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)
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All of Georgette Heyer books are great feel good books. If you like other Georgette Heyer books this one will not disappoint. They are always my go to books on a rainy day. Richard Armitage narrates perfectly. I could listen to him over and over again!
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.
The only reason I gave this a 4 instead of a 5 is because it is abridged. I have read the book and know how great the production would be if it had been unabridged. It is still very much worth purchasing. The plot is excellent and the reader does a very good job. As always, Georgette Heyer uses her tremendous talent to create vivid and memorable characters. Sylvester is a fun book that will make you smile, laugh and love.
"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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