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...
©1956 Georgette Heyer; (P)1993 BBC Audiobooks Ltd
I think that Georgette Heyer's books are great. I am never embarrassed by bad language, the haphazard usage of the 4 letter words. If they can't find a substitute don't write. These books are a joy to listen to.
This was a continuously entertaining book. The journey was a bit convoluted, but enjoyable. Georgette Heyer is a delightful story teller who seems to lean toward complex situations for characters who prefer simplicity.
Sian Phillips reads well, without over emoting. I recommend the book.
There is always one book by a favorite author that doesn't live up to the others. And like Jane Austen's Emma is for me (I wanted to slap her upside the head for most of the book) that is how I feel about Sprig Muslin. Amanda is annoying and a chucklehead. And we see almost nothing of the other main female character, who impressed me so little I can't remember her name, that I wanted to give Amanda a swift kick. Such violent reactions to a regency romance are certainly not good.
Audible has changed my life! Dry , itchy eyes were destroying one of my greatest pleasures - reading. Now I am experiencing books again!
Georgette Heyer may be an acquired taste, but I'm guessing that you will like her if you like Jane Austen. "Sprig Muslin" is one of her best and most spirited works with lots of humor. Sian Phillips is the very best imaginable reader for a book like this. I have experienced male narrators attempting to do justice to Georgette Heyer -- can't be done! If you love Heyer, you can't miss with this; if you haven't tried her, it's the very best introduction.
I love clean books of all sorts. Love mysteries, fantasies epic to kids stories, fairy tales, romances, humor, and historical fiction
I was encouraged to try this book and author because I found out she wrote romantic, witty stories without the smut so common these days. That sounded like just what I wanted. I can't tell you how much I enjoyed this book and story. I was so enthralled I kept telling people at home not to bother me. I laughed out loud so many times! The characters are wonderful, the era and the proprieties observed, and the story moves you along a delicious path to a wonderful conclusion. I look forward to reading this again and again. I love it as much as Pride and Prejudice and the Importance of Being Ernest. It is a little like the two combined. I'm simply charmed by this story. Worth any amount you pay for it. I'm telling my mother and sister to read this one next! This is definitely a new favorite!
First read this book about 30 years ago, and always enjoyed the author. It's an old fashioned romance without the graphic sex scenes. It was truly a breath of fresh air.
This is my first experience with both Georgette Heyer and Sian Phillips, the narrator. The story was delightful with unexpected yet believable turns. I laughed out loud several times and at one part chuckled for a long time later over a surprising event as it unfolded to Sian Phillips perfect timing and delivery. This is a story that I will listen to again and I plan to download more of Heyer's books and will look for more of Sian Phillips narrations.
Historical & SciFi Book Lover, especially Georgette Heyer, Lois McMaster Bujold, Connie Willis (& New Who). Also books for the kids.
This is not one of my favourite Heyer books, but this is such an EXCELLENT audio version I can see I will be 're-reading' it often. Sian Phillips is an incredible narrator.
This is one of my favourite Georgette Heyer novels, and was so well read. I thoroughly enjoyed it! I look forward to listening to more books read by this narrator, she did a great job.
"A rattling good listen!"
I'm a quiet fan of Georgette Heyer but I'd never come across Sprig Muslin before. I think it must be one of her very best books. The plot was absolutely masterly and it keeps your interest from start to finish. The characters are really interesting and not conventional. Plus Sian Philips does an excellent job in enhancing the whole mood of the book. I loved it and I listened to it at every available moment until it was finished.
"I'd forgotten how good this was"
This is a book I read many years ago, when it was on the list of books the local library thought suitable for my age and the dragon behind the counter wouldn't issue with books she felt were inappropriate. Going back to an old favourite, was so comforting. Georgette Heyer somehow captures the essence of the period.
"This is what audio books are all about"
Made me laugh out loud. Sian Phillips about as perfect for this as it gets for Georgette Heyer. Wonderfully humorous story. Very droll. Language fruity and delivered with such aplomb. Heyer undeservedly under-rated. Have listened to quite a few and this one was the best. Enjoy!
"Another Heyer even better in audio"
Another pleasant surprise on several levels. Always one of her strong comedies, this is even better when narrated. Sian Phillips had always seemed to me like an actress of the 'theatrical grande dame' variety but she brought every character to life with real comedic style. Hester Theale is a great unlikely heroine, self-effacing and nervous but with hidden depth and humour. The wildly naive Amanda with her stories, determination and would be military strategy, her dour lover Neil, and all the supporting characters are well drawn. Oddly enough, the hero Gareth is sometimes more like a central point around which the others perform than the focal point, but it all works. It really does. Recommended.
"This does not give the full story"
As a GH fan I really enjoyed this well narrated novel however audible have a lot to answer for. The story ends with an audible message of something like - this is not the end of the book but this is the end of the audible recording.
Having phoned audible a month ago I am still waiting to hear back from their content editors. I am incredibly disappointed with this.
I enjoyed what I was able to listen to but the abrupt ending left me incredibly disappointed.
"Escapist, charming and fun"
Sian Phillips has a melodious voice and does a pretty good job on the all the voices.
Sian Phillips has an amazing range of voices, which cover all the characters. An amusing story.
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