©2002 Georgette Heyer; (P)2008 BBC Audiobooks Ltd
Elaine H Hammon
I would listen to this story again and perhaps more. It is very well read besides being a fastinating story.
I liked the characterizations developed so well by Georgette Heyer. Each person was distinctive and so well developed. You felt you knew them each well by the end of the story. The reader dramatized each character in such a way that you could see them in your mind as they spoke.
I think perhaps it was when Leon became Leonie".
It would be a a toss up between Leonie' and Rupert. Wouldn't it be fun to take them out together?
I can recommend any of Georgette Heyer's novels. I have read most if not all of them at least once.
It has a great story. It has more twists and turns than most Heyer stories. If it had been read by a younger man I might have liked it even more. (like Philpotts perhaps)
This is my second exposure to a Georgette Heyer book I had not previous read in print. I was glad to have encountered it in audio format because Cornelius Garrett produced a wonderfully complex Duke of Avon, which enriched the tale beyond the story itself. It was a much darker tale than the lighthearted comedy of manners and spirited romances I associate with Georgette Heyer, but it still had its moments of playful dialog.
As it unfolded, the story called to mind elements from many icons of literature and film: The Scarlet Pimpernel, The Count of Monte Cristo, Pygmalion, and Anastasia. Plots within plots, subterfuge, revenge, and dissolute behavior not usually found in Georgette Heyer drawing rooms. It was engrossing and I have thought about it since finishing the book. But it was not quite as much fun as her usual comedy of manners and a bit more predictable than a serious mystery. Still it was a satisfying listen with such a good reader bringing it to life.
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