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Brought to you by Penguin. 

Devil's Cub is read by Michael Maloney, who appears in Coronation Street and The Trial of Christine Keller.

Mary Challoner must protect her sister at all costs.

When she discovers that the notorious Marquis of Vidal is planning to run away with her little sister, Mary will not stand idly by. 

To save Sophia's reputation without destroying her own, Mary will take her sister's place - and once the Marquis sees through her disguise, he will be humiliated and forced to return her home. 

But the irresistible Marquis is a wilder rake than even Mary anticipated, and her growing feelings for him are proving an unexpected complication.... 

©1932 Georgette Heyer (P)2021 Penguin Audio

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"Georgette Heyer is second to none." (Sunday Times

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Georgette Heuer. the greatest

Just a wonderful tale and beautifully narrated, there is not one of Georgette stories that
are not re readable

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  • Jennet Paget
  • 19-08-2021

Disappointed

This story lacks the wit and energy of most of Georgette Heyer’s stories. It is long drawn out, but still over dramatic. This flaw is emphasised by the performance.

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  • Mrs JB
  • 10-03-2021

Really disappointing, despite being a favourite.

It's a terrific book but the narration is so grating, I'm struggling to listen. Admittedly, I know these characters and the story so well, that I can anticipate what the next few words will be, so I'm a tough crowd. Nevertheless, Leonie is voiced with a totally British accent despite being French, which makes the French exclamations and non-English sentence structure sound absolutely bizarre. The intonation for other characters is really peculiar. Vidal could not sound less attractive. The women are incredibly shrill. I find myself voicing much of the book out loud myself to set my head straight - the whole sense of many a situation is lost because the text is read with such misplaced emphasis. In fact only the reading of Rupert, a terrible old ham himself, is bang on the money.

I'm sorry if this upsets the actor voicing but If I could return it, I would.

I'm going back to paper books for Georgette Heyer, I've lost all confidence in Audible for this author. Seriously, read Devil's Cub, don't listen.

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  • Marina Herbert
  • 11-06-2021

loved every minute

Michael Maloney's narration is just right, the voice characterizations were just right, this is a delight to listen to. I read all Heyers romances as a schoolgirl and have returned to the books many times since. I will definitely listen to this recording again and again.

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  • 12-05-2021

At last, a much much better narrator.!

I have been waiting for years for Audible to get someone else to read this. Michael Drew was pretty awful at Vidal's voice, I switched off after the first sentence. Michael Maloney done a cracking job with all voices. Georgette would have been pleased.

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  • William
  • 28-02-2021

Fabulous. Heyer at her best!

Highly amusing romance following the escapades of the Duke of Avon and his son and the Alistair family. I love a dark and suave villain with a soft heart. Well read exciting narrator.

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  • Carôle
  • 11-08-2021

One of the best Heyer novels.

Although it is not absolutely necessary, as this novel stands supremely well on its own, I would recommend reading “These Old Shades” prior to this one. You will get a fuller understanding of some of the ‘incidental’ characters that are revisited in this novel. Also you will fully comprehend why m’lord Dominic is the Devil’s Cub.

This review is really about the narrator, Michael Maloney. On the whole, I enjoyed his interpretation of the various characters. I especially like how he portrayed John Marling, a serious, yet sensible young man - not a dolt!
But I was supremely unimpressed with how Leonie was represented. Hardly ANY sign of her French accent! As for the French words that she often switched into, it was very poorly portrayed. Female voices were not a strong point, but they were adequately done.

The highest praise that I can give him is that, in comparison to other narrators of this title, he did not age the characters! Most others had the tendency to make everyone seem as if they were 10 years older (& crotchety)! People of 40 or 50 are NOT pensioners!

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  • Denise G
  • 01-07-2021

Wonderful!

Michael Maloney's performance is brilliant. His characterisation is masterly. I enjoyed every minute of this audio book. The combination of Michael's performance and Georgette Heyer's stories is first class entertainment. Fabulous!

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  • Coconut
  • 26-06-2021

WHAT A DISAPPOINTMENT

I love Georgette Heyer and this story but wish the production team and the narrator had done their homework.

I was so looking forward to this new production as the previous one had given Vidal the voice of an octogenarian rather than a young man of 24 and this did rather spoil the whole. While Vidal in this version does sound like a young man there is so much else wrong within this production of the story.

Firstly, I found it very difficult to listen to as the volume levels are all over the place, one minute you are straining to hear the soft voices of the Duke and Vidal and the next your eardrums are close to bursting with the shrieks of Sophia and the 'finger nails on blackboard' voice of Lord Rupert.

Then, there is the question of the voice of Leone. Where is the delightful 'French' voice of this person? Obviously completely missed by all concerned in making this recording was the fact that it states quite clearly in the book, "The heavily accented voice of Leone."

Such a disappointment.

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  • Teresa
  • 25-02-2021

Leonie doesn't have a French accent!!

I loved this in spite of the narrator. I felt he had no knowledge of this book or These Old Shades before recording. Leonie is decidedly English and brash, the voice given to her makes her sound cattish or disagreeable, whereas her voice in These Old Shades makes her a much more likeable character (and actually French).
I also found that a lot of the characters would end their sentences an octave higher which could make it seem stilted or confusing.
Sometimes the female characters voices are interchangeable, again not ideal. The narrator spoke at such an unnecessarily rapid pace sometimes that it made listening to this uncomfortable.
It's a brilliant story but on this occasion to really appreciate it you need to read the book.
This audio fails big time, if I had not read the book and loved Heyer anyway, I would have given up by chapter 1.

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  • Alexandra
  • 20-02-2021

The Devil’s Cub

Quite one of my favourite Heyer books. Well read by Michael Maloney and most enjoyable. I am so very pleased to find that Heyer is once more being given attention. I really hope that eventually this title and These old shades will be filmed. Wit and wordage to delight in every chapter.

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  • jennie morrey
  • 14-08-2021

Splendid!

What a thoroughly splendid narration of this classic Georgian inspired romp by Georgette Heyer. Michael Maloney really gives a masterly performance.

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