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Set in the Regency period, this is a classic tale of misunderstood love and an arranged marriage.
©1999 Georgette Heyer; (P)2014 Audible, Inc.
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By Janet on 09-09-08

Excellent Narration

G. Heyer's novels are always fun but a great deal of their humor and character insight lies in the wording and implications of the text. Ms. Nash's narration hits this spot on and made me enjoy the audio book even more than the text version. She handles voices (both male and female), tone, characterization and interpretation with a fine sense of the author's intent.

Heyer is true to the period and transports us there. This immersion in time is a hallmark of Heyer, contrasting to many contemporary authors who insert 21st century views/mannerisms in historical settings. Ms. Nash delivers this perfectly.

If you enjoy a quiet, believable romance of ordinary problems against a background of extraordinary difficulties, try this book.

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By bebe on 04-19-10

very very good

This is one of my favorite Georgette Heyer novels. The author, as usual, creates a host of vivid characters: Lord Linton is a man of integity and duty, his father-in-law is bigger than life (you can love and dislike him at the same time), and Jenny is a wonderfully complex heroine. The romance is entrancing (there is more than one involvement going on); however, the main love story is different from most Heyer novels. Heyer took the time writing this to let a relly good story unfold. I was engrossed throughout the presentatin and did not want to stop even to eat (which means it was REALLY interesting) or to sleep. The reader was perfect for the book. I thought she did a partcularly good job with the Jenny character - her chuckle/laugh was delightful. This is a solid 5 in my opinion.

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By Stephanie on 02-28-09

This one grows on you

Like the other reviewers, this used not to be one of my favorite Heyers. Its main theme, that comfort and friendship rather than passion is what lasts in a relationship, sits oddly amongst Heyer's more traditional swashbuckling romances. However I find that as I get older I warm to A Civil Contract and have become rather fond of the prosiac heroine. Definitely worth a go.

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By MaDr8y on 01-06-09

Beautifully read

The story is, admittedly, not one of the most sparkling from Georgette Heyer, but the reading could not be bettered. I have loved Georgette Heyer's books since I was a schoolgirl, but found this one a bit hard to 'plough through' - listening to Phyllida Law, I had no difficulty at all in enjoying what is quite a long listen. Oh, for her to also do 'The Grand Sophy', 'The Spanish Bride' or 'These Old Shades' which have remained my favourites for decades - and for Audible to make them available, please.

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By Pam on 01-31-18

A Gentle Story

Not fast paced, or full of wit as most of Heyer’s books but very pleasant. Endearing characters, with the occasional humorous moment. Very enjoyable.

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By Ros H. on 05-03-17

Different to most of the Usual Heyerdahl books

I quite liked the fact that this is not just a young beauty falling in love and marrying an earl book. The main female character is actually plain and straight foreword lady. And the chap is a Lord whose father has spent the family fortune.
This book does drag a bit, but still a great story.
I'm not a huge Phylllida Nash fan, I find her voice for different characters is not great.
But overall a good listen

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