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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Obsessive reader, 6-10 books a week, chosen from Member reviews. Fact & fiction, subjects from the Tudors to Tookie, Harlem to Hiroshima, Huey Long to Huey Newton. In-depth fair reviews - from front to BLACK!!!
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!
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.
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.
She isn't my favorite narrator, but listening to her didn't annoy me like she usually does-
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.
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.
Wonderful plot with engaging characters. Regency history comes alive with vernacular accuracy. I hope some people have to look up the meaning of some of the words.
I think my favorite trope is seeing a character change - like this. Gilly was small, skinny, shy, quiet, and obedient - doing whatever his overbearing uncle and others told him to do. Even with marriage the uncle says it’s time you get engaged to Harriet, so he does. He’s 24. Gilly decides to go on a journey alone without his valet or other hired help. On that journey things happen that allow Gilly to act differently and to see himself differently than he had before. I was delighted and surprised. And there were humorous parts. It’s a little slow to start. But the last third was fulfilling.
This is not typical romance, but it has a happy romantic ending. This is primarily Gilly’s coming of age story. The heroine has a small role.
A minor complaint for the author. She called characters by different names, sometimes the first name, sometimes the last name. I was confused about the two Wares and then Gideon and Gaywood sounding similar. Gideon Ware (the son of Lord Lionel) was also called Captain Gideon or Captain Ware. Mathew Ware (the son of Lord Henry Ware). Charles Presteigne (Harriet’s brother) was called Charles, Charlie, and Gaywood. Now that I’ve looked them up after reading the book, they don’t seem as confusing. But at the time I was confused.
AUDIOBOOK NARRATOR - Phyllida Nash.
Her breaths were annoying and distracting. When talking to someone in person one does not hear breaths. Parts of the story were ok, but several times I was thinking when is the next breath going to come? They interrupted the story. Narrators: PLEASE listen to the recording of yourself and if you hear your breaths, use a different microphone - or stand farther away from it.
Narrative mode: 3rd person.
Genre: historical fiction with romance.
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!
"Wit and humour, but it does drag at times"
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.
"A Great Georgian Romance with added humour"
The story twists and turns, you are not sure what is going to happen next.
It is difficult to single out one character as Georgette Heyer gives them all life.
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.
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.
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!
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.
"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.
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