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  • Audio CD
  • Publisher: Naxos Audio Books; abridged edition edition (July 1 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9626349255
  • ISBN-13: 978-9626349250
  • Product Dimensions: 2.5 x 14.6 x 12.7 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 204 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #199,050 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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

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Georgette Heyer, who wrote over fifty novels died in 1974. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By N. S. Thorne on Aug. 1 2009
Format: Audio CD
I bought this CD to listen to following eye surgery and discovered that not being able to read can be fun! A huge fan of Richard Armitage, I very much enjoyed all the different voices he used, particularly the ladies'. I quite forgot I was listening to Richard Armitage! His reading, coupled with a very entertaining story, made for a delightful 5 hours. I would wholly recommend for this to any romance fan!
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Format: Hardcover
Sylvester, the Duke of Salford, needs a wife, and is convinced that he only has to ask to be accepted. He compiles a list of suitable candidates, some of whom he has not even met, and is persuaded to meet Phoebe Marlow, his godmother's granddaughter, who is a late addition to the list.
But Phoebe is not at all impressed at being considered for the honour of becoming Salford's wife, and runs away! Part of her problem is that she's just written a gothic novel which is in fact a _roman a clef_ in which Sylvester himself is cast as the villain, though she also found him overly arrogant when she'd met him before.
Then Sylvester finds her after her carriage had overturned, and they're forced to spend several days in each other's company....
As usual, Heyer throws in plenty of witty dialogue, an assortment of hilarious and/or likeable supporting characters, and fast pacing as events begin to spiral out of the control of even the supremely confident Duke.
A wonderful novel, worth reading over and over: as with the best Heyers, there's plenty of subtleties you'll miss the first time and will spot on re-reading.
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Format: Mass Market Paperback
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.
Sylvester is witty, well-paced, and evocative of the age. Obvious (and delightful) parallels to Jane Austin, especially Pride and Prejudice, abound. Sylvester is a great hero, flawed but teachable. Phoebe is slightly less compelling as the heroine, coming across as a bit immature, but she can certainly hold her own with Sylvester and many others (her step-mother being the odd exception).
Secondary characters, especially Thomas, are delightful and add greatly to the story. Witty & charming, with a certain poignancy to Phoebe's self-esteem issues. It's nice to have a heroine who isn't a beauty, too. A must read.
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By A Customer on Aug. 15 1999
Format: Audio Cassette
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, but proud, Sylvetser, a Duke with wicked eyebrows. This story has it all : an elopement (with the wrong suitor), a roman a clef, a cynical London Season, and a hilarious abduction. When the wicked uncle's nephew cries for his "Button" I cried--with laughter. And of course, Heyer doesn't forget the romance. When Sylvester finally admits his love for Phoebe to his mother (no, this isn't a spoiler--it's a Georgette Heyer Regency Romance, after all) the romantic thrill is all any reader could want.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By DarcyFan on Sept. 5 2012
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
One my my favorite Georgette Heyer books! Sylvester is the Duke of Salford who is still single but feels that he needs to take a wife for the sake of his nephew who is his ward. His twin brother died a few years back but his sister-in-law paints him out as a wicked uncle. As she has chosen to remarry, Sylvester insists on keeping his ward with him which causes tension in the family. Sylvester sets out to meet Phoebe who was the daughter of his mothers closest friend to see if she would meet his qualifications for a wife which she most certainly did NOT. Meanwhile Phoebe is so repulsed at thinking she would have to marry the Duke that she runs away with her childhood friend Tom and due to a horse accident and a bad snowstorm is stuck at an inn for a while. Sylvester comes to the rescue - taking care of Tom and even taking Phoebe as far as London to stay with her aunt. During this time at the inn Phoebe discovers that Sylvester never intended to offer for her and she becomes her usual self - chasticizing Sylvester whenever she gets the chance (quite comical)! This leads to a friendship in London until the book that Phoebe wrote is published and is taken up so much popularity that it threathens to destroy Phoebe. She has painted Sylvester as the villian in her novel and the ton have figured out that she wrote the book. By this time you're trying to figure out if Sylvester has any real feelings for Phoebe or if he's trying to win her over just because she wounded his pride in running away from him (he is known to make women fall in love with them and then leaving them hanging) or whether he is really trying to ruin her in the eyes of the ton due to his wounded pride. What a tale this becomes - a fun mess of things Phoebe has made and even in the last chapter you don't know how it will end till the last 2 pages
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By Laura Devine on June 15 2014
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
Excellently narrated by Richard Armitage. Wonderful story by Georgette Heyer. Listened to well commuting to and from work. Great investment.
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