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!
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.
Audible has changed my life! Dry , itchy eyes were destroying one of my greatest pleasures - reading. Now I am experiencing books again!
Many years ago, as a student in England, I "discovered" Georgette Heyer, and I remember enjoying this one for its unusual heroine.
BUT, times have changed, and , even allowing for different historical views of the male/female dynamic, "Devil's Cub" now is more than a little repellent. Bullies are bullies no matter how attractive or high-born, and bad behavior is not excusable even in the name of "love".
Lacking also is the wry humor and wit that make Ms. Heyer's books so delightful. Add these detracting factors to a sub-par narrator, and this book deserves a "skip it" rating!
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 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.
After seeing all the good reviews on this book I had hoped I'd be in for a treat, I was sadly dissapionted. The characters were all disagreeable and unrealistic. The women were all silly, constantly getting "the vapors" or going into hysterics, other than the main character who was so straight laced that she was dull. The relationships had no foundation, you never got to see the people fall in love, they talked to each other very little and thought they disliked each other until that magical moment when they realized they were in love.
The narrarator has a great talent for doing voices, but the ones he picked were all wrong for the characters. The 24 year old leading man was extremely nasal and sounded about 75. The people who had accents were very difficult to understand.
Even for this genre of book this was saldy lacking, if you want to read an incredible romance get Outlander by Diana Gabaldon, it is amazing!
Georgette Heyer continues to delight her readers and listeners with clever, witty dialogue and dashing heroes and intelligent, lovely heroines. In this story we meet the young Marquis of Vidal who gambles, seduces women of little virtue, and fights duels almost on a weekly basis. Banished to France by his father, Vidal thinks he is carting off a silly wench to be his mistress, but Mary, the girl's sister, has taken her place in order to save her sister's virtue. The result is a merry romp across France with a cast of characters all trying to catch up with the Marquis who is chasing after Mary. As writer Katie Fforde said, "Wonderful characters, elegant, witty writing, perfect period detail and rapturously romantic. Georgette Heyer achieves what the rest of us only aspire to."
Michael Drew narrated this audio book. His performance was simply masterful. The voices he employed so entirely matched the characters' personalities that I was in awe. Bravo!
Yes change the narrator - his phoney accent detracted from the experience of hearing a favourite story.
I've loved this story since my 88 yr old grandfather gave it to me on my 16th birthday. It has plenty of action, and is a classic Georgette Heyer.
As I said before the performance was ruined for me by the narrators put on accents. It would have been better if he simply read it rather than trying out for an 'off-putting' accent for the lead character.
The hero is a little too macho for my tastes. I don't really like my heros being this nonchalant about ruining young women. I found it a little hard to get past. I kept wanting her to get away from him.