©1999 Georgette Heyer; (P)2014 Audible, Inc.
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.
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!
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 found the narration rather childish. Her interpretation of the characters isn't at all believable, and the narrator's "voice" seemed always to be in the way of the characters coming to life. I didn't even listen to the entire program.
Yet I couldn't wait to finish it. That's how good it was. It's fun and light hearted, but warm and witty, and I can't recommend it enough.
"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.
"A satisfying way to pass the time"
A tale of two highly spirited youngsters(the female Hero and 'Sherry') on a combined journey to maturity, so the narrative is full of high jinx. Hero is as innocent as 'a Kitten' and I loved the voice Eve Matheson did for her. Sherry is almost as ill equipped as she, to be upon the town without restraint.
Also a close knit collection of Sherry's friends are looking out for them, although this gave me a nice feeling while listening, the friends have ideas of their own which only add to the high jinx!
It has a light hearted centre and is a satisfying way to pass the time.
A very enjoyable listen, it follows the book well. A light easy story that brings often a smile
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