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Faro's Daughter

Written by: Georgette Heyer
Narrated by: Laura Paton
Length: 8 hrs and 45 mins
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Fiery, strong-willed Deb Grantham, who presides over a gaming house with her aunt, is hardly the perfect wife for the young and naive Lord Mablethorpe. His lordship's family is scandalized that he proposes to marry one of "faro's daughters", and his cousin the proud, wealthy Max Ravenscar - decides to take the matter in hand. Ravenscar always gets his way, but as he and Miss Grantham lock horns, they become increasingly drawn to each other. Amidst all the misunderstandings and entanglements, has Ravenscar finally met his match?

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  • A. Hawley
  • 2015-05-20

The Georgette Heyer audiobook dilemma

ABOUT THE STORY

Deb Grantham is one of Georgette Heyer's tall, sophisticated, unconventional heroines, in an adversarial romance with one of Georgette's coldhearted leading men. The expected array of secondary romances, matrons with the vapors, giddy ingenues, ardent young blades, jaded dandies and knowing servants surround the central pair as they battle their way to love against a backdrop of the London gambling scene, circa 1795. Not technically a Regency, it's set just after the French Revolution and just before the Napoleonic Wars--which is to say, in Heyer-fan terms, just after powdered hair but a little before Beau Brummell.

ABOUT THE GEORGETTE HEYER AUDIOBOOK DILEMMA

Good story, poor reading. Do I recommend it, or not?

Georgette Heyer's prose is demanding, and her novels, though lighthearted, are beloved classics that deserve to be recorded with respect. I don't feel like that happened here. This audiobook sounded to me as if both producer and actor said, "Yeah, whatever, it's just a romance, so let's get through this quickly. Nobody who matters will notice."

To be fair, Laura Paton has a good voice and the requisite command of RP British English. Some of her characterizations are pretty solid, and I can mostly tell one character from another. I think her choice to read an obviously Irish character with a London accent is odd, but probably preferable to a terrible fake Irish accent, so that wasn't a deal-breaker. She reads accurately (which is more than I can say for some other Heyer audiobook narrators).

Here's the thing, though: Paton's reading sounds as if she encountered the text for the first time in the recording booth--as if there was no thought, no rehearsal, no preparation, and only the most cursory understanding of the characters. The reading is often rushed. Emphasis is misplaced in sentence after sentence, so that important plot points have no more weight than connecting narrative, and all the characters sound angry and tired. I was so busy reinterpreting phrases in my head that I would lose the story thread entirely.

The best audiobook narrators understand the cadences of Georgette Heyer's sparkling style, and have made some of her middle-of-the-road stories into favorites that I listen to over and over. I count Phyllida Nash, Eve Matheson, and Sian Phillips in this category.

Less-than-stellar narrators make favorites into sad disappointments--expensive placeholders in my Audible Library where a beloved go-to comfort listen should have been. I'm sorry to say that this is the case with Faro's Daughter.

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  • KnitWrite
  • New Mexico
  • 2015-03-31

Poor Narration for a Great Story

This is one of the most unique stories from Heyer with a different setting for her characters. It is one of the ones that I like the most, but I did not enjoy the narrator. She had an odd way of interpreting the male protagonist that I did not enjoy.

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  • M. Andersen
  • 2015-08-03

I won't listen to this narrator again.

why on earth did the narrator use those awful voices??? This really spoilt my listening pleasure.

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  • Leslie
  • 2014-07-30

Sparkling Story, Disappointing Narrator

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

This is one of Georgette Heyer's classic historical romances, with a spirited, beautiful heroine and a darkly handsome leading man. The story would be trite if it weren't for Heyer's wonderful characterization and humor. The supporting characters always make Heyer's stories rich and wonderful because she doesn't stint on their complexities, even if they have only brief appearances in the plot.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Faro's Daughter?

