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The Toll-Gate

Written by: Georgette Heyer
Narrated by: Daniel Hill
Length: 9 hrs and 13 mins
4 out of 5 stars (8 ratings)

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Captain John Staple’s exploits in the Peninsula had earned him the sobriquet Crazy Jack amongst his fellows in the Dragoon Guards. Now home from Waterloo, life in peacetime is rather dull for the adventure-loving captain. But when he finds himself lost at an unmanned toll-house in the Pennines, his soldiering days suddenly pale away beside an adventure - and romance - of a lifetime.

©1954 Georgette Heyer (P)2014 Audible, Inc.

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Well Plotted Regional Adventure Beautifully Read

A thoroughly enjoyable production. A tightly plotted story, a vividly evoked regional and historical setting, and a note-perfect reading/performance. Highly recommended.

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  • Yvette
  • 2010-04-12

Great book - reader only OK

I LOVE GEORGETTE HEYER!!!!! And this is a really fun book!!! Mystery, laughs, & romance! Daniel Hill is ... (disagreeing somewhat with a previous reviewer) ... a fairly good reader who goes over the top sometimes, and when he goes over the top he makes the character that he is reading sound like an asthmatic that is trying to shout while having an asthma attack. Luckily, this happens less and less as the story progresses. I was able to get past this issue pretty easily. (And if he sounds familiar ... he played the obnoxious Harvey Nigel Baines in the BBC's '90s sit-com "Waiting for God".)

13 of 14 people found this review helpful

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  • Jennifer
  • 2010-04-13

Great book, very fun narrator

This classic Georgette Heyer is sparkling! I have bought all of the unabridged Heyer books, and have listened to them more that once. I am impressed with the quality of the narrators of her books, and Daniel Hill is no exception. I think the lively dialogue and period idioms challenge the narrators. Hill amused me as much as Heyer with his lively performance.

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  • Sherri
  • Guildford, Australia
  • 2012-07-25

This is Georgette Heyer for boys

Not the book for you if you enjoy a 'will he, will she' romance. This is an adventure amongst blokes( including a highwayman with a heart of gold) salted with enough local idiom to make you scream for mercy. The narrator makes a good fist of it and the hero is a good'un but I don't think Ms Heyer would have rated this as one of her finest.

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  • Elizabeth
  • 2014-04-30

Really, really annoying narrator

What didn’t you like about Daniel Hill’s performance?

I thought his presentation was very cartoonish, and disliked the "voices" that he chose for most of his characters. He made the action scenes sound like someone broadcasting a sports event.

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  • Kristin
  • 2013-06-26

Terrible Narrator

The story is classic Georgette Heyer with a little less romance than usual and a little more adventure. The narration on the other hand was horrible. I try to be charitable because it is a hard job to narrate characters that many people know and love but he made the main character, John, sound like a pirate or criminal. It was disconcerting considering John is educated and comes from a good family. He actually did a better job with the females than the males.#Heyerlover #Heyerreader #tagsgiving #sweepstakes

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  • Ruth
  • Cape Cod, MA
  • 2010-08-26

No bad Georgette Heyer Book, STOP ABRIDGING THEM!

I have read and re-read these books since I was a child and they are all wonderful! Please don't fob us off with abridged versions though - two of my favorites, Venetia and Slyvester are only here in an abridged versions, and there is no point in even trying to listen to them if they do not contain every beautiful word and cant phrase!

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  • Sweetpotato8
  • 2017-07-10

The narrator is horrible...

I can't even tell you if this was a good story. I typically love Georgette Heyer and I tried, I really tried, to get through this book... I am probably 75% of the way through and I just cannot listen to this anymore. The narrator just massacres this book.

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  • Agatha Istanbul
  • Chapel Hill, NC USA (and world traveler)
  • 2017-02-04

Georgette Heyer's books are always good!

I've listened to very, very many Georgette Heyer books on Audible, and at first, from the look of the book cover, though I might not care to listen to The Toll Gate, but I was wrong.
It's a very good story, well narrated, and I did enjoy it.

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  • ladyofghostpines
  • North Carolina
  • 2016-08-24

Great fun and high adventure!

The Toll-gate isn't my favorite Heyer romance, but it is still good fun. And the narrator made a good story highly entertaining with different voices for each character and amusing sound effects that brought each scene to life. Highly recommended!

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  • Anne
  • 2011-04-30

One of Heyer's good ones

I read most of Georgette Heyer's romantic novels when in my late teens and early twenties. They're almost all light hearted fun, with some seriously funny bits thrown in. This one doesn't have as much hilarity as some, but it is an excellently crafted story of adventure and romance in regency England.

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