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Black Sheep Audiobook

Black Sheep

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He had nothing to recommend him but his smile, and she was surely too old, and had too much commonsense, to be beguiled by a smile...

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.

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    Jeannine 08-24-14
    Jeannine 08-24-14

    Writer, Regency lover, historic novel aficionado.

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    "Smashing good fun!"
    Would you listen to Black Sheep again? Why?

    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.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Black Sheep?

    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.


    Have you listened to any of Barbara Leigh-Hunt’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I have not.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Immensely satisfying. I laughed for sure.


    Any additional comments?

    I wish Leigh-Hunt would read more of Heyer's works. It's great fun and a pleasure to listen to.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    jane 01-15-13
    jane 01-15-13
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    "Classic Georgette Heyer"

    Love this classic but I didn't like the narration - a little too much like listening to a farce.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Peggy Fallbrook, CA, United States 07-15-12
    Peggy Fallbrook, CA, United States 07-15-12 Member Since 2011
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    "One of the best!"
    Would you listen to Black Sheep again? Why?

    I would listen again because I love the characterizations and the wonderful dialogues.


    What did you like best about this story?

    It is Georgette Heyer at her most entertaining.


    What does Barbara Leigh-Hunt bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    She is one of the best narrators of this series.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Valerie M. 08-14-09
    Valerie M. 08-14-09
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    "Narrator issue"

    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.

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    Emmelise Cho 09-26-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Actually made me laugh"

    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

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    Robin G. 07-13-16
    Robin G. 07-13-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Not the correct narration voice"

    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.

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    Jacquee Fiesler 06-27-16
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    "Black Sheep"

    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!

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    Samzplace Texas 05-30-16
    Samzplace Texas 05-30-16 Member Since 2015

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    "Still The Queen!"

    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.

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    Kaejae 04-11-16
    Kaejae 04-11-16 Member Since 2016

    Absolute bluestocking & love it!!

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    "So refreshing!"

    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!!

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    Debra 02-26-16
    Debra 02-26-16
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    "There's no one like Georgette Heyer!"

    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!!

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    9/7/14
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    "Disappointed"
    What did you like best about Black Sheep? What did you like least?

    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.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    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.


    How could the performance have been better?

    With a different narrator


    Do you think Black Sheep needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    No
    Georgette Heyer's work should stand alone. If she wanted a follow up book I am sure she would have written one.


    Any additional comments?

    I have several Georgette Heyer audio books and the very best narrator is Richard Armitage who stands head and shoulders above all others.

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  • Maggie
    5/19/14
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    "Wholly enjoyable."
    Any additional comments?

    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.

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  • MrsFiddleback
    1/4/11
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    "Black Sheep"

    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.

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  • Mrs. REP
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    11/6/10
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    "Wonderful!"

    It's years since I read this book and I'd forgotten what a delight it is. I loved it.

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  • Matt
    LiskeardUnited Kingdom
    7/29/09
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    "Black Sheep"

    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.

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  • Lesley
    Hammersmith, United Kingdom
    8/27/15
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    "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.

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  • Marta
    Ash Vale, United Kingdom
    4/13/13
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    "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.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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