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When Fate and a chivalrous impulse combine to saddle Viscount Desford with a friendless, homeless waif in the engaging shape of Cherry Steane, who else should he turn to in such a scrape but his childhood playmate, Henrietta Silverdale? And although they refused to oblige their parents by marrying, they have always been the best of friends.

But as Desford pursues Cherry's grandfather and father around the seedier fringes of society, Hetta is forced to wonder if he might not, at last, have fallen in love. Without the timely intervention of his brother Simon, and Hetta's suitor Gary Nethercott, Desford is in danger of making a rare jumble of his affairs.

©1970 Georgette Heyer (P)2014 Audible, Inc.

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  • EmilyK
  • Portland, OR, United States
  • 03-26-15

Funny and Charming Heyer Classic

What did you love best about Charity Girl?

One of my favorite Heyers! Begins with a marvelous scene with the hero and his father – just classic Heyer. Both the hero and heroine are delightful, as were all the minor characters. I loved the hero’s mother and younger brother, and many of the other minor characters were hilarious. Lots of humor and an appealing, intelligent, and mature central couple – all of the best aspects of Heyer to me.Philpott is also my favorite Heyer narrator. He voices all the different characters so well, male and female, and has a wonderful voice to listen to.

What did you like best about this story?

The humor, the characters, and the marvelous narration.

Which scene was your favorite?

Either the wonderful scene at the beginning with Desford and his father, or the madcap and touching end to the book.

Any additional comments?

One of the best Heyer audios on Audible.

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  • L. Torres
  • Lansing, IL United States
  • 01-15-16

Not my favorite - worth a listen but not a credit

What does Daniel Philpott bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

I know that I enjoyed this story more with the reader then I would have if I had just read it.

Any additional comments?

My favorite Georgette Heyer books have more interaction between the main characters. But Desford spends a lot of time looking for Charity's relatives. There were also a few too many pontificating relatives for me. If you like Heyer books because of the glimpse it gives you into that time, you might enjoy knowing more about a healing town other than Bath. The book was free for me, and well worth a free listen. But I would not have wanted to use a credit for it.

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Short but very sweet

A lovely little Heyer, often overlooked. It starts slowly but its humor - so charmingly amplified by Daniel Philpott's voices - makes this a laugh a minute.

There are many of the author's typical contrivances -- patriarch with gout, honorable young man trying to live up to his honor despite society's ready attempts at gossip and scandal, the winning, ape-leader heroine at an age past 25, the character with a hazy past despite being mostly of good family, and the secondary romance among secondary characters, lots of dashing here and there, from southern England to the the North and even west to Bath. All these features may seem stale on the page but come to glorious life in this very skilled narrator's hands.

The narration truly makes CHARITY GIRL one of the best of the minor romances, and well worth an Audible credit.

Hallelujah!

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Painful

There is a big difference between reading a story and telling a story! I'm going to give up on this book. The Readers delivery of this book is so distracting, poorly paced, with terrible voice characterizations that I can't continue.

I have a dozen or more audio performances of Heyer novels. Most are done quite well. This one is giving me a stomach ache. I give up!

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Los of Fun

I read this book years ago and liked it then. But this reading complete with old codgers, lady housekeepers (with very heavy Yorkshire accents -and not very ladylike at all) is great. Add to this the high flown rhetoric & overblown "tender emotions"of Wilfred Steane and it's hilarious. Thoroughly enjoyed the whole package.

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  • JULIA
  • Tracyton, WA, United States
  • 12-05-13

Another great listen!

Have all her books, would read at least once a year, now - even better - I can listen. She was so knowledgeable of life in these eras, and her describes them fascinatingly. And so humorous!, I laugh out loud throughout. EXCELLENT plotting, writing, narrating. The best!

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not among her best works

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

Probably not. There are scores of Heyer's books that are better than this one. Charity Girl is overly long and, unfortunately much more short on humor than, say Grand Sophy or Frederica or Venetia, Old Shades or Devil's Cub. I even thought that it must have been an early book by the author and was very much surprised to learn that in fact it was one of the latest.

How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

Shorten it, remove some unnecessary dialogues. Choose a narrator with more sense of humor and less of unnecessary drama.

Did the narration match the pace of the story?

Unfortunately, the overly dramatized and thus sounding cheap, narration did nothing to make the book better. I am afraid, Daniel Philpott was trying too hard and as a result the whole started sounding like some vulgar melodrama rather than an elegant story about elegant Regency times.

Do you think Charity Girl needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

Yes - I'd better re-listen to one of my Heyers narrated by Richard Armitage - now, that was absolutely brilliant (admittedly, the novels were better too).

Any additional comments?

I wish the narrator wouldn't use a crude sounding accent (Russian? German?) when reading the villain's part (the villain in question being English). It sounds pathetic.

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  • bebe
  • South Carolina
  • 08-18-18

Good, but not one of Heyer's best

Georgette Heyer is one of the best authors ever. She was a prolific writer, but I wish she had written many more novels than the ones that exist. I particularly love her Regency romances; however, Charity Girl is not one of her best. I believe it is because I did not like the girl Cherry, who was the Charity Girl. I loved all the other characters and the story is interesting - the writing is excellent, and the narration is good. The book just missed being great. Other of Heyer's book are much better. Try "The Grand Sophy", "The Talisman Ring", "The Unknown Ajax", "Lady of Quality", and "Venetia". There are also many others which are excellent. If you have never read or listened to a Georgette Heyer novel, I recommend you try one immediately - just not this one right now. Save Charity Girl for when you have read/listened to all her others.

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Decent story; great reading

The story is entertaining, but what makes it a joy to listen to is Daniel Philpott. I almost forget that it's one person reading every single line of that book. I would listen to him read the newspaper!

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Typical Georgette Heyer Romance

The story line of this novel was well done and entertaining as one would expect from Georgette Heyer.

The male narrator did not have good female voices. They sounded like a breathy wolf trying to convince Red Riding Hood that he was her grandmother. The voice was distracting and lessened the story.

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  • Maggie
  • 05-17-14

Excellent narration

Any additional comments?

This is a good standard Heyer but not in her first division. That's obviously a personal opinion, others might disagree. I actually got more out of this than I ever did reading the book. Daniel Philpott's narration is excellent, both male and female parts and they are totally believable - particularly enjoyed his Steanes, father and son. There must be a temptation to turn them into cartoon characters (I can see Lord Nettlecombe as an aristocratic Albert Steptoe). Philpott resists this and makes them both realistic.

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  • Alison
  • 04-02-14

Not one of her best novels!

There is very little dialogue between hero & heroine in this book, though they have known each other since children. I think her best books are those with plenty of interplay between hero & heroine as they get to know each other (better).

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  • JED
  • 03-27-16

A gentle read

A very gently paced pleasant few hours listening. I do not consider this one of G. Heyers better books, but it is still worth a listen! There are not any of the strong characters, amusing animals or endearing children that usually bring her books to life. This is a amiable look at how the Viscount treads good naturedly through encounters involving "Parents expectations", "unacknowledged jealousy", " a very unhappy runaway", " the runaways self centered relations" and through it all, finding his own fate.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 02-18-18

I love heyer

it was a sweet story, not in top ten among her books but sweet and well narrated

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  • janSO
  • 03-11-17

Excellent.

An excellent performance of a great old book. I have been reading Georgette Heyer since my teens. Nearly all her books are excellent.