This audiobook was just a delight. I listened in joyful anticipation as the plot developed and I broke out in smiles too many times to count. Sean Phillips narration is one of the best I have ever experienced and the chemistry between the two leads is quite wonderful. I found it completely charming and absorbing.
I LOVE GEORGETTE HEYER AND THIS IS ONE OF HER BETTER BOOKS. FOR THOSE WHO HAVE NOT READ GEORGETTE HEYER, I HIGHLY RECCOMEND HER HISTORICAL ROMANCES. SHE IS LIKE A "FUNNY" JANE AUSTEN. I AM SO TICKLED THAT AUDIBLE.COM IS INCLUDING HER BOOKS IN THEIR CATALOG. I HOPE THAT THEY WILL CONTINUE TO DO SO. SIAN PHILLIPS IS ONE OF MY FAVORITE NARATORS. HER VOICE CHARMING. THERE IS NOTHING LIKE A GOOD BRITISH ACCENT.
Just when I think I have listened to my favorite Heyer audio book along comes another title to takes its place! This story certainly reminded me of Shakespeare's sharp-tongued lovers Benedick and Beatrice in "Much Ado About Nothing." I absolutely loved it! The narrator put on a truly marvelous performance. Very entertaining, well-written, with vivid characters and outstanding conversation. Great stuff!
Sorry Georgette Heyer, just a bit too romantic and lovey dovey. I think you have done better on some of your other books.
An enjoyable listen although this story is not quite as well suited to an auditory format as some of Heyer's other romances - some of the dialogue in this story consists of characters discussing regency politics and gossip which can be skipped if reading from a book but is not so easily skipped when listening to an audio recording. That having been said however, the second half of the recording is a pleasure to listen to. I enjoyed Sian Phillips reading which did not surprise me when I remember her performance on the television series 'I, Claudius'.
So, this being one of my all-time favorite Heyer novels, I was super excited about the audiobook. It's funny and cute and witty. I had one problem and it was a teensy one, but an important one, I think. Now, I love the way the narrator does everybody except Rotherham. I don't know why. And not even in general, just at the end. But its an important scene at the end! But otherwise it's great.
Not a writer, a writer wannabe, editor, lit maj, or pretend literary critic. Just an avid reader/listener. My ratings are opinion only.
Very shallow chick lit, read previous reviews that made me think this was more Austen that Harlequin, but alas that is not the case. I listened to three Heyer books and find them to be formulaic, but an fair listen while sunning myself on the beach.
all the books I have read by this author are missing something. I like them for the most part, they are easy listening, but a little more developing with the romance would have been nice. It always hits you like a truck at the end, you know they are going to get together from common sense, but there is no romance before they do - I am talking of smut..just not even a glance.