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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.
©1951 Georgette Heyer; (P)2014 Audible, Inc.

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Old style writing style

If you aren't accustomed to reading the writing style of the 40's and 50's, you may find it difficult to follow -- at least at first. If you persevere, the story is very entertaining and humorous. The romance is delightful, sweet, and NON-porno. The humor is subtle, not shoved down the throat as if the reader is an idiot. Ms Heier was an historian, so the language is authentic to the 1800's, with just enough modern English to make it understandable to those of us who don't read ancient documents in their original languages. I would bet that the discussions toward the end of the book between the Dowager and Drusilla's father are referring to actual existing documents. Ms Heier's own library of such things were very extensive. Try her mysteries - they are very well written, also.

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  • Payne
  • Tallahassee, FL, United States
  • 09-10-11

Not very good

I was extremely disappointed in the narration of this book. The narrator was so bad I couldn't even make it through the first 4 chapters. His tone was abrasive, especially for the female characters. It was truly a disappointment.

3 of 4 people found this review helpful

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Book great, voice grating

I have always delighted in reading Georgette Heyer's books, often again and again and have recently been enjoying them on audio so that I can busy my hands with knitting projects while being entertained, but Mr. Garrett's voice, especially when translating the female characters is extremely harsh to listen to. He is more often so shrill and annoying that it is hard to concentrate on the story.

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Heyer’s Best, IMO

Heyer’s Regency romances are generally fun for men who like Jane Austen, as I do (read nearly all her stuff in my previous marriage) but somewhat lightweight. However, The Quiet Gentleman rises above the rest because it contains a mystery involving attempted murder. In that respect it adds a whole new dimension to the boy meets girl, they loathe each other or one the other, then she captures his heart plot of most of her works. Her writing in this one is tighter than in earlier works, and the story is interesting. It was a pleasure to re-visit in an audio format. Garrett’s performance is masterly, bringing characters to individual life and emphasizing plot points and mood very capably. All in all, a winner.

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love this story!

one of my favorite Heyer stories. Gervais is quiet and soft spoken yet makes the perfect hero.

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One of my favorites!

I thoroughly enjoyed the narrator as well as the story! and a bit of mystery in this one was delightful.

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  • Jacelyn
  • San Diego, California United States
  • 10-21-17

A wonderful story-again and again

I've been reading & loving this story for 45 years. I enjoyed listening to it very much. Some of the voices felt a little off to me but overall the narrator brought the correct emotions through. This is a great listen while doing some uninteresting task. Makes the time go faster & definitely more pleasantly!

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Very Entertaining

Narrator did an excellent job of bring the book to life. Very intriguing. A bit slow to start with as the stage was set for the story...but once past chapter 4 , was listening to it at every opportunity.

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The quiet Genttleman

Georgette Heyer'a Regency novels are overlooked. Her characterization so situations include Safire and humour.
These novels have excellent narrators and make good theatre

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Not Georgette best

I like the titular quiet gentleman, and it's pleasant to have a heroine whose strength is commonsense and practicality. Still, the romance is pretty hard to believe, and the mystery is fairly tedious. I don't know whether the secondary characters are annoying in the book, but the audiobook reader makes almost all of them quite grating. read by a Phyllida Nash or an Eve Matheson, it might have been more amusing. This isn't a Heyer novel I return to very often.