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This is by far my favorite Georgette Heyer regency romance and Eve Matheson is perfect in her narration. To pay his gambling debts, Lord Sherington (or Sherry as his friends call him), must marry in order to receive his inheritance two years early. Sherry offers for the incomparable, Isabella, but is flatly rejected on the grounds that he is a gambler and a libertine-both true. In an agitated fit he declares that he will marry the next woman he sees. That woman happens to be his childhood playmate, Hero Wantage who is about 8 years his junior, a penniless orphan living with her tyrannical auntie and plain looking cousins (sound familiar?), and who has loved Sherry most of her life. Of course she doesn't divulge her feelings to Sherry and they marry much to his mother's chagrin. The rest of the story describes how Sherry slowly comes to love his "loving and giving" wife with the help of his three loyal if not somewhat clueless friends. I've listened to this story 3 times now and each time the three friends-Gil, George and Ferdie, have me in stitches. Ferdie is such a slow top, George a loose cannon, and Gil is the brain of the group but all three have Hero's best interest at heart. Of course there is an evil character and several misunderstandings transpire but this all culminates in a smashing ending where everyone gets what they deserve.
I've listened to Eve Matheson narrate several of Heyer's books and except of Lady of Quality, I find her narration most delightful and entertaining (LoQ was just an obnoxious book so I don't fault Eve Matheson). Her "Ferdie" voice has a floating quality where you can visualize a feather-brained fellow.
I'm slowly devouring Heyer's books (listening and reading) and fervently wish that BBC or some independent will start making movies out of her books. Please start with Friday's Child!
It has everything you expect from Heyer's romances and every possible Regency detail: fashionable talk, talk about fashions, balls, duels, gambling, town houses, country houses, London, Bath and points in between. This one has multiple story arcs and a sub plot to pull you along. I haven't liked ever Heyer I've tried, but I like this one.____
I have learned to check on what other customers say about the narration and the quality of the recording before I buy an Audible book and this one had a couple of scathing reviews right up top. I bought it anyway on the strength of other reviews and I have to side with those who find the narration and recording satisfactory. Eve Matheson differentiates the characters well and gives them voices to match each personality. I didn't notice any issues with the volume.
I have read and listened to several of Heyer's books, and Friday's Child is one of my favorites. Unlike tales where two people are married and they live happily ever after, the book really develops the characters' personalities, and explores the difficulties of a marriage between two from different social stations. It also is quite humorous, similar to These Old Shades.
I respectfully disagree with the listener who faulted the skill of Eve Matheson's narration. She did an excellent job portraying the sweetness of the heroine, Kitten or Hero, and I enjoyed her melodious voice.
I love this story by G. Heyer. I was disappointed by the reader. Actually, I have had indifferent readers before but this was just bad. Her voice for the mother in law grated so annoyingly I thought to fast forward past the parts but I was driving. Too bad, given the story is such a favorite of mine, I still have to recommend it. The story's charm trumps the readers performance.
I really enjoyed the characters. It was a great book to listen to going to work and I couldn't wait to here what lady sherry got herself into next. I really felt for Sherry. And his friends were comical. Eve Matheson was a good narrator once I got use to her different voices I followed along quite well.
This is probably my all time favorite. Full of the characters only Heyer can explore with such humor. A good laugh from start to fimish.
Narrator speaks normally while reading content, speaks too softly while doing women characters' conversation, and shouts while doing men characters. I had to change the volume constantly and will never listen to this again.
I tried to read this book once and just couldn't get into it, but the audio was addictive . At some point I thought one of Lord Sheringham's friends was channeling Bertie Wooster (of Jeeves and Wooster). I just love Georgette Heyer's books and as another reader commented, you can give these to a ten year old without any qualms. Just great story telling. What an imagination! Please keep them coming, audible.
I had no problem at all with the narration. Eve Matheson gave every character a unique and appropriate (to their personality) voice. She also applied nuance to her reading to help with understanding any unfamiliar English (specifically Regency English) dialect or slang. (I realize that the quality of Heyer's writing usually takes care of this issue for the most part, but I also sometimes note how a narrator stressing the right words can help me catch when a character is speaking with sarcasm or dry irony, which Matheson did.)
I am methodically working my way through all of the Heyer novels offered here on Audible, and I must agree with other readers who feel that this is one of her best and funniest books. The volatile hero's tendency to say (and act on) exactly what he's thinking and feeling, regardless of the inappropriateness to his company, and the naive, cheerful, universally accepting heroine are both delightful. The secondary characters are truly some of her best and most humorous, though Heyer's secondary characters are ALWAYS better than those of most other authors. The relationship between Kitten and her husband's friends is wonderfully affectionate and sweet, and this adopted family was one of my favorite aspects of FRIDAY'S CHILD. The way that the events of the story play out was also extremely satisfying and intriguing. I recommend both this book and its narration unhesitatingly and without any reservation.
