• Sylvester

  • Or, the Wicked Uncle
  • By: Georgette Heyer
  • Narrated by: Nicholas Rowe
  • Length: 10 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook
  • Release date: 11-06-13
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Naxos AudioBooks
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars 4.5 (938 ratings)

Regular price: $41.99

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Publisher's Summary

When Sylvester, the Duke of Salford, first meets Phoebe Marlow, he finds her dull and insipid. She thinks he is 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 they begin to discover a new-found liking and respect for each other. But what Sylvester doesn’t know is that Phoebe is about to publish a novel - a novel in which all London will recognize him as the villainous ‘Count Ugolino’.
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5 out of 5 stars
By C. Mendez on 11-16-13


What did you love best about Sylvester?

It's finally unabridged! This is one of Heyer's best. If you're new to her books, start here. remember, Heyer wrote in the early to mid 20-th century, so her books are not full of passionate sex scenes. However, if you're looking for witty, frequently hilarious dialogue, well-developed, unforgettable characters and a story full of detail that still manages never to be tedious, you'll really enjoy this novel.

What did you like best about this story?

The characters! There are a lot of them, and each one is so skillfully drawn that you'll never get confused, or find yourself wondering, "now wait, who is that again?" Some, like Tom and the governess, are lovable, and some, like Fatherby, are detestable, but each one is a literary gem. If you're familiar with Heyer's work, you'll recognize some recurring character types, but in my opinion that's part of what makes her work so excellent--you may recognize some of the elements, but the story as a whole stands out and is uniquely unforgettable.

Which scene was your favorite?

Every scene with Sylvester and Phoebe. This story is about as far as you can get from being a "boddice ripper", but there is no lack of passion between these two. Their interactions sparkle (even when Phoebe is deliberatly trying to prevent it!)

Any additional comments?

I suppose that some people might feel like the first few chapters drag. I disagree, because I think all those initial details help make the story richer. But even if you're not convinced at the outset, continue reading! You'll fall in love.

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34 of 34 people found this review helpful

5 out of 5 stars
By C. Telfair on 01-01-14

Wicked good performance!

I was so glad to see "Sylvester" at last on Audio that I ordered it even tho I was unfamiliar with this narrator.

But, as with all readings, the narrator is key to enjoyment of a listening experience. And Nicholas Rowe turns out to be VERY good at interpreting Georgette Heyer!

"Sylvester" sparkles with humor and lots of charming characters. The hero and heroine (as with all Heyer) don't have a torrid affair, but their encounters crackle with humor and understated sexual tension. The plot isn't rocket science, but, with Georgette, you get solid historical detail and lots of just plain fun. This is one of her best, and that means the very best in historical romance.

If you're a Heyer fan, don't miss this! If you haven't tried one of her books, "Sylvester" is a great place to start.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Maggie on 06-22-14

The reading did Sylvester and Sparrow justice

Any additional comments?

I bought this a while ago but was almost nervous of listening to it after another favourite book, Frederica, was spoilt for me by poor narration. I'd not heard Nicholas Rowe read before, and didn't want another disappointment. I shouldn't have worried, his reading is spot on. It's a good standard Heyer story with some nice twists around novel writing and book selling of the period, and enjoyable all through. Mr Rowe gave us a glorious ludicrous - and oddly sympathetic - Nugent Fotherby, a believable Keighley and other supporting characters, and even pulled off the difficult feat of the 6 year old Edmund. From Frederica it was clear that children are the acid test for male narrators. All his female voices worked as well and I'd buy his readings again. As to the book, what's not to like about Sylvester and Phoebe? (I prefer Sparrow, it suits her). If you know your Heyers, this is an excellent version - if you don't know your Heyers, this is a good one to start with. Can we have a fresh version of Frederica now, and an unabridged Faro's Daughter? (Please add Nicholas Rowe to the list of hoped-for readers, alongside Phyllida Nash, Sian Phillips, Daniel Philpott, Barbara Leigh-Hunt and Sarah Woodward,). Well, if you don't ask...

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11 of 11 people found this review helpful

5 out of 5 stars
By Sheila on 11-14-13


What made the experience of listening to Sylvester the most enjoyable?

This is one of my favourite books by Georgette Heyer. I first read it years ago and the delight never fades.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Sylvester?

Too many to mention. The whole story just sparkles.

Have you listened to any of Nicholas Rowe’s other performances? How does this one compare?

I have not heard of this narrator before but I will certainly look out him in the future. His reading was sublime, great intonation and the different characters came across very well, whether they were good, bad or just bufoonish. Recommended.

Any additional comments?

Werll worth a listen.

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6 of 6 people found this review helpful

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5 out of 5 stars
By Farwan House Variety Store on 06-09-17

Delightful and totally enjoyable

One of Heyer's best, this literary classic filled with immense humour and outrageous escapades, was made totally enjoyable by Nicholas Rowe, who unlike other male narrators did not try to speak in a high pitched voice when reading a female character -thank the Lord. He made the book even better with his performance . Audible should drop other male narrators of Heyer's works, and stick with Mr. Rowe.

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2 of 2 people found this review helpful

3 out of 5 stars
By mrsvee on 05-08-17

Changing voices

Why oh why do such incompetent readers think the can get away with several voice changes during a reading. They can't. And it demeans the story.

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