©1951 Georgette Heyer; (P)2014 Audible, Inc.
True Regency verisimilitude.
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.
No, I have not.
Why, Drusilla, of course! She would be a charming and intelligent conversationalist without talking my ear off.
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.
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.
I've listened to this book before, and read the book before that. Very entertaining each time. The narrator did a good job.
Hard to find a likable character in this one, I felt, and it ended with a whimper, not a bang, but overall, I enjoyed it.
Yes, to both.
I would have enjoyed a longer final scene.
Nothing. I was actually surprised how much I enjoyed his various voices.
I was looking for a different version of Jane Austin, type book or even something along the lines of Sabrina Jefferies type. This was neither, though set in the same time period and held to the traditions of society, the book lacked substance. I never felt drawn into the plot, and never really even grasped what the ultimate story was. It is not that I do not believe there was one, I think there was it was that it held such little of my attention I didn't retain any of it, even from one moment to the next. it was for lack of a better description quite dull.
The narration was neither good nor bad, again it did not draw my attention one way or they other. Average at best.
Just finished listening to this one, and once again enjoyed this author. Have never 'read' any of her books. Discovered them on audible after reading some other reviews. I thought this one was an excellent story. Reminded me of Jane Austen books with the personalities unfolding and the subtle humor. I love most of the books by this author because they are a change of pace from more modern romance writing. I liked all the voices the narrator used except for the stepmother. It was too shrill and 'fake'. However, the others were very good. Will be looking for more titles by this author.
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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