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.
A different narrator, I'm afraid. Though I've tried several times, I haven't been able to finish listening to this. If Audible can get Phyllida Nash or Daniel Philpott to record it, I'll buy it again. I promise.
Reviewer for Delighted Reader Blog
Frederica has long been one of my favorite Georgette Heyer stories. It is romance and comedy, wit and family at its best. For this re-read of the story, I chose to listen to it in audio format. It was interesting what stood out for me as a result.
Clifford Norgate was a good narrator. He had the task of capturing the personality of such a large cast of characters and I thought he did it pretty well. The pace and tone of a Georgette Heyer story particularly the subtleties and sparkling wit were brought out nicely.
It never struck me before in previous reads, but this time around, I noticed the emphasis on family and familial differences. Frederica's parents might have led a colorful beginning and might both be gone at the point of the story, but she and her siblings share a lively, warm, and accepting relationship if at times they fuss and feud. Alverstoke came from something vastly different. Cold, calculating, self-absorbed people who never had familial love for each other. Frederica at first judges his character on how he interacts with his family and continues to miss the boat on him because she tries to frame him from her own perspective. Alverstoke is the one who can understand that she and her family are different. He feels the genuine warmth and wants it though all his earlier experiences make him cautious and suspicious before he accepts his own feelings.
So, I loved this story as much as ever, but was touched by a different emphasis though I could still appreciate the surprising and unlikely romance forged between all the mayhem of the Merrivales.
She was the master of Regency romance. Our heroine, Frederica, won the heart of a bored, confirmed bachelor without trying. It's a story that's stood the test of time. Narration is great.
I think this is one of my favorite of Heyer's novels filled with rambunctious children, a ravishing beauty, a sensible sister, and a bachelor--fun, fun, fun!! Clifford Norgate does a great job of narrating including the children's voices are superb.