Attorney - love to listen to audio books
Fredrica is a determined older sister. She brings her beautiful sister to town and is determined to find an excellent and rich husband for her. She seeks the aid of the Marquis, who is a distant relative, in hopes the connection will enhance her sister's chances of finding a suitable match. Without knowing how it came about, the Marquis gets embroiled with all of Fredrica's family (sisters, brothers and a dog) and the adventure begins. Frederica is one of Georgette Heyer's best books, but all of her books are wonderful. She has a writing style very much like Jane Austen, but a little more activity is involved in the story lines. The dialog and the situations in which the characters find themselves are witty and engaging. The love stories are very romantic - but no steamy sex involved. Heyer can write a truly passionate and romantic scene where only a little kiss on the cheek is involved, which is even more romantic than steamy sex. You will not regret reading or listening to this book, or any other Georgette Heyer book. I can recommend her books with conviction because I have read and listened to them all (there are thirty or forty of them) more than once. They are my "go to" books when I want to settle down with an old friend. I know what is going to happen, but I enjoy the experience so much I just keep doing it!
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This was the first book I have listened to by this author and narrator. I found the narrator very difficult to listen to and the book dragged on. I will not try another book from this author or narrator.
I have a few items on my list that I am torn about. It will either be Orphan Train or Fortune Cookie.
I found his pronunciations to be very difficult to understand. He seemed monotone at times and just plain dull.
I had to quit after 4 hours, so there wasn't much in terms of redeeming qualities in my opinion. There was one character who was endearing; however, I cannot even remember his name. That's how unmemorable the story was.
Heyer is my favorite author and I have read and reread all her regency romances. Frederica is classic Heyer. Like some others, I prefer a woman narrator, but Norgate does a good job with the various voices. I'll look forward to listening to each Audible version of these wonderful stories.
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This is partly my fault-I'm not a huge fan of Bronte or Austen, which is how I would categorize this particular author, but I will say that I enjoyed the writing very much for the portion I did hear. The characters were richly developed right down to their witty and dry dialogue, and the detailed descriptions of life and dress in this time period were fascinating. I suppose if it had been a bit more plot driven as opposed to character driven I would have loved it, but as time passed I found myself letting bits of it go without giving it my utmost attention, and before I knew it I had put it away all together. It's a fun time overall, and the characters are all very interesting, and the narration is superb-especially considering it's done by a gentleman, but all the same, in the end it wasn't for me.
Oh, the fun of this book! It's one of the first Georgette Heyer books I read and it's very funny. This audio book is lovely, it brings out aspects in the story I hadn't noticed before
The reason I gave the performance four stars and not five, is I found Clifford Norgate's rendering of Frederica and The Marquis, a bit odd and it took getting used to. Her voice was whispery and his was startlingly deep and pompous, not how I'd imagined. But don't let that put you off! It's truly a good reading and not to be missed for Heyer fans. It's a wonderful historical romance.
Loved the characters and the narrator was top notch. Heyers books start out slow, getting to know the characters, and always end on such a delightful note. She has great wrap up.
It's one of my favorite books to read but I felt the narration not as good as other Heyer audible. Not bad, precisely, but missing a lot of the sparkle and humor, particularly with the two main characters. I would so rather it had been Nicholas Rowe or Sian Phillips who both seemed to perfectly get the time and humor. Still a good listen.