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Publisher's Summary

When Sylvester, the Duke of Salford, first meets Phoebe Marlow, he finds her dull and insipid. She finds him insufferably arrogant. But when a series of unforeseen events leads them to be stranded together in a lonely country inn, they are both forced to reassess their hastily formed opinions, and begin a new-found liking and respect for each other.
Sylvester calls to mind the satirical genius of a Jane Austen novel and is adored for its wit and a fast-paced plot, which ranges across a myriad of settings.
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"Although this is an abridged version of Heyer's work, British actor Richard Armitage makes this exceptionally fun to listen to....Armitage's reading is warm, lively, simply brilliant. He easily voices all characters and regional and class differences with ease and captures the underlying tension and growing romantic interest between Phoebe and Sylvester. The period classical music between chapters adds wonderful, appropriate atmosphere." (
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By Abigail on 02-19-11

Abridged... but its Richard Armitage!

Having never read/listened to this story prior to this version, I enjoyed it very much and just assumed it was one of the shorter Heyer novels. I just wished it was longer... only to find out that it could have been. This abridged version is good, and works as a story, so maybe its for the best. I love Richard's voice, and i could listen to him read for days on end. So I've listen to him read this story at least 3 times. It is very very sad that it's abridged. Buy it anyway, its a good listen.

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By 🇺🇸⛄DARA on 03-31-13

Cute Old fashioned story

What did you like best about this story?

All of Georgette Heyer books are great feel good books. If you like other Georgette Heyer books this one will not disappoint. They are always my go to books on a rainy day. Richard Armitage narrates perfectly. I could listen to him over and over again!

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9 of 9 people found this review helpful

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By Amanda on 12-22-10

Nectar for the ears

Sylvester was my first introduction to Georgette Heyer. I read the book because I knew the audio book read by Richard Armitage was coming out.

Both story and performance are an absolute joy. My only gripe ? It's not unabridged.

Heyer's characters and their adventures are exquisitely written.

Here they are brought to life in glorious technicolour by Richard Armitage's endlessly versatile and gifted voice.

He has me giggling out loud in the comic passages and sighing happily at the romance.

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By Katie on 01-10-11

An excellent story!

All in all, it is an excellent story ~ Georgette Heyer's story is about an independent spirit called Phoebe and the wonderful Sylvester too. It's so very entertaining. And it's no exaggeration to say Richard Armitage reads this novel like a dream, he brings out all the humour and yet, brings something of his own in there too.

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By Jill on 07-21-17

Richard Armitage is the only good thing about this

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

Pretty well a no to this question. While Richard Armitage does a marvellous job with the narration, the storyline was fairly insipid and shallow.

What was most disappointing about Georgette Heyer’s story?

It was fairly insipid and even a little amateurish.

What does Richard Armitage bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

Richard Armitage is why I chose to listen to this story in the first place. He is my favourite narrator so far - I wish he would narrate more books. He is marvellous in giving each character their own voice and accent. Richard performed Sylvester (the character) and Tom so well that at times I found myself having a chuckle out loud.

Was Sylvester worth the listening time?

Only because of Richard Armitage as the narrator.

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By Tara Bland on 01-10-17

Richard Armitage is the quintessential reader.

Heyer's story is enjoyable Georgian fiction, but it is Armitage's superb characterisation that truly captivates.

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