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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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.
Was great fun.
The Talisman Ring because of the repartee between the hero and heroine was great.
Reading or listening to this book made me forget any problems and was relaxing
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.
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.
*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.
Barbara Leigh-Hunt has a grandmotherly voice that really detracts from the story, since it fits only the querulous older spinster characters.
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