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The Corinthian

Narrated by: Georgina Sutton
Length: 8 hrs and 21 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (967 ratings)
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Publisher's Summary

The accomplished Corinthian Sir Richard Wyndham is wealthy, sophisticated, handsome, and supremely bored. 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 late one night as she hangs from the window of her aunt's house - she too attempting to escape the pressures of forced marriage. The two allies become embroiled in a series hilarious madcap adventures as they cross-dress, run into escaped criminals, have a case of mistaken identity, and save people from their own dramatics. Little do they predict their feelings for each other blossoming into romance.

©1940 Georgette Heyer (P)2014 Naxos AudioBooks

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  • Carol
  • Massachusetts
  • 08-21-14

Fun on the Run

Naxos releases another Heyer classic. This one is a short, fast, fun read. Our hero and heroine, both being pressured by family to enter marriages they find abhorrent, "meet cute": Penelope has shorn her hair, donned men's clothes, and is climbing out the window at 3 a.m. when she is rescued by a "bosky" Sir Richard, who is walking home after drowning his sorrows at White's Club.

Stirred by the idea of disappearing--and thus not having to propose to "the iceberg" his mother is pushing on him--Sir Richard (in his elegantly inebrieted state) agrees to pose as the gender-disguised "Penn's" tutor so that he can escort her to her childhood sweetheart's family estate.

By the time our hero sobers up, he and "Penn" are travelling on a public stagecoach, where they meet with an interesting assortment of the common folk (no fancy dress balls or evenings at Almack's in this story), and an especially interesting assortment of highway robbers. Mystery and danger ensue, but we know what will happen in the end--which is part of the joy of these books, at least for some of us.

Georgina Sutton's narration is top-notch; all the Naxos narrators are competent, but she's exceptionally good.


24 of 25 people found this review helpful

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A Very Grand Adventure!

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Ha! What fun. A joyous book, a wild adventure, wonderful characters, great dialogue — oh, my goodness. The narration was simply outstanding. Thank you Naxos. Thank you Audible. Georgette Heyer at her best!

11 of 12 people found this review helpful

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  • Kristin
  • Brookings, SD, United States
  • 08-30-14

the addiction to this author continues

This is a fun listen that kept me very entertained. I loved the antics of Penn, she acted on impulse which of course is usually not a good idea. Ricky's reactions were usually tolerant and helpful. The storyline in this book may have been used before by many authors. What makes Heyer's books is the dialog. She has a real talent for writing great conversation and infusing it with nuances that help develop the characters. One of the funniest characters in this book was Mr. Brandon. I could just picture him all dressed up like a dandy in the country village. Just way to many fun things to mention in a review without spoiling it for others. Narration was top notch. Highly recommend if you like this genre. And definitely worth a credit.

9 of 10 people found this review helpful

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Good Clean Fun

What did you love best about The Corinthian?

The relationship between the main characters is romantic and charming.

What other book might you compare The Corinthian to and why?

I would compare it to a Jane Austen book. Not quite as well written, but still worth listening to.

Which character – as performed by Georgina Sutton – was your favorite?

Lord Richard is my favorite character. He's a bit complex and still keeps his Corinthian veneer and uses it to his advantage.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

I couldn't say without providing spoilers. There are a number of twists to the plot that kept me listening. It's a romance with a mystery.

Any additional comments?

I've read a lot of complaints about books with sexually overt content. This book has none. I wouldn't mind it but if you are looking for good clean romance/adventure with no bad language or sexual situations (the worst swear in the book is 'The Devil!') this is a good book for you. Georgette Heyer is an accomplished writer; I wish she had not introduced so many different characters thoughout the book. A character appears late in the book for no reason except for the lead to have someone to talk to out loud. Otherwise they have NO purpose in the book. If you are looking for pure escape rather than fine literature, though, this is excellent and I really enjoy just relaxing and knitting while listening to Heyer's books.

8 of 9 people found this review helpful

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  • Gillian
  • Austin, TX, United States
  • 02-20-18

By Far The Funnest Of Heyer's Works!!!!

Though I do so love Georgette Heyer, love most of her regencies, The Corinthian is by far the most engaging and entertaining of all.
Here we meet the unutterably unapologetic Sir Richard and the lovable Pen. Thrown together, both disgusted with the matches made for them, they ramble together and are caught up in many escapades (for Richard) and scrapes aplenty (for Pen, who just can't throw off an adventure if it'll kill her as her life has been so closeted and boring up until the moment of her dropping into Richard's arms).
The Corinthian has less romance than other Heyer works: here instead is a bit of intrigue with theft and a hapless murder, with other side stories of silly females, incorrigible brothers in law (so to speak), a would-be betrothed besotted by the silly and grown to be a judgmental young man, and of course the two most delightful of heroes and heroines.
Sutton's performance is a tad screechy when it comes to the likes of Cedric, but she does Pen so well, I could overlook that and let myself get carried away by Heyer's prose, her humorous turns of thief's cant and the like.
Unlike other romances, G.Heyer never sticks to specified plot points at specified times; rather, she lets her stories unfold, her characters develop, at a leisurely pace and with delightful outcomes.
Truly, I was so disappointed to get to the "Audible hopes you enjoyed..." part, but am only grateful that she was so prolific that I have many more books to look forward to!

