Powder and Patch

  • by Georgette Heyer
  • Narrated by Jamie Glover
  • 5 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Cleone Charteris is the joy and despair of all the young men of the countryside, and she seeks a husband - a man who can duel and dice with the best of them. One of the men after her heart is the masterful and handsome Mr. Philip Jettan. But compared to other men in 18th-century England, Philip is out of step - he is careless in his appearance and, in Cleone's own words, she cannot marry him because he is 'a raw country bumpkin'. He even refuses to buy a wig! His hopes dashed, but wanting to win over the woman he loves, Philip leaves for Paris - to learn to be a gentleman.


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Customer Reviews

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Charming early Heyer

It took me a long time to try this Heyer novel, as I was put off my mixed reviews and a bad report from a friend. Which is a real shame, because this one is a charming way to spend a few hours. It doesn't reach the stomach cramping, crying with laughter heights of some of the later books, nor is it one of those intricate confections that Heyer does so well, but it's lovely and frothy like a glass of champagne with plenty of her signature wit.

I wouldn't recommend it as the first Heyer, if you are new to her then I suggest The Grand Sophy, The Talisman Ring, Cotillion or Friday's Child. But if you're already a fan then you MUST hear Powder and Patch.

The basic story is simple, girl refuses boy so he goes away to try to learn how to be what she wants, but the characterisation is excellent - these people aren't shallow, just very young and silly and it's a pleasure to be with them as they grow (a little) towards maturity. It's a fun ride and I grew to love Philip and Cleone a lot. The supporting cast are equally fun and the relationship between Philip and his father adds a bit of depth.

I really enjoyed Jamie Glover's narration, this is not a stylised reading but warm-toned straightforward narrative with good range of voices. I'd happily listen to him again, and I'm looking forward to the next time I revisit this novel.

In summary, if you like Heyer, don't deprive yourself of a treat. Her comedies are exactly that, they aren't meant to be taken too seriously. There is a lot to enjoy here, and it's fun to see the beginnings of such a great writer.
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- tothemanorbornfreak


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

Very clear audio and well read. It was like listening to a play.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Powder and Patch?

I liked the transformaion from country lad to French gallant. It had me giggling. Jamie glover's French accent is well done and it is wonderful how he changes voices with the characters.

Which character – as performed by Jamie Glover – was your favourite?

Phillip Jettan.

If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

Be careful what you wish for.

Any additional comments?

Just so enjoyable. Thanks.

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- J. Greenwood

Book Details

  • Release Date: 19-03-2009
  • Publisher: Audible Studios