The accomplished Corinthian Sir Richard Wyndham is wealthy, sophisticated, handsome, and supremely bored. Tired of his aristocratic family constantly pressuring him to get married, he determines to run away after meeting the delightful, unconventional heroine Penelope Creed. Penelope - literally - falls into his life late one night as she hangs from the window of her aunt's house - she too attempting to escape the pressures of forced marriage. The two allies become embroiled in a series hilarious madcap adventures as they cross-dress, run into escaped criminals, have a case of mistaken identity, and save people from their own dramatics. Little do they predict their feelings for each other blossoming into romance.
©1940 Georgette Heyer (P)2014 Naxos AudioBooks
Good writing has ... a balance and a rhythm. You can feel that much better when it's read aloud. --Laura Hillenbrand, author of Unbroken
Naxos releases another Heyer classic. This one is a short, fast, fun read. Our hero and heroine, both being pressured by family to enter marriages they find abhorrent, "meet cute": Penelope has shorn her hair, donned men's clothes, and is climbing out the window at 3 a.m. when she is rescued by a "bosky" Sir Richard, who is walking home after drowning his sorrows at White's Club.
Stirred by the idea of disappearing--and thus not having to propose to "the iceberg" his mother is pushing on him--Sir Richard (in his elegantly inebrieted state) agrees to pose as the gender-disguised "Penn's" tutor so that he can escort her to her childhood sweetheart's family estate.
By the time our hero sobers up, he and "Penn" are travelling on a public stagecoach, where they meet with an interesting assortment of the common folk (no fancy dress balls or evenings at Almack's in this story), and an especially interesting assortment of highway robbers. Mystery and danger ensue, but we know what will happen in the end--which is part of the joy of these books, at least for some of us.
Georgina Sutton's narration is top-notch; all the Naxos narrators are competent, but she's exceptionally good.
Audible has changed my life! Dry , itchy eyes were destroying one of my greatest pleasures - reading. Now I am experiencing books again!
I read all Georgette Heyer's books a long time ago, but I couldn't remember this one. Now I know why.
Pen Creed is one of Heyer's very young heroines. She's plucky, determined, willful and naive. And this seems to be her appeal to a polished, educated, experienced-but-bored man of the world. Lucky for her, he is also an honorable and principled guy, for we are quickly aware that, without him, she would be in a pack of trouble!
So much so that her innocence borders on stupidity and her willfulness approaches heartlessness. Now, this is not so common in the ladies of Georgette Heyer. Generally, the reader/listener can forgive the youthful wayward actions and enjoy the depth and heart of even the youngest characters. In "The Corinthian", you come to suspect that either Sir Richard will become completely bored with Pen pretty quickly or he's not all that bright himself.
Either way, this does not add up to prime Heyer. Even her usual attention to the eccentric "minor" characters is subdued here, as though even her heart was not in writing this particular story. She must have needed the money, or faced an impractical deadline. Even a dedicated Georgette fan can skip this one. Try "Sylvester" or "Venetia" or "Sprig Muslin" instead.
This is a fun listen that kept me very entertained. I loved the antics of Penn, she acted on impulse which of course is usually not a good idea. Ricky's reactions were usually tolerant and helpful. The storyline in this book may have been used before by many authors. What makes Heyer's books is the dialog. She has a real talent for writing great conversation and infusing it with nuances that help develop the characters. One of the funniest characters in this book was Mr. Brandon. I could just picture him all dressed up like a dandy in the country village. Just way to many fun things to mention in a review without spoiling it for others. Narration was top notch. Highly recommend if you like this genre. And definitely worth a credit.
I have listened to quite a few Heyer books. I think I have given all but this one 5 stars. It just didn't have the same charm as the others. The main character was always bored, so he tended to bore me. As another reviewer wrote, this is a similar formula to other books like Sprig Muslin and The Foundling. I found those books delightful, this one not in the same class. It wasn't horrible, just not as charming and fun as the others.
Ha! What fun. A joyous book, a wild adventure, wonderful characters, great dialogue — oh, my goodness. The narration was simply outstanding. Thank you Naxos. Thank you Audible. Georgette Heyer at her best!
The narrator moves the story along very well. I read the book a while back and the audio experience is much better.
I liked mostly Sir Richard. He was just as I pictured him when I read the book.
No, this is my first experience. She did a great job with most of the characters; however, I was disappointed with Cedric's voice. I liked him in the book, but he sounded like a bore in the audio.
My favorite part would be a "spoiler" so I will refrain from answering this question.
Lots of fun. I laughed outloud a few times and smiled quite often. I'm a Heyer fun and this one ranks in my top five. I recommend it to anyone who enjoys clean adventure and romance.
This book has such an outstanding plot!
It is such a fun story.
