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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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  • 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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  • Jan the Nan
  • 03-11-21

Excellent narration.

I was a little dubious about a man narrating a female orientated book, but it turns out that my fears were unfoundered. I have loved Georgette Heyer for over 50 years and to find a new way of enjoying her brilliance is surprisingly satisfying. I am looking forward to the next one.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 18-10-21

Absolutely gorgeous

This is one of my favourite Georgette Heyer books and the audiobook is absolutely gorgeous. The narrator has an incredible range of voices for all the characters, it was a joy to listen to and I can’t wait to listen to the rest of the series.

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  • Mo Bass
  • 10-10-21

Wonderful

Georgette Heyer is my go to author in times of stress and I am thoroughly enjoying being able to listen to her genius when working in my house and garden. Well narrated.

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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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  • Miss Ruth
  • 28-08-21

My favourite Heyer book

I loved this book when I read it years ago and was apprehensive about how the audible version would be…
I needn’t have worried,i thoroughly enjoyed it.
I thought the narration was excellent, he did an outstanding job.
A credit very well spent.

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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