I have read and listened to several of Heyer's books, and Friday's Child is one of my favorites. Unlike tales where two people are married and they live happily ever after, the book really develops the characters' personalities, and explores the difficulties of a marriage between two from different social stations. It also is quite humorous, similar to These Old Shades.
I respectfully disagree with the listener who faulted the skill of Eve Matheson's narration. She did an excellent job portraying the sweetness of the heroine, Kitten or Hero, and I enjoyed her melodious voice.
I have read and listened to many of Georgette Heyer's books, and Cotillion one of my favorites. The characters are engaging, humorous, and memorable.
My only caution is that the first two chapters are a bit slow, featuring mostly the supporting characters instead of the main protagonists. However, from the third chapter on I expect that you will find the book is delightful.
One would not have had to read Pillars of the Earth to enjoy World Without End. As is often the case with sequels, World Without End is enjoyable, but not as spellbinding as Pillars of the Earth. The characters were interesting, but not quite as colorful and engaging as Pillars. There is more emphesis on medical practices and the wool trade, and less about the architecture and building innovations, and the business of running a priory. There is a lot of detail about the plague and its affects upon the Kingsbridge community, and there are more detailed sexual encounters.
I enjoyed the book, and was sad it ended, even after 52 hours of listening. Should Ken Follet write a third book about this period of history, I would be a happy customer!
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