Miles from anywhere, Darracott Place is presided over by irascible Lord Darracott. The recent drowning of his eldest son has done nothing to improve his temper....
Penniless Elinor is rather surprised at the carriage that meets her from the stage, and more so at the decayed grandeur of the house to which she's transported....
He had nothing to recommend him but his smile, and she was surely too old, and had too much commonsense, to be beguiled by a smile....
When Gervase Frant, 7th Earl of St Erth, returns at last from Waterloo to his family seat at Stanyon, he enjoys a less than welcome homecoming....
The Earl of Spenborough has always been noted for his eccentricity. Leaving a widow younger than his own daughter Serena is one thing....
Rich and handsome, the hope of ambitious mothers and despair of his sisters, the Marquis of Alverstoke sees no reason to put himself out for anyone....
The three great-nephews of cantankerous Mr Penicuik know better than to ignore his summons, especially when it concerns the bestowal of his fortune....
This story of mistaken love is a romantic fiction set in the English Regency period. It centers on Lord Sheringham who has been rejected by the woman he loves....
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....
The man, they both agree, is an insufferably arrogant dandy. But unfortunately for them, he's also the Fifth Earl of Worth, a friend of the Regent and, their legal guardian....
Tired of his aristocratic family constantly pressuring him to get married, he determines to run away after meeting the delightful, unconventional heroine Penelope Creed. Penelope, literally,falls into his life....
The shy young Duke of Sale has never known his parents. Instead, he has endured 24 years of rigorous mollycoddling from his uncle and his valet...
Captain John Staple’s exploits in the Peninsula had earned him the sobriquet Crazy Jack amongst his fellows in the Dragoon Guards....
Set in the Regency period, this is a classic tale of misunderstood love and an arranged marriage....
The legend of the Headless Horseman and a proposed marriage de convenance both have their impact on the mystery of a golden talisman ring and Lord Lavenham's young heir, Ludovic....
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....
When Sylvester, the Duke of Salford, first meets Phoebe Marlow, he finds her dull and insipid. She thinks he is insufferably arrogant....
I simply enjoyed the story! I am most grateful to Eve Matheson, who does not over-play the parts, as I felt was done in the Reluctant Widow. Matheson gets the wit and irony just perfect.
In the story, two admirable and intelligent lovers get star-crossed and find their way again through their own decency and common sense as well as the the help and hindrence of various other characters. And a separate scene between Tiffy and Lawrence -- shallow and self-centered throughout -- is worth reading for. I found myself laughing as Heyer continued to reveal new levels of their self-centerededness.
In any audio book, I want an author and a narrator who develop characters that I increasingly grow to like or at least understand. For a love story, this was great.
23 of 23 people found this review helpful
Heyer at her marevelous, amusing, historically accurate best. In The Nonesuch she overturns one stereotype after another, and just when we think we have all the characters sorted out, she offers a startling glint of sympathy for some provoking character, or silliness in someone generally wise. Eve Matheson's excellent reading helps keep me chuckling; I notice new humor each time I listen.
17 of 17 people found this review helpful
I have loved Georgette Heyer since I read my first book at about 13 years. And I have read them all. And have been very happy to buy each and every one Audible releases, check regularly for new ones. Nonesuch is one of my favorites, with great characters and hilarious situations. Recommend to anyone who enjoys Heyer.
23 of 24 people found this review helpful
An interesting story where Ms Heyer fleshes out the secondary characters more then usual. In fact I've often thought that the 'cast' took the reader's attention from the hero & heroine! Ms Heyer manages to ensure a very satisfactory ending as usual.
I've read this story a few times & while I enjoyed the book it wasn't a favourite of mine. That changed when I listened to Eve Matheson's narration; she pitches her tones & adds accents where appropriate. She brought all the characters to life; her interpretation of the spoilt heiress Tiffany's speech was so excellent I found myself muttering, 'Spoilt brat!' when Tiffany was throwing a tantrum.
