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Naxos releases another Heyer classic. This one is a short, fast, fun read. Our hero and heroine, both being pressured by family to enter marriages they find abhorrent, "meet cute": Penelope has shorn her hair, donned men's clothes, and is climbing out the window at 3 a.m. when she is rescued by a "bosky" Sir Richard, who is walking home after drowning his sorrows at White's Club.
Stirred by the idea of disappearing--and thus not having to propose to "the iceberg" his mother is pushing on him--Sir Richard (in his elegantly inebrieted state) agrees to pose as the gender-disguised "Penn's" tutor so that he can escort her to her childhood sweetheart's family estate.
By the time our hero sobers up, he and "Penn" are travelling on a public stagecoach, where they meet with an interesting assortment of the common folk (no fancy dress balls or evenings at Almack's in this story), and an especially interesting assortment of highway robbers. Mystery and danger ensue, but we know what will happen in the end--which is part of the joy of these books, at least for some of us.
Georgina Sutton's narration is top-notch; all the Naxos narrators are competent, but she's exceptionally good.
23 of 24 people found this review helpful
Though I do so love Georgette Heyer, love most of her regencies, The Corinthian is by far the most engaging and entertaining of all.
Here we meet the unutterably unapologetic Sir Richard and the lovable Pen. Thrown together, both disgusted with the matches made for them, they ramble together and are caught up in many escapades (for Richard) and scrapes aplenty (for Pen, who just can't throw off an adventure if it'll kill her as her life has been so closeted and boring up until the moment of her dropping into Richard's arms).
The Corinthian has less romance than other Heyer works: here instead is a bit of intrigue with theft and a hapless murder, with other side stories of silly females, incorrigible brothers in law (so to speak), a would-be betrothed besotted by the silly and grown to be a judgmental young man, and of course the two most delightful of heroes and heroines.
Sutton's performance is a tad screechy when it comes to the likes of Cedric, but she does Pen so well, I could overlook that and let myself get carried away by Heyer's prose, her humorous turns of thief's cant and the like.
Unlike other romances, G.Heyer never sticks to specified plot points at specified times; rather, she lets her stories unfold, her characters develop, at a leisurely pace and with delightful outcomes.
Truly, I was so disappointed to get to the "Audible hopes you enjoyed..." part, but am only grateful that she was so prolific that I have many more books to look forward to!
5 of 5 people found this review helpful
Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?
I'd recommend the book but not the audio recording.
What was one of the most memorable moments of The Corinthian?
The whole story is a delight from start to finish.
What didn’t you like about Georgina Sutton’s performance?
I found Georgina Sutton's narration unpleasantly over-dramatised. I find the voices for George, Sir Richard, Sir Richard's mother, Cedric and Jimmy Yarde difficult to listen to and much preferred the style of other narrators (Phyllida Nash in particular). I have an audio library stuffed with Georgette Heyer recordings and this is the only one I have found really disappointing. Of course, this is only personal taste: I see that some of the other reviewers have really enjoyed it.
Could you see The Corinthian being made into a movie or a TV series? Who would the stars be?
Lots of Georgette Heyer films would make great films! I think Penn would probably be played by a young Meg Ryan (can't think of a contemporary young actress with the same warm qualities) and Sir Richard perhaps by Jim Sturgess.
3 of 3 people found this review helpful
What did you like most about The Corinthian?
I just love this one, word for word, all of it. Hard to pick just parts. I like heroine who is young, innocent and sweet and as Heyer might say „full of pluck“ and hero who compliments her personality with his sense of humour. I loved to yet again get some peddler's French (thiefs' cant for Heyer readers) included.
What other book might you compare The Corinthian to, and why?
There is a bit of other Heyer books in this one. Outside Heyer, I did come across several books partly inspired by the story, although none were of course comparable in quality of prose. This is HEYER after all!
Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?
Smile all the way through.
Any additional comments?
The summary of this book is rather imperfect, I hope that somebody will fix that. It is incorrect in parts. Reminds me of my school days when we copied book summary for our prescribed reading from previous year students, changing just some words, thinking the teacher cannot tell we did not even look at the cover.
4 of 5 people found this review helpful
Loved the story
Narrator unfortunately overplayed the characters making it difficult to enter into the story. Overall good.
The Corinthian is an enjoyable story full of plot twists which ( mostly) get resolved; our hero and heroine fall for each other over a three day caper through the Somerset countryside all the while foiling diamond thieves, Bow St Runners, irate fathers and sundry other nefarious characters. Well read with good accents and while this is by no means Heyer at her best, it's a pleasant way to pass the hours.