Noble Satyr: A Georgian Historical Romance

Narrated by: Alex Wyndham
Series: Roxton Family Saga, Book 0
Length: 10 hrs and 46 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (501 ratings)

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Noble Satyr: A Georgian Historical Romance

1740s France and England - the age of hedonism and enlightenment. Renard, Duke of Roxton, is wealthy beyond measure. Arrogant and self assured, his heart remains his own. Optimistic and headstrong, Antonia Moran is determined to flee the Court of Versailles with the Duke's unwitting assistance. Roxton is an unlikely savior - arrogant, promiscuous, and sinister. Antonia's unquestioning belief in him may just be his salvation, and her undoing.

A classic "Beauty and the Beast" tale, this award-winning historical romance is a homage to Georgette Heyer's These Old Shades.

©2011, 2013 Lucinda Brant (P)2015 Lucinda Brant

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Winner of the $10,000 Woman's Day/Random House Romantic Fiction Prize. Romance Writers of Australia Romantic Novel of the Year finalist.
"Lucinda Brant's books are absolutely wonderful. She makes the Georgian era come alive as no one else can!" (Cynthia Wright, New York Times best seller and author of Caroline)

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My favorite hero of the series

I have to say in all the years of reading historical romance books, the hero in this book is one of my most favorite characters. His total control over his reactions and his maturity is One unmatched in any other stories. He's cool and collective and handsome and titled and loving and .... What can I say. I am lost in this character.
I love the fact that Audible held this book back and released it after the other three books because otherwise I would have had a hard time reading the other ones. I do however feel profound sadness to know that the other stories happen when this Duke is a very old man. And to imagine him dead by book 3 tears my heart apart ( and no I am not giving away anything since death happens when he is very old. Not a surprise there). I absolutely love his character and so I admit he made the book for me. Do NOT hesitate to purchase this book. Extremely well written and very entertaining.

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awesome awesomeness

I've always loved the first book in the Roxton series.
Alex as always brings the books to life.

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Noble Satyr Such A Fantastic Audiobook

I have read the "Noble Satyr," by Lucinda Brant along with the other "Roxton Family Books" countless of times but when I listened to the audiobook narrated by Alex Wyndham, it was as if I was a silent character in the audiobook. Yes, I literally felt as if I was right there during each and every scene! Alex's narration was perfect or spot on for each and every character and his enthusiasm was fantastic when the scene called for it.
I have now decided after hearing the audiobook, "Noble Satyr," written by Lucinda Brant, and narrated by Alex Wyndham that I must have all the audiobooks for the, "Roxton Family Saga!" I'm a true convert for listening to Lucinda's audiobooks narrated by Alex Wyndham!

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The Noble Satyr

This was possibly the first book I've read by Lucinda Brant so it took me a chapter or two to get into it, however, once I did, I was hooked. I've been reading so many Scottish romances, that this one caught me off guard. I absolutely loved it once I adjusted to France rather than Scotland. If I remember correctly, I received a free copy from the author through contests or to give an honest review. lso, I bought the audio book because I love hearing the different narrators ply their skills. To me, it just adds life to the well written characters. I truly didn't want to put the book down. I listened to the audio while sewing on a baby blanket. It took me back to my high school French classes. I just loved it! 😀

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  • TJ
  • 04-07-16

Wonderful book and narration!

This story has so many wonderful twists and turns. A charming heroine and a dashingly reluctant hero with a scandalous reputation. If you love a good romance this is the book for you! The narrator also has a wonderful voice, he draws you right in!

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Wow

Alex Wyndham's narration is amazing - I hope he narrates more historical romance. Brant's local of Paris during the 1740s is brought to life thru vivid descriptions and serves as a nice change of pace from Regency historical. It was great to visit the Roxton family at the beginning of Antonia and her M'sieur le Duc. I can't say enough about how engaging of a story and listening experienced this is and recommend all the titles in this series and the Alex Halsey mystery series.

