HORRIBLE. The narrator reads the book tolerably well, but his voicing of the characters is beyond what I can stand to listen to. His deep, blustering characterization of the Marquis brings to mind an old, fat, bellowing man! I just could not picture him as the hero of this story or that ANYONE would be attracted to him or that he could be at the top of the Ton! I could even get beyond the occasional cockney accent that would slip in during the narrator's reading of Frederica, but, without the hero of the story (in my mind), this book fell flat and became just background noise for me. I found myself replaying parts over and over again as I would find my mind wondering. I love Georgette Heyer, but I will avoid this narrator in the future!
If you like Georgette Heyer, you'll love this one. I was a bit surprised when I saw that the narrator is a man but his characterizations fit the story well and he did a very nice job of it.
Frederica is my favorite Georgette Heyer book. I love them all. For some reason, this one stands above the rest for me. I've read the book two times, and after listening to other Georgette Heyer audio books, thought I'd give this one a try even though I know the story.
The audio book is superb! Clifford Norgate brings the book to life in such a way that just is delightful. He has a rich voice, and does a great job in capturing the personalities, the mood, and the fun of this classic. I listen while in the car and I am literally smiling as I listen.
Of course, Georgette's writing is amazing. I feel like I understand all the characters, and her use of language is inspired. Clifford does justice to the script. I'll have to find other books narrated by Mr. Norgate.
It had it's cute moments but overall nothing much happens...
Stuffy, self-absorbed bachelor is charmed by orphaned family who impose on his distant connection to them. He is compelled to help launch the sisters into society and simply passes them off to one of his sisters. But his reluctant involvement grows as he is pulled into various hijinks. He eventually comes to care for the down to earth and responsible Frederica, who is in charge of her younger siblings. She is fairly oblivious to the thought of romance for herself and to caring for him...
But a "romance" between the two is not what the story is about. You want it to be, but in the end about 3 minutes of story is devoted to those two together. VERY unsatisfying.
The main characters are well developed, but there are SO MANY names thrown around, after a while I gave up trying to figure out who all the side characters were. It didn't matter to the plot anyway, because again, nothing much happens.
I had listened to These Old Shades and really liked it. So I was looking forward to another by Ms Heyer. It had a great start, but after awhile I realized the plot was just meandering around social events and banter with some hijinks by the young brothers. Like I said, it had moments, but overall I found it tedious. I was not irritated, just bored. I couldn't wait for it to be over in the end.
The characters are beautifully portrayed and with the love story happening very naturally in the course of life. It's Georgette Heyer at her best. She writes children so beautifully. If you're looking for a light listen that won't set your teeth on edge, this is for you. Clifford Norgate is easy to listen to and does a good job with both male and female characters. The Grand Sophy was my favorite, but this recording has made this one my Heyer favorite. Good bedtime listening.
Heyer's characters are drawn in roughly then emerge through the book with ever increasing delight to the reader. I followed the adventures of Frederica and her family, and dog, and their unconscious impact on the London ton, with joy and absorption. A most delightful holiday listen.
Georgette Heyer's novels are well-written, witty, and fun to read. They do not zoom along; the enjoyment is in hearing the dialog, relishing the period details, the language and the descriptions. Some of them are more formulaic than others, but Frederica is one of her more interesting female characters, and her relationship with Alverstoke is believable and fun to observe. There is a dog, as usual, and some precocious children. Mostly, though, it's a good book, a classic in the genre of escape fiction, in the sense of writing that gives you an alternate place to be when you need one.
As a teenager, I devoured Georgette Heyer's Regency romance novels. It is a love I have maintained for decades. I revisit them every few years and enjoy them each time. Frederica is one of her best. I was leary because the narrator is a man but as he read I came to realize that most of the book is from Alverstock's point of view. Strangely, that was a surprise to me, even though I have read it before. I guess we assume that romance novels, regardless of the period in which they are set, are from a female POV. My only quibble, and the reason I didn't give the performance 5 stars was that the Alverstock's voice sounded more like he was 67 instead of 37. In general, the adult male characters voices felt older than their years. But still, it was a fun listen and I will do more.
Once again Georgette Heyer surprised me with her rich characterisation and the diversity of characters developed through the story. Light reading, don't expect anything too in depth, but very enjoyable.
I'm a huge fan of Georgette Heyer and Frederica is one of my favorites. Clifford Norgate was wonderful! Sometimes it is hard to hear a favorite book because you already have a feeling about how the characters sound. Clifford Norgate's voice was exactly what I had in mind. He did a great job.