eBay, and Smashwords, but mostly at Goodreads and Amazon.

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  • What a great idea! I have a few of those books before I started writing reviews that are just hazy, I remember a few details, but can’t remember what I did and didn’t like. I think it’s a great idea to re-read those books and write reviews then. Must be nice to read those books in a different format now, I am planning to re-read the whole Harry Potter series once, but then in english instead of dutch.

    I haven’t heard of those book or author so far. The heroine sure sounds like a great main character and the romance sounds well done as well.

    • Yay! Glad you like this idea. Anna and I were both sad that we rarely had time to re-read favorites and were slowly forgetting things about them so wished that we had review notes. We both figured that doing a re-read book a few times a year was a do-able thing. Yes, you can join us. You can do your Harry Potters. 🙂

      • I am thinking of asking the Harry Potter box set in english for christmas this year and then hopefully re-read them next year. I really wish I could make more time for re-reading. Maybe if I am ahead with reviews posts a bit more I’ll make time to re-read some books, but there are always so many new and exciting books I want to read as well, so it’s hard to make time to re-read books.

        • I am in the same boat- so many new ones I want to read. I give a few book suggestions on my Christmas wish list for my family, too. 🙂 I am told this makes me so easy to buy for. haha!

  • I read some of hers. One was SO old school, but not 80s rapey old school. Just sexists old school

    • I can think of a few that would be described that way in her books. 😉

  • oh my I haven’t read this author in so long!! I don’t even know if I have a favorite, but i love her style and the way she writes her characters. Love the idea of going back and re reading old favorites.

    • It was fun to browse my shelves and pull off something I haven’t read in a long time and then I found it on Audible for pittance so had to try that.

  • RO

    Whew! As soon as I saw the name of the author, you took me waaaay back, girl! I don’t remember all the deets, but do know that I used to read her novels. Some of my faves that I had lost over the years, I managed to find at a Library Book Sale a few months ago, and I was thrilled to be snag Rosemary Rogers, Brenda Joyce, Virginia Henley, Kathleen Woodiwiss and Sidney Sheldon. Those books are classics. Great topic and yes, vintage rules!! Hugs…Ro

    • Most definitely, vintage rules, Ro! Your list brings back a few memories, too.

  • What a clever idea. I really need to find time to re-read some of my all time favorites. This one is old school to be sure!

    • Oh yes, I think we all need to do it once in a while. It had been so long since I read this that it was like reading it new. Very fun! You need to do it with us, Kimberly. We’re only doing one a quarter so we don’t get behind on our new reads.

  • I can never read a book long enough for me to consider it a reread. After some time my memory will be jagged and the rest of the story is “spoiled” for me.

    This sounds fab though!

    • Oh no! I don’t know whether to feel badly for you or feel relieved that re-reads don’t do that to me. This is a fun story, Braine.

      • Even books I’ve read YEARS/DECADES ago when my memory gets jogged, I’m done. I’m not interested with the rest even if I know I’m going to miss some of the deets. I’m like that with movies too.

        • You must have one of those picture perfect memories (forget the formal name for it). Now I’m feeling slightly envious. I remember bits and pieces and my overall feeling about a book or movie, but not enough.

  • Oo Sophia. I’ve not read her yet but I’m so going to have to. I have (I think it’s) Sylvester? that I picked up on audiobook a while back, That’s going to have to be my next cleaning book I think 😀

    • Sylvester is hilarious. These are fun madcap sweeter stuff. The back and forth between the characters and the situations they land in are the best part.