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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.
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).
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