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Regency Buck

Narrated by: June Barrie
Length: 12 hrs and 33 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (28 ratings)

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It is in regrettable circumstances that beautiful Judith Taverner and her brother Peregrine first meet Julian St John Audley. The man, they both agree, is an insufferably arrogant dandy. But unfortunately for them, he's also the Fifth Earl of Worth, a friend of the Regent and, their legal guardian.
©1935 Georgette Heyer (P)2014 Audible, Inc.

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Entertaining and amusing

I'd read this novel as a child but I thoroughly enjoyed listening to the story and revisiting some cherished characters and plot lines. The reader is adept at voices, reads amusingly and conveys just the right tone of hauteur for our dashing hero. Well recommended!

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Making violence toward woman seem okay 😳

I read all of Georgette Heyer’s books when a teenager 50 years ago. I remembered this one as romantic. Thank goodness times have changed. When the Hero threatens to beat the heroine I realised that this normalised such violence against woman. At the end he says he was tempted to beat her several times during his guardianship. She doesn’t love him any less for it. Omg! None of Georgette Heyer’s books mention this and most are delightful.

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  • Maxine
  • 27-07-2009

Possibly the best....

This, in my humble opinion, is the very best of all Georgette Heyer's Regency novels. It has everything: a spirited and beautiful heroine (of course), a powerful and enigmatic nobleman who has control of her and her fortune, intrigue, humour and an abundance of historical detail. This brief description does not do justice to the depth of this novel. It is not a frivolous romance but rather a fascinating and richly drawn window into Regency England

All her books are excellent but other favorites include The Devil's Cub (a favourite of PD James' apparently from an interview on Radio 4!), Faro's Daughter, and Venetia. I hope these are all available on Audible by the time I finish listening to the many that are!

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  • Alison
  • 04-11-2009

Regency Buck

This is one of my all time favourites and it was a delight to have someone narrate who understood the Characters and brought them to life. Please can June read some of the other books by Georgette Heyer such as These Old Shades which was such a let down that I could not listen to it.

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  • jencat
  • 31-01-2009

adorable

you either like georgette heyer or you don't. i love all the books that she wrote. This one is a good story. Judith Tavener the beautiful heiress and Lord Worth her guardian. The battles between both. I just hope that Audible get all her romantic historical novels. Two of my favourites are The Grand Sophy and The Unknown Ajax.

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  • Hilary
  • 13-04-2013

A Regency Romp

June Barrie and Georgette Heyer are a winning combination, The narration is lively and the characterisation excellent. Ms Barrie keeps the story moving and the suspense mounting to the final denouement.

I have loved returning to the favorite author of my teenage years on Audible. This story is both romance and mystery and handled with Miss Heyer's flare for the period and ability as a mystery writer.

The story goes at a good pace, royalty,even the Regent himself make an appearance as does the leader of fashion Beau Brummel.

Judith and and her brother Peregrine enter the world of fashion as innocents but their fortune and charm soon find them at the very center of society with the help of their guardian the Earl of Worth; the most obnoxious man Judith has ever met. Many strange events-a forced duel,poisoning, highway robbery, and kidnapping befall Peregrine and suspicion is rife.

This is a brilliant listen for all Heyer fans and for all others who love a good "old fashioned" romance or just a really well told tale.

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  • Ninamm
  • 18-07-2011

Great listen

I'm not sure why I downloaded this audio book, but I'm glad I did. It was funny, charming, beautifully read and an all round good, long (which I prefer) listen. Great for a rainy day or a long train ride! Enjoy.

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  • Maggie
  • 14-09-2015

First the Alastairs, now the Taverners

Another old friend, but the first hearing as an audio book. I wanted to listen to this after These Old Shades and Devil's Cub, the stories of the Alistair family, before moving to An Infamous Army, Ms Heyer's glorious Waterloo epic in which she brings the Alistair and Taverner families together.

I'd not heard June Barrie narrate before. I enjoyed it and found her very easy to listen to, with a good range of character voices. The petulance of The Prince Regent when Judith faints at The Brighton Pavilion was well drawn, I did like her Beau Brummell, and some of the characters who seemed a bit wooden on the page came to life far more in her hands.

Not one of the first division Heyers for me, perhaps because there isn't as much humour as some of the others, I'd have loved a Gil or a Ferdy added to the mix. I didn't find the would be murder plot as interesting as The Quiet Gentleman say, but I'm not sure why as all the elements are there. That's probably nut-picking, as overall it was well worth listening to. Now to Waterloo...

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  • A Wagener
  • 17-02-2018

Regency Buck

Not Georgette Heyer's best book but excellently read. Good for listening on a long trip.

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  • JED
  • 25-03-2016

Classic Heyer - excellent listening

One of my favorites. An excellent story, great characters, intrigue and romance all in the exceptional Heyer style. You have the annoying but attractive guardian, the willful heroine, the youthful and carefree brother all trotting along at a splendid pace in the world of Recency England. Great stuff! The narrator does an excellent job. You can tell she has done her homework, as she puts all the right emphasis on words and expressions so you don't have to stop and work out the feelings and meanings of dialogue. It makes the story flow and the individual characters come to life. I don't think you will be disappointed.

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  • susan
  • 01-12-2015

A twist in the end

What did you like best about Regency Buck? What did you like least?

Not like one of her other books I have read.To start with it was very slow and a bit boring. I thought about sending it back, but come the end the plot hit you in the face, very unexpected.

What was most disappointing about Georgette Heyer’s story?

A book has to capture me with the story within the first couple of pages and this one did not.

What do you think the narrator could have done better?

I do love the narrators to be able to change at least the tones of their voice for each of the characters if unable to do a different dialect.

If this book were a film would you go see it?

There would have to be a bit more depth especially at the beginning.

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  • R G Hart
  • 03-07-2019

Unbelievably boring

No real story, weak characterisation and lengthy recounts of uninteresting social arrangements. A true disappointment.