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Black Sheep Audiobook
Black Sheep
Written by: 
Georgette Heyer
Narrated by: 
Barbara Leigh-Hunt
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Black Sheep Audiobook

Black Sheep

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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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    Hilary 04-10-10
    Hilary 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.

    15 of 15 people found this review helpful
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    bebe South Carolina 03-24-10
    bebe South Carolina 03-24-10 Member Since 2009

    Attorney - love to listen to audio books

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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.

    15 of 15 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 2014

    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.

    13 of 13 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.

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Nan51 Sammamish, WA USA 12-07-13
    Nan51 Sammamish, WA USA 12-07-13 Member Since 2016

    Nancy Crayton

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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.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Amy 07-10-13
    Amy 07-10-13 Member Since 2014
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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!


    2 of 2 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.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Emily Portland, OR, United States 01-04-16
    Emily Portland, OR, United States 01-04-16 Member Since 2016

    Estate planning lawyer and mom to two boys. My older son liked audiobooks as an infant, and I've listened to a lot since then.

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    "One of my Favorite Heyers; Well-narrated"

    I've been excited to rediscover my favorite Heyers on Audible. They are like comfort food and hearing them on audio really enhances the experience.

    This is one of my favorites, featuring an older heroine and hero. Miles in particular is a Heyer gem, intelligent, caring little for convention, funny. I enjoy her pairings of intelligent couples who come together in part for their shared sense of the absurd and their laughter about the world around them.

    This was a good narrator, and the narration always helps this American listener with some of the pronunciations. I would recommend this even to someone who has read it in print in the past.

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    Bazo New York, NY 07-12-15
    Bazo New York, NY 07-12-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Lady Catherine deBurg reads phenomenally"

    Barbara Leigh Hunt is amazing! She captured the the essence of the book...the characters came to life! I hope she'll read something else like The Grand Sophy. I thoroughly enjoyed her read

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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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
  • Kas
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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
  • catsatcastle
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    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
  • J. Edwards
    2/8/16
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    "Another good listen"

    You have got to like "Miles", the black sheep character. He says all the things you would like to be said, cutting out the strict code of the times. The light hearted banter between the two main characters, often told with a laugh in her voice by the narrator, makes it very easy to listen to, and enjoy.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • crimson earth
    Kent, UK
    12/3/15
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    "Favourite Heyer so far"

    Having gone through about a dozen Heyer books in the past four or five months (and still going) this one is definitely one of my favourites; in particular because of the strength and craftsmanship of the two leads. I wasn't won over in the first chapter, but as I listened on a feeling of warmth and merriment seeped in and didn't leave me -- and while I've thoroughly enjoyed all bar one of Heyer's books so far, this is the only one which I was sorry to put down when it finished.

    Barbara Leigh-Hunt is an excellent narrator and I do think that, while Heyer never fails to charm me with her witty and humourous writing, this is her at her very best.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Arwen
    Glastonbury, United Kingdom
    9/23/15
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    "Great story, of course!"

    I love this story, as I love most if not all of Georgette Heyer's Regency novels. However, in this case I often find the reader beyond irritating. She keeps in the 'voice' even after the speaker is finished. For instance: if someone asks a question, she doesn't just let the speaker ask, she keeps asking. Her voice keeps going up even though the text is narrative, not a character speaking. And she does it with everything. If someone is surprised or angry or whatever else, she keeps speaking in that voice until well after the speaker is finished. And it grates on my nerves, which makes this story hard for me to enjoy. Such a shame! I'd love to hear this read by Phillida Nash...

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • linda
    SHERBORNE, United Kingdom
    4/18/15
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    "One of her best"

    Great characters and wit

    Very well performed
    Main character, ironically the weakest but having just finished The Grand Sophie perhaps why I thought that.





    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Kelly
    1/27/15
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    "Great story, but wrong voice."

    Brilliant Heyer romance with lots of great characters. Only thing that let's this down sadly is Barbara Leigh-Hunt's voice which just isn't right for Abby. Would love to have heard this with Eve Matheson.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Linda
    London, United Kingdom
    1/9/15
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    "100% Heyer & my first on Whispersync"

    A charming Heyer with a heroine as old as eight and twenty (my goodness that old!). Delightfully easy read/listen and beautifully read. This was my first 'whispersync' combination on my new Christmas kindle and whilst I've always been 'anti' kindles rather than real books this combination (being able to switch between reading & listening) works for me an absolute treat. I think this relatively simple story was an ideal choice as a first attempt as well. Can thoroughly recommend all round.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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