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Black Sheep | [Georgette Heyer]

Black Sheep

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!
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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)2009 BBC Audiobooks Ltd

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    Roxalanne Canberra, Australia 04-10-10
    Roxalanne Canberra, Australia 04-10-10 Member Since 2010
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    "Excellent entertainment"

    A most entertaining and enjoyable book, beautifully narrated by a most distinguished actress who brought each different character to life so well. It was easy to imagine the various scenes, laugh at the idiosyncrasies of the Regency fops and the rigid rules of society. Typical Heyer humour perfectly expressed.

    14 of 14 people found this review helpful
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    bebe South Carolina 03-24-10
    bebe South Carolina 03-24-10 Member Since 2009
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    "a great Georgette Heyer romance"

    All Heyer books are good but Black Sheep falls in a certain group I think are excellent (along with Grand Sophy, Bath Tangle, Frederica and others). Black Sheep is a little different in that the love comes earlier - the difficulty is how it will work out. The ending is a little surprising and very enjoyable.

    13 of 13 people found this review helpful
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    Clare Vancouver, BC, Canada 03-23-10
    Clare Vancouver, BC, Canada 03-23-10 Member Since 2009

    Historical & SciFi Book Lover, especially Georgette Heyer, Lois McMaster Bujold, Connie Willis (& New Who). Also books for the kids.

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    "Perfection!"

    This was an EXCELLENT audio version, the narrator caught the nuances so well, and read the humour in the exchanges (so you can hear the smile or the supressed chuckle). One of my favourite Heyer books, but this is by far my favourite narration of any of her books that I had heard.

    12 of 12 people found this review helpful
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    Cheryl Lynnwood, WA, United States 04-26-11
    Cheryl Lynnwood, WA, United States 04-26-11
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    "Barbara Leigh-Hunt make Black Sheep a Delight!"

    Have no qualms! Barbara Leigh-Hunt, that marvelous actress, is a superlative interpreter of this story. She captures every nuance of the sparkling dialogue and makes the 9+ hours fly by! She is a natural for this genre and I hope she has more recordings. I shall certainly keep out a sharp eye for her narrations.

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    Amazon Customer Macksville, Australia 05-10-11
    Amazon Customer Macksville, Australia 05-10-11
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    "Georgette Heyer...... How we miss you...."

    A typical; "fun read' by Georgette Heyer. For an easy, "no worries" reading experience she is hard to go past... She churned out Regency romances which she personally deprecated and which thousands of people all over the world looked forward to seeing available each year.. This one grows on you.... The heroine is more mature but there is a lot of enjoyable repartee between her and the older hero. I really enjoyed listening to this book in the Audible version more than I enjoyed the written word. The narrator is excellent. Highly recommended to all die hard GH fans.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Nanellen Sammamish, WA USA 12-07-13
    Nanellen Sammamish, WA USA 12-07-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Enjoyed more than expected based on reviews"
    What did you love best about Black Sheep?

    I loved the characters and witty dialogue created by Georgette Heyer. Barbara Leigh-Hunt can deliver the lines and put you in the scene. As a narrator, she gives emotion to the words on the page and creates the scenes in your mind. As a reader, she is not performing a dramatization of the role of Abby but, rather, is telling the story. If you close your eyes and allow yourself to be immersed, you can "see" the characters and "hear" their voices while Leigh-Hunt reads. Wonderful!


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

    I loved Georgette Heyer more than 45 years ago and I've enjoyed reading them again after all these years. She introduced me to Regency England and I began reading more about English History afterwards. I was struck by the similarity between Black Sheep and Venetia. Both involve young men who made youthful indiscretions and the men the became in later life. The heroines who love them are similar in that they are strong women who can love despite their families' disapproval.


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

    I thought she had a special way of speaking life into the characters thanks to her experience on stage and in films. Her voice has a wonderful range, not just in emotion but in pitch and timbre.


    If you could rename Black Sheep, what would you call it?

    I can't imagine a better title than Black Sheep. With all the attached connotations, it's perfect!


    Any additional comments?

    If you like to lose yourself in stories and wonderful storytelling, I recommend Georgette Heyer's Black Sheep being read by Barbara Leigh-Hunt.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Amy Brisbane, Australia 07-10-13
    Amy Brisbane, Australia 07-10-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Highly Enjoyable Heyer."
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Absolutely - this is one of my favourite stories.


    What about Barbara Leigh-Hunt’s performance did you like?

    Leigh-Hunt's clear diction, differentiation between character voices and slight accent added greatly to my enjoyment of this audiobook


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

    Yes, and I very nearly did!


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    milla Wellington, New Zealand 02-16-13
    milla Wellington, New Zealand 02-16-13 Member Since 2011

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    "Barbara Leigh-Hunt and Georgette Heyer - Perfect"
    If you could sum up Black Sheep in three words, what would they be?

    Masterful. Fun. Compelling


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Miles Calverley is a stand-out. He's the epitome of the black sheep, and incredibly sympathetic. Every scene he's in is a highlight, which is saying something, given the lovely story he features in.


    What about Barbara Leigh-Hunt’s performance did you like?

    Her dramatisation. She doesn't really do voices to any great degree, but she nails the intonation, mood, and timing, and suits the period so well, as anyone who has seen her as Lady Catherine De Berg in the BBC miniseries adaptation of Pride and Prejudice will agree with. She delineates voices enough to make dialogue easy to follow, and she brings the book to life beautifully. When I read the book a while after listening to this I found myself hearing the words as Barbara reads them, and was pleased.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Moved? Hmm, spoilers. I'll leave this alone.


    Any additional comments?

    A great book, read by a great actress, fitting to the subject matter and vibe. Worth getting.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Valerie Meriden, CT, USA 08-14-09
    Valerie Meriden, CT, USA 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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    SuSuz Lutz, Florida United States 04-18-14
    SuSuz Lutz, Florida United States 04-18-14 Member Since 2012
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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.

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  • Joanna
    Birmingham, West Midlands, United Kingdom
    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.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Orna
    LONDONUnited Kingdom
    6/28/09
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    "Lovely book, shame about the reader"

    We've listened to every one of Georgette Heyer's audio books and loved them all. We loved all the narrators, each which her/his own flavour (Eve Matheson being the chosen favourite) but this is first time we felt the novel has lost a lot because of the choice of ther narrator(Barbara Leigh Hunt). Her naturally mature, very polished and highly trained voice, misses out on Heyer's subtle social humour, reducing some characters to unconvincing caricatures. There's also a very marked tongue-tripping which makes for a slightly uncomfortable listening.
    Even so, I would recommend this as one of Heyer's more engaging novels.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Karen
    Lanark, United Kingdom
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    "Heyer at her best"

    Excellent narration of this novel. Barbara Leigh-Hunt easily injects and intones the humour, irony and wit that Ms Heyer intended in this novel. This is a particularly engaging story and quite 'grown up' with the heroine being more mature than some of the other novels. A nice escape from current day language and all its innuendo to a more eloquent and gentile époque. Heartily recommended.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • cats22
    Oxfordshire
    10/23/10
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    "Charming"

    It is true, as other reviewers have said, that Barbara Leigh-Hunt does trip occasionally in her reading. That did not mar the overall effect for me because what she does bring is the delightful gurgle of laughter that is characteristic of Abigail. Her reading brings out the charm of the character, which is what so entrances Miles. She has some nicely comic touches, excelling as Selina. She also manages something which not all female narrators can do and that is a very convincing male voice. This is still one of my favourite Heyer listens, even though Eve Matheson's narrations are also excellent.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • 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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Rachel
    Anstey, United Kingdom
    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • 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.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • 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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