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By Pam on 10-17-17
A fabulous witty tale. Loved the humour! The narrator was perfect. My favourite Georgette Heyer book!
By Marzena J on 07-10-17
What a great female main character!
A delightful story with an adventurous heroine and Heyer's signature humour read in just the right way. I was sad when the book ended!
By oceanjasper on 01-28-17
An absolute hoot!
I had never read a Georgette Heyer romance before, although I have enjoyed her witty 1930s-era mysteries. I thoroughly enjoyed this too, although the romance is very subtle. Sophy is a competent, forceful, quick-thinking and warm-hearted young lady who turns the Rivenhall household on its head and brings happiness to its members in various (often ingenious) ways.
Heyer's command of language shines through in this audio version; I marvelled at the breadth and precision of her vocabulary combined with the amusing Regency slang sprinkled throughout. Sarah Woodward's narration for the most part added to my appreciation. There were a few phrasing errors but the characters were well-differentiated and the dialogue was natural and lively.
The villainess of the story, if there is one, Miss Eugenia Wraxton, is particularly well characterised as an impossibly stuffy and complacent woman who stands in complete contrast to Sophy's good nature and innate integrity. Heyer is a master of skewering her character's faults through their own words, which is the source of much comedy.
I was charmed and highly entertained by The Grand Sophy and will certainly try other Heyer audiobooks.
By Brian on 09-05-16
Once again, the inimitable Georgette has succeeded
Another wonderful romance beautifully related by the reader.
my compliments on the execution and research of the author.
By Nola on 07-12-16
The Grand Sophy
Would you listen to The Grand Sophy again? Why?
I have already heard this more than once, for the subtle nuanced reading which complemented the witty, stylish writing.
What did you like best about this story?
I liked the clever twists and turns of the plot, and the very appealing force of nature that was the heroine. The resolution was clever and satisfying.
What does Sarah Woodward bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?
The narrator's voice was well-suited to the different characters and accents throughout the story.
Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?
I was frequently moved to laughter!
Any additional comments?
A very fine example of Heyer's style. A light-hearted farce, written with elegance and sophistication. Sophy is larger than life in all ways.
By mrsvee on 06-25-16
Readers need reviewing.
While it may be thought to help the presentation, readers vocalising for the different characters in the story really detract because of the honestly bad characterisations. One person cannot properly depict each person, male and female, in an acceptable way. Ian Hickson reads Agatha Christie's stories as they are written, and the are far more believable as it leaves the listener to use his/her own imagination. Bit late now for those books already produced but future books should be read as written.
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