Yet I couldn't wait to finish it. That's how good it was. It's fun and light hearted, but warm and witty, and I can't recommend it enough.
I had no problem at all with the narration. Eve Matheson gave every character a unique and appropriate (to their personality) voice. She also applied nuance to her reading to help with understanding any unfamiliar English (specifically Regency English) dialect or slang. (I realize that the quality of Heyer's writing usually takes care of this issue for the most part, but I also sometimes note how a narrator stressing the right words can help me catch when a character is speaking with sarcasm or dry irony, which Matheson did.)
I am methodically working my way through all of the Heyer novels offered here on Audible, and I must agree with other readers who feel that this is one of her best and funniest books. The volatile hero's tendency to say (and act on) exactly what he's thinking and feeling, regardless of the inappropriateness to his company, and the naive, cheerful, universally accepting heroine are both delightful. The secondary characters are truly some of her best and most humorous, though Heyer's secondary characters are ALWAYS better than those of most other authors. The relationship between Kitten and her husband's friends is wonderfully affectionate and sweet, and this adopted family was one of my favorite aspects of FRIDAY'S CHILD. The way that the events of the story play out was also extremely satisfying and intriguing. I recommend both this book and its narration unhesitatingly and without any reservation.
I couldn't listen to this read of a fabulous novel. Eve Matheson has such a limited range that she really couldn't do anything with the male hero other than shout. I know that the male hero doesn't gain our sympathy until the end of the story, but we need to be able to listen to the beginning to be able to enjoy his transformation. A reader with more dexterity for Georgette Heyer is essential. Every other reader i've listened to (8 in total) has been so enjoyable.
Ranks with Cotillion as my favorite Heyer romps. Delightful characters in youthful misadventures. As much fun as the book is, the narrator, Eve Mattheson, is a marvel. Utterly convincing as male and female, young and old. As indigent an experience as a bubble bath with champagne and bon bond.
Eve toiled through this boring story of an air head and her equally boring swain. The whole story is flat. The 3 minor characters are more fun than the two principals, only thing worth the pain, and I skipped the middle to save myself from suffering through more plot mire. Hero aka "Kitten," which should tell you all you need to know about her, is completely untroubled rational thought. Poor Eve got better through the book but imagine having to bring to life such a ridiculous character. Kitten got on my nerves, the sweet simpleton.
i first read this in high school . the story of Sherri and Hero is full of mishaps. when a wealthy young man marries just to get controll od his money, he doesn't figure on all the troulbe His young bride is going to be.
Thr girl he marries is unprepared for life in fashionable London. Hero has been inn love with Lord Sheringham since she wss a child, Sherry marries her to get his hsnds on his inheritance. The comedy arises from the problems Hero gets herself into which Sherry must get her out of
Eve Maheson is wonderful, she brings sll the characters, to life, using her voice to great effect. a really great. book of the bumpy couse love must travel before Sherry realizes how much he loves his bride.
I might- I have read so many great reviews of Eve Matheson, perhaps I would like her better if I liked the story better. Maybe I expected too much. I will definitely read more Georgette Heyer. She wrote so many books, I don't expect to fall in love with all of them.
Loud, inconsistent, overly dramatic (sorry, that's three words)
I was disappointed. Sherry was so immature and thoughtless and Hero is brainless and mindless. You can have an innocent, young woman who has common sense-loosing over £4,000 gambling? Allowing your husband's best friend kiss you and not understanding what the problem is?? That isn't innocent, that's imbecilic.
Matheson's interpretation of Hero is so breathy and soft, she sounds ridiculous-her husband shakes her in anger, threatens to box her ears and is constantly yelling at her when she makes a mistake and she STILL worships the ground he walks on. Matheson shouts Sherry's lines (and any man's) whenever they are excited, angry, happy-or has any emotion. I don't know if a different narrator would make me like the book better or if a different story wouldn't make me dislike the narrator.
I liked the fact that the main characters in this book grow emotionally. If this had not happened the book would be rubbish. They grew from ignorance and immaturity into more likable well rounded people.
I am unsure I would read another book by Heyer. I might give her one more try. It may have been the narrator that made this book tiresome.
Anyone. She was too whiny and too harsh for the characters and way overacted. Her male voices were good, but she made the characters too stupid for me to enjoy listening to.
It could be, but it's been done before.
I enjoyed this book so much that it's now one of my favorite Heyer novels. Eve Matheson's narration is superb. I had a hard time leaving it when I was half way through and having to wait to finish it - it is a bit longer than other Heyer books. I do recommend this audiobook.