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Rosanne Bittner
AudioGals, December 2014

Phyllida Nash really excels in this sort of material, and I enjoyed her performance enormously. She differentiates between the various characters very effectively, and all her characterisations are carefully and appropriately observed. Her melodious speaking voice is naturally deep, so adopting and sustaining a lower pitch for the male characters is absolutely no problem for her, and she also has no trouble going in the opposite direction, and using lighter tones to portray the women. As with any romance, the narrator’s interpretation of the central couple is key, and I found her portrayal of Beaumaris to be particularly satisfying. She skilfully conveys the dry wit and kindness of heart that lurks beneath his aura of world-weariness, his willingness to laugh at himself and the depth of his affection for Arabella. Ms. Nash is an incredibly accomplished actress, and perfectly able to—and does—perform characters of any age convincingly. Moreover, she delivers the narrative stylishly and with an impressive command of the language and sense of period. © 2014 AudioGals Read complete review

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