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WOW! this was a winning story & a great narration

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I listen to lots of audio books, its been a long time since a story drew me in like this one did. This was in large part due to the narration which is top notch.

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A wonderful first audiiobook

If you could sum up Noble Satyr in three words, what would they be?

wonderful, masterful, entertaining

Who was your favorite character and why?

Roxton is my favorite character in this. He has always thought to go on with his life unchanged. He is so surprised when he decides he can't be happy with anyone for any reason but Antonia. He finds thoughts of her ruling his plans for the rest of his days. So he becomes what we all know, a reformed rake is a happy husband.

What does Alex Wyndham bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

He makes all of the characters have their own voice and makes you look forward to hearing from each of them.

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

It made me impatient to hear "what happens next" It makes me want to shake the sister of Roxto,n she is so hysterical over every thing and jumps to the wrong conclusion all the time.

Any additional comments?

Can't wait to get into the next story in the series.

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Novel story and incredible narration!

Lucinda Brant's Noble Satyr is refreshing, funny, moving, shock-inducing, and full of romance. I, myself, have fallen in love with many of the characters- Roxton, of course, the little Minx, and my favorite...Valentine! Lucinda does an incredible job in making you want to know the main characters as well as the minor ones. This is the first of the Roxton series and I have since listened and read the other books in the series and I recommend them all. Lucinda Brant's books are now on my immediate buy list! And regarding narration- you cannot get ANY better than Alex Wyndham! I'll listen to him any day. He does a great job character development with his different voices. Wonderful performance!

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Lucinda Brant + Alex Wyndham=a winning combination

This love story between Antonia and her Monseigneur is beautiful and thrilling. Alex Wyndham's narration is just the icing on the cake (and icing has always been my favorite part of the cake!).

All of Lucinda Brant's Georgian books are first-class and highly recommended.

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  • 08-22-16

Homage to These Old Shades

If you could sum up Noble Satyr in three words, what would they be?
Reformed Old Roue

What did you like best about this story?
The whole point of the story is how an older, jaded rake who cares nothing for the world but his own consequence in it, has his world upended by a young, beautiful bundle of fun, who shows him that life has so much colour. The story unfolds slowly and is well-paced. Being the old romantic that I am, I couldn't wait until the scenes with Antonia (young lady) and Roxton (old roue) were together. I loved their 6 days in Paris together at his Hotel, but could have done with a few chapters-worth as I enjoyed it so much. I also thought that Roxton's valet Martin Ellicott was a delight. The other characters that stand out are the loveable buffoon Vallentine and his wife (Roxton's sister), Estee. The 2 villains were dastardly and made for a good storyline, as too Antonia's dreadful grandmere.

What about Alex Wyndham’s performance did you like?
He is one of the best actors/narrators on audio along with Nicholas Boulton that there is, in my 100 book+ experience. He adds ten-fold to any book he reads. His portrayal of each character is perfect. His French accent and Italian accent - superb as well as his wonderful English voice. He could read a shopping list & I would listen.


If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?
The Reformed Rake

Any additional comments?
It took me a while to settle into the book as it felt almost like plagiarism of Georgette Heyer's These Old Shades - These Old Shades being one of my favourite books. However, once I got going & fell in love with both the delightful Antonia and imperious Roxton, I started to thoroughly enjoy it and the book, though in many ways followed the route of TOS's, had enough differences to make it fresh.
Roxton was a great character, just like the Duke of Avon was in TOS's, - I loved the slow & languid way that they both spoke. Antonia was pretty identical to Leonie and Lord Rupert's equal was Lord Vallentine, who played the lovable buffoon.
On balance, I think if I had to rate These Old Shades against Noble Satyr, I think, dare I say it, Noble Satyr would win. There was more relationship dialogue between the old rake and his young charge (in Noble Satyr) and I really enjoyed seeing Roxton struggle with his conscience versus his overwhelming love for his young beauty. Their love was portrayed as being soulmates/the absolute love of each others lives/the greatest love of them all.
The whole Roxton series is an absolute joy. Read them all, they are a delight.
plus Eternally Yours & Forever Remain which are the accompanying books to the series. They set out some of the letters which belong to the characters from the books. If you haven't yet read them, I envy you - such a treat awaits.

