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Sprig Muslin

Written by: Georgette Heyer
Narrated by: Amelia Donkor
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He thought he could set her on a better path. But they might both wander astray....

Sir Gareth Ludlow never truly recovered from the death of his fiancée. Years later, a chance encounter with Amanda, a young and devastatingly pretty runaway, inspires him to try to do the right thing and to set her on a path towards a good life.

But Sir Gareth has been neck-deep in a life of debauchery and hedonism ever since his fiancée's death, and Amanda's startlingly lively imagination proves to be more than he'd bargained for. As they both become increasingly entangled in Sir Gareth's scheme, it seems more and more difficult for either of them to lead the life they should....

A witty and delightful historical novel, Sprig Muslin shows why Georgette Heyer has such a huge and devoted readership to this day.

©1956 Georgette Heyer (P)2021 Penguin Audio

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  • J
  • 04-12-22

Wonderful Heyer but weird narration

I’m a huge Heyer fan and enjoyed this recording for the sake of the story. But the narration was strangely weird, stilted and clunky.

At first hearing the narrator has a lovely, refined voice and nice English accent. However she has zero story-telling skills. She maintains a flat monotone throughout the book and never varies her voice for any of the emotions of the characters so it comes across as artificial.

Worse, she seems to have no idea when a sentence starts or finishes and will often stop mid-sentence then start a new phrase on a random word that clearly belonged to the words before she paused, This gives a very stilted feel to the narration and makes the story less easy to follow.

Worst of all, her pronunciations are often laughably wrong, it’s as if she’s never seen a Regency BBC drama in her life! For example instead of pronouncing “Mama” and “Papa” with the stress on the second syllable and a long “ah” sound on the end, she says “Mamma” and “Pappa”. This really grates.
Her worst mistake is when one character calls Amanda a “little Puss” as in an affectionate term for a cat but she says “little pus” as in an infected sore lol.

I will regretfully he returning this due to the incompetent narration. What a pity

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  • Perpetua
  • 02-12-21

Poor narration!

I'm adding my voice to those who have already criticised the narration for this book. According to my research, the narrator is a British actress. She certainly has some sort of UK regional accent, I have no doubt that she is very skilled - just not in this field or genre.
Multiple mispronunciations, among which the most annoying are "Mumma, and Pappa" instead of MaMA and PaPA. I sometimes thought that she was reading at a sub secondary school level for some of the pronunciations.
Another frustrating element (unfortunately also noticeable with some other female narrators) is the difficulty in lowering the pitch of her voice enough to quote male characters convincingly. Her Sir Gareth sounded so insipid!
Please Audible / Penguin, could this book be redone? Phyllida Nash, Cornelius Garret, Thomas Judd would be good choices in my opinion.

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  • judy tregurtha
  • 25-05-21

Historical romance classic

Another Georgette Heyer classic story. It was well narrated and with a very satisfactory conclusion.

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  • Pam Haynes
  • 16-05-21

Disappointingly bland reading of a brilliant novel

Georgette Heyer is a brilliantly witty writer and her novels never fail to make me laugh out loud. What a shame the narrator seems not to understand half of the words or phrases. How could she think that the word 'Mama', as a well-to-do regency child would call their mother, rhymes with ' hammer' for example?!
The narration by Sian Philips that used to be on Audible is SO much better. Georgette Heyer should be read by someone like Phyllada Nash or Cornelius Garret, or at least someone who understands the style of writing and can properly impart the wit.

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  • Lottie
  • 24-04-21

poor narrator

The narrator annoyingly mispronounced a number of words and didn't pace the sentences properly

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  • BERYL KNOX
  • 11-07-21

Story, as usual with Heyer, is brilliant, but the reader is atrocious

The reader is really bad. For instance, the word is Mama, not Moma and Papa, not Popa. Also all the A’s were flat, the word mischievous was wrongly pronounced as were a number of other words. The delivery was stilted with wrong intonation throughout.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 07-11-22

The narration was so awful I couldn't listen to it

This is the worst narration I have ever heard, who doesn't know how to pronounce mama!! I couldn't even get 1 chapter in, the narrator pauses mid sentence, adds names on to the end of sentences after long pauses which makes the characters sound stupid. I am currently requesting to return this book. So disappointed.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 15-07-21

Badly narrated

Very sad that the book was read with so many mistakes/mispronunciations, as others have noticed. It was really distracting!

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  • MEH
  • 13-07-21

Wooden Reading.

A goodish story ruined by wooden reading and very poor pronunciation, particularly of place names.

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  • Abigail
  • 12-12-22

Wonderful Heyer, another disappointing narrator

Yet again, a classic Heyer read by someone who mispronounces many words. Some, like 'mama' and 'papa' show an ignorance of upperclass pronunciation, but words like 'valise', 'disreputable', 'babble' and others? These errors jar the listening experience.
This is highly typical of this new series of Heyer romances. Where is the quality control? Do the producers listen to the recordings at all?
I recommend searching for the old Phyllida Nash recordings. Flawless narration of wonderful stories.

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  • v j jenkins
  • 27-02-22

pronunciations hit and miss

Whilst I love this story, some of the pronunciations are appalling eg mama and papa

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  • JM
  • 30-12-22

Nice story, but not my favourite Heyer novel

Story is pleasant enough, although perhaps not one of my favourite Heyer novels.

The narrator had a clear and pleasant voice but spoiled the performance slightly by mispronouncing some words; and pausing at the wrong spot. Was also a little jarring to hear flat vowel sounds every so often. Seemed incongruous with both the story/ genre and most of the rest of the performance.

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  • Ronnie’s
  • 11-11-22

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Terrible reading style. I ended up re-saying the spoken parts in my head. The narrator did not do the author any favours with the way she read this.

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  • lone
  • 09-01-23

Sprig Muslin

I am a huge fan of Georgette Heyer however am at a loss to understand why this book has now been re issued with a new narrator who although she has a pleasant voice by no means measures up to the previous reader. A mystery.

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  • Vgarrett
  • 09-10-22

Poor narration

This is one of my favourite Georgette Heyer books so it was disappointing that, like many of the latest Penguin releases of her work, the narrator was so amateurish. The usual list of things wrong apply. Poor reading ability, mispronounced words and an annoying habit of breathing in the middle of sentences. I think I will wait until Penguin rerelease the older audio versions before buying any more.

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  • Jane
  • 18-09-22

Charming and amusing romance

Perhaps not as dramatic as others of her stories, Sprig Muslin still has the power to charm with a beguiling account of the adventures of a headstrong girl and a gentleman who seeks to protect her from the consequences of her Ill-judged campaign to force her grandfather to consent to her marriage with her childhood sweetheart who is unfortunately a younger son. Sir Gareth Ludlow encounters some challenging circumstances in his attempts to protect Amanda but overcomes these with perseverance and good humor despite a number of setbacks.
I was disappointed by the number of mispronunciations in this reading which jarred my attention away from the story. Additionally, the pronunciation of many vowels was a major distraction. The flatness of a strong regional accent was jarring coming from the mouths of such upper class characters who would also not have pronounced the g in words ending with ing. Puss is a shortening of pussy cat, not something which oozes from infected wounds. I wonder why there was not a little coaching regarding these issues because otherwise Amelia Donkor gave a lively reading.

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  • Lilania Kershaw
  • 16-08-22

Ghastly narration

If I could give the narrator zero stars I would. Mispronounced numerous basic words which made it very frustrating.

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  • Olivia B.
  • 24-08-21

Engaging plot

Engaging plot featuring a good range of characters. Read in a pleasant voice, although a little hard to distinguish between characters at times.