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I have downloaded many of the Heyer audiobooks from audible and find this to be one of the best due in great part to the skill of the narrator. Eve Matheson does a bang up job of bringing these characters to life. I found myself listening to it again just a few days after I finished it the first time. I will definitely be downloading more books read by this narrator.
17 of 17 people found this review helpful
This isn't one of Georgette Heyer's best, but the dialog is so much fun that it made me laugh out loud. And the book is so well performed that it is definitely worth a listen.
14 of 14 people found this review helpful
A fun story with the usual array of characters. Eve Matheson manages most of the characters very well ...especially Annis, but hugely lets the side down with her portrayal of Oliver Carleton. A pompous and bullish voice all the way through , which wiped away a lot of the Heyer Conversation magic. Very odd as she manages some of the others SO well.
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Any additional comments?
Lady of Quality has always been one of my favourite Heyers, despite it being so similar to the plot of Black Sheep. Annis is an woman trying to be independent whilst keeping family relationships on an even keel, who finds herself attracted to an unpopular man. Specifically, one her over-protective brother Geoffrey dislikes intensely. That sounds trite and formulaic, but isn't.
I think the strength of Heyer's novels always lie not just in the main storylines but in the variety of strong supporting characters. In this the palm goes to Maria Farlow, Annis's tittering, judgemental chatterbox of a companion. Maria has the potential to be either very funny - or drive you nuts. In Eve Matheson's hands (or rather voice) she comes to life, at once both horrific and grotesquely funny.
I kept Lady of Quality back till late on in my journey through Heyer on Audible for a treat. I wasn't disappointed. Definitely recommended.
2 of 3 people found this review helpful
There are too many mispronunciations and misplaced emphases to make this reading any more than just passable. Where was the producer, if any employed.
What made the experience of listening to Lady of Quality the most enjoyable?
The narration was spot on. It was read with well-nuanced understanding of the text, the characters and the style. This was a very pleasant voice to listen to.
What did you like best about this story?
The story is witty, yet credible. The historical details are minutely accurate, the characters engaging. The plot holds few surprises, but the clever characterisation draws you right in to the wonderfully humorous climax.
Which character – as performed by Eve Matheson – was your favourite?
While Annis is thoroughly charming, the eccentric and batty Miss Farlow was my favourite!
Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?
Yes, I thoroughly enjoyed enjoyed it.
Any additional comments?
This story is not profound, but it is elegant, charming, full of humour and wit, and just the thing to enjoy a relaxing moment with.
0 of 1 people found this review helpful