Venetia Lanyon, beautiful, intelligent and independent, lives in comfortable seclusion in rural Yorkshire with her precocious brother Aubrey. Her future seems safe and predictable: either marriage to the respectable but dull Edward Yardley, or a life of peaceful spinsterhood. But when she meets the dashing, dangerous rake Lord Damerel, her well-ordered life is turned upside down, and she embarks upon a relationship with him that scandalises and horrifies the whole community. Has she found her soul-mate, or is she playing with fire?
Listen to an extract plus interview with Richard Armitage
The Venetia Interview with Richard and an extract from the audiobook can be listened to or downloaded from the Venetia Interview Downloads page. Or visit the Naxos Audiobooks Venetia page to listen to the same clips and read further information about the audiobook
May 2010 Sue Rosenzweig's review (from SoundCommentary.com) can be read on Naxos's site here (and via the thumbnail below), in which she says "Fans of Armitage having recently watched his cool, aloof, calculating Lucas North on the British television series Spooks (MI5 in the US) or his villainous role in Robin Hood and pining for more a romantic Armitage as he was as John Thornton in the BBC production of Gaskell’s North and South will find his performance here breathtakingly satisfying, honoring and respecting Heyer’s words, characters and setting as he does so perfectly."
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25 Feb 2011
The Venetia audiobook read by Richard Armitage has been nominated for an Audie award in the Audiobook Adaptation category. The awards are presented by the Audio Publishers Assocation and the winners will be announced on May 24, 2011 in New York. Naxos Audiobooks have forwarded a press release with the full list of nominations which you can read here.
APA's review states: "Richard Armitage’s voice aptly conveys the attraction between Venetia and Damerel, making the most of the novel’s rich dialogue and clever turns of phrase. Armitage manages to express all of Heyer’s opinions about her characters with a subtle sense of the ridiculous. Exchanges between Venetia and Damerel emerge as especially intimate and wonderful. While the abridgment is gracefully handled, it’s a pity listeners won’t have the pleasure of hearing Armitage narrate the entire novel."
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