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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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.
For those who like the alpha male hero type, there are many of Miss Heyer's titles to chose from. When I was 18 and first started buying and reading Miss Heyer, those were the books I was most attracted to. I am glad that as I have matured, my taste in romance has also matured. I re-read her romance novels frequently and noticed the change in my reading taste by age 30. Give me an unusual hero, the unlikely hero.
This is one of my favorites. Gillian, born a duke and an orphan, is small and gentle and much tried by his overprotective relatives and staff. He goes on a quest in this novel, incognito, to prove to his relatives, his staff, and himself, that he is a man and not a boy, and can tackle unusual sticky situations without relying on his title. The author throws in an alpha male type as cousin and friend to the real hero, for contrast and amusement.
The narrator does an excellent job with voices for the many characters.
I laughed just about all the way through this book. There were so many things I liked--Liversedge, the dialogue, the witty descriptions/narration, Gilly's attempts to assert himself, the footman, Gilly's escape, Tom, Gilly, Gideon, etc. It just worked for me, all of it, and was so enjoyable. The romance was a bit rushed, with fondness turning into love in the blink of an eye, but it didn't detract from the story or the relationship. It was definitely a Heyer I will read again. I didn't love Nash's performance the way I usually do, but it was still a wonderful narration; she's one of my favorites when it comes to narrating Heyer's work.
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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.
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.
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.
Gideon. He had a good sense of himself. He was confident but kind, intelligent and humorous.
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!
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.
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.
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.
"Excellent supporting characters - lol"
A Georgette Heyer book that come to life with all the supporting characters who bounce through it. The main romantic characters are two quiet, highly ranked members of society with retiring personalities. The Duke soon "wakes up" when he comes across: Tom, a overgrown, full of mischief schoolboy. Belinda, a beautiful widgeon who will go off with any man who offers her a purple dress. Liversedge, the amusing villain. Plus many other interesting characters who appear at every stop on their travels. Its a wonderful piece of writing, I laughed out loud several times and must have had a smile on my face the rest of the time. If you want a typical Heyer Romance, try a different book. While romance is in here, its much more about the story of the Duke "finding" himself....and its Excellent!
Phyllida Nash is excellent as the NARRATOR, she manages to give all characters different voices and its easy to follow the flow of conversations.
"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.
"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.
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