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.
This is one of my favorite Georgette Heyer books. The narrator does a fantastic job with all the different voices. I had previously listened to Cotillion (another G Heyer, this time read by a lady) and was wondering how I'd go with this one, but I was not disappointed. Highly recommended!
Delightful, funny, delicious
Alverstoke - cynical but amazingly vulnerable
When he first sees Carissa and realises what power he has
Frederica - I have a lot to learn from her
One of my all time favourite Heyers beautifully brought to life by Clifford Norgate
Predictable and pretentious. One dimensional characters and the hero is thoroughly unsympathetic and arrogant (not in a good way).
Not a writer, a writer wannabe, editor, lit maj, or pretend literary critic. Just an avid reader and now avid listener. I read at least one book a week and listen to an average of two per week. However, I am a snob and have yet to listen to my favorite novels preferring still to read some works.
More of the same, unconventional love, misunderstandings... formula A, not bad, just not true wit.
Clifford Norgate is brilliant! The strength of Ms. Heyer's novels are her characters and dialogue and Mr. Norgate brings the characters to life in the most amazing way. Love this story, the performance makes it even better.
The narrator did an excellent job with this story. He did justice to the women's as well as the men's voices. The story itself is very humorous and entertaining. I love all the Heyer romances and this is one of the best.
All the scenes with Freddy saving the day! Even though he was supposed to be such a slow top, he was the hero in all the messes that the ladies seemed determined to embroil themselves in.
Freddy of course
This was a very enjoyable read. I laughed out loud several times, and that is one of the qualifications I look for in an enjoyable listen. The narrator did an exceptional job and the story itself is one of Heyer's best.
Yes, I would recommend this audiobook to a friend, mostly because it is so much more convenient than reading the book when you have a busy life. With that said however, anyone that wishes to buy this audiobook should read the book first. I just think that people can appreciate the humor and dialouge much better if they can take the time out to read the book slowly.
I would most definitely take Lord Alverstoke out to dinner because his sarcasm and wit will keep me snickering and laughing the whole time.
I've read a several books from Heyer, but this one is my favorite because, for me at least, it is the most romantic. I like that even though the hero, the Marquis of Alverstoke, is such an ass, he has an endearing soft spot for Frederica and her two younger brothers. Its a sweet amusing light-hearted story.
Audible has changed my life! Dry , itchy eyes were destroying one of my greatest pleasures - reading. Now I am experiencing books again!
This is one of my favorite Georgette Heyer books. The characters are delightful, and it's a great family story. Nobody writes this sort of romance better than Georgette Heyer!
But I had a hard time with this listen and failed to finish. Just couldn't "connect" with the narrator. I'd love to experience the book with one of the other Heyer narrators, like Sian Phillips.