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An Accomplished Woman | [Jude Morgan]

An Accomplished Woman

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.

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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.

©2007 Jude Morgan; (P)2008 BBC Audiobooks Ltd

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    Meg EDEN HILL, Australia 01-02-11
    Meg EDEN HILL, Australia 01-02-11
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    "Lovely"

    I confess, it took me several months to get past the first two chapters of 'An Accomplished Woman', which is odd as I usually devour audiobooks narrated by Phyllida Nash (who is always excellent). After a 4 month hiatus, I began listening to it again after christmas and after that i simply couldn't stop listening!

    It is a little slow to start off, but after awhile I found the main character, Lydia Templeton, to be utterly engaging, hilariously witty and very, very likeable. I haven't loved a Regency heroine this much since I first picked up 'Pride and Prejudice' 12 years ago. The few character plot twists presented in the second half of the audiobook were unexpected but left me with such a lovely feeling of satifaction that when the last word had been spoken I had to listen to the entire book all over again!

    If you're a fan of Austen, Elizabeth Aston or Georgette Heyer - or indeed, of Phyllida Nash - you should absolutely spend a credit on this audiobook. I'm now looking to buy a printed copy of it!!

    8 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Amanda AucklandNew Zealand 10-05-09
    Amanda AucklandNew Zealand 10-05-09
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    "So Witty"

    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
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    connie Sydney, Nova Scotia, Canada 03-31-11
    connie Sydney, Nova Scotia, Canada 03-31-11 Member Since 2007

    trying to see the world with my ears

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    "for fans of Heyer and Austen-homages"

    (And you know who you are, even if you don't admit it publicly.)

    This is one of the wittiest and well-written cures for the information overloaded brain produced since Heyer.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Ella Quent Canada 02-08-12
    Ella Quent Canada 02-08-12 Member Since 2007

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    "Truly Terrific Regency"

    How charming to find a modern day writer who manages to capture Austen' sensibility and humor with out resorting to the trite or clich??. All too many regency romances are little more than bodice rippers complete with lusting and thrusting at inopportune times and places. Jude Morgan is to be congratulated on this book and Phyllida Nash does a brilliant job of bringing the characters to life. Lydia is a marvelous heroine whose method of coping with the inanities of life and society by having a drink or three only makes her seem more real when one considers how few socially acceptable possbilites the women of her time had to deal with frustration. The small section where the author managed to use the majority of Jane Austen's book titles in a conversation made me laugh out loud and rewind just to hear it again it was so well done. I will definitely purchase books by this author narrator combo should I come across them.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Karen Oxford, New Zealand 01-12-12
    Karen Oxford, New Zealand 01-12-12 Member Since 2011

    Devotee of multi-tasking, keen gardener and cross-stitcher. Now able to do both AND listen to stories at the same time. Bliss.

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    "An Accomplished Tale"

    I've not tackled a Regency Romance for many years, but listening to Phyllida Nash's glorious voice on the extract convinced me this was just the book I was looking for some light evening listening. The plot is basic, as with most Regency Romances that I've encountered, but the enjoyment is in Jude Morgan's sublime use of the English language together with a very dry sense of humour. I empathised greatly with the main character and her need to indulge in a stiff drink to get her through her daily trials as companion, and laughed frequently at the wonderful descriptions of clothes, locations and personalities of some really rather awful characters. Phyllida Nash's voice and reading was just perfect and I'll likely be downloading more of the books she has narrated purely on the basis of how wonderful it is. Thoroughly recommended.

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    Katrine Oslo, Norway 01-03-12
    Katrine Oslo, Norway 01-03-12 Member Since 2007
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    "Worthwhile if you like Austen homages."

    I haven't read all that many Austen homages, and most have been disappointing so I was hesitant about this but I'm glad I decided to give it a chance. The plot and characters may not be the most substantial or original, but the writing and narration combine to make this perfectly suitable as light, holiday entertainment.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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  • Marie-Clare
    Cheltenham, Glos, United Kingdom
    4/24/11
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    "An Accomplished Woman"

    I loved this audiobook, perfect narration in my opinion and I found it a lovely, gentle story, the closest I've found to Georgette Heyer in more modern writing - really enjoyed this.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Heather
    Cambridge, United Kingdom
    4/14/11
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    "One for Jane Austen fans."


    I enjoyed this book. It?s a little stodgy in places but overall an entertaining listen. Lots of nods in J.A.?s direction and occasionally laugh out loud funny; although the humour is very sly. The reader is excellent. You can?t really go wrong.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Fibri
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    4/7/13
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    "A good listen but not as good as A Little Folly"

    This was an entertaining listen but I enjoyed it less than A Little Folly. I'd recommend that instead. An Accomplished Woman had a good story, good characterisation, but it was just a little slow.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Christine
    Coromandel Valley, Australia
    12/3/12
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    "Ok"

    A few overly long conversations unrelated to plot made this novel somewhat slow in parts.

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