©1962 Georgette Heyer; (P)2014 Audible, Inc.
I ignore genre labels. Some of my favorite books are outside my genre comfort zone. Listening to audiobooks is still reading. Not theater.
in spite of the goofy picture on the cover. I usually don't pay much attention to the picture on the cover of a book on Audible. For some reason though, this guy was creepy.
I am glad I overcame the creep factor and read the book. It was very enjoyable. This was actually one of the more romantic Heyer books I have read. There was actually a clutch and a kiss near the end. Heyer did such a good job of presenting a hero who knows exactly what he wants by the end of the second chapter, a heroine who never really believes him until the very end and still makes everything that comes in between interesting and enjoyable. She fleshed out several of the secondary characters more than she does in some of her other work. And the Nonesuch's male relations were pretty entertaining, as was the cross the heroine was forced to bear - the young lady she served as a companion to. Eve Matheson does a great job on Georgette Heyer books.
If you like Heyer you will enjoy this book.
I like mysteries (particularly British ones, historical fiction and nonfiction, science fiction and fantasy.
Ancilla Trent is the preceptress of what probably has to be one of the most spoiled beauties that has ever disgraced a comedy of mannersl. Tiffany Wield is a character who would have been very annoying to have to deal with in real life, but totally amusing as Heyer presents her in this novel set in a small community.
If you aren't already a Heyer fan then you may not be prepared for the long conversations introducing Sir Waldo Hawkridge and his relations and associates. Be patient, this sets up the story nicely. Also, there isn't any sexual activity which may put some readers off, but is to be expected in a Heyer novel. It isn't an inspirational though, so don't be afraid you will be preached at.
Sir Waldo has just had the misfortune to inherit a property in Yorkshire that it is likely he will have to spend a significant amount of money putting it into shape. He is determined to go and view it, accompanied by his nephew Lord Lindeth. Of course the arrival of Sir Waldo, nicknamed the Nonesuch and his nephew throws the neighborhood into a flutter of excitement including Miss Tiffany Wield, who is determined that none should escape her toils.
Once the plot gets underway this is a delightful story although not among my favorite Heyers. Lots of sprightly dialogue and a heroine and hero who one wishes well from the start.
Eve Matheson is a fabulous reader, and I thoroughly enjoy any books that she is a part of. She brings alive the humor, and seems to me to be the best fit for the personality of Georgette Heyer's books.
The narrator, Eve Matheson, was excellent. Other than that, I could not even make myself finish the story after listening to 5 of the 11 hours of it.
The story was technically written well, but lacking character development of the two leading characters: Waldo and Ancilla. The story is quite boring.
I really found the narration poor. The accents were great, but I couldn't understand parts of it even when I had the kindle book open and in front of me. I love audio books but this one was too hard to understand - seemed more of a chore than the joy they usually give me.
I love the story - read it many moons ago. Light hearted romp.
Very difficult to understand when she gets excited.
Will try Eve Matheson again. Am hoping I don't need to cross all audible books she reads off my list.
One of my favorites by Heyer. So glad I ignored the really awful picture on the front. I know these are older books but honestly, this picture is ridiculous even for 50 years ago. That said, the book is great. Loved both the hero and heroine, and the other characters were well-developed, too. The narration was so good, I was laughing out loud at the bratty voice of Tiffany. Just love this author, the dialog is what makes these books.
I'm enjoying rediscovering Heyer in audiobook. The dialogue lends itself to this medium and with a good narrator can keep you smiling.
Some people complain that Waldo is almost too good. I like that in a hero. Especially when he can be a manly man at the same time. Cos Waldo is very much a man. He is 'top-of-the-trees' in most forms of sport he undertakes so he will be *cough* well built and physically fit with lots of stamina.
Ancilla is rather adorable, having put aside her hopes and dreams of love and marriage to be an independent woman and not be a burden on her family. She deserves the best of happy endings. I love how Waldo brings out the mischievous side of her and her sense of humour which no-one else has ever really appreciated.
Some have criticise her reaction to the misinformation about Waldo's secret. I think her reaction and reluctant belief is very credible. Heyer makes sure we understand that Ancilla's only real experience with the Corinthian Set of which Waldo is a leader, is though her cousin Bernard and his friends. These are very likely the kind of loose young men who would do what Ancilla believes Waldo to have done and not see it as very wrong. Combine this with the kindly meant warnings of Mrs Chartley, the half understood ramblings of Waldo's nephew, and it's not surprising that Ancilla is forced to believe the worst.
The romance itself is very sweet, growing day by day to it's natural conclusion rather than a thunder-clap of Love at first sight. We can see how perfectly matched they are which makes it doubly hard when things go wrong.
Ancilla's charge, Tiffany, is annoying and irritating but not enough to spoil the book, especially as we are meant to find her so. The other characters are well drawn and enjoyable.
I got to an interest in Heyer from Lois McMaster Bujold. She recommends her for the control of dialog. Heyer is a wonderful writer. Her books are old now and the fashion for romance is moving in a different direction, however, this is a writer to nurture other writers. The age of the books is helpful in that direction. One can think it possible to do better. Heyer is a gem in lots of ways and I will read more of her work. This particular book is a wonderful example of character and dialog development as well as being just a sweet story of varied kinds of people. Heyer's strength, for me, is that most of her characters skirt the problem of ordinary so well that it is hard to notice that it is the author's hand that lifts them to interest.
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The reader did a great job and her variation of voice made it possible to follow and otherwise confusing cast of character until the listener gets familiar.
Jane Austen style but of a later period and less refined.
The ending is so abrupt I wonder if audible left it out. I hope to find this book in a library to check.
I was so surprised by the previous comments. I thought the narration was very good compared to some of the Georgette Heyer books I have purchased. She managed to bring the characters to life and made me smile with some of the humorous passages. Will listen to again. Well done. Perhaps she can read Arabella which is one of my favourites and not yet available
"Perfect escapist Regency romance"
I love Georgette Heyer although or possibly because all her books have the same elements: impossibly splendid hero who is a very pink of the ton, an unlikely heroine, a glamorous rival, misunderstandings galore, epic descriptions of cravats, landaus and everyone's clothes. The thing that sets Heyer apart is the impeccable research, splendid use of Regency slang and the fact that they are cracking good stories and immense amounts of escapist fun.
All they need is a good narrator and Eve Matheson does just fine.
A cup of tea, a slice of cake and some Georgette Heyer. Bliss.
But, Jeez, that cover is grim. What were they thinking?
"Very nicely done."
Not one of my favourite Georgette Heyers but very nicely brought to life by the narrator, Eve Matheson. I loved her interpretation of the characters - what a shrew Tiffany is! This one has gone to my "play again" shelf.
Very enjoyable as ever.the narration was excellent altho I would like to hear a male voice for a change.
The storyline is a bit thin ,not my favourite bot overall very listenable.
a sweet romantic story, well read with great character voices. I've loved Georgette as an author since childhood. Her work never fails to please me
It was funny and intriguing
Many of Georgette Heyer's novels, but the wit and humour is always fresh and hilarous in each of her books
the way she can put such expression to each character you can just see their faces!
One of my faves. I've already reviewed this book previously so if you can't find my full review, listen to it and prepare to be entertained. Eve Matheson narrates it beautifully.
I bought this story because I love all Georgette Heyer's books. The Nonesuch together with Frederica are my favourites.
Life in Regency times is as usua discribed beautifully, the characters are brilliant. Georgette Heyer is clever and witty. Her books make me laugh.
I own all of Georgette Heyer books in hardback and have most of them on my ipod. This download will not be amongst them, the reader has ruined it.
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