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 love Georgette Heyer novels and this is a good one, but I do not like is as much as some of her others. I think it is because the female lead is just a little too studid. However, it is still a good book simply because it has the Heyer trademarks (witty, charming, funny characters, etc).
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.
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.
Yes I would recommend this book to anyone. It keeps your interest and the main characters are interesting.
The marriage of the couple was good but the most memorable moment was the closing scene which I can't share with you because it would make the ending known and no one wants that.
This was my first listening to Eve Matheson's books but I will read all of her books if it compares to this book.
No extreme reactions to the book, just sadness at one part and listened intently at the rest of the book. I didn't want to lay it down which I had to do at one point to go to bed. I hated having to listening in two parts because it was so interesting.
If you like books that will keep you listening no matter what is going on then this romance is for you. It is a different type of romance where you don't know if they will get together or not.
I starting with audio books because of a serious eye surgery, but now I can't sleep at night without listening to one!
I think Eve Matheson is a good reader, but not in this audio book. Her male characters always seem to have a whiney schoolboy quality to them that really detracts. Additionally, in this particular book, she used such a soft voice for Hero that you could hardly hear her. With the two main characters thus hindered, I didn't enjoy the book as much as I had expected to. I've read the novel several times and although I wouldn't rank it as one of Heyer's best, it's still a funny and enjoyable read. I would not recommend this audio version of it -- go for The Grand Sophy or Sylvester instead.
Georgette Heyer YES
Eve Matheson NO Should have learned my lesson from past purchases narrated by Eve Matheson
Her idea for a male voice is just be deep and LOUD. Female voices are whispered to that your sound level is always off.
Depends who was performing
Well, I never thought I'd say this of a Heyer, but... I was bored by chapter five, and I'm still bored. I'm about three-quarters of the way through the most unengaging of her novels.
The plot in a nutshell: Viscount Sherry, an immature "young blood", marries Hero, the extremely naive little girl who has always adored him. They go to London, and Hero proceeds to fall into various uninteresting scrapes. The story becomes more and more convoluted -- a duel, gaming losses, a horse race, a flight from her husband, an entanglement with another man... On and on it goes. Not having finished the book, I have no idea how it all ends. But I wish it would already.
The characters: neither of the protagonists inspire me with any real interest in their welfare. Hero is silly from start to finish. Her character does not develop at all. Instead, she spends practically the entire book idiotically stumbling from scrape to scrape. Moreover, her adoration of so scatterbrained a husband is contemptible. Then there is the husband himself. Sherry is endowed with none of those qualities that make Heyer's male protagonists so likable. Evenness of temper, a sense of humor, intelligence, or even common sense -- he possesses none of these traits. Instead, he is rash, unreliable and absurdly boyish. Not at all attractive, so the romance falls flat on its face. And the rest of the story is one silly tangle after another. Sherry's three cronies are the best of the lot; but even they detract from the story by hopelessly convoluting matters.
The narration: several reviewers complained that Eve Matheson was unjust to the characters -- but in my opinion, she rendered each exactly right. Sherry sounds obnoxious because he is obnoxious; and Hero's mousy, childish voice is an absolute reflection of her character. It's not Matheson's fault -- it's Heyer.
If you haven't already, listen to "Cotillion" and "Unknown Ajax" -- they contain a much better cast of characters. That's Heyer at her best. "Friday's Child" is most decidedly not.
What a great collection of characters, developing with their own special traits. A humerous and good read. One of Georgette heyer's best characterisations.
Friday's Child is a coming of age tale, deft and well-crafted and funny. The protagonists wend their perilous ways through the pitfalls of polite society, about which Heyer is more forthright than usual. The supporting characters are well-drawn and add a great deal of fun. Georgette Heyer is always dependably enjoyable, and she delivers in this excellent story. The narrator, though not my favorite, did a good job. I highly recommend this listen.