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I loved this title, like I love all of Georgette Heyer's books. However, somthing is not right here...the book just shuts off. I am sure it does not end this way. Audible please check this recording out....it has a problem
One of the things that I do not like about contemporary romance articles is the endings. They generally go on for a few pages after it is clear the story is over. Heyer's books end the instant the various strands of the story are resolved. It can be jarring, but it is also delightful.
I can quote the first sentence of many of my favorite novels. Everyone must know the first line of Pride and Prejudice or Tale of Two Cities. If you love Heyer though, you are much more likely to know the last line, even if on first reading you checked twice to see if that really was the last line.
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'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.
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.
Ms. Matheson brought this wonderful madcap story to brilliant life! There were times when I laughed out loud. In fact, I'm still chuckling! Thank you for such an enjoyable performance. Ms. Heyer would be pleased.
It was a slow start and unsatisfactory finish. I found myself cringing every time the narrative for tiffany came- which I guess was the point. But not my favorite book. There was not enough back story on the characters
it's a good Jane Austen type story only with a lot more slang. Took me a while to understand what they meant by the Corinthian set. The narrator does a great job keeping the voices straight and I really like the story, except that it just seems to end randomly. I do recommend it, especially if you love Jane Austen or Elizabeth Gaskell.
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In audio books, the narration can make or break the book. Eve Matheson does a great job with the voices in this book! I was especially delighted with Tiffany's voice! The high tone of her voice was perfect for this completely self-concerned character. And her aunt's Yorkshire accent was wonderful! Also, Cousin Laurey's voice hit the mark! I enjoyed this book much more than I thought I would.
I thought Georgette Heyer's characterization of Miss Trent intelligence, frankness, & good sense was endearing, and I also loved the kindness & support of her employer. I throughly enjoyed this book and would recommend it!
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.
"Another good Heyer narration"
Solid narration of a very easy going, pleasant book. Eve Matheson still has some difficulty with male voices, but it does not show as much in this narration. The Nonesuch is my sort of man: Good mannered, assured, handsome and rich. Miss Trent is the female equivalent and they make a happy romance of it. Mrs Underhill is excellent as the "not so well bred" but very goodhearted , longsuffering Guardian of the "obnoxious" Tiffany. Ms Matheson does an excellent job on Tiffany - God help anyone who has to live in the same house as that!!
"A fun story despite the irritating heroine"
A lovely narrator and a good story. Love the fact that Beau Brummell and the Regent had good parts in the book. It isn't my favourite in the print versions of the books but the audio version is excellent.
Very likeable characters, entertaining story & a lovely performance from the narrator. A pleasure to listen to.
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.
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