©1951 Georgette Heyer; (P)2014 Audible, Inc.
Attorney - love to listen to audio books
After his father dies, the Earl comes home from the wars in France to take over his fathers title and estates. His father's second wife and her son are not at all pleased to see him. He had been away a long time, raised by his deceased mother's family. Then he had been away at war in France for quite a while. His younger half brother had come to feel as if he were the heir instead of his older brother and in fact had expected the older brother to die in battle. The new Earl receives a hateful and cold welcome from his step mother and her son. His cousin is the only relative that seems to care about him at all. Shortly after he comes to take his title, "accidents" that endanger his life begin to happen. Of course there is a love story or two involved. This is a very interesting story and is well written and read. Georgette Heyer is a talented writer. Her style is much like that of Jane Austen. Her characters are well drawn. Some are villains, some are hilarious, some are most likable and some are detestable - but all are entertaining. You cannot go wrong with this book, or any other book written by Georgette Heyer. The reader performs this book very well and does not get in the way of the story. He enhances the action and brings the characters to life with their own specific accents.
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.
Loving the audiobooks!
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.
Yes. I have enjoyed every one of his performances.
Any Heyer fan will enjoy this. Garrett makes the difference!
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.
very entertaining historical!
the Earl's first description of the lady who later becomes his Countess.
The Dowager Countess, his caricature of her is a riot!
Miss Drusilla Morville who manages to get the Earl to so completely change his mind about her.
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.
Absolutely. The narrative was everything here. The varied voices and characterizations were very entertaining.
Pretty much expected, no surprises.
Between her parents discussing the possibility of her daughter's interest in the Earl.
Not sure...maybe The Reluctant Heir?
I would like to hear more narratives by Mr. Garrett.
hopeless romantic and avowed anglophile
I have always delighted in reading Georgette Heyer's books, often again and again and have recently been enjoying them on audio so that I can busy my hands with knitting projects while being entertained, but Mr. Garrett's voice, especially when translating the female characters is extremely harsh to listen to. He is more often so shrill and annoying that it is hard to concentrate on the story.
I was extremely disappointed in the narration of this book. The narrator was so bad I couldn't even make it through the first 4 chapters. His tone was abrasive, especially for the female characters. It was truly a disappointment.
I am a great reader and listener.I read this story and all the others over 50 years ago. The story teller is just brilliant.He captures the content and characters just right.
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