When Sylvester, the Duke of Salford, first meets Phoebe Marlow, he finds her dull and insipid. She finds him insufferably arrogant. But when a series of unforeseen events leads them to be stranded together in a lonely country inn, they are both forced to reassess their hastily formed opinions, and begin a new-found liking and respect for each other.
Sylvester calls to mind the satirical genius of a Jane Austen novel and is adored for its wit and a fast-paced plot, which ranges across a myriad of settings.
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"Although this is an abridged version of Heyer's work, British actor Richard Armitage makes this exceptionally fun to listen to....Armitage's reading is warm, lively, simply brilliant. He easily voices all characters and regional and class differences with ease and captures the underlying tension and growing romantic interest between Phoebe and Sylvester. The period classical music between chapters adds wonderful, appropriate atmosphere." (Soundcommentary.com)
Darn, missed the notation and thought I was getting Unabridged. Do NOT buy this one; the cuts the producers made in this beautiful story just ruin it!
Richard Armitage - what a fantastic narrator - he made it most enjoyable to listen to
Sylvester - seems a bit like Hugh Grant in that he could be a bit foppish but with a good heart!
Caught myself giggling numerous times - cant wait to listen to it again. One of those books that I will listen to more than once.
I feel cheated! I had read this story many, many years ago and loved it. With the abridged version I feel like I was being shown the lives of these people, but they were only shadows of the real characters with no personality or substance. If you want a 'trashy' romance then this is for you - but if you want to be able to immerse yourself into the romance of the story, the lives of the characters and feel them come to life - dont' bother! Wait for the unabridged version to come out - it is a 5 star listen.
I bought this only because Richard Armitage was the narrator. I love his work and was excited to hear him read this. I was blown away by the number of voices he creates for all the characters. I wasn't expecting that, but he's wonderful. This version is abridged so it's not ideal, but it's definitely worth it just to hear Armitage's performance.
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Not impressed with this author, which is a shame since I enjoyed listening to Richard Armitage's voice. I guess he could read the list of ingredients off the back of a cereal box and it would be nice to listen too.
I really enjoyed the growth in the characters, in humour, and authenticity and self-knowledge.
But, oh dear, this is one of my two favourite Georgette Heyer's, so I got very distressed, when, as a novice audible book buyer, I hadn't checked it was the full book. So I found lines of dialogue which made me laugh, or increased the depth and highlighted the nuances, simply skipped! very disconcerting.
No - the original is gets 10 stars!
I enjoyed listening to this with a male voice. The characters came alive and the sense of being in the moment and enjoying a regency tale was fun. Many of Heyer's stories give equal weight to the male's perspective of the plot and I enjoy the immersion into the era.
i really love this story! i wish it was unabridged though. Richard Armitage really gives a uncanny performance with the female voices! i was astounded at how well he portrays the women and Sylvester's voice was perfect! i always thought of what Sylvester's voice would be like as i was reading the book and Richard Armitage brings him to life!
The best parts of this book was left out. I would buy this again if they would make it unabridged! The author is wonderful, the narrator is great and if you want just a snippet...then buy this. But if you want the whole wonderful pie. AVOID.
This audiobook was one of the worst audiobooks through which I have tried to struggle! The abridgment was terrible, omitting the period details, the humor, and the flavor that make Georgette Heyer's books so much fun. The narrator didn't seem to ever get the "feel" of the book, and his reading didn't provide much distinction between the characters. The flow and tongue-in-cheek dialogue inflections were completely lacking. Don't bother to add this one to your library! See if you can find the unabridged version that is available elsewhere.
"Rainey day read"
great narration of a thoroughly enjoyable novel that I could listen to again and again.
This book was everything I had hoped it would be. Armitage does such fantastic voices for all the characters, it can be like listening to a full cast!
A thoroughly enjoyable listen with a story that will make your heart ache but also make you laugh out loud(if you're anything like me) and I'll definitely be listening to this again and again!
I listened to this in 2 sittings as it was so good. A lovely story of manners, misunderstandings and of course love. Read beautifully by Richard Armitage who acts out all the parts so well. I have now downloaded the other two Heyer books he has narrated and very much look forward to hearing them.
"Excellent narration, full of Heyer's wit and charm"
This was the very first Heyer book I ever listened to or read, and I came to it on the strength of the narrator. What has followed is a four to five month binge of half of Heyer's collection (and I'm still going) which probably speaks volumes for both the novel and the narration. That said, I struggle now to think where this one stands for me amongst the others - I certainly enjoyed it while listening - I had found a new guilty pleasure in Heyer, and now some dozen stories in I'd neither rank it among my very favourite nor my least favourite, but I'm keen to listen to it a second time around with the benefit of a greater understanding Heyer's works, and her particular talent for clever, warm and charming dialogue, to see if my fondness for this title is more to do with the wonderful narration, or if it is indeed as good an example of Heyer's trademark style as some of her others which are now firm favourites.
Love Georgette Hayer and Richard Armitage does a great job as usual. What a voice. Very enjoyable.
"talented reading on the narrators part"
I read this book many years ago and remembered it being very wordy long description s and having to skim over lots to get to the essence of the story. The talents of Richard Armitage's reading was exceptional, he depicted each character so well in really drew me into the story and each of the characters
"Nice story, great narrator"
This is a nice romance, not spectacular but entertaining enough. Sylvester is your typical arrogant, aloof duke who eventually falls for lively unconventional Phoebe after a string of mishaps, misunderstandings and other goings-on. I did find Phoebe’s change of heart a little sudden, I don’t know if that was due to the fact that this is an abridged version of the book.
Richard Armitage is once again so very good as narrator. I really love listening to him. He has a lovely voice, his talking speed is medium, neither too fast or very slow. He manages to give every character a distinct voice by – seemingly effortlessly - changing his voice and/or his accent. It is never over the top, always subtle, and he switches so naturally. He is really very good at narrating books.
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