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Amanda

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  • Sprig Muslin

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Georgette Heyer
    • Narrated By Sian Phillips
    Overall
    (353)
    Performance
    (189)
    Story
    (190)

    Finding so young and pretty a girl as Amanda wandering unattended, Sir Gareth Ludlow knows it is his duty as a man of honour to restore her to her family.

    But it is to prove no easy task for the Corinthian. His captive in sprig muslin has more than her rapturous good looks and bandboxes to aid her - she is also possessed of a runaway imagination...

    A says: "Teen years favorite comes to Audible --at last!"
    "Very funny"
    Overall

    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)!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Second Mrs Darcy

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Elizabeth Aston
    • Narrated By Phyllida Nash
    Overall
    (39)
    Performance
    (17)
    Story
    (19)

    It is a truth universally acknowledged that a single woman in possession of a good fortune must be in want of a husband. Well, that's what her friends and relations say. But recently-widowed Octavia Darcy disagrees. She hasn't forgotten her impoverished girlhood. Now, when she unexpectedly finds herself an heiress, her ambition is to lead an independent life not to marry again.

    connie says: "decidedly decent diversion"
    "Classic & Stylish Romance"
    Overall

    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.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Foundling

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Georgette Heyer
    • Narrated By Phyllida Nash
    Overall
    (107)
    Performance
    (82)
    Story
    (84)

    The shy young Duke of Sale has never known his parents. Instead, his Grace Adolphus Gillespie Vernon Ware or Gilly for short has endured 24 years of rigorous mollycoddling from his uncle and his valet. But his natural diffidence conceals a rebellious spirit. So when Gilly hears of Belinda, the beautiful foundling who appears to be blackmailing his cousin, he absconds with glee. Only he has no sooner entered his new and dangerous world than he is plunged into a frenzy of intrigue, kidnap and adventure.

    Amanda says: "Rollicking Adventure"
    "Rollicking Adventure"
    Overall

    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.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • An Accomplished Woman

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Jude Morgan
    • Narrated By Phyllida Nash
    Overall
    (35)
    Performance
    (22)
    Story
    (24)

    1817. As a young woman, clever, self-reliant Lydia Templeton scandalised society by rejecting Lewis Durrant, the county's most eligible batchelor.

    Ten years later, Lydia has no regrets and, having concluded that matters of the heart need no longer trouble her, she is quite happy to remain unwed. But others still seek Lydia's advice on their love lives.

    Meg says: "Lovely"
    "So Witty"
    Overall

    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.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • The Talisman Ring

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Georgette Heyer
    • Narrated By Phyllida Nash
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (178)
    Performance
    (139)
    Story
    (143)

    Neither Sir Tristram Shield nor Eustacie, his young French cousin, share the slightest inclination to marry one another. Yet it is Lord Lavenham's dying wish.

    Amanda says: "I laughed and laughed"
    "I laughed and laughed"
    Overall

    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.

    13 of 13 people found this review helpful
  • Regency Buck

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Georgette Heyer
    • Narrated By June Barrie
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (100)
    Performance
    (77)
    Story
    (76)

    It is in regrettable circumstances that beautiful Judith Taverner and her brother Peregrine first meet Julian St John Audley. The man, they both agree, is an insufferably arrogant dandy. But unfortunately for them, he's also the Fifth Earl of Worth, a friend of the Regent and, their legal guardian.

    Amanda says: "Fantastic Performance"
    "Fantastic Performance"
    Overall

    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.

    9 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • A Civil Contract

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Georgette Heyer
    • Narrated By Phyllida Nash
    Overall
    (333)
    Performance
    (159)
    Story
    (159)

    Set in the Regency period, this is a classic tale of misunderstood love and an arranged marriage.

    Janet says: "Excellent Narration"
    "Brilliantly Acted with a Melodious Voice"
    Overall

    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.

    11 of 11 people found this review helpful
  • Bath Tangle

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Georgette Heyer
    • Narrated By Sian Phillips
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (305)
    Performance
    (165)
    Story
    (167)

    Having just jilted the Marquis of Rotherham, Lady Serena takes a house in Bath with her friend Fanny. The Marquis is not amused.

    bebe says: "Don't Miss Reading This"
    "Dexterous Read"
    Overall

    Sian Phillips is such a great reader of this Georgette Heyer than i went hunting for more novels read by her. Excellent.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Friday's Child

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Georgette Heyer
    • Narrated By Eve Matheson
    Overall
    (249)
    Performance
    (158)
    Story
    (160)

    This story of mistaken love is a romantic fiction set in the English Regency period. It centers on Lord Sheringham who has been rejected by the woman he loves but the woman who has secretly loved him since childhood is waiting.

    jaspersu says: "This is a good one from Heyer"
    "A 'shouty' read"
    Overall

    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.

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful

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