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.
While not my favorite, any Georgette Heyer book is absolutely wonderful.
I prefer other narrators to Cornelius Garrett but all in all it was a bit of heaven .
I have read many of Ms. Geyer's books and have thoroughly enjoyed them. The Reluctant Widow was terrible. The story was convoluted and boring - not clever. The voice of Mr. Barrow was difficult to understand, and Eleanore's voice was too similar to the other male voices and made it confusing to know when she was speaking. In the other books I read, the heroin was always strong, independent, and intelligent. I found Eleanore to be whinny and shortsighted. The ending of this book was insulting. One hallmark of Ms. Geyer's books is the romance between the hero and the heroin. The romance came out of nowhere at the very end. It was unbelievable and seemed to be thrown in to fill the requirement for a romance.
Over the years, I have read Georgette Heyer's books over many times. It is a joy to hear the characters voices. The rendition was well done. Very enjoyable. As with the books, this audible will be listened to many times.
Wanda the artist
The story of being in the wrong place at the right time ... that forever changes the heroine's life. A truly simplistic read, yet still delightful enough after having finished a more challenging work. Characters are fun, with each holding their distinctive role in the book. I had just finished "Gone With the Wind", and needed a brief reprieve. This did just that. -- mainly a book for women, I believe.
It's a Gothic mystery thriller! It's a Regency comedy of manners! It's a romance! There's a dog! The Reluctant Widow has a bit too much going on, but somehow Georgette Heyer makes it work. Expert narrator helps immensely. Not Heyer's best, but still a pleasure.
...and doesn't give it back.
I prefer a balance between that and the romance. Characters, dialog, manners and comedy are all on Heyer's par, the down scoring is just my preference. Other Heyer audiobooks, especially The Toll Gate, worked better for me.