©1935 Georgette Heyer; (P)2014 Audible, Inc.
June Barrie does a great rendition of the characters of this book. She as easily portrays the dry argumentative Lord Worth as she does the willful beautiful Judith. And the growing suspense is fabulous to listen to.
Loved it! Good characters, gives great insights into the culture and society of the times. It was a 'love' story that was not trite or shallow but Georgette Heyer gives a great 'roundess' to everyday life with the little extras that allows one to lose oneself in the time and the place. I ABHOR the abridged versions because they turn a professional writer like Georgette Heyer into nothing more than Mills and Boon.
I love just about every Georgette Heyer novel I have in audio form, and return to them over and over. Regency Buck was (I believe) Heyer's first foray into the Regency era, and it's interesting to see her laying the groundwork for the many novels that followed and created the Regency Romance genre. All the tropes that come to signify the genre are here: Brighton, the Pavillion, the Prince Regent, Beau Brummell, curricle races, Gentleman Jackson and boxing, the social restrictions placed on women, fabulous wealth and high titles, a glowering and unapproachable hero and a feisty heroine.
She does, however, get a little carried away with the details (you will never, ever hear a longer or more obsessive description of the interior of the Brighton Pavillion!), displaying all her amazing research, and after this novel she backs away from using important historical figures of the age as significant characters. There's an odd, "Mary Sue" feeling to heroine Judith Taverner, who is unbelievably rich, very attractive, unusually liberated, a "notable whip," AND who is admired by the Beau and the Regent AND a couple of the Royal Dukes.
The Gothic sinister-mystery element is kind of fun, and something that Heyer's later Regencies don't have as much of. It's an enjoyable enough tale, nicely narrated by June Barrie. It can't have been easy to lend life to the very-long sections about the roads between London and Brighton, boxing matches, or the aforementioned architectural detail!
This exciting story was narrated by June Barrie who gave a truly splendid performance. I listened to this book in one day because I could not stop! One reviewer said there was not much humor in this book, but I disagree. Indeed, I think that Heyer's earlier books (this one copyright 1935) have all the elements that we, her fans, have come to love and admire. A beautiful, spunky heroine; a handsome hero who knows how to dress, drive his horses and deliver a devilish good left punch, and a host of other terrific characters including one of my favorites: the Earl's trusted tiger (a special type of groom) all come together to tell a very enjoyable story.Thank you June Barrie and thank you Audible.com.
I enjoy how Heyer tells the story from the perspective of the heroine, in this case a young and beautiful heiress. Apparently this was one of Heyer's first regency stories and there is less comedy of errors humor in this one than some of her others but it was still a very enjoyable ride. I am now on my second listen.
Had a hard time getting into this story, I think the plot was not quite as interesting at first and therefore did not captivate me as much as previous books from this author. There was still good dialog, and I enjoyed the second half more than the first. The brother was clueless and that added humor to the whole thing. Overall just not as good as some others I've recently enjoyed by this author.
"Possibly the best...."
This, in my humble opinion, is the very best of all Georgette Heyer's Regency novels. It has everything: a spirited and beautiful heroine (of course), a powerful and enigmatic nobleman who has control of her and her fortune, intrigue, humour and an abundance of historical detail. This brief description does not do justice to the depth of this novel. It is not a frivolous romance but rather a fascinating and richly drawn window into Regency England
All her books are excellent but other favorites include The Devil's Cub (a favourite of PD James' apparently from an interview on Radio 4!), Faro's Daughter, and Venetia. I hope these are all available on Audible by the time I finish listening to the many that are!
This is one of my all time favourites and it was a delight to have someone narrate who understood the Characters and brought them to life. Please can June read some of the other books by Georgette Heyer such as These Old Shades which was such a let down that I could not listen to it.
you either like georgette heyer or you don't. i love all the books that she wrote. This one is a good story. Judith Tavener the beautiful heiress and Lord Worth her guardian. The battles between both. I just hope that Audible get all her romantic historical novels. Two of my favourites are The Grand Sophy and The Unknown Ajax.
"A Regency Romp"
June Barrie and Georgette Heyer are a winning combination, The narration is lively and the characterisation excellent. Ms Barrie keeps the story moving and the suspense mounting to the final denouement.
I have loved returning to the favorite author of my teenage years on Audible. This story is both romance and mystery and handled with Miss Heyer's flare for the period and ability as a mystery writer.
The story goes at a good pace, royalty,even the Regent himself make an appearance as does the leader of fashion Beau Brummel.
Judith and and her brother Peregrine enter the world of fashion as innocents but their fortune and charm soon find them at the very center of society with the help of their guardian the Earl of Worth; the most obnoxious man Judith has ever met. Many strange events-a forced duel,poisoning, highway robbery, and kidnapping befall Peregrine and suspicion is rife.
This is a brilliant listen for all Heyer fans and for all others who love a good "old fashioned" romance or just a really well told tale.
I'm not sure why I downloaded this audio book, but I'm glad I did. It was funny, charming, beautifully read and an all round good, long (which I prefer) listen. Great for a rainy day or a long train ride! Enjoy.
Delightful, provoking, funny.
Other Georgette Heyer Regency romances.
Yes I have. June Barrie has an engaging voice, very suited to Heyer romances. Not to fluffy or grand, except where appropriate.
"Quaintly old fashioned romp"
This is one of those stories that you read when you want to escape from the modern world. It has a very pleasing combination of a feisty heroine and a dashing hero. You only have to look at the cover to know what to expect. A good undemanding read.
"A mixture of regency high life,romance and mystery"
I found this book such a gripping story, I just had to keep on listening(when I should have been sleeping). What held me so captivated was wanting to know: which of Judith's suitors was the bad guy and which the good? As Georgette Heyer has woven this story so intelligently that she keeps you guessing. So the story turns into; not so much of a 'whodunit', as, a 'whose-trying-to-do-it' ! June Barrie's narration adds to the mysterious air. There are also insights into how snuff was blended, which I found surprisingly interesting. Regency Buck is a mixture of regency high life, romance and mystery.
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