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Publisher's Summary

The accomplished Corinthian Sir Richard Wyndham is wealthy, sophisticated, handsome, and supremely bored. Tired of his aristocratic family constantly pressuring him to get married, he determines to run away after meeting the delightful, unconventional heroine Penelope Creed. Penelope - literally - falls into his life late one night as she hangs from the window of her aunt's house - she too attempting to escape the pressures of forced marriage. The two allies become embroiled in a series hilarious madcap adventures as they cross-dress, run into escaped criminals, have a case of mistaken identity, and save people from their own dramatics. Little do they predict their feelings for each other blossoming into romance.
©1940 Georgette Heyer (P)2014 Naxos AudioBooks
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5 out of 5 stars
By Carol on 08-21-14

Fun on the Run

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.


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5 out of 5 stars
By Patricia on 08-29-14

A Very Grand Adventure!

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Ha! What fun. A joyous book, a wild adventure, wonderful characters, great dialogue — oh, my goodness. The narration was simply outstanding. Thank you Naxos. Thank you Audible. Georgette Heyer at her best!

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3 out of 5 stars
By Veracal on 09-15-14

Adore the book but detest the narration

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.

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4 of 4 people found this review helpful

3 out of 5 stars
By JED on 02-03-16

Story is perfect but Male voices are a let down!

I have listened to this many times, so have got used to the narrator "shouting" trying to make the male voices different. I am now not so disappointed as I was on first hearing it. The story itself is charming, and the two lead characters portrayed very well. But nearly all the other main male voices are terrible. Cedrick and Beverley Brandon are especially difficult to listen to the first few times. Its is a very "easy listen" that I would recommend for the most part.

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4 out of 5 stars
By Carmel on 10-24-16

Narrator exaggerated characters

Loved the story
Narrator unfortunately overplayed the characters making it difficult to enter into the story. Overall good.

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4 out of 5 stars
By Regina on 08-01-16

Madcap romp

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.

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