Hmmmmmmmm. Alright, so the writing is good. There are occasional great turns of phrase, and a bit of decent highbrow humor. The entire book is quite reminiscent of Downton Abby -- what with all the earls and ladies and the constant reminders of one’s proper place in British society.
However, the story moves like molasses at times, and as much as everything seems in place for a good read, it just never excites, exalts, or makes me feel like I’m lucky to have picked it up. I’m not overly disappointed that I read (listened to) it, but it just wasn’t my cup of tea.
I love a book that can make me laugh out loud. They are few and far between and are so very special. A great cast of characters and a hero that changes the people around him by his affable, non-judgmental attitude. The farcical last few chapters were simply hilarious.
I love this narrator- I wish he did more of the Heyer books. The story is also fabulous and entertaining as ever.
I was a 'readaholic' for most of my life. I started crochet and other hobbies. That took away from my reading time. I discovered audio books at the library. That set me off. now, that I am older my eyes make it too difficult to read. So I now am a very diligent audio book listener!
This is another good romance by Georgette Heyer. The characters were interesting and personable. The supporting characters seemed stronger then the main character. Daniel Philpot does a great job reading. His character interpretations were great. My complaint with the narration is with the characters that had a heavy dialect. It was hard to understand it. It was hard to figure out what they were explaining among other things. This is a case where a hard back or e-book is needed. Seeing the words would have helped understanding. There's not a lot of this. Nor does it take away from the book. I read this book many years ago. The ending has an incomplete feel to it. That remains. It's not an open ending. Nor is it the beginning of a never written sequel. It just ends with the feeling more is coming.
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.