• by Georgette Heyer
  • Narrated by Richard Armitage
  • 4 hrs and 51 mins
  • Abridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

When Sylvester, the Duke of Salford, first meets Phoebe Marlow, he finds her dull and insipid. She finds him insufferably arrogant. But when a series of unforeseen events leads them to be stranded together in a lonely country inn, they are both forced to reassess their hastily formed opinions, and begin a new-found liking and respect for each other.
Sylvester calls to mind the satirical genius of a Jane Austen novel and is adored for its wit and a fast-paced plot, which ranges across a myriad of settings.
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What the Critics Say

"Although this is an abridged version of Heyer's work, British actor Richard Armitage makes this exceptionally fun to listen to....Armitage's reading is warm, lively, simply brilliant. He easily voices all characters and regional and class differences with ease and captures the underlying tension and growing romantic interest between Phoebe and Sylvester. The period classical music between chapters adds wonderful, appropriate atmosphere." (


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Customer Reviews

Most Helpful

Nectar for the ears

Sylvester was my first introduction to Georgette Heyer. I read the book because I knew the audio book read by Richard Armitage was coming out.

Both story and performance are an absolute joy. My only gripe ? It's not unabridged.

Heyer's characters and their adventures are exquisitely written.

Here they are brought to life in glorious technicolour by Richard Armitage's endlessly versatile and gifted voice.

He has me giggling out loud in the comic passages and sighing happily at the romance.
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- Amanda

An excellent story!

All in all, it is an excellent story ~ Georgette Heyer's story is about an independent spirit called Phoebe and the wonderful Sylvester too. It's so very entertaining. And it's no exaggeration to say Richard Armitage reads this novel like a dream, he brings out all the humour and yet, brings something of his own in there too.
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- Katie

Book Details

  • Release Date: 16-11-2009
  • Publisher: Naxos AudioBooks