Miss Abigail Wendover's efforts to detach her spirited niece Fanny from a plausible fortune-hunter are complicated by the arrival in Bath of Miles Caverleigh. The black sheep of his family, a cynical, outrageous care-for-naught with a scandalous past - that would be a connection more shocking even than Fanny's unwise liaison with his nephew!
But Abbey, adept at managing her sweet, silly sister Selina, her lively niece, and the host of her admirers among Bath's circumscribed society, has less success in managing her own unruly heart...
©1966 Georgette Heyer; (P)2014 Audible, Inc.
Writer, Regency lover, historic novel aficionado.
Absolutely. It was wonderful hearing Barbara Leigh-Hunt narrate. Anyone who's seen AMC's Pride and Prejudice will recognize her as Lady Catherine de Bourgh. I found that I even understood the book more listening to Leigh-Hunt narrate.
I don't want to give it away, but at the end, when Mr. Calverly returns to Bath. You suspect you know what he's been up to at this point, and it's wonderful getting that validation.
I have not.
Immensely satisfying. I laughed for sure.
I wish Leigh-Hunt would read more of Heyer's works. It's great fun and a pleasure to listen to.
I would listen again because I love the characterizations and the wonderful dialogues.
It is Georgette Heyer at her most entertaining.
She is one of the best narrators of this series.
I'm very disappointed in the reading of this, one of my favorite Georgette Heyer novels. The Heroine is under 30 with a lovely, "musical" voice.
The narrator's voice sounds old, rather like Eve Arden, and just doesn't fit with the whole atmosphere.
I don't think I'll purchase any more books with this narrator.
One of the more wittier of Heyer's works. Not that her other works aren't just as witty, but this one actually succeeded in making me laugh several times. There were several characters that made me grind my teeth but the humor and wit between the heroine and hero were more than enough to make up for it. One of my favorite now
The narrator's voice was too gravelly and rough to appropriately depict a 28 year old Abby who supposedly had a melodious voice. I found it quite distracting and continuously took me out if the story. Her diction and dramatics were very good, but her voice just did not suit the main character and her range of character voices fell a bit short too. It was sometimes difficult to distinguish which character was speaking.
The story, of course, was classic Heyer and one of her better efforts. Always a favorite of mine.
The Grand Sophy and Black Sheep are my two favorites from Georgette Heyer. I love the light hearted dialogue and the way Ms Heyer weaves her stories. She never leaves her characters hanging but always brings them together in the end. I don't believe I have missed any of her books over the years and am very pleased that I am able to listen to them while I go about my days. I love your service and I love your extensive library. Thank you!
The wit and humor of Georgette Heyer is timeless. I read my first Georgette Heyer novel over 50 years ago. I'm delighted to find they are still better than most other Recency romances around today. If anyone hasn't read her, start with this one as the narrator does a fantastic job. Also, it comes with the e-book so is an awesome way to do both.
Absolute bluestocking & love it!!
You will not find 'same ol - same ol' with Georgette Heyer - her characters are so fun & unique& her stories find you laughing out loud or sitting with a silly smile on your face! I love the humor and interesting characters she brings to life!!
Strong male and female leads, appropriate conflict, wit and clever dialogue for making love, romantic dialect and accent. What's not to like?? I loved it!!
I love Georgette Heyer's books and Black Sheep is one of my favorites but I was disappointed with Barbara Leigh Hunt's reading. When speaking as "narrator" she was fine but "in conversation" between characters the voices were too similar and often too old.
Miles because he is an interesting character who has led a colourful life.
I like his sense of humour and the dialogue between him and Abigail sparkles.
With a different narrator
Georgette Heyer's work should stand alone. If she wanted a follow up book I am sure she would have written one.
I have several Georgette Heyer audio books and the very best narrator is Richard Armitage who stands head and shoulders above all others.
Continuing my nostalgia filled odyssey through Heyer in audiobooks, I've reached the much loved Black Sheep. Classic Heyer with a not in her first flush of youth character, Abigail, who is also a dead ringer, both in character, situation and plot, for Annis in Lady of Quality, both paired with a rough diamond for the male character. Same background about the tyranny of family affection but witty and very enjoyable. I've not heard Barbara Leigh Hunt narrate before, and did wonder if I'd like it. As an actress she has had such a varied career but for all the parts I've seen her play it's Lady Catherine de Burgh in Pride and Prejudice that sticks in the mind most and made her seem so daunting. I needn't have worried - whilst Miles voice was not as deep as I've always heard him in my head when reading the book, it works. And when her Mrs Clapham lapses at the end of her charade and delivers the "you'd marry a midden for muck" line it's a joy. Definitely recommend this.
I loved this book - one of her best. It really lifted my mood as it's witty, observant and very entertaining!
Some previous reviewers have said that they though that the narrator stumbled a bit, and that her voice was too mature to make the younger characters believable. I didn't find this the case at all and will look out other books she's done as I thought she interpreted the this one beautifully.
It's years since I read this book and I'd forgotten what a delight it is. I loved it.
This is a lovely humerous book by Georgette Heyer. The main characters have such a chemistry between them which really comes alive. I think Barbara Leigh-Hunt is a fantastic actress, however sometimes I found it hard to differentiate between the characters voices as her voice is a mature one and I felt she wasnt able to capture the youth of the younger characters. She sounded fine reading as the older ladies but as the younger Abigail Wendover I felt she didnt do the character justice, she made her sound quite old! However, I still enjoyed listening to this as I have all Georgette Heyer audio books.
"Another delightful story"
I don't think there is a Regency romance from Georgette Heyer that I haven't enjoyed including this one. However the story wasn't really one of her best. Also, although the narration was good I often found it difficult to distinguish individual characters. Worth a listen though.
"Wonderful, Witty and Tremendous Fun"
A wonderful Regency novel, and beautifully read. If you are not already a fan of Georgette Heyer novels (similar genre to Jane Austen but MUCH more fun), this is an excellent one to start with. The characters are truly engaging, and really come alive. And the interaction between Abigail and Miles is delightful.
A great addition to any audio-library.
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