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Frederica

Written by: Georgette Heyer
Narrated by: Joe Jameson
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Publisher's Summary

Brought to you by Penguin.

Vernon Alverstoke sees no reason to put himself out for anyone.

But when a distant connection asks for help, he is quickly plunged into one drama after another by the disorderly Merriville family.

Surprisingly, he finds himself far from bored - especially when he encounters their strong-minded daughter, Frederica.

However, she seems far more concerned with her family's welfare than his romantic advances....

©1965 Georgette Heyer (P)2021 Penguin Audio

Critic Reviews

"Absolutely delicious tales of Regency heroes.... Utter, immersive escapism." (Sophie Kinsella)

"I could mainline Heyer's Regency romances until the end of time and still not get bored.... Georgette Heyer is perfect lockdown escapism." (India Knight)

"One of my perennial comfort authors. Heyer's books are as incisively witty and quietly subversive as any of Jane Austen's." (Joanne Harris)

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Thoroughly enjoyable!

Joe's Jameson, I think, is that rare non-female narrator that doesn't make the women he voices sound shrill or bleating! His 'Felix' was particularly engaging. This is a wonderful Heyer and Joe Jameson does it full justice.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 27-12-21

A delightful story, most excellently narrated!

Joe Jameson has done a masterful narration of this engaging and entertaining story. Thoroughly enjoyable.

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  • No One
  • 08-09-21

Great story pretty good narration

This narrator does a good job at the voices and consistency, his only problem is a slight tendency to mispronounce words, some uniquely period words (on-dits), some things like ‘kindling’. This is pretty standard for the new Penguin remakes however, so I don’t regard it much.

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  • M.
  • 30-08-21

Good Heyer listen

Good story. Some mispronunciations marred otherwise good narration. One of the better Georgette Heyer books - all of which are miles ahead of her "regency romance" imitators.

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  • Grandma- Gateshead
  • 29-08-21

Excellent narration, charming tale.

This is a charming Heyer novel very well narrated by Joe Jameson. It is not the most exciting or original plot but highly enjoyable and well up to standard. Perfect escapism

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  • Stephanie Alexandra
  • 28-08-21

one of my favourites

I loved this reading of Frederica, I've been waiting impatiently for it to be released and it didn't disappoint

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  • Randomch
  • 28-08-21

Great story let down by narration errors

I really love this story so I was excited to see it available and had it on my pre-order for ages. However, having listened to it, I think the narrator could have done with reading the book a couple of times prior to recording as his performance is more than once at odds with the actual dialogue. In addition he at least twice seems to confuse which characters are actually speaking. It doesn't completely ruin things, but the performance could have been so much better with a little more preparation.

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  • NellMcMH
  • 23-08-22

Perfect voices for...

...all the characters - and I hadn't thought readers such as Sian Phillips could be bettered!

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  • MrsA
  • 20-01-23

Best narrator

Best narrator I've come across in all audiobooks and usual great Georgette Heyer story.

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  • Min
  • 06-01-23

What an exceptional reader

This was the first Georgette Heyer that I read about thirty years ago. I loved this book so much that I thought that I would revisit it. Well the first and most important is that Joe Jameson reads superbly. The characters really come to life and I loved the multiple tones of voice he used. Very often, I find myself cringing at mispronounced words. That is not the case with this reader. He really managed to bring the humour of Heyer to the forefront and despite walking around the supermarket chuckling I just couldn’t put this one down. Really couldn’t recommend more

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  • Helen Garlick
  • 13-12-22

witty and deeply pleasing

the best performance of any Heyer and one of the best read of any of the Audible book I've, listened to. absolutely first rate. he does full justice to each of Heyer's distinct and well drawn characters. I will listen to it over and again.

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  • Rebecca Foster
  • 09-08-22

simply fabulous

wondering story with memorable characters. narrator did a fab job with all the different voices.

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  • Dr S Guha
  • 05-12-22

Best of Heyer’s books

Excellent narration & depiction of most of the characters especially Alverstoke & Felix. Frederica’s part was rather blandly presented & failed to capture her mischievousness and sparkle. It was rather read in a monotone. The story itself is delightful with a strong heroine of sufficient maturity and sophistication to match the powerful hero. Interestingly the book really is told from the hero’s perspective delineating his thoughts & feelings to a greater extent than the heroine’s ~ somewhat an unusual angle.

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  • Frances
  • 28-10-22

Perfect narration

The story is brilliant, twisty, and funny Heyer and the narration is spot on. Two thumbs up

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  • Jane
  • 05-09-22

Innocents abroad

Bringing her family to London for the season involves Frederica in a series of unexpected situations into which she draws the formidable Marquess of Alverstoke. Drama and comedy are mixed equally in this clever reading from Joe Jameson which I enjoyed thoroughly. He brings each character to life and sustains our interest to the end. I will enjoy this again.

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  • LiGi
  • 11-07-22

Good

Entertaining and funny. The narration of Vernon was spot on. Frederica's came off as too straight and heavy, lacking the playfulness intended in the text.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 10-06-22

A wonderful story

I first read Frederica as a teenager. It’s one of my favourite Heyers. Lovely story and wonderful characters. Beautifully read.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 06-06-22

Brilliant narration

I’m a long time Georgette Heyer fan and this audio book of Frederica by Joe Jameson was absolutely excellent. The many voices he was able to do was incredible and he has a lovely warm speaking voice for the main character Alverstoke. A delightful story of big sister Frederica and her care of her siblings, all with their own different characters and her efforts to bring her beautiful sister Charis into society to make a good marriage. It was non stop fun . Thoroughly enjoyed it! Looking forward to any other Georgette Heyer novels read by Joe Jameson

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  • Janette J Ryan
  • 28-03-22

A classic

Fredericka is concerned with family matters to her own detriment.
Alvastoke is a rich man with little empathy, until Fredericka's brothers descend on him to force him to help.
They were at the age, they needed a male role model, and Vernon Alvastoke had the ways and the means to make things happen.
Fredericka has plans to present her beautiful sister to society.She wants her to have the chance to make a good marriage.
Carissa may be beautiful but she is naive and wilful. Disaster is averted by Trevor Charles, Vernon’s private secretary.

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  • Dylan
  • 27-03-22

Good fun

Silly but good fun. Sensible protagonists surrounded by idiotic but adorable side characters who take the plot on many side adventures, much to the bemusement of the protagonists and the reader.

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  • Richard S
  • 24-03-22

Brilliant comedic writing

This book had me stitches from the word go!

Brilliant descriptions of the absurdities of the Georgian era of the early 19th Century.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 19-09-21

Beautiful story

My 5th Georgette Heyer novel. she has yet to dissapoint! Federica is a beautifully crafted character