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Bath Tangle Audiobook

Bath Tangle

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Publisher's Summary

The Earl of Spenborough has always been noted for his eccentricity. Leaving a widow younger than his own daughter Serena is one thing, but quite another is leaving Serena's fortune to the trusteeship of the Marquis of Rotherham -- a man whom Serena once jilted and who now has the power to give or withhold his consent to any marriage she might contemplate. When Serena and her lovely young stepmother Fanny decide to move to Bath, Serena makes an odd new friend and discovers an old love, Major Hector Kirkby. Before long, Serena, Fanny, Kirkby, and Rotherham are entangled in a welter of marriage and manners the like of which even Regency Bath has rarely seen.

Dashing, funny, romantic - a novel by one of our best-known and most beloved historical novelists who has captured a whole new generation's heart.

©2009 Georgette Heyer; (P)2014 Audible, Inc.

What the Critics Say

"Lady Serena Carlow is an acknowledged beauty, but she's got a temper as fiery as her head of red hair. When her father dies unexpectedly, Serena discovers to her horror that she has been left a ward of Ivo Barrasford, marquis of Rotherham, a man whom Serena once jilted and who now has the power to give or withhold his consent to any marriage she might contemplate. With her father's heir eager to take over his inheritance--and Serena's lifelong home--she and her lovely young stepmother, Fanny, decide to move to Bath, where Serena makes an odd new friend and discovers an old love, Major Hector Kirkby. Before long, Serena, Fanny, Kirkby, and Rotherham are entangled in a welter of misunderstood emotions, mistaken engagements, and misdirected love." (Amazon.com review)

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    Amazon Customer 07-28-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Tangle is right!"
    What did you love best about Bath Tangle?

    The confusion and sweetness throughout. The listener is given little hints so they can predict what will happen, but only sometimes.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Ivo. Because he keeps his secret very well, I think.


    Have you listened to any of Sian Phillips’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No, but I enjoyed this very much. That deep voice must have been difficult.


    If you could take any character from Bath Tangle out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    Serena, Because she is a lot of fun.


    Any additional comments?

    Loved the book and the narration.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    C. Swan 05-28-12
    C. Swan 05-28-12

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    "An Enjoyable Romantic Web"

    A delightful entangled plot that Heyer easily unravels never letting the reader/listener feel the story is being overly contrived.

    Unlike previous reviewers I was quite dismayed by Sian Phillips narration. I'm sure Sian Phillips does her best but her voice is quite hoarse. It is a great pity as Sian tries to ensure the various characters have individual voices for the listener but she is hampered by her damaged vocal folds. Serena is described as having a low pitched muscial voice but instead sounds like she should be auditioning for one of the witches in Macbeth!

    I suggest that prospective buyers of this book listen very closely to the sample & decide for themselves.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Elizabeth Edmonton, Alberta, Canada 03-28-12
    Elizabeth Edmonton, Alberta, Canada 03-28-12 Member Since 2011
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    "So much fun"

    This audiobook was just a delight. I listened in joyful anticipation as the plot developed and I broke out in smiles too many times to count. Sean Phillips narration is one of the best I have ever experienced and the chemistry between the two leads is quite wonderful. I found it completely charming and absorbing.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Mary Pat 07-12-17
    Mary Pat 07-12-17 Member Since 2017
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    "An enchanting book perfect for a summer read!"

    The summer calls for a a fun story and this indeed a fun story! It is perfect as a beach read or just sitting outside enjoying both the summer and the story!

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    Catherine 03-14-17
    Catherine 03-14-17 Member Since 2015
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    "Georgette Heyer fan"

    Love the witty dialogue, romance without sex scenes, and the wonderful descriptions of Edwardian England.

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    Ann Richardson 09-09-16
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    "BATH TANGLE"

    Heyer at her most inspired, in terms of dialogue and character. I used to think that the plot was too nonsensical (to use a G.H. Word!) for re-reading, so I gave my hard copy away. Now, in the masterful performance by Sian Phillips, the whole book, plot and all, is painted on an entirely new canvas displayed for our pleasure. If ever a book was burnished to its brightest shine by the right reader, this is it.
    As Serena might have said, "You were made for each other!" Congratulations to Ms. Phillips for creating indelible individual personalities in an unforced way~~and for making them thrive in our imagination, so that they seem very real indeed. Highest recommendation!

    In fact, if Sian Phillips and Phyllida Nash were to record ALL the Heyer books, now that would be divine.

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    Lauren L R Murphy University Place, WA, US 08-15-16
    Lauren L R Murphy University Place, WA, US 08-15-16 Member Since 2016

    I love Regency Romance. I spend many hours on the road and I am never happier than when I have a Georgette Heyer book to listen to.

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    "Pride and prejudice!"
    What did you love best about Bath Tangle?

    The tangled web of mistakes and misjudgment based on silly pride and even sillier prejudices.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Bath Tangle?

    When Hector and Fannie discover that they love each other. They are so so surprised! And so guilty. So funny.


    What about Sian Phillips’s performance did you like?

    Her voice was perfect for this time and place.


