One of the men after her heart is the masterful and handsome Mr. Philip Jettan. But compared to other men in 18th-century England, Philip is out of step - he is careless in his appearance and, in Cleone's own words, she cannot marry him because he is 'a raw country bumpkin'. He even refuses to buy a wig! His hopes dashed, but wanting to win over the woman he loves, Philip leaves for Paris - to learn to be a gentleman.
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Genre fiction, trashy to literary--mystery, action, sci fi, fantasy, and, yes, even romance. Also history. Listener reviews help a lot!
Most of her ardent readers would probably agree that Georgette Heyer's best books are set in the British Regency era (1795-1835). This one is set in England and Paris during the reign of Louis XV and "la Pompadour" (i.e., sometime between 1745 and 1764) and features men who wear powdered wigs, red high heeled shoes--and makeup.
"Powder and Patch" is short (5 hours, unabridged) and lighthearted (no shadow of the guillotine yet for these French aristocrats), and the stylishly (and humorously) arcane language, beautifully interpreted by Jamie Glover, whisks the reader away into a long bygone era. Be warned but not necessarily deterred by the many (untranslated) passages in French; I *felt* like I understood them, even though my French is extremely limited.
The book loses stars for its airhead heroine and an ending that pushes the game-playing between the would-be lovers too far and too long. But the supporting characters are all delightful and clearly personified in Glover's performance.
Gerogette Heyer has once again written a story full of memorable and lovable characters. Both the principal and secondary characters are so well written and well performed that you can see them in your mind's eye. Jamie Glover's performance is masterful. You are never at a loss as to who is speaking, or how that person is feeling. Just expertly done! And this book is funny - the transformation of the hero from the macho, masterful country bumpkin to the elegant, languid, bored, poetry-writing English fob is just hilarious!
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I love Georgette Heyer as an author, and Powder and Patch is a great story. There are several different types of personalities in the novel and the characters are extremely well drawn by the author. Georgette Heyer had an amazing ability to observe people and human nature and to put her observations into words. She had the talent to vividly and fully develop characters with just a few words or scenes. There is always someone you can love, or hate, or laugh at. Mrs. Heyer, in Patch and Powder, creates a charming romance story where the female part of the romance may need to be careful of what she ask for! It is a fun read and in this audible version, the reader's performance is very good.
Audible has Powder and Patch in two different unabridged versions, this one by Jamie Glover and another by Flo Gibson. I much prefer Mr. Glover's version. For one thing, this book's main character is a man. Also, I just think he gets the point better.
This is a very early novel by Heyer, and set earlier than the Regency which contains her best work. But a less great novel by Heyer is better than the best by many modern authors. I enjoyed this reading.
One of her shortest and least complex (in all ways) stories, but with some nice Paris scenes to liven it up. Still, on the whole, not up to her usual high standard.
I like his readings of Heyer. He is quite mannered, but I think that suits the prose.
Yes, but only once!
Georgette Heyer's books are always enjoyable and Phillip's makeover from country bumpkin to extreme man about town is great fun. But the depiction of the young heroine as flighty and desiring Phiilip to dominate her annoyed me. It is a realistic portrayal of many young girls but not one I enjoy now that I am older. Still, I think many would enjoy the book.
Enjoyed this very much as I have with most of Heyer's books. Glover is a great actor and narrator but I always feel that the male narrators don't have the vocal range needed for all of Heyer's female characters. So often they come across like Cleone does in this version - shrill and excessive. I'd like to hear Cleone interpreted by Eve Matheson or Sian Phillips. I think the role would be more subtle and less hysterical. Cleone is playing games - she laughs early on when Phillip leaves the room in anger and she laters asks to be taken to a separate room where she plays dice (an unladylike thing to do as Heyer notes), which is what gets her in the situation. I'd like to hear it read with Cleone staying pretty much in charge until the end when she's at risk of being genuinely embarassed by the locket.
I think female voices have more otpions for both male and female parts. It seems that most of Heyer's books are being released with male narrators lately. I'd like to hear them all as interpreted by Matheson, Phillips or Phylida Nash
Very clear audio and well read. It was like listening to a play.
I liked the transformaion from country lad to French gallant. It had me giggling. Jamie glover's French accent is well done and it is wonderful how he changes voices with the characters.
Be careful what you wish for.
Just so enjoyable. Thanks.
What a big shame Jamie Glover and Powder and Patch ever came together, however I'm sure the story would have very enjoyable had it been well narrated.
Georgette Heyer's story shined through a little, but all the clever wit and humour of her tale was unfortunately lost.
"Charming early Heyer"
It took me a long time to try this Heyer novel, as I was put off my mixed reviews and a bad report from a friend. Which is a real shame, because this one is a charming way to spend a few hours. It doesn't reach the stomach cramping, crying with laughter heights of some of the later books, nor is it one of those intricate confections that Heyer does so well, but it's lovely and frothy like a glass of champagne with plenty of her signature wit.
I wouldn't recommend it as the first Heyer, if you are new to her then I suggest The Grand Sophy, The Talisman Ring, Cotillion or Friday's Child. But if you're already a fan then you MUST hear Powder and Patch.
The basic story is simple, girl refuses boy so he goes away to try to learn how to be what she wants, but the characterisation is excellent - these people aren't shallow, just very young and silly and it's a pleasure to be with them as they grow (a little) towards maturity. It's a fun ride and I grew to love Philip and Cleone a lot. The supporting cast are equally fun and the relationship between Philip and his father adds a bit of depth.
I really enjoyed Jamie Glover's narration, this is not a stylised reading but warm-toned straightforward narrative with good range of voices. I'd happily listen to him again, and I'm looking forward to the next time I revisit this novel.
In summary, if you like Heyer, don't deprive yourself of a treat. Her comedies are exactly that, they aren't meant to be taken too seriously. There is a lot to enjoy here, and it's fun to see the beginnings of such a great writer.
"Powder and patch is entertaining as ever"
Although this is not one of my favourite books ,it was beautifully narrated so was vey enjoyable.
I always prefer a male narrator as the male voice seems to adapt to all the different characters without resorting to shouting or screeching as some of the female narrators can occasionally do.
"LET DOWN BY AN IRRITATING HEROINE"
A lively and engaging depiction of Georgian life a la mode. Lots of interesting and amusing secondary characters and a sympathetic hero. The heroine however is a spoilt, jealous, game-playing little b***h. She was so unsympathetic that she spoiled the story for me.
The narration was good and unobtrusive.
Miss Heyer has kept to her usual high standard. Light, humorous entertainment. Well read by a narrator who,understand the period.
Whilst not the longest Georgette Heyer book it has certain charms and humour which are sometime lacking in other books The main character is madly in love with the accredited beauty in the village but she wants a more polished suitor. He is sent packing to Paris to learn the ways of a gentleman and becomes the darling of society. He comes back to England to woo the beauty after some gentle teasing. A utterly charming novel.
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