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The Reluctant Widow | [Georgette Heyer]

The Reluctant Widow

Penniless Elinor is rather surprised at the carriage that meets her from the stage, and more so at the decayed grandeur of the house to which she's transported. Realising that there has been a case of mistaken identity she agrees to an audacious plan.
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Penniless Elinor is rather surprised at the carriage that meets her from the stage, and more so at the decayed grandeur of the house to which she's transported. Realising that there has been a case of mistaken identity she agrees to an audacious plan.

©2008 Georgette Heyer; (P)2008 BBC Audiobooks Ltd

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    Joseph R Dry Prong, LA, USA 02-28-10
    Joseph R Dry Prong, LA, USA 02-28-10
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    "The Governess's New Position"

    This is my first experience with this author and narrator. They are impressive. This is a kind of fairy tale along the lines of Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice with the fiery Elizabeth crossing swords with Darcy. I also think of Jane Eyre as she is confronted with Thornfield and its moody master which should give an idea of the relationship between hero and heroine. There was obviously intensive period research into the time and setting of the story. While I wasn't looking for any false notes, I didn't detect any. Georgette Geyer writes as if she were a contemporary of Austen or Bronte. An author who can bring to life espionage, treason, murder to say nothing of a solid romance, all at a rather creepy mansion is an accomplished writer. Geyer writes with a kind of tongue in cheek amusement, a potential pitfall which Cornelius Garrett embraced as his own. His narration took the book seriously while allowing its innate humor full play. He shines! This is one of those books which I would never buy at say Books a Million. Can you imagine me, a rough, sixty year old man in jeans and work boots browsing in the women's section much less walking around with actual chick lit in my hands? I don't think so. Don't you just love the anonymous nature of audio books? Only Audible, the six people who actually read this review and myself will ever know.

    62 of 62 people found this review helpful
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    Marcheta Suffolk, VA, United States 04-07-09
    Marcheta Suffolk, VA, United States 04-07-09 Member Since 2006
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    "My Favorite Georgette Heyer book"

    I've been waiting for this one to appear for download and I was over the moon when I saw it had been added. I love the opening interview, the hero's kid brother and his dog, and all the misunderstandings. I have the cassette version, which I had to order from the UK, so I'm thrilled to get the download version for my iPod. The narrator is great and I just want to give audible a great big THANK YOU for making it available.

    29 of 29 people found this review helpful
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    MARIA Miami, FL, United States 08-16-09
    MARIA Miami, FL, United States 08-16-09 Member Since 2007
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    "Francis Cheviot steals the show."

    Garrett's portrayal of Francis Cheviot is one of the most entertaining interpretations I have ever heard. Garrett brings all his characters to vivid life. Well done.

    9 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    Valerie Meriden, CT, USA 06-12-09
    Valerie Meriden, CT, USA 06-12-09
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    "More Heyer books please!"

    This is probably my favorite of Georgette Heyer's romances. It has suspense, humor, and romance. The narrator is very good. Voices are distinct but not weird except for the lisp of Mr Cheviot. I've read all of her books many times but somehow listening to them brings out points I've missed before.
    More of the murder mysteries would be wonderful too!

    9 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    Elisabeth Mount Hermon, CA, United States 05-25-09
    Elisabeth Mount Hermon, CA, United States 05-25-09 Member Since 2009
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    "An Enjoyable Audio Book!"

    Thank You Audible for having recorded so many Georgette Heyer books. I have read all of them but I really look forward to listening to them. I hope you can keep on recording other books of hers to audio.Cornelius Garrett does a great job reading these books as do the other readers. I especially like him reading A Quiet Gentlemen. I look forward to seeing in audio format of Sylvester, Frederica, The Grand Sophy, and Simon the Cold Heart. Thank you again Audible for the great service you render.

    9 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    Marian Bozrman, MT, United States 07-27-09
    Marian Bozrman, MT, United States 07-27-09 Member Since 2007
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    "The Reluctant Widow"

    I could sit down and listen to this one again and I just finished it. I laughed -- not only at the humor of Georgette Heyer, but at the wonderful vocal characterization.

    You will enjoy this one.

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Anne PORTLAND, OR, USA 01-16-10
    Anne PORTLAND, OR, USA 01-16-10 Member Since 2008
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    "Very outdated novel, but delightfully read"

    Georgette Heyer wrote about a period that had all the quaintness and charm of being a hundred years in the past. Anyone approaching a Heyer novel today has to recognize that Georgette herself is now almost a hundred years in OUR past, and must be willing to forgive her for political incorrectness that didn't exist in her day.

