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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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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.

    8 of 8 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.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    S. Peckham 12-10-10
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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.

    3 of 3 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.

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    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.

    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 2007

    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!!! 

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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!

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Jane Chicago, IL, United States 10-27-14
    Jane Chicago, IL, United States 10-27-14 Member Since 2010
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    "4 1/2 stars, but problem with narrator's breaths."

    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.

    0 of 0 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
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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 1 people found this review helpful
  • Anne
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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
  • 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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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