6 of 7 people found this review helpful

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Another great experience!

What made the experience of listening to The Corinthian the most enjoyable?
The narrator moves the story along very well. I read the book a while back and the audio experience is much better.

Who was your favorite character and why?
I liked mostly Sir Richard. He was just as I pictured him when I read the book.

Have you listened to any of Georgina Sutton’s other performances before? How does this one compare?
No, this is my first experience. She did a great job with most of the characters; however, I was disappointed with Cedric's voice. I liked him in the book, but he sounded like a bore in the audio.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?
My favorite part would be a "spoiler" so I will refrain from answering this question.

Any additional comments?
Lots of fun. I laughed outloud a few times and smiled quite often. I'm a Heyer fan and this one ranks in my top five. I recommend it to anyone who enjoys clean adventure and romance.

6 of 7 people found this review helpful

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  • Carole T.
  • Shepherdstown, WV, United States
  • 09-01-14

Any 'There' There?

I read all Georgette Heyer's books a long time ago, but I couldn't remember this one. Now I know why.

Pen Creed is one of Heyer's very young heroines. She's plucky, determined, willful and naive. And this seems to be her appeal to a polished, educated, experienced-but-bored man of the world. Lucky for her, he is also an honorable and principled guy, for we are quickly aware that, without him, she would be in a pack of trouble!

So much so that her innocence borders on stupidity and her willfulness approaches heartlessness. Now, this is not so common in the ladies of Georgette Heyer. Generally, the reader/listener can forgive the youthful wayward actions and enjoy the depth and heart of even the youngest characters. In "The Corinthian", you come to suspect that either Sir Richard will become completely bored with Pen pretty quickly or he's not all that bright himself.

Either way, this does not add up to prime Heyer. Even her usual attention to the eccentric "minor" characters is subdued here, as though even her heart was not in writing this particular story. She must have needed the money, or faced an impractical deadline. Even a dedicated Georgette fan can skip this one. Try "Sylvester" or "Venetia" or "Sprig Muslin" instead.

20 of 25 people found this review helpful

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One of Heyer's funniest, most entertaining books.

The H and h escape their family-designated marriages together and find great adventure on the road to Queen Charlton.

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Disappointing

I have listened to quite a few Heyer books. I think I have given all but this one 5 stars. It just didn't have the same charm as the others. The main character was always bored, so he tended to bore me. As another reviewer wrote, this is a similar formula to other books like Sprig Muslin and The Foundling. I found those books delightful, this one not in the same class. It wasn't horrible, just not as charming and fun as the others.

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My New Favorite Heyer BOOK!

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This book has such an outstanding plot!

It is such a fun story.

My other favorite "Heyer" books are :

1) Frederica

2) The Grand Sophy

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  • Sigrid K.
  • 06-08-18

Wildly entertaining

Of the six books by this author I have listened to this year this one is my favourite. It made my laugh out loud several times. The main heroine was smart and resilient which is important in my opinion. Her actions were not prudent for the time period but she is not a damsel expecting to be rescued.

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  • Veracal
  • 09-15-14

Adore the book but detest the narration

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

I'd recommend the book but not the audio recording.

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Corinthian?

The whole story is a delight from start to finish.

What didn’t you like about Georgina Sutton’s performance?

I found Georgina Sutton's narration unpleasantly over-dramatised. I find the voices for George, Sir Richard, Sir Richard's mother, Cedric and Jimmy Yarde difficult to listen to and much preferred the style of other narrators (Phyllida Nash in particular). I have an audio library stuffed with Georgette Heyer recordings and this is the only one I have found really disappointing. Of course, this is only personal taste: I see that some of the other reviewers have really enjoyed it.

Could you see The Corinthian being made into a movie or a TV series? Who would the stars be?

Lots of Georgette Heyer films would make great films! I think Penn would probably be played by a young Meg Ryan (can't think of a contemporary young actress with the same warm qualities) and Sir Richard perhaps by Jim Sturgess.

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  • JED
  • 02-03-16

Story is perfect but Male voices are a let down!

