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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-11-13

Excellently narrated

Would you listen to The Grand Sophy again? Why?

This is one of my favourite books by Georgette Heyer, and I was wary of a narrator new to me. But she did an excellent job - her Sophy was just right, as was her Miss Wraxton.

I think there has been a slight editing of the money-lender scene which causes problems for many readers, although I haven't checked it word for word. Just a few words omitted or changed, from memory.

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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 13-04-13

Excellent book superbly performed

Josh Lanyon has taken great care in selecting the narrators for his audiobooks, and it shows. Kevin R Free's performance is worthy of the good material he has to work with; he excels in using different voices for each character without going over the top, so that it is easy to tell who is speaking even without dialogue tags. And the dialogue is wonderful. I'd forgotten how funny this book is, with Kit's rather sarcastic inner commentary as well as his quick ripostes and the amusing insights into how writers work. The book starts with Kit seizing an opportunity to avoid a weekend with J.X., his new lover, because of his insecurities both about his desirability and J.X.'s success as a writer. He answers a plea for help from his injured former mentor, who asks him to stand in for her at her writers' seminar at her country estate in the Berkshires - oh, and to find out who is trying to kill her. There is equal pleasure in following Kit's navigation through the characters and motivations of the possible suspects and in watching his relationship with J.X. develop.

It isn't essential that you listen to the first Holmes and Moriarity (Somebody Killed His Editor) but it enhances the experience if you do and you wouldn't want to miss it anyway! The third book, The Boy With the Painful Tattoo, is due late 2013.

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