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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.
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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.
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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.
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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!
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