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  • Wendy Loveridge
  • 12-30-15

Lucinda Brant and Alex Wyndham - a dream team!

What did you like most about Noble Satyr?

Everything! I adore Lucinda Brant's writing anyway but since she has ventured into audio with Alex Wyndham there is just nothing I do not like. I do particularly love the Georgian period and Lucinda Brant's meticulous research and fascinating descriptions of the dress, customs and furnishings brings it all alive.

Who was your favorite character and why?

It has to be the dissolute Renard, Duke of Roxton. I love a story about a bad boy come good and this is one of the best I've read/listened to.

What about Alex Wyndham’s performance did you like?

He captured Renard at every turn; in the beginning, the dissolute, jaded, drawling, couldn't-care-less aristocrat. Eventually when smitten by the enticing Antonia, Wyndham changes the timbre of his voice so slightly but oh so effectively that we just know - he's hooked!

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

Yes! And I almost did.

Any additional comments?

The combination of Lucinda Brant and Alex Wyndham is electrifying. These people are on the same wavelength and I eagerly await every book that they conspire on.

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  • Julia
  • 01-11-16

Very entertaining story with a lot of twists

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Yes. It is an entertaining listen.

What other book might you compare Noble Satyr to, and why?

The book follows the theme of Georgette Heyer's Three Old Shades, one of Heyer's books, that I am not that fond of, even though the follow up Devil's Cub is one of my favourites. Lucinda Brand takes the general story idea and makes it much better.

Have you listened to any of Alex Wyndham’s other performances? How does this one compare?

Not yet, but I will certainly consider, he does very well indeed.

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

Yes. Took me only two days.

Any additional comments?

This is part of a series that from what I read has hupe time gaps between the books, so I have read, that listening to the whole series in a matter of days might not be a good idea.

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  • DragonRose UK
  • 11-19-15

5 Stars Just Do Not Cover It

What did you like most about Noble Satyr?

Noble Satyr in my opinion is the best book by Lucinda Brant. The story line is so full on with emotional scenes, dramatic ones, lighthearted ones, and you can't help but all in love with Antonia the main female character in the story. Alex Wyndham's performance of this book makes the story come to life and you are living through her trials and tribulations thanks to his exquisite portrayal of all the characters in the book.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Noble Satyr?

I can't go into detail about the most memorable moments because I don't want to give spoilers. What I will say is that the moments usually are involving the Duke and Antonia, and one scene in particular involves a beloved pet. All emotional moments, be it extreme happiness, or utter despair, but all are memorable in their own way.

Which character – as performed by Alex Wyndham – was your favourite?

Funnily enough although Alex Wyndham performs ALL of the characters to perfection, so much so that you entirely forget that it is just one person performing all the parts! My favourite character has to be Lord Valentine. He is such a funny character, so proud, and so righteous when it comes to the treatment of Antonia, and yet his command of English isn't perfect, and I just love the way Lucinda wrote his character and how Alex performed him. He is a most lovable character and I would love to know somebody like him in real life.

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

Yes absolutely this book is one I was desperate to listen to all at once. Unfortunately at over 10 hours long that was an impossibility for me. I nearly managed it in two sittings, but as the second one led into the very wee hours of the morning and I had an early appointment that day, I had to stop listening with just one hour left to go. I happily got the chance to listen to that on my third sitting and in that one hour I was absolutely enthralled at how the story came to it's conclusion.

Any additional comments?

I will say this about each and every book that Lucinda writes and which Alex performs, they make the perfect partnership. Lucinda's characters and their story lines are so exciting, and tug at the old heart strings, and then Alex's portrayal of them teamed with his normal, smooth as silk, narrating voice, it just makes for best kind of audio book available. I hope they continue their partnership for each and every book Lucinda writes.

