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He had nothing to recommend him but his smile, and she was surely too old, and had too much commonsense, to be beguiled by a smile... Miss Abigail Wendover's efforts to detach her spirited niece Fanny from a plausible fortune-hunter are complicated by the arrival in Bath of Miles Caverleigh. The black sheep of his family, a cynical, outrageous care-for-naught with a scandalous past - that would be a connection more shocking even than Fanny's unwise liaison with his nephew!
But Abbey, adept at managing her sweet, silly sister Selina, her lively niece, and the host of her admirers among Bath's circumscribed society, has less success in managing her own unruly heart...
©1966 Georgette Heyer (P)2014 Audible, Inc.
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5 out of 5 stars
By Hilary on 04-10-10

Excellent entertainment

A most entertaining and enjoyable book, beautifully narrated by a most distinguished actress who brought each different character to life so well. It was easy to imagine the various scenes, laugh at the idiosyncrasies of the Regency fops and the rigid rules of society. Typical Heyer humour perfectly expressed.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Clare on 03-23-10

Perfection!

This was an EXCELLENT audio version, the narrator caught the nuances so well, and read the humour in the exchanges (so you can hear the smile or the supressed chuckle). One of my favourite Heyer books, but this is by far my favourite narration of any of her books that I had heard.

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4 out of 5 stars
By Orna on 06-28-09

Lovely book, shame about the reader

We've listened to every one of Georgette Heyer's audio books and loved them all. We loved all the narrators, each which her/his own flavour (Eve Matheson being the chosen favourite) but this is first time we felt the novel has lost a lot because of the choice of ther narrator(Barbara Leigh Hunt). Her naturally mature, very polished and highly trained voice, misses out on Heyer's subtle social humour, reducing some characters to unconvincing caricatures. There's also a very marked tongue-tripping which makes for a slightly uncomfortable listening.
Even so, I would recommend this as one of Heyer's more engaging novels.

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3 of 3 people found this review helpful

5 out of 5 stars
By MrsFiddleback on 01-04-11

Black Sheep

I loved this book - one of her best. It really lifted my mood as it's witty, observant and very entertaining!

Some previous reviewers have said that they though that the narrator stumbled a bit, and that her voice was too mature to make the younger characters believable. I didn't find this the case at all and will look out other books she's done as I thought she interpreted the this one beautifully.

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1 out of 5 stars
By Margaret on 03-15-18

The most arrogant heroine

I don’t remember Abigail Wendover being quite so Prosy when I read the book. Perhaps it was the narrator who was so grating I gave up a 1/4 of the way through. She made all the characters sound like they were in their dotage except for Fanny.

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4 out of 5 stars
By Meaghan on 03-15-17

Standard Georgette Heyer Novel

Another Georgette light hearted novel. Made me laugh. Very enjoyable. Good characters. Voices clear and understandable.

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