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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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Critic Reviews

"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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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

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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  • sew
  • Kansas
  • 08-11-10

Bad version.

This audiobook was one of the worst audiobooks through which I have tried to struggle! The abridgment was terrible, omitting the period details, the humor, and the flavor that make Georgette Heyer's books so much fun. The narrator didn't seem to ever get the "feel" of the book, and his reading didn't provide much distinction between the characters. The flow and tongue-in-cheek dialogue inflections were completely lacking. Don't bother to add this one to your library! See if you can find the unabridged version that is available elsewhere.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Sylvester

I have in the past read Heyer's books but it is great to listen to them. I love her books, they are sweet romances, which is hard to find even in regency's written today. I really like the narrator and I can't wait to hear the next one he narrates, it's coming in April. If anyone else enjoys Mr. Armitage's voice as I do he does the narration of the stories based on one of the recent Robin Hood series on the BBC.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • E
  • Chapel Hill, New Caledonia
  • 11-25-09

Brilliant narration

The narration is simply brilliant. Richard Armitage has a wonderful voice, and does the individual voices perfectly. He really does capture regional and class and gender differences. I love listening to all of the various characters, and his female voices are really quite good.

I've not read Georgette Heyer before, and I have to admit I got this because of the narrator, but the story is fun. The story has a good bit of humor, amusing characters is really quite enjoyable. If you're a fan of regency romance, this is a great addition to your collection. My only regret is that it is abridged.

3 of 4 people found this review helpful

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  • margaret
  • Menlo Park, CA, United States
  • 08-01-10

Sylvester Disappoints

Some of the best characters and situations were cut from this version which was disappointing. Everything else was fine.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

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Sylvester

Sylvester is one of my favourite Georgette Heyer novels. I bought this abridgement because it was better than nothing, but would much have preferred the complete novel; this version is cut in length by about two thirds, which unfortunately means some of the funniest bits are lost.

The narrator was not known to me before listening. He has a slight, but annoying lisp, which takes a bit of getting used to; there are certainly other narrators of Heyer's novels whom I prefer (notably Sian Phillips).

These caveats aside, I enjoyed listening to the recording, but do regret the excision of so many of my favourite bits of the book.

5 of 8 people found this review helpful

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  • Sharla
  • Hutchinson, KS, United States
  • 08-11-10

Bad version.

This audiobook was one of the worst audiobooks through which I have tried to struggle! The abridgment was terrible, omitting the period details, the humor, and the flavor that make Georgette Heyer's books so much fun. The narrator didn't seem to ever get the "feel" of the book, and his reading didn't provide much distinction between the characters. The flow and tongue-in-cheek dialogue inflections were completely lacking. Don't bother to add this one to your library! See if you can find the unabridged version that is available elsewhere.

3 of 5 people found this review helpful

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Charming...

Misunderstanding is the key to this story but not in a bad way. She thinks ill of him based on bad first impression. He finds her willingness to insert herself into others problems tiresome. And yet, they find each other in each other's company again and again. You can guess what happens next. This is an old school romance, cerebral not physical.

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Left wanting more

How can you have such an amazing narrator but only in the abridged version? Richard Armitage is fantastic with all these characters and it’s a shame not to have him narrate the full unabridged text.