This reader, Cornelius Garrett did not resonate with me. The story however is one of my favorite books by Georgette Heyer.
This isn't maybe the wittiest of Heyer's books but it has an intriguing story line with a bit of mystery, some side romances, some quirky characters and a long build into romance for the main characters who are likeable and have depth. It is worth the effort to get to the end.
True Regency verisimilitude.
I preferred Drusilla, whose personality and physical description was unlike that of the typical blonde-ringleted, blue saucer-eyed, witless, fluttering damsel. Beyond that, I cannot say without spoiling the outcome of the novel for other listeners or readers.
No, I have not.
Why, Drusilla, of course! She would be a charming and intelligent conversationalist without talking my ear off.
I have enjoyed over twenty of Miss Heyer's Georgian and Regency novels. Unlike many authors who attempt to pen Regency romances, Miss Heyer took pains to have her characters talk, act, and think within their century and social class. There are so many dreadful "romances" which are merely women and men clad in early nineteenth-century dress and engaged in laundry lists of balls, hunts, swoons, high perch phaetons and sprig muslin frocks, but who are firmly twenty-first century in their thoughts and morals.
I love Georgette Heyer and have never had trouble getting into one of her books, till this one. It did pick up towards the end with a little mystery, but the first two thirds of the book was like watching grass grow. I had to keep rewinding because my attention wandered and I eventually slogged through it after many days. Definitely not typical of the other books I have enjoyed by Heyer.
How refreshing to listen to a historical romance without having to wade through passion scenes. Yes, perhaps it was a little predictable, but aren't all of the romances? Not wondering when I was going to have to sensor or fast forward was a blessing.
Heyer rarely makes a misstep in her writing. No matter how many times I read her books, she can still make me laugh out loud. This was not her best work, but it still has some good characters. Heyer is the absolute queen of Regency romance in my opinion, and all her books are worth your time.
Loving the audiobooks!
I have read the book many times, but it was not one of my favorite Heyer books. After hearing Garrett' reading, it is very much a favorite! His characterization of the players is excellent. My favorite is Lady St. Erth ... he captured her personality perfectly! Very enjoyable.
Yes. I have enjoyed every one of his performances.
Any Heyer fan will enjoy this. Garrett makes the difference!
Some reviewers complained about the narrator, but I must say that I think he did a smashing job. I also listened to THE RELUCTANT WIDOW read by the same narrator. I commend Garrett on his acting ability and skill. He created various voices to bring each character's personality to life. Excellent! Very interesting story with strong male and female main characters. Witty, clever, sparkling dialogue. I enjoyed it, as Heyer's characters would say, excessively.
very entertaining historical!
the Earl's first description of the lady who later becomes his Countess.
The Dowager Countess, his caricature of her is a riot!
Miss Drusilla Morville who manages to get the Earl to so completely change his mind about her.
I'm a long time fan of Heyer's books but I had forgotten just how much fun they could be before buying this version. The Dowager Countess cracks me up and the Earl's quiet voice, even when being verbally attacked by the Dowager Countess, and both verbally and physically by his half brother [very much a spoiled brat] makes me wonder just what kind of "fun" he had hanging on to his temper with that pair on his case.
Absolutely. The narrative was everything here. The varied voices and characterizations were very entertaining.
Pretty much expected, no surprises.
Between her parents discussing the possibility of her daughter's interest in the Earl.
Not sure...maybe The Reluctant Heir?
I would like to hear more narratives by Mr. Garrett.