    Heroines like Elinor Rochdale, who can drive her own phaeton and who doesn't hesitate to argue and snipe with a peer of the realm, would have seemed lively and modern to an English reader in the 1930s, though she seems ridiculously tame and even annoyingly dependent to us in the 21st century.

    I give this audiobook four stars because despite the outdatedness of the material, Heyer's grasp of Regency language, her ability to build vivid characters entirely through sparkling dialog, and the lively, very G-rated, and mostly harmless romp she takes us on is a lot of fun.

    What's more, Cornelius Garrett brings just the right degree of plummy upper-crust RP English (with some lovely regional dialect) to the story, and a nice blend of narration and acting. As another reviewer has said, his Francis Cheviot is absolute genius. The production itself is simple but entirely professional. It was nine hours of very enjoyable listening.

    11 of 12 people found this review helpful
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    Cathleen Richmond, VA, United States 07-05-09
    Cathleen Richmond, VA, United States 07-05-09 Member Since 2006
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    "Thank you, Audible!"

    Funny & intelligent, somehow I had missed The Reluctant Widow in my exploration of Georgette Heyer. Perhaps not as perfect as The Grand Sophy or Cotillion, still a very pleasurable experience. The reader was excellent. Thank you, Audible, for finally making so many of Heyer's book availble. More please!

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Cynthia Oakpoint, TX, USA 08-29-09
    Cynthia Oakpoint, TX, USA 08-29-09 Member Since 2006
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    "ONE OF MY FAVORITES"

    GEORGETTE HYER IS ONE OF MY FAVORITE AUTHORS. I LIKE HER ROMANCES MUCH BETTER THAN HER MYSTERIES. SHE IS KNOWN FOR THE HUGE AMOUNT OF RESEARCH THAT SHE DID BEFORE SHE WROTE EACH BOOK. HER CHARACTERS SPEAK IN THE MANNER OF THE DAY. THIS ASPECT OF HER WRITING MAKES IT HUGHLY ENTERTAINING. THERE ARE ENTIRE WEBSITES DEVOTED TO HER THAT EXPLAIN THE LANGUAGE,THE CUSTOMS, THE CLASS SYSTEMS, ETC. THERE IS EVEN A BOOK CALLED "THE PRIVATE WORLD OF GEORGETTY HEYER" THAT DELVES MUCH DEEPER INTO HER WRITING. THE NARATOR OF THIS BOOK IF VERY GOOD.

    7 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    Julie Folsom, CA, United States 05-28-09
    Julie Folsom, CA, United States 05-28-09 Member Since 2007
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    "Great Book!"

    One of my favorite Heyer books. I wish Audible would add more of her books.

    7 of 9 people found this review helpful
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  • Alison
    Stanford-in-the-Vale, United Kingdom
    6/24/12
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    "Excellently read!"

    This book is excellently read, with a large range of voices. However the story is even more implausible than others of Georgette Heyer's, but worth listening to if you are a fan!

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Stephanie
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    "Don't be reluctant to listen"

    Georgette Heyer deserves the acclaim that for some reason seems predominantly reserved for Jane Austen. She draws you into the manners and mores of another era with wit, a light touch and just absolutely great writing. The reader gets this across perfectly and The Reluctant Widow is the superb mix of mystery, romance, engaging characters and period detail expected from one of her novels.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Ruth
    CHARD, United Kingdom
    6/24/13
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    "A lovely bit of romantic escapism"
    Would you try another book written by Georgette Heyer or narrated by Cornelius Garrett?

    I will always love georgette Heyers writing, I was a bit disappointed I. The narration of this story as it made Ellinor sound a bit stroppy which I don't find when I read the book myself.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    It has to be Nick because of the liveliness and enjoyment he shows of the adventure he's thrust into!


    What didn’t you like about Cornelius Garrett’s performance?

    The female voices were a little. Irritating


    Did The Reluctant Widow inspire you to do anything?

    To read my georgette heyer books again!


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • gill
    larne, United Kingdom
    3/24/13
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    "Four stars for the narrator"

    Easy going storyline for a relaxing afternoon, it will make you smile. But by far the best thing about this Audible book was Cornelius Garrett. A masterful reading and a name to look out for.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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