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Although this is an abridged version of Heyer's work, British actor Richard Armitage makes this exceptionally fun to listen to. The only drawback is that listeners will be disappointed that he didn't read the full-length version. Armitage is perhaps best known for playing the most appealing John Thornton in the BBC production of Elizabeth Gaskell's North and South. He also played the dastardly Guy of Gisborne in Robin Hood, and, a spy in Spooks. Armitage's reading is warm, lively, simply brilliant. He easily voices all characters and regional and class differences with ease and captures the underlying tension and growing romantic interest between Phoebe and Sylvester. The period classical music between chapters adds wonderful, appropriate atmosphere. - Jean Palmer, Soundcommentary.com - Talking of Regency romance, a favourite Georgette Heyer novel is Sylvester, which has a wicked uncle, a feisty heroine, a clash of personalities, a desperately cute child and a daffy mama. It's also read by the seductive-voiced Richard Armitage, just the pick me up for the end of winter. - Kati Nicholl, Daily Express
The late Georgette Heyer was a very private woman. Her novels have charmed and delighted millions of readers for decades, though she rarely reached out to the public to discuss her works or personal life. She was born in Wimbledon in August 1902. She wrote her first novel, The Black Moth, at the age of seventeen to amuse her convalescent brother; it was published in 1921 and became an instant success.
Heyer published 56 books over the next 53 years, until herdeath from lung cancer in 1974. Her work included Regency romances, mysteries and historical fiction. Known as the Queen of Regency romance, Heyer was legendary for her research, historical accuracy and her extraordinary plots and characterizations. Her last book, My Lord John, was published posthumously in 1975. She was married to George Ronald Rougier, a barrister, and they had one son, Richard. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.
Although an abridged version this was a delight to listen to. Richard Armitage's awesome renditions of the different characters combined with the amazing writing of Georgette Heyer... Read morePublished 4 months ago by Doris Smith
Excellently narrated by Richard Armitage. Wonderful story by Georgette Heyer. Listened to well commuting to and from work. Great investment.Published 15 months ago by Laura Devine
Absolutely love anything Richard Armitage does. Please don't let him go "Hollywood" Love the story and his voice. The accent doesn't hurt either.Published 20 months ago by Marilyn
I enjoyed this story. I thought it was well-written and funny, very entertaining.Published on July 19 2004 by marla weaver
I really liked this book by Heyer. The only reason for not giving it 5 stars is the lack of romantic feeling by the heroine until the end of the book. Read morePublished on June 12 2004 by S. Reader
It's difficult to choose a favorite Heyer novel--but Sylvester would certainly be in the Top 5. The plot centers on the heroine Phoebe and the gradual humanizing of the dashing,... Read morePublished on Aug. 15 1999