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Its another great Georgette Heyer story! I am sooo glad that I kept looking for this, so that I got it almost as soon as it was fixed. (... and it only took them almost 5 months ...)
It is fun, light, and I often just laughed out loud. (Just another crazy lady laughing to herself at the mall...) I enjoyed Caroline Hunt's characterizations, too. If you like Georgette Heyer, you'll love this one!
I really enjoyed Georgette Heyer's story. Great characters laugh out loud situations. It took me a while to get used to the narrator's voice for Horatia. I got used to it after a while, but I think the stutter could have been handled better.
I love Georgette Heyer, and have listened to several of her novels with great enjoyment. Unfortunately, The Convenient Marriage, narrated by Caroline Hunt, was very disappointing. Her voice lacked the depth to convey the power and the irony in Rule's remarks - they sounded ineffective and sometimes just silly. Henrietta's voice was distinctive, but most of the other characters were indistinguishable (except for the secretary - was he really supposed to be Irish?). Any Georgette Heyer has some appeal to me, but I hope the book is redone at some point with a different reader, so I can enjoy it as much as I have some of her other works.
Horry (short for Horatia), as a character, is very endearing, funny, and devoted to the best interests of her family. I like that her husband doesn't try to force her into behaving in a prudent, socially acceptable manner just because she has to. He tries to reason with her and manage her in such a way that she won't become even more willful and stubborn than she naturally is. Her character has some nice growth and arc over the course of the story, and I could easily forgive some of her early silly, less circumspect behavior because of the person she becomes by the end of the novel.
Her husband, the Earl of Rule, is amusing (in a dry, ironic way), brave, and I think that he's almost perfect as a romantic hero in a book of this genre. He can defend himself (and the woman he loves) in a duel, but yet he has all the manners and style of his station. He also has the patience of a saint.
The funniest moments in this book (as far as what I remember right at this moment) occur in scenes that involve Horry's brother, Viscount Pelham Winwood and his friend, Sir Roland Pommeroy. During the last 30 minutes or so of this audiobook, I was laughing uproariously many times at things they said and did, though they were entertaining at several other points in the book, too. In the scenes when they incorporated Pel's brother-in-law in their attempts to save Horry from a potential scandal, it was hilarious.
I liked that the characters were all fairly unique and interesting. For example, Pommeroy is Pel's best friend, but he's not exactly like Pel. He is more observant of the appropriateness of their actions, were they to be brought to the notice of society, though he's still just foolish enough (such as getting drunk with Pel) that you can see how they'd be good friends.
Caroline Hunt narrated the book very, very well, giving each character a distinctive voice. Also, she handled Horry's stuttering quite well, which could have turned out to be annoying, but wasn't.
A fun story well-written! I especially loved the narrator's characterizations, and the sequence which involves not one, but two young high-bred gentlemen in their cups while trying to assist a possible murderer is priceless. Miss Heyer is the next best thing to Jane Austen, imho.
Something about yourself.
La Heyer is a phenom. This narrator did such a great job. I have to say one of my favorite favorite characters is Pelham. The humor in this book is sublime and LOL. I really enjoyed the love match and Rule rocks my world. This is one of my favorite's by a favorite. Well Done, Brava, Encore. Now if we could just get an unabridged version of Sylvester I would never complain again.
This copy contains the 22 minutes at the end of the audio that were missing from the May 2010 release of this audio. The narrator does a fine job with the stuttering heroine. Thanks, audible!
Historical & SciFi Book Lover, especially Georgette Heyer, Lois McMaster Bujold, Connie Willis (& New Who). Also books for the kids.
Delightful narration, Horatia's stammer is rendered delightfully, it is so easy to be captivated by this intrepid heroine. This was not one of my favourites by this author, but this enjoyable narration is changing my opinion.
