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This is my first experience with this author and narrator. They are impressive. This is a kind of fairy tale along the lines of Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice with the fiery Elizabeth crossing swords with Darcy. I also think of Jane Eyre as she is confronted with Thornfield and its moody master which should give an idea of the relationship between hero and heroine. There was obviously intensive period research into the time and setting of the story. While I wasn't looking for any false notes, I didn't detect any. Georgette Geyer writes as if she were a contemporary of Austen or Bronte. An author who can bring to life espionage, treason, murder to say nothing of a solid romance, all at a rather creepy mansion is an accomplished writer. Geyer writes with a kind of tongue in cheek amusement, a potential pitfall which Cornelius Garrett embraced as his own. His narration took the book seriously while allowing its innate humor full play. He shines! This is one of those books which I would never buy at say Books a Million. Can you imagine me, a rough, sixty year old man in jeans and work boots browsing in the women's section much less walking around with actual chick lit in my hands? I don't think so. Don't you just love the anonymous nature of audio books? Only Audible, the six people who actually read this review and myself will ever know.
110 of 110 people found this review helpful
I've been waiting for this one to appear for download and I was over the moon when I saw it had been added. I love the opening interview, the hero's kid brother and his dog, and all the misunderstandings. I have the cassette version, which I had to order from the UK, so I'm thrilled to get the download version for my iPod. The narrator is great and I just want to give audible a great big THANK YOU for making it available.
35 of 35 people found this review helpful
I purchased this book before I had listened to "These Old Shades", also narrated by Cornelius Garrett. I thought he ruined that book and started this with low expectations! I was wrong! He makes an excellent job of this narration, giving different voices and accents as well as bringing the humour and wit out with full force. The main characters all come across as they do in the written word and the dog, " Bouncer" steals the show with his antics.. While a very unlikely plot,its good story to build a Heyer Romance around. A very good listen if you previously have read the book.
3 of 3 people found this review helpful
I particularly enjoyed the narrator as I find mans voice has far more variations which makes it easier to identify the characters.
This is a cracking good story which keeps surprising right to the end.
I always enjoy a feisty female lead character.
2 of 2 people found this review helpful
With Georgette Heyer's superb wit and humour and the excellent narration by Cornelius Garret, this is one of my favourites! Garret's voicing if the Francis character was a highlight!
One of the more enjoyable Regency mysteries and romance novels of Georgette Heyer. Not a single book of hers disappoints. Narration by Cornelius Garrett totally enjoyable.