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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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  • Ruth
  • United States
  • 09-13-12

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!

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Diverting historical fiction with a light touch

Georgette Heyer had a very successful career writing historical romance set in the Regency period. Her work is characterized by dry humor and a restrained attitude toward the physical aspects of romance. These books emphasize the social and emotional relationships of the characters rather than purely physical. They also require some historical knowledge and the ability to understand Regency slang from context. The books are funny and intricately plotted with a happy close.

Sir Gareth Ludlow is about to propose to his friend, Lady Hester, because he needs to marry to continue his family line. On his way to propose he meets a young woman in trouble. Attempting to resolve her problems takes the efforts of Sir Gareth and Lady Hester, who come to a closer understanding as a result. The story is light-hearted and has a number of different plot lines, all of which are resolved satisfactorily in the end.

Sian Phillips is a competent narrator with a dry delivery that is an excellent match for Heyer's work. While her voice is a little hoarse to be completely convincing as the very young Amanda, on the whole her characterizations are excellent. Ms Phillips also read Bath Tangle, by Heyer, but her work on that recording is slightly below the high standards she met for Sprig Muslin. On the whole I can recommend this recording as the book is amusing and the narrator adds to the experience.

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A 'cat-and-mouse' chase story - I enjoyed it

What did you love best about Sprig Muslin?

The fact that the Hero and Heroine are a different sort....and that the story takes you on a journey....

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I miss these kinds of romance stories

First read this book about 30 years ago, and always enjoyed the author. It's an old fashioned romance without the graphic sex scenes. It was truly a breath of fresh air.

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Good book

I think that Georgette Heyer's books are great. I am never embarrassed by bad language, the haphazard usage of the 4 letter words. If they can't find a substitute don't write. These books are a joy to listen to.

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  • Clare
  • Vancouver, BC, Canada
  • 05-19-10

Thoroughly Enjoyable

This is not one of my favourite Heyer books, but this is such an EXCELLENT audio version I can see I will be 're-reading' it often. Sian Phillips is an incredible narrator.

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  • Renee
  • Winter Haven, FL, USA
  • 04-08-09

Charming!

enjoyed this very much.

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Sprig muslin

Narrator was excellent. I liked the story because it had overtones of all Jane Austen's books. It wasn't as good as Austen's, but it was entertaining.

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Story & narration excellent, glitch in audio

Narrator Sian Phillips is excellent in capturing the emotions of the moment and the personality of each character. The story itself is sweet, funny and feels true to life. There is an audio glitch near Mr. Whyteleafe meeting Amanda, but it is not enough to derail the audience understanding what is going on.

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Makes me smile

Enjoyable romp. I love the mature relationship that develops between the main characters near the end of the book. One of my favorites by Heyer. The beginning of the book sets up the situation and is a little sad, but then gentle absurdities begin to dominate the plot, until seeming disaster occurs before the happy ending.

One of the things I love about Heyer is the way she plays with different personalities in her main characters, as well as a variety of human relationships.

The narrator is a disappointment. She portrays some characters better than others. It's hard to tell who's talking sometimes. Amanda, Who is in her teens, sounds like an old woman and this is distracting and detracts from the humor that is based on her shenanigans. But the narrator does handle the intonations of dialogue well.