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.
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 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.
The ending is great, but the middle drags a bit. Hormally I love Heyer, but this was not her best. The protagonists were all a bit silly, and there were no steady and reasonable characters to provide balance.
I so hope a new generation cdiscovers her and enjoys these stories. She can always make me laugh.
I hate to be critical of a narrator who can perform female roles as well as Eve Matheson, but as another reviewer pointed out "Matheson's voice lacked the range" to make her male characters sound authentic. While she DID try to convey the distinctive essence of each character, she never really rose above sounding like a woman pretending to be a man. Fortunately, there are female narrators who not only sound like men, but are better actors, i.e...I agree with the complaints that Matheson's male characters often sounded as if they were just shouting. But aside from the performance, the story was (as always) engaging. I love Heyer's sense of the ridiculous, as well as her belief in the power of strong friendships. So I ultimately enjoy her books regardless.
I started this book a few months ago and quickly found Sherry to be so obnoxious that I wanted nothing to do with the book. However, out of credits and spending restricted by my budget, I decided to give this one another go. Very glad I did. Having just finished it, I think it's actually now one of my favorite Heyer romances. Love the way she takes the latter half of the story and how she basically coerces Sherry's character into being a better man. Narration was also very well done - very easy to distinguish characters from each other, without overdoing any of them. Great listen.
Amazing story. This is a must for those who like English literature. Eve Mathewson is a master with this dialect.