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The Quiet Gentleman Audiobook

The Quiet Gentleman

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Publisher's Summary

When Gervase Frant, 7th Earl of St Erth, returns at last from Waterloo to his family seat at Stanyon, he enjoys a less than welcome homecoming.

©1951 Georgette Heyer; (P)2014 Audible, Inc.

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    Jeanette Finan Little Rock, Arkansas 08-24-11
    Jeanette Finan Little Rock, Arkansas 08-24-11 Member Since 2013
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    "Great Story - poor reader"

    This reader, Cornelius Garrett did not resonate with me. The story however is one of my favorite books by Georgette Heyer.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Valerie 11-28-16
    Valerie 11-28-16
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    "A long slow build up"

    This isn't maybe the wittiest of Heyer's books but it has an intriguing story line with a bit of mystery, some side romances, some quirky characters and a long build into romance for the main characters who are likeable and have depth. It is worth the effort to get to the end.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Sophy0075 09-12-15
    Sophy0075 09-12-15

    bluestocking

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    "The best of Ms Heyer's romances"
    If you could sum up The Quiet Gentleman in three words, what would they be?

    True Regency verisimilitude.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I preferred Drusilla, whose personality and physical description was unlike that of the typical blonde-ringleted, blue saucer-eyed, witless, fluttering damsel. Beyond that, I cannot say without spoiling the outcome of the novel for other listeners or readers.


    Have you listened to any of Cornelius Garrett’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No, I have not.


    If you could take any character from The Quiet Gentleman out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    Why, Drusilla, of course! She would be a charming and intelligent conversationalist without talking my ear off.


    Any additional comments?

    I have enjoyed over twenty of Miss Heyer's Georgian and Regency novels. Unlike many authors who attempt to pen Regency romances, Miss Heyer took pains to have her characters talk, act, and think within their century and social class. There are so many dreadful "romances" which are merely women and men clad in early nineteenth-century dress and engaged in laundry lists of balls, hunts, swoons, high perch phaetons and sprig muslin frocks, but who are firmly twenty-first century in their thoughts and morals.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Cindy Dripping Springs, TX, United States 01-18-15
    Cindy Dripping Springs, TX, United States 01-18-15 Member Since 2014
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    "A little TOO quiet."

    I love Georgette Heyer and have never had trouble getting into one of her books, till this one. It did pick up towards the end with a little mystery, but the first two thirds of the book was like watching grass grow. I had to keep rewinding because my attention wandered and I eventually slogged through it after many days. Definitely not typical of the other books I have enjoyed by Heyer.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Elizabeth 09-03-14
    Elizabeth 09-03-14
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    "Refreshing"

    How refreshing to listen to a historical romance without having to wade through passion scenes. Yes, perhaps it was a little predictable, but aren't all of the romances? Not wondering when I was going to have to sensor or fast forward was a blessing.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Lorri Garland, TX, United States 03-13-14
    Lorri Garland, TX, United States 03-13-14

    Tanti Lorri

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    "Good Heyer, but not her best"

    Heyer rarely makes a misstep in her writing. No matter how many times I read her books, she can still make me laugh out loud. This was not her best work, but it still has some good characters. Heyer is the absolute queen of Regency romance in my opinion, and all her books are worth your time.

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    Patricia Lambert Austin, TX United States 02-12-14
    Patricia Lambert Austin, TX United States 02-12-14 Member Since 2014

    Loving the audiobooks!

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    "The Narrator Makes All the Difference!"
    What did you love best about The Quiet Gentleman?

    I have read the book many times, but it was not one of my favorite Heyer books. After hearing Garrett' reading, it is very much a favorite! His characterization of the players is excellent. My favorite is Lady St. Erth ... he captured her personality perfectly! Very enjoyable.


    Have you listened to any of Cornelius Garrett’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Yes. I have enjoyed every one of his performances.


    Any additional comments?

    Any Heyer fan will enjoy this. Garrett makes the difference!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Patricia 12-19-13
    Patricia 12-19-13

    Patricia

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    "Outstanding narration. Another wonderful Heyer!"
    Any additional comments?

    Some reviewers complained about the narrator, but I must say that I think he did a smashing job. I also listened to THE RELUCTANT WIDOW read by the same narrator. I commend Garrett on his acting ability and skill. He created various voices to bring each character's personality to life. Excellent! Very interesting story with strong male and female main characters. Witty, clever, sparkling dialogue. I enjoyed it, as Heyer's characters would say, excessively.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer BRENHAM, TX, United States 06-22-12
    Amazon Customer BRENHAM, TX, United States 06-22-12 Member Since 2012
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    "I Luved it!"
    If you could sum up The Quiet Gentleman in three words, what would they be?

    very entertaining historical!


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Quiet Gentleman?

    the Earl's first description of the lady who later becomes his Countess.


    Which character – as performed by Cornelius Garrett – was your favorite?

    The Dowager Countess, his caricature of her is a riot!


    Who was the most memorable character of The Quiet Gentleman and why?

    Miss Drusilla Morville who manages to get the Earl to so completely change his mind about her.


    Any additional comments?

    I'm a long time fan of Heyer's books but I had forgotten just how much fun they could be before buying this version. The Dowager Countess cracks me up and the Earl's quiet voice, even when being verbally attacked by the Dowager Countess, and both verbally and physically by his half brother [very much a spoiled brat] makes me wonder just what kind of "fun" he had hanging on to his temper with that pair on his case.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Martha WICHITA, KS, United States 05-28-12
    Martha WICHITA, KS, United States 05-28-12
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    "Cornelius Garrett is Brilliant!"
    Would you listen to The Quiet Gentleman again? Why?

    Absolutely. The narrative was everything here. The varied voices and characterizations were very entertaining.


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    Pretty much expected, no surprises.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Between her parents discussing the possibility of her daughter's interest in the Earl.


    If you could rename The Quiet Gentleman, what would you call it?

    Not sure...maybe The Reluctant Heir?


    Any additional comments?

    I would like to hear more narratives by Mr. Garrett.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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  • Jodie
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    "Tempestuous"

    Not as keen on the reader as I am on the book, I found St Erth too drawl-y. It may be reasonably accurate for the period, but it put me out of sympathy with him.

    It all got a bit too tempestuous as well, especially where Martin was concerned. However, Heyer makes excellent bedtime listening even when it's not your favourite reader. She set the standard for Regency romances and most others are pale by comparison.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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