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When spirited, independent Miss Annis Wynchwood embroils herself in the affairs of a runaway heiress, she is destined to see a good deal of Mr Carleton, Lucilla's uncivil and high-handed guardian. And, chafing at the restrictions of Bath society, Annis has to admit that at least Mr Oliver Carleton is never boring.
©2005 Georgette Heyer; (P)2014 Audible, Inc.

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Absolutely charming

I have downloaded many of the Heyer audiobooks from audible and find this to be one of the best due in great part to the skill of the narrator. Eve Matheson does a bang up job of bringing these characters to life. I found myself listening to it again just a few days after I finished it the first time. I will definitely be downloading more books read by this narrator.

15 of 15 people found this review helpful

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Sweet Romance

This isn't one of Georgette Heyer's best, but the dialog is so much fun that it made me laugh out loud. And the book is so well performed that it is definitely worth a listen.

12 of 12 people found this review helpful

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Pure Enjoyment

This audible production is a fresh encounter with a very old friend, as I read and enjoyed this novel years ago. There was not a single jarring note in the performance, which makes it a rare pleasure indeed. Georgette Heyer is dependably excellent, and the narrator did a good job. I plan to work my way through the unabridged Heyer titles, and will look again for this narrator.

7 of 7 people found this review helpful

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  • bebe
  • South Carolina
  • 12-27-10

So Satisfying

I love Georgette Heyer Regency Romance novels and Lady of Quality is a very good one. Annis is a srong likable heroine and the dialog between the two young people she is looking after is very spirited and funny. This is a great romance with a lot of passion that is protrayed so well withour graphic sex involved (which acually makes it even more enjoyable).

13 of 14 people found this review helpful

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An Excellent Story - Annoying Voices

Would you listen to Lady of Quality again? Why?

I would certainly listen to it again. I've listened to it three times since I first purchased it.

What did you like best about this story?

The story is a solid romance, but also has lots of humour.

What three words best describe Eve Matheson’s voice?

Three words are insufficient. Lovely in narrative, incredibly enervating when performing character dialogue. I really get annoyed by her character voices. They're so overdone and grating.

If you could take any character from Lady of Quality out to dinner, who would it be and why?

Miss Wychwood. She's clever and witty.

Any additional comments?

This is a great story, marred by the narrator's shocking characterisations, but still well worth having, as are all of Heyer's Regency novels.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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Better to read this one rather than listen

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I would recommend reading this book rather than listening to the it. Eve Matheson's voice is lovely, and her narration is very enjoyable when her characters are understated, as in The Nonesuch. In Lady of Quality, her characterization is over the top and runs roughshod over Georgette Heyer's subtle humor. I was disappointed in the audiobook but recommend the printed and Kindle versions.

4 of 5 people found this review helpful

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The Most Irritating Characters

Annis, the Lady of Quality, is surrounded by the most aggravating, insipid, predictable group of characters I have ever had the misfortune of encountering. I finished the book feeling as if I had just escaped from an ant bed!!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • Patty
  • San Diego, CA
  • 02-18-11

Annoying

I was totally charmed by Georgette Heyer's The Unknown Ajax and Friday's Child but I found myself irritated and frustrated by Lady of Quality. I found the romance lacking and quite humorless. With Friday's Child I found myself chuckling and liking every character in that story (save the villain, of course). But the romance and comedy in Lady of Quality was almost non-existent. To top it all off, the character Maria made me want to scream. Eve Matheson is a wonderful narrator and I don't for a second blame her for Maria's annoying voice since I believe it is congruent with the character that Georgette Heyer wanted to portray. So I ask myself: Did I enjoy this story? Will I listen to it a second time? I answer with a resounding NO!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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I love Georgette Heyer, but this was a miss for me.

The hero is such an awful person. Why cultivate a relationship with someone who is constantly apologizing to you for the things they say? Ugh.

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Another good Heyer

The story was typically good character studies with lovable people, the narration was overall great. But there was one part that caused me to lower my rating a little. There was a companion named Mrs. Farlow, I think, and the narrator felt the need to make her voice so obnoxious, that I actually found myself wincing when she was speaking. I kept thinking about rusty nails being dragged down a blackboard. I feel a bit bad saying that, but I think if you actually read the book, you wouldn't have narrated it in your mind quite like that. I listen to Georgette Heyer books over and over, but I won't listen to this one again. I'd still recommend it, because the story is worth it and maybe lit won't bother you. Oh, and the rest of the narration was just right.

