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.
©2002 Georgette Heyer (P)2014 Audible, Inc.
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4 out of 5 stars
By Lindsay on 06-06-12

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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14 of 14 people found this review helpful

3 out of 5 stars
By Scout on 09-12-14

Dreadful Voice for a main character

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

The book is great because you have your own character voices in your head.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Avon is my favourite character which makes the poor voice characterisation even worse!

How could the performance have been better?

A different narrator or even the same one but with a better voice for Avon!

Any additional comments?

Please, please, please re record this with a different voice for Avon.

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7 of 7 people found this review helpful

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5 out of 5 stars
By Sharon on 19-04-09

The epitome of romance

Set before the French Revolution, an English duke rescues a French "guttersnipe", with murky plans for his(?) future, but the brat turns the duke's plans on him -- Cinderella with a touch of Romeo and Juliet. This has always been my favorite Georgette Heyer book, and I love them all. "Devil's Cub" is the sequel, set in the next generation.

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19 of 19 people found this review helpful

3 out of 5 stars
By pakkmom on 26-12-09

LOVE Georgette Heyer...but the reader...!

Having discovered Georgette Heyer's books more than 30 years ago and enjoyed reading and rereading many of them since then; I was thrilled to discover them in audio. So far I have listened to three Heyer books from Audible and...well, it has been a mixed bag. These Old Shades has been a difficult listen. Perhaps it is because my own imagination has developed a strong vocal idea of what certain characters should sound like. So I found myself gritting my teeth to get through this audio. As an example, the main character Justin is shrill, grating, and very "old" sounding. As if Justin was a man of 60 rather than a man of 40. Accents were a strange mish mash which didn't match the locations of the characters. For example, the story opens in France and characters have British accents. Leon the waif rescued by Justin, has a French accent but her brother sounds like a working class Brit. Details like this can really make or break a audio rendering. So while I still love Georgette Heyer, I really wish that this story had a different reader.

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