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  • Kate @MLHearingThings
  • 01-22-20

A dazzling historical romance, superbly narrated

I am less familiar with everyday life upon the continent in the Georgian period than I am with the mundanities of London living in the era, but Brant brought the foreign landscape to life vividly. Early Georgian fashion is so much more lavish than the later Regency styles, and the multitude of layers and fabrics and buckles are used to enhance the sense of opulence throughout.

The Duke of Roxton was the epitome of the aristocratic hero; arrogant, brooding, and aloof, and un-catchable by any Lady desirous of a husband. Watching his reserve thaw in the presence of Antonia's joie de vivre made for the perfect age-gap romance, with a splash of the 'beauty and the beast' trope thrown in for good measure.

Loyal and rambunctious, Vallentine provides the perfect contrast to the calculating Duke in tone and manner and Estee's tempestuous Frenchness is equally juxtaposed against her brother's cool reserve. As unalike as they all are, they each share similarities with Antonia, and are united by their deep affection for the "young chit".

Despite her tenacity, on occasion Antonia is drawn as being quite decidedly naive or immature. This was sometimes at odds with her history, and I would have preferred for her to feel a little less achingly young. It is, however, a minor gripe - in every regard.

This novel is not quite a 'sweet/clean' romance, but nor is it explicit, with the majority of the couple's intimacy taking place in the listener's imagination. This may frustrate those who consider a 'fade to black' to be something of a cop-out, but the passion between the lovers is still palpable and one does not feel cheated of a deeper connection.

The narrator, Alex Wyndham, had a wonderful voice and gave an excellent performance. This was my first of his historical romances and is already one of my favourites. The only thing better than finding a new-to-me narrator whose voice and performance I love, is discovering that they have recorded plenty of similar audiobooks that are waiting to get lost in.

The well-written text and excellent narration united to make Noble Satyr one of the most entertaining and accomplished modern Regencies I've had the pleasure of listening to. As this was my first book by Lucinda Brant I am very much looking forward to exploring her others, especially given how many are collaborations with Alex Wyndham. They make a marvellous team.

I would recommend this book to those who are seeking a historical romance series with shades of Heyer, or those who have enjoyed reading the Roxton books and now wish to hear them come alive in a new way under Wyndham's deft craftsmanship.

*I received this audiobook free of charge in the hope of an honest, unbiased review.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 06-21-19

Loved It, intelligent, heartwarming and beautiful narration

I love These Old Shades my first Georgian romance read 20 years ago and now I find GH has been supplanted in my top spot! Storyline kept moving forward and I wanted to get to the next part...Great use of language and vocabulary. The performance brought it all to life and I look forward to hearing it again in a few months time. Like a box of chocolates anticipation is a significant part of the enjoyment, so choosing my next book from the author and the narrator is an indulgence. A birthday treat!

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  • chester
  • 08-04-18

Reeks of Barbara Cartland

The author could have easily taken the storyline from any Barbara Cartland novel. As Poor Barbara has passed away now I’m finding it easy to let the Lucinda take over as my holiday novelist.

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  • Sharon B
  • 05-18-17

Awesome

The book was awesome
Alex Wyndham reads the story with real understanding of the characters
I recommend the books and the audio to anyone who loves historical romance.

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  • Rachel Reads
  • 04-03-17

10 stars

Fantastic story beautifully written, narrator excellent his French accent superb.
I think this series is one of my all time favourites. I could listen to it again straight away.

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  • soghra
  • 11-15-16

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the narrator was excellent . he made the book more entertaining. over all it was a good book. I feel the Duke could have got more involved. he was too placed to my mind.i still recommend the book though.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 06-22-19

Audio jumping

Didn’t hear all book as audio kept jumping forward.tried for serval days and deleted and reloaded without success