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Black Sheep Audiobook

Black Sheep

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Publisher's Summary

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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    Nancy Grass Valley, CA, USA 04-11-15
    Nancy Grass Valley, CA, USA 04-11-15 Member Since 2013
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    "Excellent plotting"

    I love how Heyer explores all the various morals of the day with deft twists of plot and witty dialogue.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Patricia 12-31-13
    Patricia 12-31-13

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    "Black sheep indeed!"
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    What a delicious delight it is to listen to this wonderfully performed audio book of a charming Georgette Heyer novel. I have recently discovered Heyer and have listened to several selections. All are witty, clever, entertaining stories.This story is perhaps especially satisfying because of the ages of the Abigail and Miles. They both are such very fine people (even thought Miles is considered the black sheep of his family) that one is so happy for their happiness.Highly recommended.

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    Kathleen Sydney, NSW, Australia 12-31-13
    Kathleen Sydney, NSW, Australia 12-31-13 Member Since 2016
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    "Brilliant"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I would & have. One of Heyer's best I think. I love this story, the characters, the dialogue, the wit, the humour. It's delightfulI & can be listened to again & again.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I really love the two main characters, Miles & Abby. They're well matched. Down to earth, great sense of humour. A really satisfying love story.


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

    I like her voices, timing & pauses are perfect. Intimate conversations between the main characters are memorable. I think she does a great job of reading this story.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Lady Wesley 09-07-13
    Lady Wesley 09-07-13

    Popular reviewer of more than 400 historical romance titles on Goodreads. Georgian/Regency/Victorian/Edwardian.

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    "Comedy and romance!"
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    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.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Rosalind R. Gordon 06-25-12

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    "Couldn't stop listening despite reading it before!"
    If you could sum up Black Sheep in three words, what would they be?

    Was great fun.


    What other book might you compare Black Sheep to and why?

    The Talisman Ring because of the repartee between the hero and heroine was great.


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

    No.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes,


    Any additional comments?

    Reading or listening to this book made me forget any problems and was relaxing

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    susan 10-22-11
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    "Engaging, funny, surprising! I loved it!"

    I have tread most of the Heyer novels and have enjoyed them. This one is the best so far because it is so funny!

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    Frances Little Rock, Ar, United States 01-12-11
    Frances Little Rock, Ar, United States 01-12-11 Member Since 2016
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    "Coy reader"

    This reader is way too arch. She reads as if all the characters were affected ninnies.

    3 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    RBL New Sharon, ME, United States 01-28-12
    RBL New Sharon, ME, United States 01-28-12 Member Since 2013
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    "wonder story poor narrator"

    I love this story, and had to grit my teeth when the narrator read for Abby. She made her sound like an old lady.

    What a shame.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Pamela Y. S. Las Vegas, NV USA 10-22-15
    Pamela Y. S. Las Vegas, NV USA 10-22-15

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    "not one of Heyer's better efforts"

    narrator over acted and did not distinguish between character voices or personality. a disappointing listen.

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    SuSuz Lutz, Florida United States 04-18-14
    SuSuz Lutz, Florida United States 04-18-14
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    "Disappointing narrator."

    *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.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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