I have listened to this many times, so have got used to the narrator "shouting" trying to make the male voices different. I am now not so disappointed as I was on first hearing it. The story itself is charming, and the two lead characters portrayed very well. But nearly all the other main male voices are terrible. Cedrick and Beverley Brandon are especially difficult to listen to the first few times. Its is a very "easy listen" that I would recommend for the most part.

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  • Eva
  • 08-15-14

Finally! My favourite Heyer

What did you like most about The Corinthian?

I just love this one, word for word, all of it. Hard to pick just parts. I like heroine who is young, innocent and sweet and as Heyer might say „full of pluck“ and hero who compliments her personality with his sense of humour. I loved to yet again get some peddler's French (thiefs' cant for Heyer readers) included.

What other book might you compare The Corinthian to, and why?

There is a bit of other Heyer books in this one. Outside Heyer, I did come across several books partly inspired by the story, although none were of course comparable in quality of prose. This is HEYER after all!

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

Smile all the way through.

Any additional comments?

The summary of this book is rather imperfect, I hope that somebody will fix that. It is incorrect in parts. Reminds me of my school days when we copied book summary for our prescribed reading from previous year students, changing just some words, thinking the teacher cannot tell we did not even look at the cover.

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  • Tibby
  • 04-19-18

Good story

Not one of her best but still good. Sir Richard's voice was wrong as far as I was concerned. When I read the story the voice in my head was very different. I feel voice and character go together and therefore I do not think the character portrayed was correct. Other voices annoyed me too so I shallnt be listening to it again for a long while at least.

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  • SarahC
  • 09-01-14

Laugh out loud fun!

What did you like most about The Corinthian?

The relationship between Penn and Richard is perfect. You can just SEE him regarding her with either amused indulgence or exhausted exasperation! It's a hoot!

Who was your favorite character and why?

It HAS to be Penn... as the listener you never think 'she wouldn't have said that'.... she is delightful.

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

No this is my first Georgina Sutton book.... I will look out for her in the future.

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

Yes.... it helped me through a long traffic jam on the M3 yesterday.....

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  • Chris Christo
  • 03-13-19

Heyer hit or miss

I’ve only been a Georgette Heyer fan for about a year but I’ve listened to several books. I am getting a bit worn of the run away young girl story but this one did have some funny moments. It was more suspenseful than the others I’ve listened to as well. I loved the narrator. She was able to give life and a different voice to each character. All in all not bad but not my favourite. I listened to most of it at 1.75 or 2x speed. Heyer fans will enjoy.

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  • Trialia
  • 02-13-19

Entertaining story, some mishaps in narration...

I usually enjoy Georgette Heyer's Regency works, or at least those that are not carbon copies of others of her oeuvre, and "The Corinthian" entertained me accordingly - beautifully-described characters & personalities, ludicrous but believable situations & an affecting romance.

Unfortunately, Georgina Sutton, as narrator, makes the Audible edition less than 100% engaging; among her errors she misreads a number of words in ways that make a few sentences so confusing as to throw one entirely out of the story: for example, one would never find a waiter carrying your average chandelier unaided into a private parlour to set upon the table, let alone two of them! "Chandelier" and "candelabra" are surely not so easy to mix up, are they?

If that were not enough, in the earlier chapters she also narrates a large section of dialogue that's (unambiguously, in the written text) spoken by a *male* character in the same voice previously allotted to one of her *female* characters! If the character were somehow other than cisgender that might be less of an issue, but Ms Sutton had also previously spoken the character's lines in a deeper tone, so it's clearly a mistake on her part.

I like her voice, so she has potential, but clearly needs an editor to keep a better eye on what's going on when she reads. 3/5 for performance, 4.5/5 for story, 4/5 overall.

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  • jen larkin
  • 02-10-19

A regency delight

A light-hearted amusement from the pen of the under appreciated Georgette Heyer. After the slightly slow opening the story trips along with neat twists and turns as the main characters get to know each other. The narrator copes with the witty dialogue well. Perfect listening when a gentle, funny romance is what you fancy,

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  • Eleni
  • 02-05-19

terribly read

an excellent story that I thoroughly enjoyed reading, ruined by the poor reading and over acting.

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  • Carmel
  • 10-24-16

Narrator exaggerated characters

Loved the story
Narrator unfortunately overplayed the characters making it difficult to enter into the story. Overall good.

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  • Regina
  • 08-01-16

Madcap romp

The Corinthian is an enjoyable story full of plot twists which ( mostly) get resolved; our hero and heroine fall for each other over a three day caper through the Somerset countryside all the while foiling diamond thieves, Bow St Runners, irate fathers and sundry other nefarious characters. Well read with good accents and while this is by no means Heyer at her best, it's a pleasant way to pass the hours.