This is just a delightful novel, the characters so endearingly funny and the plot twists and turns. I am in awe of Phillida Nash's skill in giving us so many distinct voices from young to older, french and english. She enhances and enlivens what is already a great tale.
Good old fashioned happy ending romance set in the Regency Period in England. Attitudes of the time are fascinating, especially from the perspective of how women weren't automatically able to inherit from their husbands, and weren't considered able to hold a political opinion, nor look after their own finances. Widowed Mrs Darcy finds herself in semi poverty when her husbands estate defaults to a distant male relative. But when she unexpectedly inherits from a wealthy aunt, society suddenly welcomes her into its bosom, in spite of the fact that she is an outspoken woman, with a mind of her own! The narrator reads all characters with zest, humour and elegance. I thoroughly enjoyed the story, listening to it almost in one sitting.
Phylida Nash is such a skilled reader who colours every character so brilliantly that it is a pleasure to listen to her.
This particular Georgette Heyer is a very funny adventure with a delightfully ditzy 'blonde', a young man learning to be bold and independent, without losing his gentle character, and a budding unexpected romance. I highly enjoyed the twists and turns of the plot and the calm saneness of the not so beautiful romantic heroine.
I've never read this author, chose the book because I always love Phylidda Nash's narration.. she does voices so brilliantly.
But i fell in love with the author's writing as well. Such a dry humour, and a gorgeous leading heroine who has both sparkling dialogue and very funny asides. A totally enjoyable book to listen to.
Another one of Georgette Heyers very funny novels, where the main story entertains through complicated twists and turns, and totally revels in the characters outwitting each other. Sian Phillips has been so superb in all of the Heyer novels i've listened to I can just relisten and re-enjoy. I just wish there were more read by her, June Barrie and Phylidda Nash, instead of by Eva Matheson (the only audible book i've had to dump off my ipod - unable to persevere listening after several attempts to get past the first few chapters)!
June Barrie does a great rendition of the characters of this book. She as easily portrays the dry argumentative Lord Worth as she does the willful beautiful Judith. And the growing suspense is fabulous to listen to.
I love all Georgette Heyer novels because her heroines are so sassy, smart and inspirational. But this novel went against all form for me with a heroine who was plain, and just wanted to be a good home maker. In spite of that Phylidda Nash is such a brilliant reader, drawing distinct characters with her voice that i just loved listening to the story, and grew to really appreciate the sentiment of a woman who knows her worth and is loved for being herself.
Sian Phillips is such a great reader of this Georgette Heyer than i went hunting for more novels read by her. Excellent.
I couldn't listen to this read of a fabulous novel. Eve Matheson has such a limited range that she really couldn't do anything with the male hero other than shout. I know that the male hero doesn't gain our sympathy until the end of the story, but we need to be able to listen to the beginning to be able to enjoy his transformation. A reader with more dexterity for Georgette Heyer is essential. Every other reader i've listened to (8 in total) has been so enjoyable.
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