Richard Armitage is a very good narrator, and that's why I bought this audiobook. But please believe this version does not do justice to Heyer's way with words and her humor. Characters like Sir Nugent Fotherby are fully developed and very funny in the original.
If you enjoy the abridged version, do yourself a favor and read the original when you have a chance.
If you have seen any of The Hobbit movies and found yourself weirdly obsessed by a Dwarf named Thorin, it is because he is played by the fabulous Richard Armitage, who reads this audio adaptation of Georgette Heyer’s Sylvester. Armitage is one of those rare breeds of reader that, once you hear him read one thing, you promptly decide that you could listen to him read anything… a phone book, that chapter of the Bible that is only family lineage, the Apple iTunes user agreement, but most especially, any of Georgette Heyer’s excellent novels. The perfect union of Heyer’s extremely well drawn, recognisable characters and Armitage’s ability to give them each a distinct voice, makes the listener want to keep listening forever. This was an abridged version of the book, and while they did an excellent job of it, I was sort of saddened because it meant that it had to come to an end before it otherwise would have.
Even though it's abridged, I decided to listen to this book just to hear Richard Armitage and because I love Georgette Heyer. It was worth it! Armitage does a fabulous job!
This is one of the most ridiculous, ludicrous, wonderful things I have come across in a long time. Richard Armitage's performance is spot on, carrying the listener through a satirical Victorian romp.
Great fun for a few hours listening.
The story itself is not the best of Heyer, but this Audiobook version is fantastic! Because it's narrated by Richard Armitage and it's "abridged".
Heyer's novels tend to be overly long with unnecessary details, but this version eliminated these parts. And Armitage did a great job bringing each character. Especially, Sylvester. Armitage made Sylvester more likable than original.
I highly recommend this particular audio version.
Richard Armitage is a superb narrator!! I was completely captivated by the story and his performance. I would highly recommend this to my friends.