©1965 Georgette Heyer; (P)2006 BBC Audiobooks Ltd.
"A writer of great wit and style... I've read her books to ragged shreds." (Kate Fenton, Daily Telegraph)
"One of Georgette Heyer's more adorable heroines." (Saturday Review)
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This is a delightful mixture of light Austen-like comedy of manners with a dash of P.G. Wodehouse mania. There is no bodice ripping, violence, or sex (but no gritty social realism or insight either,of course) -- just "happily ever after" written (and read) well enough for the listener to suspend disbelief.
Heyer's books have stood the test of time, while I don't think most chick lit will. If you are in need of distraction, may Heyer be as pleasant a discovery to you as she was to me. I think if you are new to this author (I am a relative newcomer but have zoomed though five novels in the last stress-filled month), then I think either "Frederica" or "Cotilion" is worth a chance download. (But warning, this stuff can be addictive -- when tired or tested, I keep thinking that I will download "just one more...")
Obsessive reader, 6-10 books a week, chosen from Member reviews. Fact & fiction, subjects from the Tudors to Tookie, Harlem to Hiroshima, Huey Long to Huey Newton. In-depth fair reviews - from front to BLACK!!!
This was my very first Georgette Heyer book and first romance novel ever. I prefer historical books, usually ones closely based on factual people and events. I took a chance on this is and it paid off. Heyer is a master of the Regency period with well-developed characters and attention to detail on clothing, houses, furniture, carriages - EVERYTHING. No one can describe the intricacies of a gentleman's cravat better! Since the narrator can either make or break an audiobook, Clifford Norgate is excellent. I was so impressed by this book that, in less than 90 days, I BOUGHT EVERY GEORGETTE HEYER AUDIOBOOK AVAILABLE ON AUDIBLE.COM - ALL 23!!! Not all are as good as this one but all are better than any others in the genre, short of Jane Austin. My favorites are the mystery stories "Behold, Here's Poison" and "The Unfinished Clue", along with "Fredrica", "Beth Tangle", "Black Sheep", and "Royal Escape". "Infamous Army" had too much military minutiae which bogged the whole story down, while "The Nonesuch" is just weak overall compared to the other books.
Frederica is one of Georgette Heyers best, and translates wonderfully into audio. I thoroughly enjoyed this audio version of one of my long time favorites. Narrator Clifford Norgate does a wonderful job making these charactors come to life. Thank you Audible for making books by this author available. Please keep them coming.
Wonderful audio book presentation - the reader is exceptionally good, handling the variety of characters with charm and animation. I adore Georgette Heyer novels, and this one, while possibly not the most traditionally romantic (ie the heroine while very charming, is a little prosaic) has a wonderful richness of plot and characterisation. Spend the money and experience the pleasure.
I have listened now to many, many of Georgette Heyer's titles, but this remains my favorite. Clifford Norgate does an excellent job of staying in his many character's voices. Richard Armitage and Anne Flosnick are other favorites, but Norgate's execution of this story is priceless. Let's face it this story is filled with such wit that it is a gem of a tale for a talented narrator. I am listening to it for the 2nd time and find myself chuckling all the time. It's excellent. Don't miss it!
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For anyone who likes historical romance, you have to give Georgette Heyer a try. Her books are so well written and so accurate to the period, they are easy to get caught up in and hard to put down.
Of Heyer's books, Frederica and the Grand Sophy are my favorites. The story is fast paced. The characters are well developed and likable. Frederica is a wonderfully strong heroine. The duologue between Alverstoke and Frederica is excellent and funny. This book is a wonderful mix of romance and comedy.
One other note to the reader/listener, most know, but some do not: these books were written in the 1920s and 1930s so you are not going to get the overt sexual references that you read in most romance books, if that is what you are looking for in a romance novel, Heyer may not be for you, but if you like historical romance, you should try one of her books
This has always been my favorite of all of Heyer's books, and when I finally had a chance to revist the book in audio, it was just as wonderful a book as I remembered. Kids, misbehaving dog, longsuffering & reluctant guardian, pork jelly, not to mention excellent narration, make this a thoroughly enjoyable listen.
This was my first Georgette Heyer novel, so I can't say whether it's one of her finest, but I enjoyed the story, and the reader was definitely one of the better ones I've heard. His voices for the different characters were distinctive without being too stylized, and he did particularly well with the female characters--often a weak spot for male narrators. The character of Frederica, especially, sounded convincingly natural.
