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Lady of Quality | [Georgette Heyer]

Lady of Quality

When spirited, independent Miss Annis Wynchwood embroils herself in the affairs of a runaway heiress, she is destined to see a good deal of Mr Carleton, Lucilla's uncivil and high-handed guardian. And, chafing at the restrictions of Bath society, Annis has to admit that at least Mr Oliver Carleton is never boring.
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Publisher's Summary

When spirited, independent Miss Annis Wynchwood embroils herself in the affairs of a runaway heiress, she is destined to see a good deal of Mr Carleton, Lucilla's uncivil and high-handed guardian. And, chafing at the restrictions of Bath society, Annis has to admit that at least Mr Oliver Carleton is never boring.

©2005 Georgette Heyer; (P)2014 Audible, Inc.

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    Ella Quent Canada 06-12-10
    Ella Quent Canada 06-12-10 Member Since 2007

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    "Absolutely charming"

    I have downloaded many of the Heyer audiobooks from audible and find this to be one of the best due in great part to the skill of the narrator. Eve Matheson does a bang up job of bringing these characters to life. I found myself listening to it again just a few days after I finished it the first time. I will definitely be downloading more books read by this narrator.

    12 of 12 people found this review helpful
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    Rebecca Roberts 02-03-10 Listener Since 2010
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    "Sweet Romance"

    This isn't one of Georgette Heyer's best, but the dialog is so much fun that it made me laugh out loud. And the book is so well performed that it is definitely worth a listen.

    10 of 10 people found this review helpful
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    Hedi 07-30-12
    Hedi 07-30-12 Member Since 2010
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    "Pure Enjoyment"

    This audible production is a fresh encounter with a very old friend, as I read and enjoyed this novel years ago. There was not a single jarring note in the performance, which makes it a rare pleasure indeed. Georgette Heyer is dependably excellent, and the narrator did a good job. I plan to work my way through the unabridged Heyer titles, and will look again for this narrator.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    bebe South Carolina 12-27-10
    bebe South Carolina 12-27-10 Member Since 2009
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    "So Satisfying"

    I love Georgette Heyer Regency Romance novels and Lady of Quality is a very good one. Annis is a srong likable heroine and the dialog between the two young people she is looking after is very spirited and funny. This is a great romance with a lot of passion that is protrayed so well withour graphic sex involved (which acually makes it even more enjoyable).

    9 of 10 people found this review helpful
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    Occasional Reviewer 01-14-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Better to read this one rather than listen"
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    I would recommend reading this book rather than listening to the it. Eve Matheson's voice is lovely, and her narration is very enjoyable when her characters are understated, as in The Nonesuch. In Lady of Quality, her characterization is over the top and runs roughshod over Georgette Heyer's subtle humor. I was disappointed in the audiobook but recommend the printed and Kindle versions.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    milla 12-11-13
    milla 12-11-13

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    "An Excellent Story - Annoying Voices"
    Would you listen to Lady of Quality again? Why?

    I would certainly listen to it again. I've listened to it three times since I first purchased it.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The story is a solid romance, but also has lots of humour.


    What three words best describe Eve Matheson’s voice?

    Three words are insufficient. Lovely in narrative, incredibly enervating when performing character dialogue. I really get annoyed by her character voices. They're so overdone and grating.


    If you could take any character from Lady of Quality out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    Miss Wychwood. She's clever and witty.


    Any additional comments?

    This is a great story, marred by the narrator's shocking characterisations, but still well worth having, as are all of Heyer's Regency novels.

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    Patricia 02-18-11
    Patricia 02-18-11
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    "Annoying"

    I was totally charmed by Georgette Heyer's The Unknown Ajax and Friday's Child but I found myself irritated and frustrated by Lady of Quality. I found the romance lacking and quite humorless. With Friday's Child I found myself chuckling and liking every character in that story (save the villain, of course). But the romance and comedy in Lady of Quality was almost non-existent. To top it all off, the character Maria made me want to scream. Eve Matheson is a wonderful narrator and I don't for a second blame her for Maria's annoying voice since I believe it is congruent with the character that Georgette Heyer wanted to portray. So I ask myself: Did I enjoy this story? Will I listen to it a second time? I answer with a resounding NO!

    7 of 10 people found this review helpful
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    casablanket 07-17-15
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    "I love goergette heyer"
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    Goergette Heyer books are a light but entertaining read. She brings to life her characters. Her heroines are ordinary women who are usually independant. I love romance novels that don't go straight to the sheets (thats not love, it's lust).

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Helene Milner Aptos, CA 06-03-15
    Helene Milner Aptos, CA 06-03-15 Member Since 2011
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    "Vintage Heyer"

    Contains one of Heyer's favorite plot devices: a superior woman falls for a difficult yet also superior man. The usual witty dialogue.

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    JULIA Tracyton, WA, United States 04-16-15
    JULIA Tracyton, WA, United States 04-16-15 Member Since 2013
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    "One of my favorites."

    Terrific tale, phenomenal narrator. As always, Georgette Heyer's descriptive ability lets me "live in the story." She was a very talented author, and I'm SO glad she wrote so many novels!

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    "Excellent!"
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    Lady of Quality has always been one of my favourite Heyers, despite it being so similar to the plot of Black Sheep. Annis is an woman trying to be independent whilst keeping family relationships on an even keel, who finds herself attracted to an unpopular man. Specifically, one her over-protective brother Geoffrey dislikes intensely. That sounds trite and formulaic, but isn't.

    I think the strength of Heyer's novels always lie not just in the main storylines but in the variety of strong supporting characters. In this the palm goes to Maria Farlow, Annis's tittering, judgemental chatterbox of a companion. Maria has the potential to be either very funny - or drive you nuts. In Eve Matheson's hands (or rather voice) she comes to life, at once both horrific and grotesquely funny.

    I kept Lady of Quality back till late on in my journey through Heyer on Audible for a treat. I wasn't disappointed. Definitely recommended.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Avril
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    "Beautifully characterised"

    Eve Matheson manages all the of the characters particularly well. Her rendering of her companion, the appalling Maria is so good that you want to slap her! An excellent addition to my library of Heyer audiobooks.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • SarahC
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    "Irritating Leading Man"

    A fun story with the usual array of characters. Eve Matheson manages most of the characters very well ...especially Annis, but hugely lets the side down with her portrayal of Oliver Carleton. A pompous and bullish voice all the way through , which wiped away a lot of the Heyer Conversation magic. Very odd as she manages some of the others SO well.



    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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