Georgette Heyer had a very successful career writing historical romance set in the Regency period. Her work is characterized by dry humor and a restrained attitude toward the physical aspects of romance. These books emphasize the social and emotional relationships of the characters rather than purely physical. They also require some historical knowledge and the ability to understand Regency slang from context. The books are funny and intricately plotted with a happy close.
Sir Gareth Ludlow is about to propose to his friend, Lady Hester, because he needs to marry to continue his family line. On his way to propose he meets a young woman in trouble. Attempting to resolve her problems takes the efforts of Sir Gareth and Lady Hester, who come to a closer understanding as a result. The story is light-hearted and has a number of different plot lines, all of which are resolved satisfactorily in the end.
Sian Phillips is a competent narrator with a dry delivery that is an excellent match for Heyer's work. While her voice is a little hoarse to be completely convincing as the very young Amanda, on the whole her characterizations are excellent. Ms Phillips also read Bath Tangle, by Heyer, but her work on that recording is slightly below the high standards she met for Sprig Muslin. On the whole I can recommend this recording as the book is amusing and the narrator adds to the experience.
The fact that the Hero and Heroine are a different sort....and that the story takes you on a journey....
First read this book about 30 years ago, and always enjoyed the author. It's an old fashioned romance without the graphic sex scenes. It was truly a breath of fresh air.
I think that Georgette Heyer's books are great. I am never embarrassed by bad language, the haphazard usage of the 4 letter words. If they can't find a substitute don't write. These books are a joy to listen to.
Historical & SciFi Book Lover, especially Georgette Heyer, Lois McMaster Bujold, Connie Willis (& New Who). Also books for the kids.
This is not one of my favourite Heyer books, but this is such an EXCELLENT audio version I can see I will be 're-reading' it often. Sian Phillips is an incredible narrator.
I have started this book several times over many years. Finally got it on audio, and listen to it while taking a road trip. Still took me a while to get into it, but by the end realized that it is one of my favorite books by Heyer.
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Not necessarily, but it definitely brings a nuance to it that made it perfect for a re-read that left me with a better impression of the story than I remember having the first time I read it years ago.
Amanda. She is a stubborn, head-strong, spoilt girl, but she is also sweet, clever, and grows along the way. She is a scene-stealer. And though she causes all sorts of trouble and mayhem because she is set on getting her way, there are likeable and engaging qualities, too. For all her willfulness, Amanda brings out the best in all the characters around her. She was the impetus for most of what goes on in that she helps a man show his heroic qualities to win his suit with a lady and she shows the lady an example of stepping out of the box and going for your dreams.
This was my first encounter with Sian Phillips, the narrator. As I said, there are many characters in and out of the story behind the main three and they were done so well. Ms. Phillips voice is husky so she did male voices well, but she had flexibility so that gentle, harsh, lower class, upper, town, village, etc were all there in her accents. Humor was a strength with her timing and conveyance of emotional tone. I would definitely listen to more of her stories.
Probably the old rascal, Fabian Theale. Like Amanda, he is a scene-stealer. He is a rogue and I would love listening to his unapologetic scheming and attempts to seduce every pretty woman in the room or gamble with every affluent looking man.
This is comedy above all else so the story doesn't take itself too seriously so the readers really can't, either, they wish to enjoy themselves.
This is an enjoyable trifle. Superbly read by Sian Phillips. As you would expect. While it lacks the incisive wit of Jane Austen, it moves with a quick and lively pace. The characters are well drawn and Heyer has a good ear for dialog.
One of the best narrations I have heard, so many characters and such a variety of voices!! The story was cute but not as memorable as others, perhaps because I listened to it right after 'Bath Tangle'. This is classic Heyer and one I will probably listen to again in the future.