When I was a teen I read many of Georgette Heyer's Regency romances and fell in love with her feisty female characters. As an adult I rediscovered Heyer and came to appreciate the range of her characters, the precision of her timing, and her deft hand with dialog. Now I am rediscovering Heyer in audio format and I have been delighted to find several of her books I hadn't yet read. The Quiet Gentleman is one I had not previously read.
I was a bit surprised the book was read by a man, since I thought of her books as primarily appealing to women, but once I got into the story I recognized how appropriate the choice was to have a male reader. Cornelius Garrett did a good job of bringing the characters off the printed page, easily distinguishing each character with a unique accent and manner of speaking, and providing the women with a creditable voice. I often marvel at various readers' abilities to speak for someone of the opposite sex without sounding silly. Heyer's books are built on dialog, so a good reader is essential.
The Quiet Gentleman is one of Heyer's more Austen-like books - its pacing provides a gradual unfolding of the characters as they are revealed through their daily interactions. But several of the characters and the situations provide the delightful satire of manners that I've come to expect in a Georgette Heyer book.
I thoroughly enjoyed this first reintroduction to Georgette Heyer's books and am looking forward to starting the next on my list.
Kate Reading is back so listening is a pleasure! Both story lines (modern and historical) veer off in new directions. I actually like India as a location, however Penelope is a difficult character to like - Willig makes her accomplished enough to be admirable - but she is so manipulative and short-sighted throughout most of the book that it is difficult to care about what happens to her. It isn't till the last third or fourth of the novel that she becomes at all sympathetic and likable, so it gets rather annoying about half way through.
The series veers onto a different tangent, which is disconcerting enough without changing readers, but losing Kate Reading is a serious loss.
Not the usual romantic leads - a couple of tough-minded, self-centered, unsentimental characters in over their heads. I enjoyed it. Kate Reading's reading was stellar as usual.
Another fun story of spies and romance. Light and entertaining and ultimately made best by the very deft performance of Kate Reading.
I am enjoying this series. Absolutely wonderful reader brings both modern and past romances to life with excellent comic timing and character differentiation. Skulduggery... mysteries... period detail... It is just plain fun.
This is the first in an entertaining series. Two romantic stories (modern and past) with spies, action, and humor. Light fun with engaging characters (though these are a bit silly) and an excellent reader with remarkable comic timing. Kate Reading makes this book I think - my guess is it's better heard than read. Lots of yearning and lusting but the sex is playful and not graphic, so it would probably be fun for teens.
This is the first book in the Maiden Lane series. It has reasonably good period detail, a romance, and a mystery. I like the entire Maiden Lane series because it deals with more than aristocratic routs and drawing rooms. This is not Austen - no comedy of manners here - so be prepared for the darker side of life and graphic sex scenes.
The book is light and entertaining. It combines some period detail, an engaging set of characters, and a fun storyline. I'll continue listening to the series.
Garbled storyline that can't decide if it is action/mystery/gothic thriller/or romance with a little bit of Gollem's "my precious" thrown in for good measure. It is a mess. The primary and secondary characters are more or less undeveloped and two dimensional and actually become less engaging and attractive as the story unfolds.
I tried one other and it wasn't much better. Returned a third title unread.
It needed a complete overhaul.
Only if you are reading "romance" books for the sex. But then, with a title like Lust, I guess it isn't surprising. There really isn't much of value here.
I have tried one other of her books and found it even less engaging because of a horribly garbled storyline, no character development, and the endlessly repetitive suffering over mutual attraction by the two main characters. It was ultimately annoying.
She was ok. Certainly not the best, but not the worst of narrators.
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