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  • SarahC
  • 01-06-15

Irritating Leading Man

A fun story with the usual array of characters. Eve Matheson manages most of the characters very well ...especially Annis, but hugely lets the side down with her portrayal of Oliver Carleton. A pompous and bullish voice all the way through , which wiped away a lot of the Heyer Conversation magic. Very odd as she manages some of the others SO well.



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  • Maggie
  • 09-25-14

Excellent!

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Lady of Quality has always been one of my favourite Heyers, despite it being so similar to the plot of Black Sheep. Annis is an woman trying to be independent whilst keeping family relationships on an even keel, who finds herself attracted to an unpopular man. Specifically, one her over-protective brother Geoffrey dislikes intensely. That sounds trite and formulaic, but isn't.<br/><br/>I think the strength of Heyer's novels always lie not just in the main storylines but in the variety of strong supporting characters. In this the palm goes to Maria Farlow, Annis's tittering, judgemental chatterbox of a companion. Maria has the potential to be either very funny - or drive you nuts. In Eve Matheson's hands (or rather voice) she comes to life, at once both horrific and grotesquely funny.<br/><br/>I kept Lady of Quality back till late on in my journey through Heyer on Audible for a treat. I wasn't disappointed. Definitely recommended.<br/>

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

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  • R. L. Doignie
  • 08-15-17

Enjoyable

Enjoyable listen but not the best storyline. Not much to it though so. Bit simple

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  • donna
  • 06-16-17

A fabulous modern heroine, vibrant and independent...

Eve Mathewson is a good performer but I did not enjoy her Maria in this performance.

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  • Mrs Peggy Gouthwaite
  • 12-23-16

great fun

georgette heyer's romances always make me laugh. her characters are always alive and full bodied. wish she'd had time to write 25 more.

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  • Sara
  • 04-13-16

Uneven narration

This is a fun story but the narration of the leading man is SO poor that I dreaded his appearance in the story. What a shame.

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  • JED
  • 02-12-16

Story good but narrations not for me

One of my favourite Heyer novels. I really like Oliver Carleton and his dialogues with Annis. A blunt, matter of fact, no nonsence, tell it how it is man, who finds he has to mend his ways to win his "Lady". That's what makes the narration poor from my viewpoint. Ms Mathewson raises her voice every time he speaks to try to sound like a man, but it just appears that he is shouting - which he is not! He is forthright, blunt, argumentative but not always shouting. She needs to learn to deepen here voice, but keep it level to portray a gentleman. The book itself is an easy read/listen and the other characters all sound fine, especially the irritating Maria, who woud drive anyone she lived with mad. If you can live with Mr Carleton's voice, then give it a go.

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  • K E C
  • 08-04-15

Not a lady of quality

Not a good narration. Overdone. A waste of money, and I love Georgette Heyer books.

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  • Avril
  • 04-01-15

Beautifully characterised

Eve Matheson manages all the of the characters particularly well. Her rendering of her companion, the appalling Maria is so good that you want to slap her! An excellent addition to my library of Heyer audiobooks.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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  • mrsvee
  • 04-30-17

Must rehearse more, or .....

There are too many mispronunciations and misplaced emphases to make this reading any more than just passable. Where was the producer, if any employed.

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  • Nola
  • 08-16-16

Entertaining!

What made the experience of listening to Lady of Quality the most enjoyable?

The narration was spot on. It was read with well-nuanced understanding of the text, the characters and the style. This was a very pleasant voice to listen to.

What did you like best about this story?

The story is witty, yet credible. The historical details are minutely accurate, the characters engaging. The plot holds few surprises, but the clever characterisation draws you right in to the wonderfully humorous climax.

Which character – as performed by Eve Matheson – was your favourite?

While Annis is thoroughly charming, the eccentric and batty Miss Farlow was my favourite!

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes, I thoroughly enjoyed enjoyed it.

Any additional comments?

This story is not profound, but it is elegant, charming, full of humour and wit, and just the thing to enjoy a relaxing moment with.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful