©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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
After listening to four Heyer books, I think I have heard some of her best in Sprig Muslin, Venetia and Sylvester. But I didn't care for this winding story. It was full of surprises and even at the end, I kept expecting that a central character would be revealed to be evil. I am sorry to have more than half a day's time on thisz.
June Barrie does a fantastic job of acting both female and male voices in believable, strong and steady tones. No screeching females nor affected males here!
The story is a Heyer classic; strong male meets strong female, he loves her, she hates him (at first) and it's a long, torturous road to a HEA.
I highly recommend both the audiobook and the book!
I really liked this story and characters. The narrator, who's read Heyer stories before, did a fabulous job, as usual.
I don't want to spoil things, but I will say that for a romance to work for me I need to fall in love with the love interest. Usually, Heyer does a great job at this. My only issue was how the mystery actually got in the way of the story.
"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.
It was over wordy and description of rooms that took an age to get through and were completely irrelevant. I usually like Georgette Heyer but this was just boring and the story line was obvious after chapter 1.
Could have been condesned into maybe 1hr
Usually like Georgette Heyer but this has put me off her
Narrator was as good as the words allowed her to be but the whole book was boring
Overly wordy no need to know the thread count of every cushion or the exact shade of the sky
"Classic Heyer - excellent listening"
One of my favorites. An excellent story, great characters, intrigue and romance all in the exceptional Heyer style. You have the annoying but attractive guardian, the willful heroine, the youthful and carefree brother all trotting along at a splendid pace in the world of Recency England. Great stuff! The narrator does an excellent job. You can tell she has done her homework, as she puts all the right emphasis on words and expressions so you don't have to stop and work out the feelings and meanings of dialogue. It makes the story flow and the individual characters come to life. I don't think you will be disappointed.
"My least favourite Heyer so far :("
I've listened through about a dozen Heyer books in the last five months, and this is the first one I didn't like. Generally speaking, Heyer has good strong female characters and flawed romantic heroes who you learn to like -- I'm sorry to say, I didn't learn to like this one at all. For an author who was generally ahead of her time on casting romantic couples as peers, and having her clever, feisty heroines appreciated and respected by forward-thinking men, this is the first one of her novels I've felt let down by in that regard - in fact, I came away feeling distinctly uncomfortable about some of the interactions between the two leads and thus, the ending to me felt contrived and, from my perspective as the reader, unwanted.
The reason I've given it as many stars as I have is because, these issues aside, Heyers wit and charm with dialogue is as evident in this as in most of her novels and both the language, the detail and the narration were excellent - it's just the relationship between the romantic leads of the story that let it down for me, but perhaps it won't bother others so much.
"A twist in the end"
Not like one of her other books I have read.To start with it was very slow and a bit boring. I thought about sending it back, but come the end the plot hit you in the face, very unexpected.
A book has to capture me with the story within the first couple of pages and this one did not.
I do love the narrators to be able to change at least the tones of their voice for each of the characters if unable to do a different dialect.
There would have to be a bit more depth especially at the beginning.
"First the Alastairs, now the Taverners"
Another old friend, but the first hearing as an audio book. I wanted to listen to this after These Old Shades and Devil's Cub, the stories of the Alistair family, before moving to An Infamous Army, Ms Heyer's glorious Waterloo epic in which she brings the Alistair and Taverner families together.
I'd not heard June Barrie narrate before. I enjoyed it and found her very easy to listen to, with a good range of character voices. The petulance of The Prince Regent when Judith faints at The Brighton Pavilion was well drawn, I did like her Beau Brummell, and some of the characters who seemed a bit wooden on the page came to life far more in her hands.
Not one of the first division Heyers for me, perhaps because there isn't as much humour as some of the others, I'd have loved a Gil or a Ferdy added to the mix. I didn't find the would be murder plot as interesting as The Quiet Gentleman say, but I'm not sure why as all the elements are there. That's probably nut-picking, as overall it was well worth listening to. Now to Waterloo...
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