©1962 Georgette Heyer; (P)2014 Audible, Inc.
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.
Dog fanatic, loves brit Lit, Classics, Irish Lit, and an Occasional smart chic lit. Audible obsessed. Love my dogs like the good life.
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
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.
I'm in the process of listening for the first time to all of the cherished and re-re- read Heyers. Eve Matheson's narration is is one of the best performances I've heard. Highly recommended!
Mom of 3
Excellent tone and soothing voice. The reader provides a variety of voices that make the dialogue a pleasure to listen to. Worth every penny. I listened to this while doing house chores.
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.
Report Inappropriate Content
If you find this review inappropriate and think it should be removed from our site, let us know. This report will be reviewed by Audible and we will take appropriate action.