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Sylvester Audiobook

Sylvester

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Publisher's Summary

When Sylvester, the Duke of Salford, first meets Phoebe Marlow, he finds her dull and insipid. She finds him insufferably arrogant. But when a series of unforeseen events leads them to be stranded together in a lonely country inn, they are both forced to reassess their hastily formed opinions, and begin a new-found liking and respect for each other.

Sylvester calls to mind the satirical genius of a Jane Austen novel and is adored for its wit and a fast-paced plot, which ranges across a myriad of settings.

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What the Critics Say

"Although this is an abridged version of Heyer's work, British actor Richard Armitage makes this exceptionally fun to listen to....Armitage's reading is warm, lively, simply brilliant. He easily voices all characters and regional and class differences with ease and captures the underlying tension and growing romantic interest between Phoebe and Sylvester. The period classical music between chapters adds wonderful, appropriate atmosphere." (Soundcommentary.com)

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    Tina Novato, CA, United States 03-15-10
    Tina Novato, CA, United States 03-15-10 Member Since 2004
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    "Abridged!!"

    Darn, missed the notation and thought I was getting Unabridged. Do NOT buy this one; the cuts the producers made in this beautiful story just ruin it!

    10 of 12 people found this review helpful
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    Mrs Nyngan, Australia 12-05-11
    Mrs Nyngan, Australia 12-05-11
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    "Wish it was unabridged!"
    What did you love best about Sylvester?

    Richard Armitage - what a fantastic narrator - he made it most enjoyable to listen to


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Sylvester - seems a bit like Hugh Grant in that he could be a bit foppish but with a good heart!


    What about Richard Armitage’s performance did you like?

    Everything!


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

    Caught myself giggling numerous times - cant wait to listen to it again. One of those books that I will listen to more than once.


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Katherine H 07-17-10
    Katherine H 07-17-10 Member Since 2007
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    "HATE ABRIDGED VERSIONS!"

    I feel cheated! I had read this story many, many years ago and loved it. With the abridged version I feel like I was being shown the lives of these people, but they were only shadows of the real characters with no personality or substance. If you want a 'trashy' romance then this is for you - but if you want to be able to immerse yourself into the romance of the story, the lives of the characters and feel them come to life - dont' bother! Wait for the unabridged version to come out - it is a 5 star listen.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Pattio 12-18-14
    Pattio 12-18-14 Member Since 2017

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    "Don't get the abridged version"

    I selected this version of "Sylvester" shortly after becoming a member of Audible and did not look closely enough to notice that this was an abridged audiobook. When I listened to it, the story did not make much sense. Several years later, Audible obtained the unabridged version so I took a chance on it and loved it! In fact, it is one of my top five favorite Georgette Heyer books (Frederica, Friday's Child, Venetia, Devil's Cub and Sylvester being my favorites in both written and audiobook format). So my recommendation is that you skip this version and go for the unabridged one instead.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Dana New Haven, CT 11-17-13
    Dana New Haven, CT 11-17-13 Member Since 2016

    Professional appreciator.

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    "Richard Armitage's voice!!!"

    I bought this only because Richard Armitage was the narrator. I love his work and was excited to hear him read this. I was blown away by the number of voices he creates for all the characters. I wasn't expecting that, but he's wonderful. This version is abridged so it's not ideal, but it's definitely worth it just to hear Armitage's performance.

    Definitely recommend.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Sharon West Monroe, LA, United States 05-23-13
    Sharon West Monroe, LA, United States 05-23-13 Member Since 2009

    Humanitarian Aid Worker living in Central Asia.

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    "Story, meh. Richard Armitage's voice, lovely."

    Not impressed with this author, which is a shame since I enjoyed listening to Richard Armitage's voice. I guess he could read the list of ingredients off the back of a cereal box and it would be nice to listen too.

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    Amazon Customer 12-10-11 Member Since 2011
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    "Remind me not to get abridged versions!"
    What did you like best about Sylvester? What did you like least?

    I really enjoyed the growth in the characters, in humour, and authenticity and self-knowledge.

    But, oh dear, this is one of my two favourite Georgette Heyer's, so I got very distressed, when, as a novice audible book buyer, I hadn't checked it was the full book. So I found lines of dialogue which made me laugh, or increased the depth and highlighted the nuances, simply skipped! very disconcerting.


    What could Georgette Heyer have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    No - the original is gets 10 stars!


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Fiona Bunbury, Australia 11-29-11
    Fiona Bunbury, Australia 11-29-11 Member Since 2011
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    "A male voice"

    I enjoyed listening to this with a male voice. The characters came alive and the sense of being in the moment and enjoying a regency tale was fun. Many of Heyer's stories give equal weight to the male's perspective of the plot and I enjoy the immersion into the era.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Abigail 11-02-11
    Abigail 11-02-11
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    "Cute Love Story<3"

    i really love this story! i wish it was unabridged though. Richard Armitage really gives a uncanny performance with the female voices! i was astounded at how well he portrays the women and Sylvester's voice was perfect! i always thought of what Sylvester's voice would be like as i was reading the book and Richard Armitage brings him to life!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Barbara Mesa, AZ, United States 10-22-10
    Barbara Mesa, AZ, United States 10-22-10 Member Since 2017
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    "Don't buy abridged"

    The best parts of this book was left out. I would buy this again if they would make it unabridged! The author is wonderful, the narrator is great and if you want just a snippet...then buy this. But if you want the whole wonderful pie. AVOID.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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  • Amanda
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    12/22/10
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    "Nectar for the ears"

    Sylvester was my first introduction to Georgette Heyer. I read the book because I knew the audio book read by Richard Armitage was coming out.

