But it is to prove no easy task for the Corinthian. His captive in sprig muslin has more than her rapturous good looks and bandboxes to aid her - she is also possessed of a runaway imagination...
©1956 Georgette Heyer; (P)2014 Audible, Inc.
Georgette Heyer knew her period well and was a defining exponent of the Regency romance genre. Sprig Muslin is a delightful escapade and Sian Phillips certainly does it justice. A most enjoyable book to knit by!
"Teen years favorite comes to Audible --at last!"
I have loved Georgette Heyer's Regency romances since I was in junior high and now I am in 7th heaven that she is finally on Audible. If you want steamy love scenes in your romance novels, you are in the wrong place; GH novel are all formula -- handsome romantic hero, feisty but demur heroine all wrapped in the manners and mannerisms of early 19th century England. Lord gets his lady and they live happily ever after. These are stories you can give a 10 year old and not worry about the vocabulary or even the slight hint of explicit sex (or even implicit).
I love her story telling; there is lots of detail so that you really get a feel for what life was like 200 years ago. She creates the whole Regency world for you--well at least the world of the rich and titled. Her language and choice of words really makes you think you are in Regency England and unlike so many of the historical romances of today, GH really sticks to the mores and mindset of the era.
As for Sprig Muslin, the narrator is a delight and I look forward to listening to the story over and over again.
"Delightful narration offsets weaker story line"
This isn't one of my favorite Heyer books in print form, but it is without question my favorite of Heyer's books in audio. The narrator nails the characterization of these people *perfectly*. If you have, or have had, a teenage daughter, this is a must listen. You will laugh out loud!
"Very enjoyable listen!"
This was never one of my favorite Georgette Heyer books but after listening to Sian Phillips excellent characterization it finally made sense and I find myself listening again and laughing out loud. I truly have enjoyed the reading and now the story!
"As charming and delightful as ever"
Reading Georgette Heyer's Regency novels is like eating dark chocolate--a guilty pleasure that turns out to be good for you.
They are formula novels only because so many writers have tried to imitate them, and none, with the possible exception of Jane Aitken, has managed to come close to the combination of intelligence, humour, and excellent writing that is Georgette Heyer.
I love all of Georgette Heyer's books. Listening to them adds a great deal. This narrator is the best! She adds small laughs or sighs perfectly.
This book was a delight. I have only read one or two Georgette Heyer books but it is so refreshing to listen/read a historical romance that is not loosely veiled soft core porn. Heyers use of language is delightful and the narrator does it full justice. This was a great fun listen and i will be looking for more books (not just Heyer) from this narrator
"OK, it's Fluff, but it's Great and it's Funny!"
Georgette Heyer may be an acquired taste, but I'm guessing that you will like her if you like Jane Austen. "Sprig Muslin" is one of her best and most spirited works with lots of humor. Sian Phillips is the very best imaginable reader for a book like this. I have experienced male narrators attempting to do justice to Georgette Heyer -- can't be done! If you love Heyer, you can't miss with this; if you haven't tried her, it's the very best introduction.
"Very entertaining book and great narrator"
I'm so glad to see more of Georgette Heyer's books available as audio downloads. Only tape cassette versions have been available for far too long. Sian Phillips is a wonderful actress and a great narrator. She does an amazing job with all the different character voices. Now if only "The Reluctant Widow," "The Black Sheep," and everything else by GH would become available as audio downloads, I'd be over the moon.
This is a very good Regency romance novel by Georgette Heyer (who in my estimation is the absolute queen of romance) but it not her best . Heyer romance novels take you to a charming world. Some of her characters are hilarious. Her herorines are extremely likeable. Heyer manages to let you see the passion between characters withour resort to riipping clothes off. I think the main reason I give this four stars instead of five is that there is not as much passion between the hero and heroine in this book as there is in other Heyer romances. However, it is still an excellent book.
Another one of Georgette Heyers very funny novels, where the main story entertains through complicated twists and turns, and totally revels in the characters outwitting each other. Sian Phillips has been so superb in all of the Heyer novels i've listened to I can just relisten and re-enjoy. I just wish there were more read by her, June Barrie and Phylidda Nash, instead of by Eva Matheson (the only audible book i've had to dump off my ipod - unable to persevere listening after several attempts to get past the first few chapters)!
"A rattling good listen!"
I'm a quiet fan of Georgette Heyer but I'd never come across Sprig Muslin before. I think it must be one of her very best books. The plot was absolutely masterly and it keeps your interest from start to finish. The characters are really interesting and not conventional. Plus Sian Philips does an excellent job in enhancing the whole mood of the book. I loved it and I listened to it at every available moment until it was finished.
"I'd forgotten how good this was"
This is a book I read many years ago, when it was on the list of books the local library thought suitable for my age and the dragon behind the counter wouldn't issue with books she felt were inappropriate. Going back to an old favourite, was so comforting. Georgette Heyer somehow captures the essence of the period.
"This is what audio books are all about"
Made me laugh out loud. Sian Phillips about as perfect for this as it gets for Georgette Heyer. Wonderfully humorous story. Very droll. Language fruity and delivered with such aplomb. Heyer undeservedly under-rated. Have listened to quite a few and this one was the best. Enjoy!
"Another Heyer even better in audio"
Another pleasant surprise on several levels. Always one of her strong comedies, this is even better when narrated. Sian Phillips had always seemed to me like an actress of the 'theatrical grande dame' variety but she brought every character to life with real comedic style. Hester Theale is a great unlikely heroine, self-effacing and nervous but with hidden depth and humour. The wildly naive Amanda with her stories, determination and would be military strategy, her dour lover Neil, and all the supporting characters are well drawn. Oddly enough, the hero Gareth is sometimes more like a central point around which the others perform than the focal point, but it all works. It really does. Recommended.
In her Usual style, Georgette Heyer has once again produced an amusing, rollicking and highly entertaining book. The narrator understood the tone and humor of the book and performed it well.
"Escapist, charming and fun"
Sian Phillips has a melodious voice and does a pretty good job on the all the voices.
"One of Georgette Heyer's best"
Brilliant, witty, spellbinding content. Sian Phillips is one of the best narrators I've ever heard.
"Even better the second time around"
Not only is the storyline delightful, the characters adorable and the background well researched, but this is also one of Heryer's funniest novel.
"Perfect listening, excellent narration and story"
This one surprised me as I much preferred the audio book to reading it myself......and that's a first! The narrator brought all the characters to life in a way I didn't see when I read the book. Sir Gareth has become someone I now like, whereas I never thought much of him before. I also found Lady Hester a totally different person, loving her man but prepared to be a drudge and an old maid rather than marry a man who cannot love her. Amanda is portrayed beautifully, as is the dreamy Hildebrand. I have already listened to this twice and will do so again. I am very grateful to Sian Phillips for her vision and interpretation of the novel which has given me another Heyer book to repeatedly enjoy.
"A good chuckle!"
Wonderful farcical comedy with laugh out loud dialogue and sympathetic main characters and some buffoonery.
Frivolous fun and good narration.
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