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.
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.
All the characters in this Heyer farce must have been ancestors of Bertie Wooster's friends. They are so very young and silly and endearing, and Eve Matheson does a fine job of providing each character with a unique voice. She performs the reading with excellent comic timing. It is a great romp.
I wish all of Heyer's books were available in audio format.
I absolutely loved this book. The hero is dashing, the heroine is sweet and the supporting characters are well drawn. The characterizations are realistic, portraying the characters as likeable, if flawed, individuals. The writing is eloquent and witty. This book is set in the past and makes the past come to life, full of high spirited young people. I would recommend this book to others. The narrator does a wonderful job and gives all characters their own distinctive style.