    Any additional comments?

    A fun Heyer!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Valerie 07-25-16
    Valerie 07-25-16
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    "Not my favorite Heyer book"

    Not every book can be a winner and this one just didn't hit the sweet spot for me. Heyer, as always, has an excellent writing style but the heroine was a little too temperamental and hard to like for me to care who she ended up with. It may read better the second time round but it is just too long a read with too little investment in the characters for me to do that soon. The narrator was excellent, as she always is, though her smoky voice sometimes doesn't have the youthful ring to it for some characters. If temperamental heroines are your thing then give this a listen otherwise look to some of Heyer's other books for better characters.

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    Elizabeth Phillips 07-23-16
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    "One of the best!"

    I've always loved this delightful and oh-so romantic Georgette Heyer novel, but Sian Phillips' performance sent it over the top. Bravo!

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    Agatha Istanbul Chapel Hill, NC USA (and world traveler) 11-17-15
    Agatha Istanbul Chapel Hill, NC USA (and world traveler) 11-17-15 Member Since 2015

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    "Need another narrator........."

    In the book, Serena is described two or three times as having a "musical" voice, but Sian Phillips gave her a voice like Rosalind Russell. Yes, she is an outspoken tomboy, but is also described as graceful and I never got that impression of her from the narrator's reading.
    It's very frustrating when the narrator doesn't read the parts as the author describes each character.

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  • JED
    4/27/16
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    "A book of two halves"

    At the start of the book I swiftly grew to dislike BOTH lead characters. All the unnecessary shouting and arguing for hardly any reason at all I found very trying. I could not like or sympathise with either of them. I would heartily have liked someone to have told Serena that her attitude and behavior was unacceptable and for them to "cut off" her acquaintance. She came across as a 25 year old selfish madam! HE was no better. I almost put the book down! However, just over half way through I found I didn't want to put it down and was eager to find out what happens next. I listened to the last two hours in one sitting and found it very enjoyable. The narrator makes such a good job of Mrs Floore that I was smiling all the time and wishing she was in it more. The narration as a whole is very good and she puts feeling into all the supporting characters. In my opinion this is not one of G.Heyers better novels. You don't get much information on what it going through the minds of the main characters, which is the part I like most in her other romantic novels. e.g. there is no reason behind Serena marrying him in the end. It is, however the only book in which she deals with a the death of the head of a titled family and the impact it can have on other family members. I am glad I don't live in those times!

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  • Elizabeth
    12/5/15
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    "Delightful Regency romance"
    Where does Bath Tangle rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Near the top - I've already listened to it twice. I love Georgette Heyer, and the interlocking storylines make this book a fun listen.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I really liked both Serena and Fanny - partly because they were so different, so provided relief to each other, but you could also understand the genuine affection between them.


    What about Sian Phillips’s performance did you like?

    The narration was very clear and she used a good range of voices. She didn't hold back in the emotional scenes and showed the characters' motivations through her delivery of their dialogue.


    If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    The solution is love


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Paule
    Hong Kong, Hong Kong
    8/22/15
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    "Great fun!"

    This is typical Heyer, though one with a more mature hero and heroine than some. It is beautifully read by Ms Phillips, who captures the humour so well. It had me laughing out loud, especially towards the end.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Amazon Customer
    Wokingham, United Kingdom
    5/15/15
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    "georgette heyer is brilliant, narrated brilliantly"

    its a fantastic book when read or listened to . just a great book for a journey

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Heather
    3/7/15
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    "Good"

    In her usual style of romantic comedy Miss Georgette Heyer has once again Excellent entertainment in prose. This Book is very well narrated and was most enjoyable

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Amazon Customer
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    2/2/15
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    "Tangled lovers ever likely to sort things out?"

    I enjoyed this book. Strictly night tome listening with no unexpected events. pure undiluted romance.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Hannah
    Hanworth, United Kingdom
    10/1/14
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    "One of Heyer's feisty female heroines."
    Would you consider the audio edition of Bath Tangle to be better than the print version?

    Georgette Heyer books are always a glorious - and somewhat luxurious - read. Her use of the English Language and research into period cant is second to none, which explains why the audio editions are also glorious.


    What other book might you compare Bath Tangle to, and why?

    Its golden era Georgette Heyer. No-one else has ever managed to produce the period so well - because no-one else has applied such a mind to research the period so completely and then go on to create a whole cast of characters who are believable within the real history of Bath, London, Brighton and the provinces.


    Which character – as performed by Sian Phillips – was your favourite?

    I think you would need to ask Miss Phillips who she enjoyed reading most - she is not only a wonderful actress but has a feel for words. But Mrs Broome was the most fun to hear interpreted.


    Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    There were several points when the writing and performance made me laugh out loud.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Judith
    MELLIEHA, Malta
    7/29/11
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    "A good story"

    I particularly like this story by Georgette Heyer, and I love Sian Phillips, but the narration seemed to me very slow that to begin with I thought there was something wrong with my IPod. However, in the end it didn't spoil it too much, I just had to keep getting my ear tuned to the slow pace.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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