I have for at least 40 years been Miss Heyer's fan. Her skill in storytelling gives me a fascinating glimpse into lives of members of the ton, and there's delightful comedy (I laugh out loud) ... and NO sex (wonderful!). I have worn out at least two paperback copies of each title, and have additional copies of each. I've read reviews stating "too much description," but that is exactly what brings the stories to life, so that I feel I KNOW the characters. ... Mr Garrett did an excellent job, and made me forget he was reading both male and female parts. ... So glad there are audible versions of all her books! And wish there were a hundred more titles. :D
I have listened to a few other Heyer books and have not thought that they stood up well in the audio format. Fortunately Cornelius Garrett does an excellent job on this title.
English major, Attorney then CEO of 5000 employee company (in that order). I have over 1200 books in my Audible library.
A great Georgette Heyer romance - very classy not trashy! Funny, charming, and totally entertaining. I love Heyer Regency romances because you know that nothing horrible will happen and you will feel good at the end.
I really enjoy Georgette Heyer, she is a comfortable, relaxing listen. Her settings are authentic and her characters enjoyable, just enough mystery, intrigue, romance and depth to get one intrigued.
Reviewer for Delighted Reader Blog
I think it was the wit that grabbed my attention most. The playful way the two main characters sparred.
There is a feeling of Jane Austen to it. The light storylines, the character development, the dialogue, simple clean lines to the story, and as mentioned, the wit.
I felt like he captured the hero and a few other characters so well. I saw them better than I did the one time I read through the book.
Nicky! He is the hero's youngest brother and is so exuberant and fun.
But then again, Frances Cheviot was an intriguing character with many layers.
I find Georgette Heyer's books stand the test of time and re-reading. I liked it even better this time through the Reluctant Widow than I did the first time.
Female and left 39 behind more than two decades ago. Genres I like are procedural mysteries, history and historical fiction, and science fic
While the initial premise of the plot that places all our characters together is, well, ridiculous, from that point on this is a charming and amusing mystery/comedy of manners. There is a twist at the end and everything is wrapped up in a neat and gratifying conclusion. An enjoyable, light read.
classic film addict
I have listened to many of Georgette Heyer's books on Audible and my favorite narrator has always been Phyllida Nash. But I REALLY liked Cornelius Garrett as a narrator! He did all the voices so well and delineated each voice so that I could easily tell who was talking even when names weren't mentioned. He had such a wide range of accents and styles, and he switched from one to another so smoothly! I particularly liked that he didn't do all the female voices falsetto, which is so unreal. It was a pleasure to listen to him.
The story itself was quite entertaining as well. A lady, who through no fault of her own has lost her fortune, and is in reduced circumstances, relegated to working as a governess. She mistakenly goes to the wrong house and is interviewed and persuaded by a gentleman to become his ne'er-do-well cousin's wife on his deathbed. She reluctantly accepts, and then is put in the middle of intrigue. There is much humor in the reading.
I have to say, though, that even though I like Georgette Heyer's books, I can be very turned off by a bad narrator, and so am very trepidacious about trying other narrators. I was extremely pleased with Cornelius Garrett! I hope he narrates many more books!
You have to listen to this book for the reader's depiction of Frances Cheviot alone, it's brilliant. This is a bit of a mystery, so unlike most of GH's Regency romances. It has great family appeal too.