• by Georgette Heyer
  • Narrated by Nicholas Rowe
  • 10 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

When Sylvester, the Duke of Salford, first meets Phoebe Marlow, he finds her dull and insipid. She thinks he is 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 they begin to discover a new-found liking and respect for each other. But what Sylvester doesn’t know is that Phoebe is about to publish a novel - a novel in which all London will recognize him as the villainous ‘Count Ugolino’.
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The reading did Sylvester and Sparrow justice

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I bought this a while ago but was almost nervous of listening to it after another favourite book, Frederica, was spoilt for me by poor narration. I'd not heard Nicholas Rowe read before, and didn't want another disappointment. I shouldn't have worried, his reading is spot on. It's a good standard Heyer story with some nice twists around novel writing and book selling of the period, and enjoyable all through. Mr Rowe gave us a glorious ludicrous - and oddly sympathetic - Nugent Fotherby, a believable Keighley and other supporting characters, and even pulled off the difficult feat of the 6 year old Edmund. From Frederica it was clear that children are the acid test for male narrators. All his female voices worked as well and I'd buy his readings again. As to the book, what's not to like about Sylvester and Phoebe? (I prefer Sparrow, it suits her). If you know your Heyers, this is an excellent version - if you don't know your Heyers, this is a good one to start with. Can we have a fresh version of Frederica now, and an unabridged Faro's Daughter? (Please add Nicholas Rowe to the list of hoped-for readers, alongside Phyllida Nash, Sian Phillips, Daniel Philpott, Barbara Leigh-Hunt and Sarah Woodward,). Well, if you don't ask...

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- Maggie


What made the experience of listening to Sylvester the most enjoyable?

This is one of my favourite books by Georgette Heyer. I first read it years ago and the delight never fades.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Sylvester?

Too many to mention. The whole story just sparkles.

Have you listened to any of Nicholas Rowe’s other performances? How does this one compare?

I have not heard of this narrator before but I will certainly look out him in the future. His reading was sublime, great intonation and the different characters came across very well, whether they were good, bad or just bufoonish. Recommended.

Any additional comments?

Werll worth a listen.

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- Sheila

Book Details

  • Release Date: 06-11-2013
  • Publisher: Naxos AudioBooks