These Old Shades : Alastair Trilogy

  • by Georgette Heyer
  • Narrated by Cornelius Garrett
  • Series: Alastair Trilogy
  • 11 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Society believes the worst of Justin Alastair, the notorious Duke of Avon who is clearly proud of his Sobriquet, Satanas. It is he who buys Leon body and soul from a scoundrel in a Paris backstreet.

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GREAT BOOK FOUND THE VOICE ACTING DIFFICULT

I found the voice given to satanas the Duke of Avon querilous when it should have been assured and sardonic. although he sees himself as a great age he is only in his forties and while life was shorter then perhaps, he was a handsome, active virile man not a papery thin elder.

other voices were Ok to me but the romantic interest should always have the most beguiling voice. We are meant to be bewitched by him while seeing his dark side and this did not happen for me.
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- Lindsay

Awful narration, great story

Would you try another book written by Georgette Heyer or narrated by Cornelius Garrett?

I love Georgette Heyer books, and own almost all of the unabridged ones.

Would I try another narrated by Cornelius Garrett? No. His voices are all wrong for the characters, and I have only listened to this book once as a result, unlike my other Heyer audiobooks, which I enjoy over and over again.


Who was your favorite character and why?

My favourite character is the Duke of Avon because he is so devilish and clever but is capable of great feeling.


Who might you have cast as narrator instead of Cornelius Garrett?

Michael Drew, who narrated Devil's Cub brilliantly (with many of the same characters) or Clifford Norgate, who did a wonderful job narrating Frederica.
Or Phyllida Nash, who narrates many other Heyer novels wonderfully.


Could you see These Old Shades being made into a movie or a TV series? Who would the stars be?

I don't know because Hollywood so often messes up the original stories we love so much.
If it was done well and stayed true to the source material, I would definitely want to see it.


Any additional comments?

Please, please, please, get this audiobook re-recorded with a different narrator.I listen to Devil's Cub (the sequel) a lot, and I wish I could enjoy this one as much, but the narration makes that impossible.

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- HelgaCabbage

Book Details

  • Release Date: 18-02-2009
  • Publisher: Audible Studios