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Black Sheep

By: Georgette Heyer
Narrated by: Natalie Simpson
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Brought to you by Penguin.

Black Sheep is read by Natalie Simpson, star of Les Misérables.  

Abigail Wendover has no time for love.

She is far too busy protecting her niece, who has fallen madly in love with a suspected fortune-hunter.

But her efforts become vastly more complicated with the arrival of Miles Calverleigh, the black sheep of his family - a reckless bachelor with a scandalous past.

Abby soon discovers that, despite successfully managing her niece's love life, she has far less control over her own unruly heart. 

©1966 Georgette Heyer (P)2021 Penguin Audio

Critic Reviews

"Absolutely delicious tales of Regency heroes...utter, immersive escapism." (Sophie Kinsella)

"Utterly delightful." (The Guardian)

"Elegant, witty and rapturously romantic." (Katie Fforde)

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  • JED
  • 03-03-21

An excellent narration of a favourite book

I love Georgette Heyer books, and although I have almost all the unabridged audio titles, I still like to find another version with a good narration - its almost like finding a new book. I thoroughly enjoyed my previous version of this, and this one is equally as good. It will be difficult to decide which to listen to next time I fancy laughing out loud at the way unconventional Miles Calverleigh ignores social rules of the day, and goes his own casual way to achieve his own desires. A very good example of life in Bath during this period.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 08-14-21

Bryer’s wit and humour blighted by this narration

A favourite light hearted novel blighted by a narrator who seems blind to the wit and humour of Heyer. Sorry!

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  • Carôle
  • 02-15-21

One of the best Heyer’s

Abigail Wendover, the most sensible of her family, is one of the last 2 spinsters of the family, in charge of their niece Fanny - 17 years old and an heiress to boot!

Abigail is also the one member of her family that the rest of them depend on for every little thing. Which is why it is ironic that the eldest surviving male sibling, James, pays little attention to her opinions or views.

The story circles around the fate of Fanny, who falls prey to a dashing fortune hunter, Stacey Calverleigh (whilst Abigail was absent from Bath). She learns his name and, having yet to make his acquaintance, mistakes his Black Sheep uncle for him in a chance encounter.

So begins an amusing tale of wills and propriety. Amusing and sad in parts, but very enjoyable. At the conclusion, one wishes that Miss Heyer had written a sequel to this tale.

I’m used to the former narration and it was one of the best however, this is passable. It is better than many such interpretations, but it is not the best. It will do.

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  • Patsy
  • 10-23-21

Addicted to bridge the Heyer

My favourite reader is Philada Nash. This one was passable. Enjoyed the story all over again.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 08-20-21

Excellent story very well performed

Loved it. Excellent story and very well performed. Characters were lively, likeable, believable and entertaining

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  • Patricia D.
  • 05-13-21

Love Georgette Heyer

Her books sparkle with authenticity, great characters and romance. Very well read also. If you have never read her books, do so now.

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  • Mrs Eleanor Jenkinson
  • 05-05-22

Volume control ruined this story.

One of my favourite stories ruined by the sound technician. Soft voices were barely audible and, by raising the volume, damaged eardrums were a distinct possibility. choose a different editiion.

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  • Ginger
  • 02-13-22

Not the best Georgette Heyer

I have read this Black Sheep a few times over the last fifty years. Sadly, it was not improved at all by this narration.

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  • JM
  • 01-29-22

Not convinced with the narrator

An easy listen, not my favourite Heyer story and I think the narrator let it down. Her voice was a might shrill when it need not have been.

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  • Mo Bass
  • 11-01-21

Vintage Heyer

I have all Heyer's audiobooks as she is the Queen of Regency Romance. Natalie Simpson does a good job.

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  • Jane
  • 07-29-22

A comedy of manners

This story explores the prevailing social mores of the regency period and shows the determination of the conservative siblings of Abigail Wendover to prevent her from marrying the black sheep of the Calverleigh family. Duty to family weighs heavily on Abby but not at all on her unconventional suitor. The story is well read and lively but is lacking a little in action. I enjoyed it however and will listen to it again.

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  • Margaret
  • 04-10-22

The voice wasn’t right for the story.

If only Phyllis’s Nash or Sarah Woodward had be reading this story it would have been far more interesting. The story is light and entertaining but the voice was too young for characters.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 04-18-21

I love GH

smashing narrator, story is a little different to her standard Georgian stories, but still fun.