Georgette Heyer writes amusing stories--this one being one of her more entertaining ones. But unfortunately, the product is sloppy, unprofessional and incomplete! The bass/treble balance is uneven, making the audio quality rather muffled. The volume dynamics fluctuate too much whenever the narrator took a break. But the must unforgivable criticism is that the book abruptly cuts off before the end. Having come to value Audible.com's reliability of product, I am sorely disappointed in this one.
I've read virtually all of Georgette Heyer's Regency romances, and they're all good fun and well written. However, this one is really not one of my favourites. The situations are even more contrived than usual, and less believably portrayed, and the heroine vacillates between total simpering miss and heroic. The book _almost_ redeems itself during a scene late in the book where Horatia is in Lord Lethbridge's house, but other than the one scene, really doesn't have all that many high spots.
Caroline Hunt's narration is perfectly adequate, but she'll never be my favourite. I won't avoid a book she narrates, but I also won't go out of my way to look for one, either.
"The Convenient Marriage by Georgette Heyer"
Another enjoyable Georgette Heyer and this time by a new reader. I thought she did very well to maintain Horatia's attractive stammer all the way through. These books are sheer escapism and just what is needed!
"Good fun, beautifully read"
This story is a good standard Heyer romp with some wonderful supporting characters like Pom, Sir Roland Pomeroy. His well meaning and chivalrous attempts to help her brother Pelham rescue Hero (who is actually the heroine) keep falling flat because the poor man is just not very bright.
The background is a marriage of convenience between a teenage bride and a 35 year old groom. He falls for her, she for him but the little matters of his long term mistress (pre-marriage) and her determination not to wear her heart on her sleeve lead to a lot of problems. It's got the lot from Almacks to highwaymen - and an attempted hold up that goes gloriously wrong.
It's one where the comedy seems to come across better when heard than read and Caroline Hunt does that excellently. Shame she hasn't read more Heyers. Recommended.
I really enjoyed Heyer novels in my not so distant youth and this recording has brought the book to life again for me. The characters are all very well portrayed and it is lovely to hear the descriptions of the fineries of the Regency period. I would take slight issue the pronunciation of the occasional word, but nothing to detract from the enjoyment of the novel. The narrator captures Horatia's stutter beautifully and listening to this recording is a light-hearted way to pass some relaxing hours if you like the novels or are interested in the period
"PERFECT - Highly recommended"
A charming romance, brilliantly narrated. I like everything about this audio book. The story, the characters, the lighthearted humour and the voice of the narrator. The hero is everything a hero should be, handsome, gallant and understanding, with an adorable heroine who captures your heart right at the start. Her voice and her stammer are excellent and remain so throughout the book. My favourite section is the inebriated scene with the Viscount and Sir Pomeroy, it is priceless! It reads well in the book, but takes the biscuit here...a laugh out loud, and listen to again passage! Both the Viscount and Sir Pomeroy bring humour wherever they appear! Brilliant! I thoroughly recommend this book.
Another great story by Georgette Heyer, had me in stitches at times. Her sense of time and place is impeccable and her plots are delightfully convoluted.
The reading was very good except that the accents of the ordinary Londoners were more West Country than London.
I didn't actually manage to finish it as the characters were made so annoying. She made them all sound as if they were very sttupid and annoying.
"a good gentle listen"
Georgette Heyer provides a reasonable story with a little intrigue and a reasonable portrait of emotions. Although Horatia is very young, her actions and responses are generally reasonable, but the ones that are not, are frustrating and at worst, irritating.
Heyer is always a pleasant read, no unexpected profanities, and intimacy of the type you can read on a tablet on a train with being embarrassed that the person next to you is reading the book over your shoulder. The people who read the heyer books, in this case Caroline Hunt, do a great job of portraying the phraseology of the era in which the book was written.
She provides a lively listen and clearly has a feel for Heyer's use of language
this book was a good read a few years ago and has been a great listen at bedtime, when the audio through earphones ensures my individual choice of book is not inflicted on my husband, and neither is he disturbed by late-night reading lights.
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