The plot was a bit far fetched but - who cares! :-) :-) A girl gets nicely bullied into marrying a man who by happy coincidence is now on his death bed .... that's just the beginning....
Garrets narration brings the characters to life...but I might have liked it better if a younger man had read it...
Not my favorite Heyer story ...but it was enjoyable.
When I listened to beginninng excerpt of the book, I thought it was going to be a very intriguing book due to Elinor's circumstances such as entering the wrong coach and being delivered to the wrong destination. I did not like Cornelius Grant as the narrator. He ruined the book by making Elinor sound like a man. Her voice was horrible. I don't know whether it was Grant's narrration of Elliinor or what the story intended, but Eliinor appeared insipid, high strung and quite unlikeable which is a shame. I don't know how old the little brother was supposed to be, probablly 16, but he was made to sound 13.
Overall, not Georgette's best.
I enjoyed the book and the narration a lot. I am a fan of Georgette Heyer, loving the details she puts into her novels and I felt like the narration brought the book alive. I would reccommend this book to any of her fans.
Historical & SciFi Book Lover, especially Georgette Heyer, Lois McMaster Bujold, Connie Willis (& New Who). Also books for the kids.
This is not one of her best books, but it is still one of my favourites. Francis Cheviot was an interesting picture (how could she be intimidated by his round face and snub nose?) and Nicky's antics brought much needed levity to the story. If this is your first Heyer try something like "Frederica" first.
Oh, and for those that like more erotic and racy writing you will not find it with Georgette Heyer, and in her novels romance tends to be with witty dialogue and a passionate kiss at the denouement.
I enjoy reading Georgette Heyer so much. This story is as entertaining as her others I have been able to read. This is recommended reading for many.
I know so many others loved the narration (and this narrator is extremely talented at conveying characters) but it was too much for me. Maybe I will listen again some time and hear it differently but the constant sarcasm and outrage and sniping of Eleanor got on my nerves. Over and over she would complain in a powerless, gripping style about how he'd controlled her and then immediately turn and stupidly say "My lord, what would you have me do?" when all kinds of options were her right. I'd be interested to know how many times that exact question shows up in the book. Maybe I'm not ready for the historically accurate Victorian heroines.
That being said, I loved The Nonesuch and will listen to other of Heyers' books.
The narrator was spot on with his accent but the book never really developed. There was a phantom bad guy which I never figured out why he was sooo bad. I also thought I would scream if I heard the narrator say the words ejaculate or odious once more. I found the intrigue the book tried to create very shallow and simply not intriguing. It was not worth the credit I spent on it. I listen to the whole book hoping it would get better but it never did. The characters are very shallow.
Audible has changed my life! Dry , itchy eyes were destroying one of my greatest pleasures - reading. Now I am experiencing books again!
Sorry, Audible, no man can or should narrate a Georgette Heyer. This is a favorite book of mine, and I looked forward to hearing it. But, what a disappointment! Get a different version read by one of the excellent female narrators, ilke Sian Phillips.