Attorney - love to listen to audio books
I love Georgette Heyer novels and this is a good one, but I do not like is as much as some of her others. I think it is because the female lead is just a little too studid. However, it is still a good book simply because it has the Heyer trademarks (witty, charming, funny characters, etc).
"I seem to be swimming against the tide?"
I had great hopes of Friday's Child; maybe that was the problem. I'd heard it was probably the author's own favourite and I'd read the existing reviews. So I settled down for a real treat but emerged feeling slightly let down. Unusually, I didn't warm to many of the characters. Gil was actually the most engaging and if Hero had had any sense (which she absolutely hadn't)she'd have gone off with him. His grandmother was also much more interesting than Lady Sheringham Senior; pity she appeared so near the end. Scrapes which seemed funny and entertaining towards the beginning began to seem tedious and unbelievable towards the end. And I found myself nitpicking about the logic of people's actions, rather than being able to get swept up in them. Finally, I couldn't really get on with Eve Matheson's various 'voices'. That's entirely a matter of personal taste I know. But I'm going back to Sian Phillips!
"One of Heyer's best"
This is in my top 10, possibly even my top 5 Heyers. According to Joan Aitken Hodge, Heyer's biographer, it was Heyer's own favorite too. The heroine is fun and feisty but the real humour in the story is the group of young friends, Sherry, Gil, Ferdy and George and their escapades. Joan Aitkin Hodge has a lovely story of a woman writing to Heyer to say that she had been a political prisoner in Romania for 12 years in appalling conditions but had survived by telling and retelling the story of Kitten and Sherry and their friends over and over again to her cell mates. "Truly, your characters managed to awaken smiles, even when hearts were heavy, stomachs empty and the future dark indeed!"
Perhaps this book would have been better if it were not for the unfortunate reading of it by Eve Matheson. The conversation was either so quiet as to require the volume to be turned up to hear properly or turned down in the next minute as Ms Matheson was shouting the male voices. Needless to say I found this rendition of the book too unpleasant to be able to enjoy it very much for it's own sake.
It would be good to say something positive about this book but I didn't find it as enjoyable as other books by Georgette Heyer, the story was average but not remarkable, although apart from the reading it was a pleasant story.
Superb book which was read brilliantly by Eve Matheson who captured, for me, the youth and vitality of 'kitten' and she didn't do bad job on all the rest of the characters either!
This has always been a favourite of mine and although, in this day and age, very silly in places, it still remains a firm favourite although now it is an audio favourite. Well done Eve!
I am a great fan both of audiobooks and Georgette Heyer's romances. I really enjoyed this and Eve Matheson reads it with great skill and charm. The whole thing is a delight with some great set-piece comic scenes and funny characters.
I would buy anything read by Eve Matheson again.
"Well, this one divided opinion, didn't it?"
This was another on my Heyer voyage that was more fun listened to than read.
I agree in part with the reviewer who says that the character's actions weren't always logical, but that came across more strongly reading the book. The book was never one of my particular favourites because I was bored by the Incomparable, Isabella, and couldn't work out why everyone contined to tolerate Montague Reevesby. In Eve Matheson's hands - and voice - it flowed, made more sense, seemed more humourous and was overall an excellent narration.
Totally agree with the reviewer who said her favourite character was Gil. Seconded! He joins the gallery of distinctive supporting characters that makes's Heyer's books stand out, though I also have a sneaky liking for the nice-but-dim Freddie and his sterling efforts to warn everyone of Nemesis
Each to his or her own - I thoroughly enjoyed this, hope you do too.
"light hearted listening"
Always one of my favorite Heyer Novels. Smiles all the way through. You need to get into the youthful careless mindset of the Viscount to enjoy it to the full, alongside a naive damsel just out of the schoolroom who worships him. My only reservation about the narration is the raised voice every time Sherry or George speaks. It makes it difficult to hear the following, often subdued, voice of Hero or Isabella. Otherwise an excellent narration.
Not too keen on this narrator, but she didn't spoil the story for me. This is one of Heyerdahl sillier stories but none the worse for that!
Brilliant story! Wonderfully narrated too! Next georgette heyer now, please!
Hilarious, touching and I was totally drawn in from the start.
"What a bunch of bad tempered men"
I had been told that Heyer was really quite good. I had heard Eve Matheson reading Mrs Gaskell. I love her voice so much, I downloaded this to see what it would be like. A lovely voice indeed, especially delightful for the heroine herself. But the characters: what a shower. The group of male friends are so relentlessly boorish, it becomes tiresome. And then there's their ceaseless swearing. But worst of all, each one is in a permanently vile temper. Enough's enough. I've 'done' Heyer.
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