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.
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.
The convolutions of plot and development of characters, combined with excellent portrayal of so many voices, leads me to hear this excellent book again...... And again. Love it! Laugh with it and listen again.
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?
Equal but easier to listen when one is working.
This involves the son of the main characters of 'These Old Shades'. Heyer heroines are always sensible non hysterical ladies. Heyer obviously liked these characters as the link to this family appears again in an infamous army.. The latter book links 2 of her more memorable stories ,Regency Buck and again These Old Shades.
Good interpretation of the characters.
Amused and enjoyed the old Monseignor's enjoyment of the heroine s account of the recent duel.
The spoilt hero is true to the characters of both his parents. He is an arrogant careless callous nobleman, who is discovered to have a softer and more agreeable side to his character. It needs the special attributes of a clever heroine to reveal his better side.
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.