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  • Audio CD
  • Publisher: Naxos Audio Books; abridged edition edition (July 7 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9626349255
  • ISBN-13: 978-9626349250
  • Product Dimensions: 12.4 x 14.2 x 2.5 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 204 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars 12 customer reviews
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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, - 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

About the Author

Georgette Heyer's novels have charmed and delighted millions of readers for decades. English Heritage has awarded Georgette Heyer one of their prestigious Blue Plaques, designating her Wimbledon home as the residence of an important figure in British history. 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.

Heyerpublished 56 books over the next 53 years, until her death from lung cancer in 1974. Her last book, My Lord John, was published posthumously in 1975. A very private woman, she rarely reached out to the public to discuss her works or personal life. 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. She was married to George RonaldRougier, a barrister, and they had one son, Richard. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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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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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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Format: Paperback
Sylvester, Duke of Salford, has decided that at the age of 28, it is time for him to marry. During the past season he survey the eligible ladies of quality and has presented to his mother a list of the five most suitable. While not surprised, she dismisses them all from consideration and suggests for consideration the daughter of her long deceased best friend.

Phoebe Marlow has been raised since an early age by her stepmother. While a very efficient and strict mother, she is not nurturing nor loving. Her main goal is to get Phoebe married off as quickly as possible so that she can concentrate on the most suitable matches for her own daughters.

Things take an interesting twist when Sylvester asks his godmother, who is also Phoebe's grandmother, about Phoebe. This sets in motion a chain of events involving a possible elopement, a broken leg, being socially ostracized, and finally an abduction.

Once Phoebe escaped from the stifling confines of her stepmother, she blossomed. She no longer had to worry that she would be chastised for each and every word she said or action she committed. I found the new Phoebe a very likable character. Most Regency era women are written as too wimpy for me. This one has spunk and speaks her mind. On the other hand, Sylvester appears to be the haughty Duke that all expect him to be. Somehow, throughout their misadventures, they each manage to pull out the best and the worst in each other. This made for very amusing reading never knowing what to expect next.

The style of writing in this book put me very much in mind of Jane Austen's style. Rich in detail and discussion of friends and family. All were most proper in manners and for their concern of their position in society. This is the second book that I have read by Georgette Heyer and leaves me wanting to read more.
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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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