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.
I am a huge fan of Georgette Heyer but The Reluctant Widow was not one of my favorites until I heard it read by Cornelius Garrett. I have listen to this book several times and each time I enjoy the story but I am entranced by Mr Garrett's performance. I highly recommend this book.
I have 3 or 4 books by Heyer that I rank at the top of my list, this is joining them. Just the right combination of author with narrator. I love her stories with great secondary characters that are well developed, in this case the siblings of Edward. The dialog is really what makes these books. Sadly, I've been listening to so many by this author that many other romances are boring for me now. These books are not steamy romances as so many of this type are. The enjoyment is in the character development, the subtle dialog and the often funny scenes that come as a result.
Hearing the words spoken by an actor like Cornelius Garrett makes the story even more enjoyable. I love Georgette Heyer and have done for years. But being able to hear them read is even better. I had no idea what a difference hearing a British actor breath life into the words on the page would make. Wonderful!!!
I loved the heroine, Elinor Rochdale and the hero, Carlyon. The subtle irony was so humorous. I've read the book several times but, I'll admit, I was reading too quickly and I missed a lot. The audible book made this one go to the top of my favorites list. I'll listen to it over and over.
I thought Cornelius Garrett was brilliant in his ability to voice the variety of characters with different accents and vocal ranges. Of course my favorites again were Elinor and Carlyon.
This question doesn't really apply to this story. But I loved the suspense, the sense of danger, the younger brother - Nicky, as well. Of course, I happy with the way the story ended. Well done!
I only wish more audible versions - full length versions - were available of all of Georgette Heyer's books - like Venetia - as well as her mysteries .Especially - Why Shoot a Butler, Death in the Stocks and Detection Unlimited.
I'd recommend listening to The Reluctant Widow not only to female friends or to Heyer fans, but to anyone who enjoys a funny story set in a time different than our own. Narrated by Cornelius Garrett, it's a hilarious farce.
Cornelius Garrett's voices and readings were like a play. I'm not very visual, but I realized I was watching all these people talk in my head as he narrated them. His characterization of Cousin Francis alone is almost worth the entire experience. He transformed a decent story into a very good and memorable one.
The narration is what makes this one so good. The story itself, underneath all the antics and dialogue, has some weaknesses. The romance we know is going to happen isn't very well developed; there's too much else going on during the period the two are getting to know and appreciate each other. We know they will, but could use a little more "show," before the telling. To read any Heyer book specifically for that purpose, though, is to miss out on a lot. But the entire set-up is absurd, anyway, and none of it is to be taken very seriously. Listen to this one, if you liked but didn't love reading it. You might change your mind.
This was an amazing book. The narration was excellent. The story was full of action, intrigue, and the most terrific dialogue. I loved it!
Cornelius Garrett's performance is brilliant and the story is taunt through out (doesn't start slow or end slow like some of GH's stories do). She certainly has a genius for dogs and boys and this is another with some adorable characters. I completely agree with Anne (from Portland)'s review. Elinor is a little tiresome but she's still a sympathetic character. This is one of my favorites.
This Heyer book wasn't my favorite but all of Georgette Heyer's books are wonderful so I still recommend listening to it. Cornelius Garrett was wonderful as always.
This is by far one the most entertaining of Mrs. Heyer's books. I found myself laughing out loud at the loyal, protective dog. The narrator did an excellent job in the depictions of the different characters. Wonderful listening experience!!