I was disappointed to find that Clifford Norgate did not record more of Heyer's novels; I would gladly have purchased them.
Frederica is my favorite Georgette Heyer book. I love them all. For some reason, this one stands above the rest for me. I've read the book two times, and after listening to other Georgette Heyer audio books, thought I'd give this one a try even though I know the story.
The audio book is superb! Clifford Norgate brings the book to life in such a way that just is delightful. He has a rich voice, and does a great job in capturing the personalities, the mood, and the fun of this classic. I listen while in the car and I am literally smiling as I listen.
Of course, Georgette's writing is amazing. I feel like I understand all the characters, and her use of language is inspired. Clifford does justice to the script. I'll have to find other books narrated by Mr. Norgate.
As one reviewer said "smartly hilarious," which is true for the Nonesuch and Friday's Child. I prefer those because i love Eve Matheson's voice and I generally prefer femail narrators for Heyer, but this was great and worth listening to a second time.
"By far my favourite narration of a Heyer novel!"
I have purchased every available unabridged Georgette Heyer audiobook, and have read most of her novels.
Frederica was one of my top 5 Heyer novels prior to listening, and I absolutely adore Clifford Norgate's narration. His character voices are brilliant, especially in his capturing of Alverstoke's dry humour (which had me laughing out loud in parts) and in Felix's mischievous plaguing of his Marquis cousin.
I really hope Clifford Norgate will narrate other Heyer novels.
The story is humourous, believable, and romantic. One I keep coming back to listen to and enjoy again and again.
I remember Frederica being one of my favourite Georgette Heyer books when I was an avid fan many years ago. I am so glad that I listened to the friend who told me they made excellent audio listening. She was right. I knew how accurate Georgette Heyer was on Regency matters but had forgotten (or not realised so long ago) just how funny the books were - particularly Frederica. The book is beautifully read. What a tonic it was to listen to the exploits of the different members of the Merriville family - not forgetting the dog!
I highly recommend Frederica - particularly if you are looking for some light relief in these days of so much doom and gloom. It is also a great companion for a long drive or a tedious journey.
I really enjoyed listening to this story. Its an excellent length, the characters have got time to develop and come alive. The reader was good, didnt detract from the story as some narrators do. Georgette Heyer is one of my all-time favourite authors and I think this audio version does her story justice.
Once I got used to Clifford Norgate sounding like a pantomine dame whenever he tried to do a female voice, it was good. Some of the voices sounded the same, but you can't beat a Georgette Heyer story for peaceful listening.
Great listen and enjoyable, what a fabulous reader who makes the novel so much more fun than reading myself. Would certainly recommend this book and the reader for more of her novels please.
"An all-round winner"
Really enjoyable; a most entertaining story, witty, romantic, excellent historical detail and very well read.
I would certainly recommend this book.
"A really enjoyable listen"
This is one of Georgette Heyer's best stories. Frederica has a mixture of romance and humour and a range of appealing characters. This is a light hearted, feel good book. It is well read and I strongly recommend it as a lovely way to pass a long journey!
"Good story, shame about the charactarisation."
This is one of my all time favourite Heyer books. So on one level I'm always going to enjoy it. What I really found difficult though was the characterisation of Alverstoke. He's supposed to be in his late thirties but in this he sounds about 60. Much older then he should and for me I found it really distracted from the book itself. There were quite a few of the other characterizations that I found grating. For that reason if I want to revisit the story I shall take the trouble to read it myself!
It's comparable to any of the other Heyer books. Romance and excellent characterization perfectly blended with humour and story telling.
I love the humour. There are several moments in the book which are truly hysterical. However, I particularly rate Frederica because I think the romance between the protagonists is viable, which isn't always the case with Heyer. This is why the vocal characterization bothered me so much. Rather then be able to enjoy it I was constantly battling with it.
Clifford Norgate has a good voice. I'm just not sure this was the best book for him to narrate.
"Heyer at her best"
Light, lively and witty, and very well narrated. Thisi s one of Heyer's better books and a good place to start if you want to explore her sizeable catalogue.
Settling down to read any Georgette Heyer book is one of my favourite activities and this is one of my favourite of her books. The narration is good, making each character easily identifiable and infusing it all with life. It brought a smile to my face many times (which possibly slightly disconcerted some of the other bus travellers!) and helped while away plenty of long journeys.
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