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Sprig Muslin Audiobook

Sprig Muslin

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Publisher's Summary

Finding so young and pretty a girl as Amanda wandering unattended, Sir Gareth Ludlow knows it is his duty as a man of honour to restore her to her family.

But it is to prove no easy task for the Corinthian. His captive in sprig muslin has more than her rapturous good looks and bandboxes to aid her - she is also possessed of a runaway imagination...

©1956 Georgette Heyer; (P)2014 Audible, Inc.

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    C. Hankins 08-04-09
    C. Hankins 08-04-09 Member Since 2017

    SewnUp!

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    "good entertainment"

    This was a continuously entertaining book. The journey was a bit convoluted, but enjoyable. Georgette Heyer is a delightful story teller who seems to lean toward complex situations for characters who prefer simplicity.
    Sian Phillips reads well, without over emoting. I recommend the book.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Marie 04-23-12
    Marie 04-23-12 Member Since 2011
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    "A comedy of errors that goes wrong"

    There is always one book by a favorite author that doesn't live up to the others. And like Jane Austen's Emma is for me (I wanted to slap her upside the head for most of the book) that is how I feel about Sprig Muslin. Amanda is annoying and a chucklehead. And we see almost nothing of the other main female character, who impressed me so little I can't remember her name, that I wanted to give Amanda a swift kick. Such violent reactions to a regency romance are certainly not good.

    6 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Vicky Streator, IL, United States 12-24-10
    Vicky Streator, IL, United States 12-24-10 Member Since 2010
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    "Delightful"

    This is my first experience with both Georgette Heyer and Sian Phillips, the narrator. The story was delightful with unexpected yet believable turns. I laughed out loud several times and at one part chuckled for a long time later over a surprising event as it unfolded to Sian Phillips perfect timing and delivery. This is a story that I will listen to again and I plan to download more of Heyer's books and will look for more of Sian Phillips narrations.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Cynthia Franks New York, NY United States 03-11-10
    Cynthia Franks New York, NY United States 03-11-10 Member Since 2010

    Sootyfootyput

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    "Delightful characters"

    I read this some time ago, but enjoyed Sian Phillips performance very much. I forgot how interesting and charming Heyer's characters can be. Great bedtime listening! I wish Sian Phillips would do "The Grand Sophy," by Heyer.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Jane 03-09-10
    Jane 03-09-10
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    "I Loved It!"

    This is one of my favourite Georgette Heyer novels, and was so well read. I thoroughly enjoyed it! I look forward to listening to more books read by this narrator, she did a great job.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Kristin Brookings, SD, United States 01-08-15
    Kristin Brookings, SD, United States 01-08-15 Member Since 2012
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    "a fun listen by a favorite author and narrator"

    This is another listen worth a credit, by one of my favorite authors. The story line is funny, I laughed many times. This is not my top pick by Heyer, but it is definitely a great listen. Sometimes I'm in the mood for the more low-key relationships such as in this story. It's interesting to see how the romance plays out.. The plot twists were very amusing, and I really liked the character of Gareth. Only wish there were more good books by Heyer, I've listened to most of them by now. There aren't many authors that can compare.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Patricia 01-05-14
    Patricia 01-05-14

    Patricia

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    "Disappointing story and characterizations"
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    I adore many Heyer novels, but this one just fell flat. The character of Amanda was "outside of enough" as the Regency folks were fond of saying. I found her very annoying and too much of the story was built on her. Sir Gareth was a bland hero. Hester was more interesting to me, but unfortunately played quite minor role. I think she had a potential depth that was worth more attention. The narrator did an excellent job.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Kristin Texas 03-12-13
    Kristin Texas 03-12-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Frustrating but fun"

    I have never wanted to turn a character over my knee and spank her more in my life. Amanda takes the spoiled, annoying, frustrating cake, but as Shakespeare says, all's well that ends well. I love Georgette Heyer and this story was fun if not a bit maddening. I'm still wishing for an unabridged version of The Grand Sophy.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Kate Adelaide, SA, Australia 09-26-12
    Kate Adelaide, SA, Australia 09-26-12
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    "A fabulous new Heyer"

    My first audio book was a Heyer novel read by the fabulous Richard Armitage, but it was an abridged version. Sprig Muslin is unabridged and gives Heyer's beautiful writing chance to shine through the lovely performance of Sian Phillips. I highly recommend this audio book if you are a devout Heyer fan, but if you are new to Heyer and her style then any of the abridged versions would make for an easier introduction.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Ruth United States 09-13-12
    Ruth United States 09-13-12 Member Since 2014