8 of 8 people found this review helpful
Most of Gerogette Heyer's novels are famtastic, even though there are a few that are not so good. Nonesuch is a great Heyer novel. The romance is highly entertaining (even though at one time I was a little agravated with the male half of the couple). The book has great characters. There are some truly comic ones, some villians, and some georgeous ones. Georgette Heyer is one of my all time favorite authors (I have been reading, rereading, listening to and re-listening to her books for over twenty-five years!) and I have almost completed my collection of every one of her books in one or more formats(print, tape, CD or MP3). I have recommended her novels to many people, who in turn recommended her novels to others. I am now responsible for "creating" a lot of other Heyer fans. One fan told me that she would pick up Heyer whenever she was sad, sick or down because she knew that nothing bad ever happened in a Heyer book, that there would be humor and romance, and that all would turn out well. This was comforting to her. I agree.
Heyer has the remarkable talent to make characters come alive. Her understanding of human nature (noble, absurd, humorous and all other forms) is uncanny and she has the unique ability to draw these characters in words. If you read Nonesuch or one of her many other great books, you too will probably become a Heyer fan.
16 of 17 people found this review helpful
The Nonesuch is a leader of the Corinthian set, a fine horseman, and a man of impeccable taste. Miss Trent is a well-born but impecunious woman forced to take a position as a "Governess/Companion" to a young, beautiful and heartless heiress (Tiffany) of less than noble birth, but surpassing beauty. When the Nonesuch comes to the neighbourhood on a matter of business, he ends up staying well past his original intention. But is it to chase after the heiress? Hardly. This is, after all, a Georgette Heyer novel!
As always, there are many turns and miscues, but it all works out in the end. But it's the characters, the wit and bit of language, and the sheer fun of a Heyer that makes it all so much fun and such a delightful read. The Nonesuch is well read by Eve Matheson, and makes for a great listen.
6 of 6 people found this review helpful
I loved listened to Heyer books -- more than reading them because the use of language is so much better when HEARD, especially with the British accent. I enjoy the stories, the heroes and the heroines. I am listening to all her books on my commute, and can't wait to get back into the car!
The Nonesuch met all my expectations. Well, almost all. It ended so suddenly, that I feel like something was left out. I felt unsatisfied. I'm tempted to get the actual book to see if it really ended this way, or if the recording just cut off.
12 of 13 people found this review helpful
Ancilla Trent is the preceptress of what probably has to be one of the most spoiled beauties that has ever disgraced a comedy of mannersl. Tiffany Wield is a character who would have been very annoying to have to deal with in real life, but totally amusing as Heyer presents her in this novel set in a small community.
If you aren't already a Heyer fan then you may not be prepared for the long conversations introducing Sir Waldo Hawkridge and his relations and associates. Be patient, this sets up the story nicely. Also, there isn't any sexual activity which may put some readers off, but is to be expected in a Heyer novel. It isn't an inspirational though, so don't be afraid you will be preached at.
Sir Waldo has just had the misfortune to inherit a property in Yorkshire that it is likely he will have to spend a significant amount of money putting it into shape. He is determined to go and view it, accompanied by his nephew Lord Lindeth. Of course the arrival of Sir Waldo, nicknamed the Nonesuch and his nephew throws the neighborhood into a flutter of excitement including Miss Tiffany Wield, who is determined that none should escape her toils.
Once the plot gets underway this is a delightful story although not among my favorite Heyers. Lots of sprightly dialogue and a heroine and hero who one wishes well from the start.
4 of 4 people found this review helpful
in spite of the goofy picture on the cover. I usually don't pay much attention to the picture on the cover of a book on Audible. For some reason though, this guy was creepy.
I am glad I overcame the creep factor and read the book. It was very enjoyable. This was actually one of the more romantic Heyer books I have read. There was actually a clutch and a kiss near the end. Heyer did such a good job of presenting a hero who knows exactly what he wants by the end of the second chapter, a heroine who never really believes him until the very end and still makes everything that comes in between interesting and enjoyable. She fleshed out several of the secondary characters more than she does in some of her other work. And the Nonesuch's male relations were pretty entertaining, as was the cross the heroine was forced to bear - the young lady she served as a companion to. Eve Matheson does a great job on Georgette Heyer books.
