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The Foundling | [Georgette Heyer]

The Foundling

The shy young Duke of Sale has never known his parents. Instead, his Grace Adolphus Gillespie Vernon Ware or Gilly for short has endured 24 years of rigorous mollycoddling from his uncle and his valet. But his natural diffidence conceals a rebellious spirit. So when Gilly hears of Belinda, the beautiful foundling who appears to be blackmailing his cousin, he absconds with glee. Only he has no sooner entered his new and dangerous world than he is plunged into a frenzy of intrigue, kidnap and adventure.
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Publisher's Summary

The shy young Duke of Sale has never known his parents. Instead, his Grace Adolphus Gillespie Vernon Ware, or Gilly for short, has endured 24 years of rigorous mollycoddling from his uncle and his valet.

But his natural diffidence conceals a rebellious spirit. So when Gilly hears of Belinda, the beautiful foundling who appears to be blackmailing his cousin, he absconds with glee. Only he has no sooner entered his new and dangerous world than he is plunged into a frenzy of intrigue, kidnap, and adventure.

©1948 Georgette Heyer; (P)2014 Audible, Inc.

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    Amanda AucklandNew Zealand 01-26-10
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    "Rollicking Adventure"

    Phylida Nash is such a skilled reader who colours every character so brilliantly that it is a pleasure to listen to her.
    This particular Georgette Heyer is a very funny adventure with a delightfully ditzy 'blonde', a young man learning to be bold and independent, without losing his gentle character, and a budding unexpected romance. I highly enjoyed the twists and turns of the plot and the calm saneness of the not so beautiful romantic heroine.

    10 of 10 people found this review helpful
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    Gash 02-01-14
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    "Excellent fun!!!!!!!!!!!"

    One of my very favorite recordings of a Heyer book! The central characters are sweet and capable, the many side characters are totally engaging, their dialog is sharp, and the situations they face become more and more knotted until all unravels completely in a delightful ending. Great fun, and Phyllida Nash is simply the best reader of Heyer books there is.

    8 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    S. Peckham 12-10-10
    S. Peckham 12-10-10 Listener Since 2009
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    "Vintage Heyer"

    Deliciously silly with a few extra twists that help the characters come alive - with a lot more class distinction than usual, as the Hero becomes a Man, and everyone else adjusts. Narrated well.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Kristin Brookings, SD, United States 09-30-14
    Kristin Brookings, SD, United States 09-30-14 Member Since 2012
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    "a joy to listen to, great narration"

    One of the things I love about books by Georgette Heyer is the different types of heroes and heroines. This book has that, with the very shy duke who would never be the lead character in any typical romance. Her books make you believe in the average person. I love this plot, the scrapes that he gets into, the incredibly ditzy foundling, the transformation of the duke and therefore of his romance. Loved it from start to finish. And I have yet to hear narration by this author that was not first rate. Always love her work. Highly recommend this one.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Nena 09-18-14
    Nena 09-18-14
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    "Fun and full of wit!"
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    I read this book a while ago and loved it. The experience was even better while listening to the audiobook. Ms. Nash does so well with the narration and the very distinct voices for each character. Heyer's writing is so wonderful that the 14 hours I spent listening to this book were worth it. All the characters are very well defined. I loved them all; however, Gilly was my favorite. I will be listening to it again in the near future.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Alicia Seinen Garberville CA 01-29-15
    Alicia Seinen Garberville CA 01-29-15 Listener Since 2008

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    "one of her best"

    the narrator captured every character perfectly. a lively funny sweet story. I will listen again

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Linda Lou Cave Creek, AZ USA 10-19-14
    Linda Lou Cave Creek, AZ USA 10-19-14 Member Since 2014
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    "ANOTHER GREAT GEORGETTE HEYER BOOK"

    I've been a Heyer fan ever since I read my first work by her, also the first romance novel in my 60 years of reading. Again, Heyer does not fail to deliver yet another charming and witty Regency era book. Usually she writs from the perspective of an independent woman of either noble or genteel birth. Here she gives a great account of an overly protected Duke who escapes his handlers to spend several harrowing, exciting and often dangerous days as "Mr. Dash of Nowhere In Particular". Narrator Phyllida Nash is magnificent as always. Great story!

    6 of 10 people found this review helpful
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    Agatha Istanbul Atlanta, GA USA (and world traveler) 08-20-15
    Agatha Istanbul Atlanta, GA USA (and world traveler) 08-20-15 Member Since 2015

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    "VERY HUMOUROUS SITUATIONS!"
    What made the experience of listening to The Foundling the most enjoyable?

    In searching for his own worth, the Duke of Sale finds himself in dealing with a variety of both shady and innocent characters that put him in both life threatening and humorous situations. There is some very witty dialogue that had me laughing out loud.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Foundling?

    I believe the memorable moments throughout the book were when the Duke encountered the various people during his journey. Although he went forward with trusting innocence, he often was deceived - however there were occasions when he met with very trusting and giving people, such as the cottagers who took him in after the fire and his escape. Belinda was pretty but thoughtless, while the boy was rowdy but intelligent. The Duke met a wide gamut of society.


    What about Phyllida Nash’s performance did you like?