For whatever reason, the part of Faro's Daughter which always pops into my mind is the youthully enthusiastic, painfully detailed description of the carriage race by Adrian, and Deb's exasperated reaction to it. It is a pivotal moment for Adrian, when his relationship with Deb changes forever.

Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Laura Paton?

My biggest quibble with Laura Paton's narration was her voicing of Lucius Kennet, whose character is unmistakably Irish, but is given a strange, working class accent by Paton. The wrong accent makes Lucius' dialogue sound very odd. She might also review the pronunciation of the word "phaeton."

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

I always want to listen to audiobooks all in one sitting, but that's nearly always impossible! ;-)

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  • Lulu
  • 2014-11-29

A Slight Twist on a Successful Heyer Formula

Not your typical Heyer Regency because the heroine is not "quality" or even impoverished gentility. But it follows the successful formula of many of Heyer's novels, and was thoroughly enjoyable. Narration was great.

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  • Marie
  • 2014-09-14

Narrator's male voices are awful, read it instead

This is one of my favorite Heyer novels but I just couldn't listen to it. The narrators male voices, especially for the main character (Ravenscar) is awful. Sadly, I am going to return this book.

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  • Nan51
  • Sammamish, WA USA
  • 2014-08-01

Georgette Heyer is all the better when heard

Would you listen to Faro's Daughter again? Why?

I will listen to this book over and over. The verbal sparring with Max and Deb is so much fun. You can imagine the scene unfolding before your eyes.

What did you like best about this story?

I liked the way Heyer slowly bring the H and h to a realization that their the first impressions were wrong. She is so skilled it does not seem improbable at all.

What does Laura Paton bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

I love the variety of voices she can create for the characters of the story. She brings each character to life. She paces her reading very well. When the character is excited or angry, the reads with more energy. She acts each part. Exactly as I hope each time I hear a narrator. I will look for more books read by Laura Paton.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

I laughed in many places throughout the book. Deb's reaction to Max's high-handedness is so funny. Yet, it is a romantic story of first impressions being corrected and everything set to right.

Any additional comments?

I recommend both this book and the narrator.

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  • Bronwyn
  • 2015-08-07

Not a satisfying end....

Narrator improved as the story progressed.
The entire book was a build up of plot with clever twists and turns. Just when you thought you would have the satisfying ending the story stopped. Abruptly. I almost thought something had gone wrong with the recording and that it had frozen in playback!

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  • LMN
  • 2019-07-02

Aborable and yet

As is usual for a Heyer novel, this one is sweet, witty, and well plotted. But, like many of her stories, it is based on sensibilities that are old-fashioned and can be difficult for the modern reader. To wit, a hero who treats our heroine well enough with acts meant to benefit her, but when he is angry, calls her horrible names. He is more than scornful. For me, his words were inexcusable under all circumstances.

The heroine, Deb, is rightly affronted by this wealthy entitled lordship. That she rejects Max — over and over again — is also right. (Spoiler alert, though of course we all know they will end up together.) In the end, when Deb finally accepts Her Man, I could only hope that her fiery temper and sense of what she deserves in terms of respect and equality will teach the arrogant Max Ravenscar a thing or two — or three — he still very much needs to learn.

I am a huge Heyer fan, but this isn’t one of my favourites. Nevertheless i give it four stars for all the other reasons we, her loyal readers, love the author’s stories.

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  • Maudiemanding
  • Lake Worth, FL
  • 2019-05-09

Clever farce—disappointing audible

I enjoyed this novel. It’s not one of my favorite Heyers but it’s fun. The big disappointment was the narrator who is just wrong for Heyer and does not have the necessary depth as an actor. Everyone sounded like a teenager, the men just sounding like a more pompous version. Also the narrator’s own accent bled through—a little provincial and wrong for London swells, plus she ignored Lucius’ Irish accent, saying thing like “whist!” In her normal voice. I think she’s a good reader and could do an excellent job on something appropriate but she’s not the voice for Heyer. Give me Phyllida Nash any day!