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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)2014 Audible, Inc.

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    Roxalanne 04-10-10
    Roxalanne 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.

    11 of 11 people found this review helpful
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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 07-10-13
    Amy 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 02-16-13
    milla 02-16-13

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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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    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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