Another one of Georgette Heyers very funny novels, where the main story entertains through complicated twists and turns, and totally revels in the characters outwitting each other. Sian Phillips has been so superb in all of the Heyer novels i've listened to I can just relisten and re-enjoy. I just wish there were more read by her, June Barrie and Phylidda Nash, instead of by Eva Matheson (the only audible book i've had to dump off my ipod - unable to persevere listening after several attempts to get past the first few chapters)!
There is always one book by a favorite author that doesn't live up to the others. And like Jane Austen's Emma is for me (I wanted to slap her upside the head for most of the book) that is how I feel about Sprig Muslin. Amanda is annoying and a chucklehead. And we see almost nothing of the other main female character, who impressed me so little I can't remember her name, that I wanted to give Amanda a swift kick. Such violent reactions to a regency romance are certainly not good.
This is my first experience with both Georgette Heyer and Sian Phillips, the narrator. The story was delightful with unexpected yet believable turns. I laughed out loud several times and at one part chuckled for a long time later over a surprising event as it unfolded to Sian Phillips perfect timing and delivery. This is a story that I will listen to again and I plan to download more of Heyer's books and will look for more of Sian Phillips narrations.
I read this some time ago, but enjoyed Sian Phillips performance very much. I forgot how interesting and charming Heyer's characters can be. Great bedtime listening! I wish Sian Phillips would do "The Grand Sophy," by Heyer.
This is one of my favourite Georgette Heyer novels, and was so well read. I thoroughly enjoyed it! I look forward to listening to more books read by this narrator, she did a great job.
This is another listen worth a credit, by one of my favorite authors. The story line is funny, I laughed many times. This is not my top pick by Heyer, but it is definitely a great listen. Sometimes I'm in the mood for the more low-key relationships such as in this story. It's interesting to see how the romance plays out.. The plot twists were very amusing, and I really liked the character of Gareth. Only wish there were more good books by Heyer, I've listened to most of them by now. There aren't many authors that can compare.
I adore many Heyer novels, but this one just fell flat. The character of Amanda was "outside of enough" as the Regency folks were fond of saying. I found her very annoying and too much of the story was built on her. Sir Gareth was a bland hero. Hester was more interesting to me, but unfortunately played quite minor role. I think she had a potential depth that was worth more attention. The narrator did an excellent job.
I have never wanted to turn a character over my knee and spank her more in my life. Amanda takes the spoiled, annoying, frustrating cake, but as Shakespeare says, all's well that ends well. I love Georgette Heyer and this story was fun if not a bit maddening. I'm still wishing for an unabridged version of The Grand Sophy.
My first audio book was a Heyer novel read by the fabulous Richard Armitage, but it was an abridged version. Sprig Muslin is unabridged and gives Heyer's beautiful writing chance to shine through the lovely performance of Sian Phillips. I highly recommend this audio book if you are a devout Heyer fan, but if you are new to Heyer and her style then any of the abridged versions would make for an easier introduction.
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I was encouraged to try this book and author because I found out she wrote romantic, witty stories without the smut so common these days. That sounded like just what I wanted. I can't tell you how much I enjoyed this book and story. I was so enthralled I kept telling people at home not to bother me. I laughed out loud so many times! The characters are wonderful, the era and the proprieties observed, and the story moves you along a delicious path to a wonderful conclusion. I look forward to reading this again and again. I love it as much as Pride and Prejudice and the Importance of Being Ernest. It is a little like the two combined. I'm simply charmed by this story. Worth any amount you pay for it. I'm telling my mother and sister to read this one next! This is definitely a new favorite!