©1957 Georgette Heyer; (P)2014 Audible, Inc.
I have purchased all of the Georgette Heyer Regency romances here on Audible, and I've enjoyed all of them. However, if pressed, I have to say that I had to work at enjoying APRIL LADY the first time that I listened to it more than I've had to with the other GH Regencies. I think that a significant reason why I didn't enjoy this book on my first read was that I felt so much empathy for the heroine and her difficulties. I could see myself, at her age and with her lack of worldly experience, making the same mistakes in judgment that she had, and so I felt all of her turmoil as she truly did try to do the right thing in the muddle that she'd made of things while also trying to keep her headstrong young sister-in-law on the straight and narrow. Any GH fan would probably attest that the last few chapters of her romances tie up all of the plot points in a satisfactory (and usually humorous and entertaining) fashion, and I was happy with this book's resolution, as well, so this made up for the novel, as a whole, not flying along as wonderfully and humorously as I find most of Heyer's romances do. At this moment, I'm almost finished listening to the book again, and I've enjoyed it more this time, possibly because I'm not so anxious about HOW Nell's difficulties will work out in the end. Still, I would not recommend this novel to someone who's never before read a Heyer romance; it might not convince them to ready any more, on its own merits. One of her others (maybe FRIDAY'S CHILD, THE RELUCTANT WIDOW, FREDERICA, or THE UNKNOWN AJAX) would be a better introduction from which to judge her writing, especially her talent for writing memorable humorous characters, even for the supporting cast. So, if this would be your first Heyer audio ever, please re-think this choice and check out her others listed here on Audible. I feel that you should listen to APRIL LADY eventually, but check out her other romances first. Still, the narration was perfect, in my opinion.
As usual, Eve Matheson's narrations shines. It is a pity that her voice is wasted on one of Heyer's less engaging novels. The story drags on in endless detail and I soon lost sympathy for the heroine and her troubles.
I've enjoyed most of Heyer's books on audio but my favorite ones are all read by Eve Matheson. Friday's Child is the best.
Matheson's voice is very light and easy. I find it relaxing and I love how she captures the youthful characters.
I have loved Georgette Heyer for years, so when I saw that some of her books were available from Audible I was thrilled. All the other ones that I have bought so far have been a delight, and I listen to them over and over. But much as I enjoy this book, the narration is frankly dreadful - the heroine sounds as if she's about to burst into tears all the time, and the accents are jarringly peculiar. I've removed Friday's Child off my wish list just because I can't listen to another book from this narrator!
Estate planning lawyer and mom to two boys. My older son liked audiobooks as an infant, and I've listened to a lot since then.
I love listening to the Heyer books on audio, but I would say this is my least favorite of hers to listen to so far. I like the narration very much overall. My only quibble is that I don't think she has Cardross just right, but it is hard to have a narrator that captures the very young, sweet and somewhat ditzy female characters (Cardross' sister being the ditzy one, not Nell), who is also able to do the detached, ironic, and mature voice of Cardross.But the only reason I lower my rating is the book itself. I like the pairing of Nell and Cardross, but most of the time is spent on the painful complications keeping them apart. My favorite Heyers have all the funny minor characters but also some good time in the developing relationship with the leads. Perhaps this is harder to do when the principals are already married at the start of the book.
Nell's brother and his friends are hilarious.The resolution of the story, and the reconciliation of Nell and Cardross, is one of my favorite Heyer endings.
As other reviewers have noted, I wouldn't start with this Heyer. Other Heyer books and recordings are better. I would start with the Unknown Ajax, the Grand Sophy, or Frederica.
Yes, it is so very Georgette Heyer, with all the history, humour and romance. I loved it.
Makes it very real. Love the accent
I've listened to six other Georgette Heyer's and they were all good fun. I could not make it through this one.
Narrator was good with the men's voices, for the most part, but had that unfortunate Uber high pitched voice many English women seem to have, which she used to grating effect for voicing both Nell and Letty. That particular voice is anathema to American ears. Where's that rich lovely voice one associates with the Dames of English film and theatre?
Eve Matheson is an excellent narrator. She is able to capture the youthfulness and maturity of different characters without sounding ludicrous. This is a great story and an very enjoyable listen. Please please can we have Grand Sophy soon! My all time favourite!
Excellent narration thoroughly enjoyed the novel. Please can we have Arabella read as this is my favourite Georgette Heyer novel?
"Another triumph of the first stare."
I love the wonderful tale of romance, intrigue, lovely development of characters, escapism at its innocent best. leaves one wanting to know just a little more!
"Ruined by Narrator's inability to give men normal voices"
Once again Eve Matheson makes her men seem to shout ALL the time and it makes it impossible to relax whilst listening. She needs to learn to DEEPEN her voice, not SHOUT for mens voices! You need to either rewind to hear the quiet women's voices and the very good commentary, or have the sound so loud it shatters your eardrums when the gentlemen talk. In all other areas she is an excellent narrator. She makes Lord Cardross sound cross and angry right from the start, but the book itself tells you how loving and understanding he is. Its only as he starts to doubt Nell that his attitude alters, but even then its only when he thinks she had been dishonest that he loses his self control. A lovely book (one of my favorites) ruined by the narration. I will stick to reading it myself, then Cardross is the perfect husband anyone would wish for.
A Georgette Heyer novel is always a favourite read, but this has been the first audiobook I've listened to of hers. I really enjoyed it - the narrator was brilliant and brought each of the characters to life. I'd definitely recommend this title.
"Narrator not the best"
Not for a while.
I have listened to 2 of Eve Matheson's narrations in a row... having quite enjoyed the first one. I find though, that she rather shouts all her gentlemen's voices!
On many occasions she should have read pieces in a different way and it got very irritating as there was much of the Heyer wit which was hidden by this.
Needs more subtlety
This is a lovely book, but rather spoilt be Eve Matheson's narration
"A really good listen."
This is one of my favourite Georgette Heyer novels, it's a wonderful story, full of misunderstandings which are all sorted out in a satisfactory fashion by the end.
Good story with amusing characters but not as romantic as some of her books. Well read.
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