    Ms. Nash did pretty well speaking in the various character's voices. I enjoyed listening to her. There were only a few times when I detected that she began to speak in the wrong character's voice but then quickly changed.


    If you could take any character from The Foundling out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    Gideon. He had a good sense of himself. He was confident but kind, intelligent and humorous.


    Any additional comments?

    I enjoyed listening to the audio book (which I usually did in my car), but towards the end of the book, I got so into it that I listened to the final chapters on my iPhone and headphones while I ironed!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Elizabeth A. Tierney 06-15-15
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    "Not my favorite Heyer"

    I'm a big fan of Georgette Heyer's historical fiction, but this one disappointed me. The story is long, convoluted, and worse, predictable. I recommend Arabella or The Grand Sophy instead.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    susan 04-17-15
    susan 04-17-15
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    "Not my favorite Heyer book-"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    I'm not sure-I don't think the summary or the title was accurate. The foundling was more of a sub plot to the adventures of Gilly ,the easy going, mild mannered duke. I'm sure a die hard Heyer fan would enjoy the adventure with all of Heyer's slang and witty conversations.


    What could Georgette Heyer have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    It just seemed rambling to me. I've read enough of Heyer's books to anticipate twisting and turning plots, this one just didn't work for me. Belinda was so silly and slow witted and shallow-she annoyed me and I think the story would be better without this character.


    What does Phyllida Nash bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    She isn't my favorite narrator, but listening to her didn't annoy me like she usually does-


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from The Foundling?

    Remove all scenes involving Belinda and insert more with Gilly, or Adolphus as his cousin likes to call him. I enjoyed the scenes with his cousins; they were witty and entertaining.


    Any additional comments?

    Some of my favorite books were written by Georgette Heyer; Sylvester, Regency Buck, Devil's Cub and A Civil Contract are at the top of my list while others were just okay-The Corinthian and Cotillion. I loved the main character and his family and his fiancé but I equally disliked Belinda and her 'uncle' and the storyline surrounding their deceptions and plots.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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  • Ms M Morrissey - McKenzie
    12/14/09
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    "Georgian Wit"

    This book is so impeccably read by Phyllida Nash, that the characters come alive. Although not one of my personal favourite Georgette Heyer books; this reading brings out all of the nuances of humour, hauteur and class consciousness. A welcome addition to the GH library!

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Maggie
    6/28/14
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    "Wit and humour, but it does drag at times"
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    This is one of Heyer's longer comedies, and both when read as a book and narrated in audio it seems too long for the content. It's a good, fairly classic GH storyline about the tyranny of family affection and a young man trying to assert his right to make his own decisions. A lot of well drawn characters from the overprotective household headed by Lord Lionel the domestic despot to the gloriously unrepentant villain, Swithin Liversedge, and some real comedy moments. This is a more male book than usual, with no obvious 'heroine'. The beautiful Belinda, without a thought in her head except rings and purple silk dresses, is not one, and Gilly's bride is a pleasant girl but low key. Phyllida Nash's reading is her usual excellent standard, but sometimes you just want to get out and push; it could have done with being an hour shorter. I still prefer this to having an abridged version though, they never work.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Mirren
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    7/8/13
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    "A Great Georgian Romance with added humour"
    What did you like most about The Foundling?

    The story twists and turns, you are not sure what is going to happen next.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    It is difficult to single out one character as Georgette Heyer gives them all life.


    Which character – as performed by Phyllida Nash – was your favourite?

    Phyllida Nash does a great job of narrating this book and giving the characters separate identities. It is difficult to pick out a favourite one.


    Any additional comments?

    This is a great story well narrated by Phyllida Nash. Georgette Heyer has been one of my favourite authors for many years and I have read and re - read her books many times. This makes it difficult to listen to these stories as you already have an idea of what the characters should sound like. However, Phyllida Nash does a great job and gives breadth to the characters.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Anne
    Penrith, Cumbria, United Kingdom
    8/14/10
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    "Slow start!"

    I found this book had a slow and ponderous start, too much inane detail, and for the first few hours it felt as if the reader was bored by it as well. I nearly gave up, but it does get better, and towards the end makes you smile and a couple of times laugh out loud! For me, one of Georgette Heyer's weaker titles. Some likable characters, just takes a long time to get to them!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Caroline
    ShoteshamUnited Kingdom
    3/24/10
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    "Wonderful listening"

    I am thrilled to have discovered audio books because there is so much more detail apparent when listening than when reading it yourself. Phyllida Nash has done a superb job with her interpretation of the characters - I couldn't stop listening. It was laugh out loud at times. Please sign her up to do more, how about the Grand Sophy - one of my favourites. I have read all the Georgette Heyer novels over the years - several times - however this new dimension is like discovering them for the first time. The Foundling is delightful, and I highly recommend it for first timers to Georgette Heyer.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Daphne
    Herts, England
    2/6/15
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    "Charming story, beautifully read"

    Phyllida Nash has the most perfect voice for Georgette Heyer. She gets all the voices right, so much so that you can picture the characters just from the way she reads them. The story itself is a very enjoyable romp, almost farcical at times. For me it is even more enjoyable as a large part of it is set near where I live in Hertfordshire.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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