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The Nonesuch

Written by: Georgette Heyer
Narrated by: James Lailey
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Sir Waldo Hawkridge - wealthy, handsome, eligible, illustrious and known as 'The Nonesuch' for his athletic prowess - believes he is past the age of falling in love. But when he comes North to inspect his unusual inheritance at Broom Hall in the West Riding, his arrival leads to the most entertaining of ramifications.... 

Georgette Heyer won the hearts of many worldwide enthusiasts with her peerless novels of historical romance - which continues to this day - and in The Nonesuch, all her storytelling skills are in evidence.

©1962 Georgette Heyer (P)2021 Penguin Audio

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lovely!

the story as well as the reading was so enjoyable and entertaining. the pace and intonation were perfect.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 15-01-23

Dreadful narration

I loved the book but hate the narration. Firstly it should have been read by a woman.
Second the narrator runs the words together and it's difficult to follow whosec"talking". Third the characters who were so alive for me in the book were flat and dead in the audiobook.

Very disappointed.

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  • JED
  • 23-04-21

Much better picture on this version

I have the previous version of this audio book, but am always put off by the picture it shows every time I start listening to it. Its an awful picture! I purchased this one in the hope that the narration comes up to standard as this picture is much more acceptable. It is a good narration. He gets a few words wrong at times but puts a better emphasis on many of the other subtle exchanges between the characters than the earlier version. I think this is the one I will be listening too more often than the other.
The story itself is in the true Georgette Heyer style. If its your first of her books - its an easy going Recency Romance that leaves you with a nice warm feel good feeling. If you are a fan on Heyer ... you can enjoy this version.

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  • Laz
  • 25-04-22

Decent narration but misses the book's humour

I have the previous version of this book and, as it's a favourite of mine, thought I'd try the new recording particularly because it has a male narrator. Despite being better than some of the other new Heyer audiobooks, I do wish the narrator got the humour of the book, especially with regards to Tiffany. The older version is actually funny and I enjoy listening to it when I need a pick me up. This one is fine, a pleasant alternative but, honestly, did no-one at Penguin check whether any of the new group of narrators was capable of pronouncing so many of the words Heyer uses or had actually read the books before hitting record?

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 09-08-21

Good on the whole

The narrator didn't do too bad a job differentiating between the characters, but I can't help wishing he wouldn't pronounce "ton" as if it were a weight. A couple of decidedly off bits of French too.

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  • Libby
  • 10-04-21

James Lailey version

Really enjoyed this version. Well read and pleasant voice. I also own the Eve Matheson version so check which one you prefer before you buy.

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  • Gabrielle Harvey-Jones
  • 08-04-22

Great book, terrible,performance

Such a shame that neither Penguin nor the Heyer family are prepared to pay for someone decent to read Georgette Heyer’s charming books!
I am now in my 70’s and have read Miss Heyer’s books, in times of trouble, since I was in my early teens. Sadly, the Audible versions are, almost without exception, a true struggle to listen to! So sad.

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  • busyperson
  • 12-09-21

Let down by poor narration

A slowish start. Good end. Audiobook less easy to follow as poor narration. He had the same voice and accent for many of the characters so sometimes hard to see who was saying what in a conversation and it made listening much less engaging than usual.

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  • Mo Bass
  • 07-04-21

Thoroughly enjoyable

Heyer at her best and well narrated. Definitely a keeper for future enjoyment. My go to author when I need a lift.

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  • NellMcMH
  • 24-08-22

A weirdly tentative reading




....at least over speech between characters and in fact not a lot of differentiation between them either. Strange, particularly when you think he's an actor and has apparently recorded 54 books. The story holds up as well as always though, so definitely worth a listen

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  • Helen the Hemulen
  • 09-04-22

where are the old tecordings

I am really not happy (I tried to write p@ssed off but the autocorrect would not take it.) My old version, and I really like the narrator, has gone. Not available in my library. I have already purchased this title and do not want to shell out again just because a new version ( which may not be as good) is available.

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  • Judith Sharman
  • 11-08-21

A forgotten favourite brought alive!

Excellently read and a delightful plot, I laughed aloud! I had forgotten just how clever Georgette Heyer was in her portrayal of minor characters.

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  • Jane
  • 30-10-22

Lively characters create a good story


There are a number of main characters in this story who interact beautifully to generate a lively tale. Well read by James Lailey. An amusing book.

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  • Robbie
  • 08-09-21

awful narration

The story was charming and entertaining Georgette Heyer as you would expect.

The narration was prissy and old fashioned. We need lush, wry amusing women narrating Ms Heyer's books - like Venetia, for example.

This was hard to listen to. I do not recommend it with this narrator.