If you like Heyer you will enjoy this book.
9 of 10 people found this review helpful
The narrator does a great job of creating a new voice for every character. It's easy to distinguish between multiple characters all interacting with each other. The story itself is lighthearted and a pleasure to listen to.
4 of 4 people found this review helpful
I was so surprised by the previous comments. I thought the narration was very good compared to some of the Georgette Heyer books I have purchased. She managed to bring the characters to life and made me smile with some of the humorous passages. Will listen to again. Well done. Perhaps she can read Arabella which is one of my favourites and not yet available
8 of 8 people found this review helpful
I love Georgette Heyer although or possibly because all her books have the same elements: impossibly splendid hero who is a very pink of the ton, an unlikely heroine, a glamorous rival, misunderstandings galore, epic descriptions of cravats, landaus and everyone's clothes. The thing that sets Heyer apart is the impeccable research, splendid use of Regency slang and the fact that they are cracking good stories and immense amounts of escapist fun.
All they need is a good narrator and Eve Matheson does just fine.
A cup of tea, a slice of cake and some Georgette Heyer. Bliss.
But, Jeez, that cover is grim. What were they thinking?
7 of 7 people found this review helpful
I've listened to this several times, and have no idea why I hadn't posted a review. It's excellent - one of Ms Heyer's best comedies of manners,and just that little bit different for not taking place in London.
That's the whole point. Take a much feted London beau, who is not entirely what he seems, and land him in the midst of a slightly awestruck Yorkshire country area. Enjoy the scuffles of the respectable local matrons, the attempts to emulate and impress amongst the young men, and you have social comedy. Add to that mix a lovely, down to earth, warm hearted widow who knows herself not to be top drawer, and her beautiful teenage niece, who is quite gloriously dreadful. Toss in some perfectly inoffensive young lovers, and a governess fallen on hard times. (Beg your pardon,that should read 'Governess / Companion').
What do you end up with? One of Ms Heyer's best, beautifully read by Eve Matheson, and then sit back and enjoy listening - over and over again.
1 of 1 people found this review helpful
Not one of my favourite Georgette Heyers but very nicely brought to life by the narrator, Eve Matheson. I loved her interpretation of the characters - what a shrew Tiffany is! This one has gone to my "play again" shelf.
1 of 1 people found this review helpful
I have always koved these books and so far the ones I have listened to on Audible have been great. Thank you I look forward to the next one.
A good story, well read and enjoyable. The characters are well defined, both by the author and the reader. Definitely one of my favourites.
Solid narration of a very easy going, pleasant book. Eve Matheson still has some difficulty with male voices, but it does not show as much in this narration. The Nonesuch is my sort of man: Good mannered, assured, handsome and rich. Miss Trent is the female equivalent and they make a happy romance of it. Mrs Underhill is excellent as the "not so well bred" but very goodhearted , longsuffering Guardian of the "obnoxious" Tiffany. Ms Matheson does an excellent job on Tiffany - God help anyone who has to live in the same house as that!!
Very likeable characters, entertaining story & a lovely performance from the narrator. A pleasure to listen to.
Very enjoyable as ever.the narration was excellent altho I would like to hear a male voice for a change.
The storyline is a bit thin ,not my favourite bot overall very listenable.
a sweet romantic story, well read with great character voices. I've loved Georgette as an author since childhood. Her work never fails to please me
If you love a good romance with a twist. Especially an historical one, then you will more than likely enjoy this book.
I read these books many years ago and loved them. Now listening to it brings back all the romance.
2 of 2 people found this review helpful
Fun and frivolity in regency England, very enjoyable romance. The reading was full of life and wit. Highly recommend to those who enjoy this genre.