My other favorite "Heyer" books are :
2) The Grand Sophy
Yes, I love the language,
Yes very much
I just love the style of her writing, the lanugage used, there is not much the stories themselves I don't think, you would think noblity did nothing than call on eachother and gossip, well may be that is what they did, who knows
The relationship between the main characters is romantic and charming.
I would compare it to a Jane Austen book. Not quite as well written, but still worth listening to.
Lord Richard is my favorite character. He's a bit complex and still keeps his Corinthian veneer and uses it to his advantage.
I couldn't say without providing spoilers. There are a number of twists to the plot that kept me listening. It's a romance with a mystery.
I've read a lot of complaints about books with sexually overt content. This book has none. I wouldn't mind it but if you are looking for good clean romance/adventure with no bad language or sexual situations (the worst swear in the book is 'The Devil!') this is a good book for you. Georgette Heyer is an accomplished writer; I wish she had not introduced so many different characters thoughout the book. A character appears late in the book for no reason except for the lead to have someone to talk to out loud. Otherwise they have NO purpose in the book. If you are looking for pure escape rather than fine literature, though, this is excellent and I really enjoy just relaxing and knitting while listening to Heyer's books.
The Narrator, Georgina Sutton, did a wonderful job of portraying the individual characters.
It's ridiculously enjoyable plot and edgy characters. I love how Penn and Richard come to realize that they make a great team despite their disparities.
Ms Sutton was able to make the characters believable--even the thief with his cockney accent and con-man's cant was performed so well.
This story always makes me laugh!
I've had "The Corinthian" on my wish list at Amazon even when I knew it was no longer available. It had been on cassette tapes at one point in the past, and the taped book was offered either not at all or at ridiculous prices. I left it on my wish list hoping someone would realize that it needed to be an audio book. THANK YOU for making my wish come true and for choosing the most wonderful narrator to read it.
"Adore the book but detest the narration"
I'd recommend the book but not the audio recording.
The whole story is a delight from start to finish.
I found Georgina Sutton's narration unpleasantly over-dramatised. I find the voices for George, Sir Richard, Sir Richard's mother, Cedric and Jimmy Yarde difficult to listen to and much preferred the style of other narrators (Phyllida Nash in particular). I have an audio library stuffed with Georgette Heyer recordings and this is the only one I have found really disappointing. Of course, this is only personal taste: I see that some of the other reviewers have really enjoyed it.
Lots of Georgette Heyer films would make great films! I think Penn would probably be played by a young Meg Ryan (can't think of a contemporary young actress with the same warm qualities) and Sir Richard perhaps by Jim Sturgess.
"Finally! My favourite Heyer"
I just love this one, word for word, all of it. Hard to pick just parts. I like heroine who is young, innocent and sweet and as Heyer might say „full of pluck“ and hero who compliments her personality with his sense of humour. I loved to yet again get some peddler's French (thiefs' cant for Heyer readers) included.
There is a bit of other Heyer books in this one. Outside Heyer, I did come across several books partly inspired by the story, although none were of course comparable in quality of prose. This is HEYER after all!
Smile all the way through.
The summary of this book is rather imperfect, I hope that somebody will fix that. It is incorrect in parts. Reminds me of my school days when we copied book summary for our prescribed reading from previous year students, changing just some words, thinking the teacher cannot tell we did not even look at the cover.
"Laugh out loud fun!"
The relationship between Penn and Richard is perfect. You can just SEE him regarding her with either amused indulgence or exhausted exasperation! It's a hoot!
It HAS to be Penn... as the listener you never think 'she wouldn't have said that'.... she is delightful.
No this is my first Georgina Sutton book.... I will look out for her in the future.
Yes.... it helped me through a long traffic jam on the M3 yesterday.....
"Rollicking good story"
How peer of the realm got up to a lot of high jinx Romance blooming in unexpected place.
"Great story. Amusingly read"
I have read and re read this story so many times. I love this reading of it, very witty, great characters. A must if you are a GH fan
"Richard and Penn"
the narrator was wonderful. The story gripping and corny compared with today's irealistic fiction in
love it!! well written and engrossing story. mixes humour well with the more serious minor chars add to the fun
"Delightful story, beautifully narrated"
Georgette Heyer never fails to write a most readable tale and this is no exception, but for the audio enthusiast the narration is just as important and this narrator is excellent. Each character is easily recognisable and, as with all good narrators you forget that their individual dialogue is spoken by only one person. Her ability to portray the gender, age, personality and background of each character is remarkable. I would love to hear more audio titles that she has narrated.
"Why can't women read men's voices?"
the silly forced male voices completely spoil this narration - many of them are more highly pitched than the female characters.
Usual jolly story with good characters. I particularly liked Cedrick and Brandon.
Georgette Heyer always makes me laugh. I'm a fan.
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