I am not an avid review writer, but I do like to mention when I have issues with a narrator, as, obviously, an audio book's success with me relies almost entirely on the talent of the narrator. This narrator leaves much, if not everything, to be desired! His character voices were peevish and whiny and their individual voices seem to change as he moves through the story, so much so that I could not even differentiate from one character and the next. I kept having to rewind the story to try to figure out who was talking. Along with that, his monotone style of reading did not engross my brain in the story and I found my mind wandering...again, more rewinding. I finally gave up and removed the story from my player. I am very disappointed as many people say this is one of their favorite Georgette Heyer novels. I could not embrace the story with this narration and found no enjoyment in this novel as I usually do with Heyer novels. I will try another, but will avoid this narrator int he future.
The narrator was excellent, expressive and talented.
Hugo was my favorite character, as I'm sure the author intended. He was so very humorous and intelligent. A close second was Lady Amelia, a very deep character, with only a bit part.
Vincent was portrayed by Philpott with such perfection that I believed him to be a completely separate person from the narrator. In fact, all the characters were so well done, I could have believed an entire cast to have performed the story.
The Yorkshire Heir
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.
I was thrilled to rediscover this title. I didn’t remember it as a particular favorite when I read Heyers decades ago, but this time it was one of my all-time favorites, largely because of the charming hero. His willingness to play into the family’s stereotypes of him was very amusing.
Of the Heyer “types”, his is one of my favorites: the seemingly submissive and non-Alpha male, who is actually smarter than everyone in the room, and happily directing the action in a undetected way. Hugo is such a wonderful character that he overshadows the heroine – I liked her, but she was pretty unmemorable compared to him. The minor characters are enjoyable, and many of them recognizable Heyer types: Richmond, the impetuous young man, Claude, the fop, Vincent, the world weary cynic, Lady Aurelia, the all-seeing matriarch. (If Heyer were a modern author, there would be a sequel featuring Vincent, whose character seems to improve as the book goes on).
This is also the best Heyer narrator I have encountered so far. He’s enjoyable to listen to, and wonderfully conveys all the humor and charm, as well as all the distinctive characters. He’s so good I have looked for other narrations of his to purchase.
Female and left 39 behind more than two decades ago. Genres I like are procedural mysteries, history and historical fiction, and science fic
Completely engaged me. When our protagonist lapsed into broad Yorkshire speech, it took a little getting used to, but soon grew acustomed to it. This story was five stars all the way around. Highly recommended.
Enjoyable story. Lost my interest a few times, and the female characters were a little flatter that I've seen from Heyer. But I enjoyed it and the performance was excellent.