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Regency Buck Audio Cassette – Audiobook, Jul 2001


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Product Details

  • Audio Cassette
  • Publisher: Chivers Audio Books; Unabridged edition (July 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0754006522
  • ISBN-13: 978-0754006527
  • Product Dimensions: 22.5 x 16.6 x 6.2 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 594 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #3,218,696 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Judith Taverner and her brother, Peregrine, are orphans. The death of their eccentric father left them well provided for but consigned to the guardianship of a man they have never met, Julian St. John Audley, Lord Worth. When repeated requests for an introduction to him go unanswered, they set off to London to force a meeting. En route, they spend the night in the village of Grantham, where they make the acquaintance of their Uncle Bernard. Judith and Perry, knowing that their father had disowned his brother many years ago are reluctant to acknowledge the relationship, but Bernard proves to be polite and charming. They also run afoul of an arrogant aristocrat when Perry mishandles a borrowed gig on the road and causes a near-accident. On reaching London, Judith and Perry are amazed and horrified to discover that the insufferable nobleman who made their lives a misery in Grantham is none other than Lord Worth himself. The plot is sufficiently clever and complicated to keep the listener guessing, but the characters are not as appealing as those in some of Heyer's other Regencies. Worth never really becomes human; he is annoyingly arrogant and omniscient, keeping his feelings, as well as a couple of vital facts, hidden from the heroine and the listener alike. Judith, not allowed to overcome the conventions of her romance heroine role, never becomes a decisive character. June Barrie handles the various voices and accents well but unremarkably. A secondary purchase in libraries where Heyer's works (e.g., Cotillion) are popular and the budget allows. Barbara Rhodes, Northeast Texas Lib. Syst., Garland

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"Wonderful characters, elegant, witty writing, perfect period detail, and rapturously romantic. Georgette Heyer achieves what the rest of us only aspire to." -- Katie Fforde "My favourite historical novelist -- stylish, romantic, sharp, and witty. Her sense of period is superb, her heroines are enterprising, and her heroes dashing. I owe her many happy hours." -- Margaret Drabble "A writer of great wit and style ... I've read her books to ragged shreds." -- Kate Fenton Daily Telegraph "Sparkling." Independent --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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By 2thePoint on Aug. 6 2014
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Another exceptional read!
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Shaina Craig on Dec 1 2008
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Heyer's novels are great - they're all wonderfully researched romps in the 19th century, full of love and adventure. This book however spends too little time on the characters you want to know more of (i.e. Lord Worth) and too much time on detailed explanations of boxing, gambling and cock fighting scenarios. A slight disappointment.
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By Joan Morin on Oct. 13 2014
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22 of 26 people found the following review helpful
My very favorite Heyer Regency! May 20 2001
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I have read all of Georgette Heyer's books, and Regency Buck remains my favorite -- after a few dozen readings! The mysterious plot, the wonderful dialogue, the splendid Regency settings, the chemistry between the impulsive heroine and the sardonic hero -- all these add up to a Regency masterpiece and the ultimate rainy night comfort read! (I did not, however, enjoy the audio-book version read by Flo Gibson; she makes all the characters -- even the magnificent Lord Worth -- sound odiously prissy).
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
My First Heyer June 27 2009
By labrat - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Nearly forty years ago I bought this paperback, after staring at it at Woolworth's for several weeks, for the whopping price of 75 cents. There began my love affair with all things Regency, and Georgette Heyer's Regencies in particular.

I am knocking a star off this because, though Heyer's writing craft is divine, her two main characters, in retrospect, are not very appealing. Worth is overly arrogant and Judith is childishly temperamental.

What I will give is props to Heyer who, with the exception of the immediate Worth/Taverner family connections, used historical figures as filler. What a tremendous amount of research she must have done! From Worcester to Poole to "Poodle" Byng, she used real people of the Regency Era to flesh out the rest of her tale.

Brava, Georgette!
18 of 22 people found the following review helpful
Wholly captivating!! Dec 27 2000
By "storynut" - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
I'm an avid Georgette Heyer fan, & I'll say this of her-among all the Regency authors, she's the best!! With her its not just romance alone, but humour,sarcasm,wit all get combined to produce a novel to captivate the reader. This book tells about the vivacious heroine Judith Taverner & her battle(of wits)against Lord Worth. It also has a little pinch of mystery- who wants Peregrine dead? But if i tell u the answer to that, u won't read it, will you? so i'll keep mum, & go ahead, buy this book. You won't regret it!
14 of 17 people found the following review helpful
Wonderful Regency Humor April 24 2000
By "yettaloyd" - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Georgette Heyer has no equal when it comes to that wonderful brand of regency fun and laughter. Her research is so true to that age I feel as though I am riding in Hyde Park with the characters, or on the battlefield at Waterloo, Regency Buck lead me to read "An Infamous Army" And many of her other wonderful books. I have had to hunt in second hand book shops, and garage sales for the books I now have. Most are really dogged eared, and faded, and have pages falling out. I can"t tell you how happy, I am to be able to buy NEW - UNREAD - copies..where I am the first reader to leaf thru the pages of these wonderful stories. I hope to be able to purchase all of her works. She was one in a million.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Worthy, but don't let this be your first Heyer regency Sept. 11 2012
By Lalla Rookh - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
There are less than a handfull of regency romance (with a dash of mystery) authors that could be considered on par with Heyer's stellar writing, but even though she is in a class of her own, if you have never read Heyer before, I beg you not to read this one first - truly, it is better than most regencies out there but is a fair disappointment when compared to many other's of Heyer's works (my very favorite being These Old Shades.)

Here, the dialogue is witty but just not AS witty. That said, my biggest annoyance lies with the heroine - immature, petty and judgmental; perhaps we can forgive her these not-pretty qualities as she is a great beauty and a great heiress, a situation which we assume resulted in her being overly pampered and quite sheltered from reality. As well, Heyer obviously endeavors throughout the book to show us that her young heiress is not without conscience and she does grow as the book progresses - she just doesn't grow fast enough for my liking! :)

I also feel that too many of the tense situations that occur in the book are due to the much dreaded plot contrivance of "the misunderstanding". I do hate this contrivance more than any other, and at some point, after enough "misunderstandings", I as a reader feel like throwing in the towel.

And yet, despite these criticisms, you must wonder why I rate this so well as 4 stars? Alas, even a disappointing Heyer (yes, there are maybe one or two others in addition to this one) deserves no poorer a rating, for a dull gem in her collection becomes a shiny diamond amongst drab pebbles when compared to the whole of the genre.


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