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...
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narrator over acted and did not distinguish between character voices or personality. a disappointing listen.
*Black Sheep* is one of my all time favorite Georgette Heyer novels .Sadly this audio version was very disappointing. I don't want to slam the performer, but rather whoever cast her to be the reader. All the voices came across as slightly querulous old ladies; including the impish teenage niece, the 28-yr old heroine, and even the very masculine hero of the piece. Timing, pacing were fine, the story itself (when read to yourself) is sprightly and a delight. I could not even finish listening. It was so painful to envision the story with the narrators tonality, quivers and shakes.
I've read this book several times; it's one of my favorite Heyer titles. Very funny, with plenty of romance. The audio version, narrated by Barbara Leigh-Hunt, was good, but I had a few problems with it. First of all, Ms. Leigh-Hunt is over seventy years old, and her voice sounds, well, . . . old. Too old, for the heroine, who is about thirty as I recall. She does a very good job with Miles Calverleigh's voice, however, giving him just the right ironic tone. Another problem -- and really it's my problem and not hers -- is that I kept hearing Lady Catherine de Bourgh, a role she owned in the 1995 BBC-version of Pride and Prejudice. That was distracting.
If, like me, you adore this book, however, I recommend listening to it. Miles Calverleigh is simply one of my favorite romance heroes anywhere.
Barbara Leigh-Hunt has a grandmotherly voice that really detracts from the story, since it fits only the querulous older spinster characters.
I couldn't get past the wrongness of that shaky, "old lady voice" that was supposed to depict a younger character. I had to stop listening. Now im hoping to trade it for another Heyer book.
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