    I love clean books of all sorts. Love mysteries, fantasies epic to kids stories, fairy tales, romances, humor, and historical fiction

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    "Delightfully Entertaining"

    I was encouraged to try this book and author because I found out she wrote romantic, witty stories without the smut so common these days. That sounded like just what I wanted. I can't tell you how much I enjoyed this book and story. I was so enthralled I kept telling people at home not to bother me. I laughed out loud so many times! The characters are wonderful, the era and the proprieties observed, and the story moves you along a delicious path to a wonderful conclusion. I look forward to reading this again and again. I love it as much as Pride and Prejudice and the Importance of Being Ernest. It is a little like the two combined. I'm simply charmed by this story. Worth any amount you pay for it. I'm telling my mother and sister to read this one next! This is definitely a new favorite!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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  • Jane
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    11/15/08
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    "A rattling good listen!"

    I'm a quiet fan of Georgette Heyer but I'd never come across Sprig Muslin before. I think it must be one of her very best books. The plot was absolutely masterly and it keeps your interest from start to finish. The characters are really interesting and not conventional. Plus Sian Philips does an excellent job in enhancing the whole mood of the book. I loved it and I listened to it at every available moment until it was finished.

    11 of 11 people found this review helpful
  • GILLH
    3/18/13
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    "I'd forgotten how good this was"

    This is a book I read many years ago, when it was on the list of books the local library thought suitable for my age and the dragon behind the counter wouldn't issue with books she felt were inappropriate. Going back to an old favourite, was so comforting. Georgette Heyer somehow captures the essence of the period.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • E. M. Dugdale
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    3/14/12
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    "This is what audio books are all about"

    Made me laugh out loud. Sian Phillips about as perfect for this as it gets for Georgette Heyer. Wonderfully humorous story. Very droll. Language fruity and delivered with such aplomb. Heyer undeservedly under-rated. Have listened to quite a few and this one was the best. Enjoy!

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Maggie
    6/21/14
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    "Another Heyer even better in audio"
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    Another pleasant surprise on several levels. Always one of her strong comedies, this is even better when narrated. Sian Phillips had always seemed to me like an actress of the 'theatrical grande dame' variety but she brought every character to life with real comedic style. Hester Theale is a great unlikely heroine, self-effacing and nervous but with hidden depth and humour. The wildly naive Amanda with her stories, determination and would be military strategy, her dour lover Neil, and all the supporting characters are well drawn. Oddly enough, the hero Gareth is sometimes more like a central point around which the others perform than the focal point, but it all works. It really does. Recommended.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Heather
    2/1/15
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    "Excellent"

    In her Usual style, Georgette Heyer has once again produced an amusing, rollicking and highly entertaining book. The narrator understood the tone and humor of the book and performed it well.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Beccameriel
    London, United Kingdom
    7/25/13
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    "Escapist, charming and fun"

    Sian Phillips has a melodious voice and does a pretty good job on the all the voices.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Earthymama
    6/15/17
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    "The First Georgette Heyer novel I ever read!"

    Oh what a delight!
    As I said, Sprig Muslin introduced me to the delights of Ms Heyer's Regency World.
    They remain a constant pleasure and a go-to for a comfort read.
    Sian Phillips performance was wonderful

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  • Janet
    1/14/17
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    "One of Georgette Heyer's best"

    Brilliant, witty, spellbinding content. Sian Phillips is one of the best narrators I've ever heard.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Pici
    7/27/16
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    "Even better the second time around"

    Not only is the storyline delightful, the characters adorable and the background well researched, but this is also one of Heryer's funniest novel.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • J. Edwards
    3/28/16
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    "Perfect listening, excellent narration and story"

    This one surprised me as I much preferred the audio book to reading it myself......and that's a first! The narrator brought all the characters to life in a way I didn't see when I read the book. Sir Gareth has become someone I now like, whereas I never thought much of him before. I also found Lady Hester a totally different person, loving her man but prepared to be a drudge and an old maid rather than marry a man who cannot love her. Amanda is portrayed beautifully, as is the dreamy Hildebrand. I have already listened to this twice and will do so again. I am very grateful to Sian Phillips for her vision and interpretation of the novel which has given me another Heyer book to repeatedly enjoy.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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