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Black Sheep

Narrated by: Barbara Leigh-Hunt
Length: 9 hrs and 41 mins
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He had nothing to recommend him but his smile, and she was surely too old, and had too much commonsense, to be beguiled by a smile...

Miss Abigail Wendover's efforts to detach her spirited niece Fanny from a plausible fortune-hunter are complicated by the arrival in Bath of Miles Caverleigh. The black sheep of his family, a cynical, outrageous care-for-naught with a scandalous past - that would be a connection more shocking even than Fanny's unwise liaison with his nephew!

But Abbey, adept at managing her sweet, silly sister Selina, her lively niece, and the host of her admirers among Bath's circumscribed society, has less success in managing her own unruly heart...

©1966 Georgette Heyer (P)2014 Audible, Inc.

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An Enduring Favourite

A charming novel and one of my favourites among Ms Heyer's romances. The characters are engaging and likeable, the narration is especially good (Ms Leigh-Hunt has a knack for conveying smothered laughter which is perfect for Abby in particular), and I would certainly recommend it.

Two points in particular make this book memorable. Firstly, the primary romance is conducted not between a blushing teenaged heroine and handsome young hero, but between a woman of nearly thirty and a man in his forties. (As an older reader myself, I like to see a woman closer to my own age occasionally!) And secondly, as almost never happens in period romance, the hero is very respectful of the heroine's agency. While he has no respect for scruples based purely on convention, he outright states on more than one occasion that if she doesn't personally *like* his attentions, she need only say so. So rare, and so very delightful to read.

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Great story wrong narrator

I thought the narrator sounded way too old for the main characters she was playing.

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The most arrogant heroine

I don’t remember Abigail Wendover being quite so Prosy when I read the book. Perhaps it was the narrator who was so grating I gave up a 1/4 of the way through. She made all the characters sound like they were in their dotage except for Fanny.

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Standard Georgette Heyer Novel

Another Georgette light hearted novel. Made me laugh. Very enjoyable. Good characters. Voices clear and understandable.

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Much better reading and character vocalisations

Yes, Barbara Leigh Hunt has rekindled my appreciation of readers of Georgette Heyer's books. Thank you!

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Georgette Heyer fun

A likable heroine and hero and amusing supporting cast. Well narrated, delivered and written. Recommended!

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  • MrsFiddleback
  • 04-01-2011

Black Sheep

I loved this book - one of her best. It really lifted my mood as it's witty, observant and very entertaining!

Some previous reviewers have said that they though that the narrator stumbled a bit, and that her voice was too mature to make the younger characters believable. I didn't find this the case at all and will look out other books she's done as I thought she interpreted the this one beautifully.

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  • catsatcastle
  • 23-10-2010

Charming

It is true, as other reviewers have said, that Barbara Leigh-Hunt does trip occasionally in her reading. That did not mar the overall effect for me because what she does bring is the delightful gurgle of laughter that is characteristic of Abigail. Her reading brings out the charm of the character, which is what so entrances Miles. She has some nicely comic touches, excelling as Selina. She also manages something which not all female narrators can do and that is a very convincing male voice. This is still one of my favourite Heyer listens, even though Eve Matheson's narrations are also excellent.

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  • Matt
  • 29-07-2009

Black Sheep

This is a lovely humerous book by Georgette Heyer. The main characters have such a chemistry between them which really comes alive. I think Barbara Leigh-Hunt is a fantastic actress, however sometimes I found it hard to differentiate between the characters voices as her voice is a mature one and I felt she wasnt able to capture the youth of the younger characters. She sounded fine reading as the older ladies but as the younger Abigail Wendover I felt she didnt do the character justice, she made her sound quite old! However, I still enjoyed listening to this as I have all Georgette Heyer audio books.

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  • Kas
  • 10-06-2013

Heyer at her best

Excellent narration of this novel. Barbara Leigh-Hunt easily injects and intones the humour, irony and wit that Ms Heyer intended in this novel. This is a particularly engaging story and quite 'grown up' with the heroine being more mature than some of the other novels. A nice escape from current day language and all its innuendo to a more eloquent and gentile époque. Heartily recommended.

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  • Orna
  • 28-06-2009

Lovely book, shame about the reader

We've listened to every one of Georgette Heyer's audio books and loved them all. We loved all the narrators, each which her/his own flavour (Eve Matheson being the chosen favourite) but this is first time we felt the novel has lost a lot because of the choice of ther narrator(Barbara Leigh Hunt). Her naturally mature, very polished and highly trained voice, misses out on Heyer's subtle social humour, reducing some characters to unconvincing caricatures. There's also a very marked tongue-tripping which makes for a slightly uncomfortable listening.
Even so, I would recommend this as one of Heyer's more engaging novels.

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  • Amazon Cu.stomer
  • 03-03-2018

Great read

As I have enjoyed many of Georgetown Heyer's books, I found the theme of this book rather routine. However the narrator was excellent and the conversations between the characters were entertaining. I will listen to this book again in a few weeks.

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  • The Book Worm!
  • 23-12-2018

humerous & enjoyable

Such a nice humerous story, very well read. A pleasure to listen to. loved it!

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  • Mrs.P.Leleu
  • 31-07-2017

Enjoyable story

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Yes a great story one of Miss Hayers best.Amusing side lines & insight into dependent relatives

Which character – as performed by Barbara Leigh-Hunt – was your favourite?

Abigail

Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Certainly made me laugh

Any additional comments?

One of those recordings you don't want to end!

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  • Sara
  • 02-05-2017

Wonderful!

A wonderful story, somewhere between Lady of Quality and Venetia. And the narrator is terrific, can't work out what some of the reviews object to.

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  • ms vanda h zebrak
  • 22-09-2017

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I felt that the narration was too dour and astringent to do justice to the charm of the story and in particular the heroine.More battle-axe than witty.

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