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Charity Girl | [Georgette Heyer]

Charity Girl

When Fate and a chivalrous impulse combine to saddle Viscount Desford with a friendless, homeless waif in the engaging shape of Cherry Steane, who else should he turn to in such a scrape but his childhood playmate, Henrietta Silverdale? And although they refused to oblige their parents by marrying, they have always been the best of friends. But as Desford pursues Cherry's grandfather and father around the seedier fringes of society, Hetta is forced to wonder if he might not, at last, have fallen in love.
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When Fate and a chivalrous impulse combine to saddle Viscount Desford with a friendless, homeless waif in the engaging shape of Cherry Steane, who else should he turn to in such a scrape but his childhood playmate, Henrietta Silverdale? And although they refused to oblige their parents by marrying, they have always been the best of friends.

But as Desford pursues Cherry's grandfather and father around the seedier fringes of society, Hetta is forced to wonder if he might not, at last, have fallen in love. Without the timely intervention of his brother Simon, and Hetta's suitor Gary Nethercott, Desford is in danger of making a rare jumble of his affairs.

©1970 Georgette Heyer (P)2014 Audible, Inc.

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    JULIA Tracyton, WA, United States 12-05-13
    JULIA Tracyton, WA, United States 12-05-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Extremely enjoyable 'read'."
    Would you consider the audio edition of Charity Girl to be better than the print version?

    Hard to say. I love the feel of reading a book, but it's also nice to be able to do something else with my hands while listening to an audio version.
    One problem is listening to narrators with styles of speech and idioms that are different from mine; with a paper book I can see the words that are new to me, and look them up for meanings; with audio I sometimes have to get the book out to find out what those words I couldn't quite 'catch' were.
    Also, it's VERY unfortunate that the audio book comes in one long track, so I can't click backwards to re-listen to a short segment - it resets all the way to the beginning of the book; I prefer the (usually) 3-minute tracking I'm used to with CDs.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Hetta, for she was such a clever and humor-loving girl. Ms. Heyer did such an exceptional job crafting her characters ... I've read all her paperbacks many, many times; all her stories are such entertaining reads.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Hard to choose just one, but perhaps the first chapter, when Desford is visiting his father.


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

    YES, and ignored chores while I sat for an hour or so each time I went back to the story.


    Any additional comments?

    Am so glad Ms. Heyer's unabridged stories are available to listen to, though I'd really prefer to buy CDs. At present I'm stuck at the computer, as my download skills aren't very good; in fact we needed our computer-builder guys to help me even get this first selection downloaded at all. Thanks for carrying her titles!

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Emily Portland, OR, United States 03-26-15
    Emily Portland, OR, United States 03-26-15 Member Since 2014

    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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    "Funny and Charming Heyer Classic"
    What did you love best about Charity Girl?

    One of my favorite Heyers! Begins with a marvelous scene with the hero and his father – just classic Heyer. Both the hero and heroine are delightful, as were all the minor characters. I loved the hero’s mother and younger brother, and many of the other minor characters were hilarious. Lots of humor and an appealing, intelligent, and mature central couple – all of the best aspects of Heyer to me.Philpott is also my favorite Heyer narrator. He voices all the different characters so well, male and female, and has a wonderful voice to listen to.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The humor, the characters, and the marvelous narration.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Either the wonderful scene at the beginning with Desford and his father, or the madcap and touching end to the book.


    Any additional comments?

    One of the best Heyer audios on Audible.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Akela Russia 05-09-15
    Akela Russia 05-09-15 Member Since 2014

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    "not among her best works"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    Probably not. There are scores of Heyer's books that are better than this one. Charity Girl is overly long and, unfortunately much more short on humor than, say Grand Sophy or Frederica or Venetia, Old Shades or Devil's Cub. I even thought that it must have been an early book by the author and was very much surprised to learn that in fact it was one of the latest.


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    Shorten it, remove some unnecessary dialogues. Choose a narrator with more sense of humor and less of unnecessary drama.


    Did the narration match the pace of the story?

    Unfortunately, the overly dramatized and thus sounding cheap, narration did nothing to make the book better. I am afraid, Daniel Philpott was trying too hard and as a result the whole started sounding like some vulgar melodrama rather than an elegant story about elegant Regency times.


    Do you think Charity Girl needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    Yes - I'd better re-listen to one of my Heyers narrated by Richard Armitage - now, that was absolutely brilliant (admittedly, the novels were better too).


    Any additional comments?

    I wish the narrator wouldn't use a crude sounding accent (Russian? German?) when reading the villain's part (the villain in question being English). It sounds pathetic.

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    5/17/14
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    "Excellent narration"
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    This is a good standard Heyer but not in her first division. That's obviously a personal opinion, others might disagree. I actually got more out of this than I ever did reading the book. Daniel Philpott's narration is excellent, both male and female parts and they are totally believable - particularly enjoyed his Steanes, father and son. There must be a temptation to turn them into cartoon characters (I can see Lord Nettlecombe as an aristocratic Albert Steptoe). Philpott resists this and makes them both realistic.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Alison
    Stanford-in-the-Vale, United Kingdom
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    "Not one of her best novels!"

    There is very little dialogue between hero & heroine in this book, though they have known each other since children. I think her best books are those with plenty of interplay between hero & heroine as they get to know each other (better).

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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