    Both story and performance are an absolute joy. My only gripe ? It's not unabridged.

    Heyer's characters and their adventures are exquisitely written.

    Here they are brought to life in glorious technicolour by Richard Armitage's endlessly versatile and gifted voice.

    He has me giggling out loud in the comic passages and sighing happily at the romance.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Katie
    1/10/11
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    "An excellent story!"

    All in all, it is an excellent story ~ Georgette Heyer's story is about an independent spirit called Phoebe and the wonderful Sylvester too. It's so very entertaining. And it's no exaggeration to say Richard Armitage reads this novel like a dream, he brings out all the humour and yet, brings something of his own in there too.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Amazon Customer
    8/11/10
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    "A Dream Come True"

    I have been a lover of Georgette Heyer's books for very many years. I am also a fan of Richard Armitage and have listened with enjoyment to his previous audio work of the Robin Hood stories and his absolutely amazing rendition of The Lords of the North.

    So to have my favourite actor reading my favourite author is a dream come true. The pairing of Georgette Heyer's prose and Mr. Armitage's dark velvet voice is a marriage made in heaven.

    This audio book is sheer listening enjoyment from beginning to end. There is a wide range of characters all lifted from the page and given their own distinctive voice. Mr. Armitage doesn't just read the book, he acts it. Listening to him read, has enriched and added to my enjoyment of the book.

    I have rated this 5 star because as an audio book, I feel it is merited. However, the abridgement itself disappoints. So much warmth and humour is missing and also several important scenes which help us to understand the on/off relationship between Sylvester and Phoebe.

    I encourage anyone who hasn't read the book to do so and fill in the gaps. It will add to your enjoyment of the audio book.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Kate Hope
    4/23/10
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    "Garunteed to give you the vapours."

    I cut my reading teeth on Georgette Heyer when I was a teenager. So, this rendition of Sylvester was a real find.

    Nineteen year old Phoebe is a bit of (what Regency marms would call) a hoyden. She is unladylike, prefers riding to embroidery and she writes novels in secret. Phoebe's first encounter with arrogant Sylvester does not go well. When Sylvester turns up at Phoebe's home to offer for her hand, Phoebe makes her getaway. Adventures ensue.

    Sylvester is read gamely by Richard Armitage which is a double bonus. He takes on the voices of various dowagers, maids, squires and squires sons with admirable competence. As for the sultry voice of Sylvester, I dare any lady not to wilt. I have not been able to find any other audiobook read by this versatile actor which is what makes Sylvester such a gem.

    I recommend you give it a go and remember your smelling salts!

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Alison
    Stanford-in-the-Vale, United Kingdom
    3/12/10
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    "Why abridged?"

    Far too much of this book was omitted,including many very funny passages, and others which further explained the developing relationship. Why was it so padded out with music? If a little was necessary to cover gaps in the story, it should have been kept to a minimum, and more of the book included!

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Amazon Customer
    9/29/11
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    "disappointing!"

    This was very well read but it is disappointing that so much has been omitted from one of Heyer's best books. In particular, many of the most comic scenes are missing. An unabridged version would be very welcome.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Bibliophile
    Cumbria
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    "Old favourites"

    I must have read this forty years ago, and had decided to listen to some tapes from the public library. Unfortunately they have lasted even worse than I have, and as I was half way through the book, I checked Audible. It is a bit disappointing that it is an abridged version - Heyer fans can actually quite enjoy an 11 hour wallow - but actually very well abridged and very well read.
    Typical of Heyer's romantic escapism and very accurate detail.
    Sylvester is this obnoxious aristo who needs taking down a peg, and the heroine and her young friend manage that quite nicely

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Stephanie Jane
    a caravan somewhere in Europe
    2/27/10
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    "Simply wonderful!"

    I normally avoid abridged books, but was encouraged to try this by the great reviews already here and because I had already enjoyed Armitage's reading of some of the Robin Hood stories.
    I am so glad I did.
    The story is engaging and does not seem to suffer from having been abridged - I did not notice any gaping holes! While some of the characters' attitudes are now a tad dated, the story itself is fresh and sassy and nowhere near as soppy as a lot of contemporary chick lit.
    The reading however it what makes this audiobook - it is superb. Each character is distinctly and believably voiced and Richard Armitage is completely in tune with the pace and drama of the tale. Simply wonderful!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Catherine
    1 rwelshGermany
    1/10/10
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    "Thoroughly enjoyable!"

    This will delight Heyer and Armitage fans alike. Fantastic story and wonderful adaptation. I look forward to Armitage's next narration with great excitement.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Jeanette
    Barnsley, United Kingdom
    1/9/10
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    "A warm, dramatic interpretation of gentle comedy."

    This is a charming interpretation of a delightful book; I doubt that I would have read it myself, but having had the book read to me is quite a different experience. Prior to this purchase, I have only bought from the factual collection, but the quality of the reading makes "Sylvester" as good as a radio play (praise indeed from a regular BBC Radio Four listener) and has converted me to the luxury of being read unabridged fiction, as an adult. Mr Armitage clearly enjoys his role as reader and interpreter, with a series a voices showing fidelity to the text, and a light humour. If you want to enjoy a romantic comedy, and to be read to by a talented actor, then this Audible Book is for you. (And you will feel it is being read for you, personally).

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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