If you love regencys you'll adore this one, of course all of ms heyer's books are good, but for the full family you need to get These Old Shades with Léonie and Justin parenting Dominic in Devil's Cub and Dominic and Mary are the grand-parents of Barbara in An Infamous Army. than again if you want to really get the whole story line be sure to get The Black Moth where the wicked Duke of Avon is known as Satanas and he really lives up to the name what a dad!!
I didn't get this book for the longest time because of all the negative reviews about violence, etc. I'm so glad I finally got it! One of my favorites!
The narration was great! The voices were quite distinct - I specially enjoyed Uncle Rupert, he was soo funny! - and the accents were dead on.
Had the same quibble as other listeners about Vidal's voice (he just sounded too old). I didn't find any fault Mrs. Challener's accent. I don't think her father was supposed to be a nobleman (he didn't have a title after all) but just from the gentry. And those "unequal" marriages were not that rare.
About the book, well...I would have wished that Vidal and Mary spent more time together so I can really believe he was finally in love.
I grew up reading GH books and will forever have a fondness for them. While I love almost all of her books, Devil's Cub, and its prequel These Old Shades, are my absolute favorites.
They are clever, well written, fastidiously "period correct", and boast memorable characters who will charm you for a life time.
The narrator of Devil's Cub is far better than the one for These Old Shades. Still, even this narrator doesn't quite capture the arrogant danger of Vidal and the urban calm of Avon.
Warning about These Old Shades .... The narrator's voice for Avon is so far off the mark that I would suggest reading the book and not listening to it. He does a great job with Leonie, but the Avon is awful.
I humbly suggest that Richard Armitage narrate all of Georgette Heyer's books. He is a phenomenally talented reader and perfectly captures the tone of a Heyer hero ... educated, ironic, confident, a little condescending, and entirely British.
Again in this sequel, the narrator has spoiled the hero, Vidal, with a voice which is nasal, sometimes almost whining. None of the charm which is implicit in the character; he sounds unpleasant and repulsive. When Avon appears near then end, thank goodness his voice is not the absolutely awful voice the same narrator used for him in the preceding novel (These Old Shades), but still lacks the charm and depth such a character requires. He does many other characters and voices well, mixes French and English together fluently, and shows considerable skill. But why does he make the heroes of these two novels so thin and unlikable?
Voices were overly dramatic and don't seem to correspond to the characters. Especially grating is Vidal, who sounds like an old man instead of a 24 year old.
This is a great book that deserves to be re-recorded by a different narrator who truly understands it.
I've loved Georgette Heyer for most of my life. This is one of her most romantic novels and even though I've read it dozens of times it still delights me.
I loved this book. It was so enjoyable I couldn't stop listening. Georgette Heyer has such great vivid characters with lines that are so quotable. This book is a must.
I would recommend this book. The story is fun, characters are interesting and find themselves in crazy situations that keep you entertained.
The mother of the main male character is a funny secondary character. The main characters are what you learn to expect from Heyer.
He can't help being nasal so there's little he can do.
It already is irresistible!