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.
This is one of the most enjoyable of Heyer's tales. A delightful blend of family dynamics, romantic development, and light hearted mystery all deftly blended. All the characters are excellent and the hero and heroine are wonderfully developed and well suited. Hugo is one of the best of the Heyer heros. The reading is outstanding as well.
This story in and of itself was one of my favorites ... TOO! But the narration by Daniel Philpott rendered it 'over the top'! His male 'voices' of course were dead on but his female voices, always difficult for a man to render 'soft' enough were, totally believable. Hope to listen to more Georgette Heyer books narrated by Mr. Philpott.
This narrator did an absolutely amazing job with different character voices and emotions!! He's one of few I've checked for other books and was disappointed he has not done many in my preferred genres. His calm Hugo, lively Anthea, sarcastic Vincent, fluttery Elvira, stormy Lord Darracott, Claud the dandy, upper-class Aurelia, youthful Richmond; all of them were unique and easily recognizable. I would whole-heartedly recommend this book in auditory format. Even women's voices were done well, uncommon for a male narrator. Philpott put me in mind of Davina Porter, he's that good!
Love most of Georgette Heyer's books.
Hugo is one of my all-time favorite characters. Sense of humor, gentle patience, kindness.
The final scenes with Richmond and Claud were humorously entertaining!
This is one of my favorite, escapist Georgette Heyer stories. Daniel Philpott's remarkably versatile voicing brings a wide range of characters--male and female, young and old, southern, northern or London-bred--to vivid life. If you know and like Heyer's Regency stories you will enjoy this. If you are new to them, don't expect to be intellectually challenged: just sit back and enjoy Heyer's witty dialogue in this literate, G-rated romance and adventure story of a vanished age.
I enjoyed listening to this whispersync selection. This isn't my favorite of Heyer's, but it's fun and the performance is nice.