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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)2009 BBC Audiobooks Ltd

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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.

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    Gash Tallahassee, FL, United States 02-01-14
    Gash Tallahassee, FL, United States 02-01-14 Member Since 2006

    I'm retired and having fun watching birds, playing pennywhistle, cooking great meals, reading and listening to books. Ahhh... life is good!

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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.

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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.

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    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
  • 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
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    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
  • Mirren
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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.

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