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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.
Estate planning lawyer and mom to two boys. My older son liked audiobooks as an infant, and I've listened to a lot since then.
This might be my favorite Heyer. I adore both the hero and heroine, but also her adorable family. I have a real weakness for the little boys of Heyer’s books, and how in this one they bring out Alverstoke’s best side. Writing this review makes me want to reread this one!
Unlike some Heyers, the main couple are onstage for almost all of this book, and the book is written mostly from the hero’s perspective, both of which I enjoy.
The only negative for me was the narrator. He is an excellent narrator, but he sounded much older than the characters in the book, which for some reason is disconcerting to me. This book should be narrated by a man, since most of the characters are male, but I think it would be better to have one who could voice younger characters convincingly.
Frederica and Bath Tangle are truly two of my favorite Georgette Heyer books. Frederica is entertaining and endearing with very likable characters and the narrator does a fantastic job. This is one of those books I will listen to again and again!
Though not in any way a farce, this is a witty, laugh-out-loud tale starring a droll and lovable ensemble cast.
I first said Felix but, having thought further, it's simply too hard to choose. I loved all of the characters, because The narrator made each one so real.
Harry, followed closely by Endymion and the fellow that described Felix's descent from the tree.
I was delighted when I read Frederica years ago. Clifford Norgate's narration raised my enjoyment level sky high, because he brought the story and cast to life! Every character, and there were many, was given a distinct voice and tone. His narration of the non-dialogue portions was equally superb. I can't give high enough praise to his performance of Frederica.
Got this after reading several other reviews that mentioned it as a favorite. It is one of the best. The story had me laughing out loud, the antics of the younger brothers and how Alverstoke was drawn into this family, so well written. Just love how Heyer creates these story lines. And this narrator was amazing. He truly was an actor, not all the narrators achieve that. He was able to infuse the humor, irony, anger, all those emotions in the dialog. I would give 10 stars if I could for the story and the narration. You do have to like Regency period romances to enjoy these books. Will be listening to many more by this author.
I have long enjoyed the print version of this book, but I found that the audio version let me hear it in a different way.
Frederica is superficially similar in many ways to Georgette Heyer's Venetia, but each book has a unique flavor, and the characters are not identical by any means.
I have never heard Clifford Norgate before, and I found his performance outstanding. His readings of the dialogue actually gave me greater insight into the characters. His reading of Lord Alverstoke is especially impressive. He captures the dry wit and sarcasm perfectly, and the moments of genuine emotion therefore seem particularly intense. Also, the cold selfishness of this character at the beginning of the novel is more noticeable in the audio version; the gradual change in him seems realistic and genuine.
The most moving moment for me was probably the moment when Lord Alverstoke realizes that he has actually fallen in love. (After all, this is a romance novel!) The lack of sentimentality in the reading and in the text itself makes the moment work.
I must also mention how funny this book is! The antics of the heroine's young brothers are laugh-out-loud funny; also, the witty dialogue is a delight to hear. The minor characters are also very amusing: Alverstoke's conniving elder sister and his ever-tactful and diplomatic young secretary, Charles Trevor, are great characters, for example. Such characters are the reason that I prefer the unabridged audio versions of Heyer's books. I would love to hear another book read by Clifford Norgate!
Woman as a narrator.
Not if he's narrating a story featuring women as central characters.
With so many women who narrate Georgette Heyer so beautifully, the choice of Clifford Norgate as narrator is baffling. He has a beautiful voice, but is not able to render women's voices properly.
I was so surprised at this story. It is my first Georgette Heyer Book. The witty and hilarious situations had me in stiches. I haven't laughed so much during a story dialogue. The narrator was awesome.