©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.
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.
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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!
Eve had unique voices for every character. I loved it. Also, the story made you feel like you were in a country English community.
The lovely voice of the narrator and her ability to present the colorful accents of the Yorkshire gentry bring this witty Heyer romance to life. I had read this story several times, but enjoyed the relaxation of having this favorite read to me. Loved it!
this was a good and refreshingly contrived conflict free story until 2 hours to then end when alas, contrived misunderstandings appeared. solid, but not Heyer's best.
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