The Corinthian

  • by Georgette Heyer
  • Narrated by Georgina Sutton
  • 8 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

The accomplished Corinthian Sir Richard Wyndham is wealthy, sophisticated, handsome, and supremely bored. Tired of his aristocratic family constantly pressuring him to get married, he determines to run away after meeting the delightful, unconventional heroine Penelope Creed. Penelope - literally - falls into his life late one night as she hangs from the window of her aunt's house - she too attempting to escape the pressures of forced marriage. The two allies become embroiled in a series hilarious madcap adventures as they cross-dress, run into escaped criminals, have a case of mistaken identity, and save people from their own dramatics. Little do they predict their feelings for each other blossoming into romance.
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Adore the book but detest the narration

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

I'd recommend the book but not the audio recording.


What was one of the most memorable moments of The Corinthian?

The whole story is a delight from start to finish.


What didn’t you like about Georgina Sutton’s performance?

I found Georgina Sutton's narration unpleasantly over-dramatised. I find the voices for George, Sir Richard, Sir Richard's mother, Cedric and Jimmy Yarde difficult to listen to and much preferred the style of other narrators (Phyllida Nash in particular). I have an audio library stuffed with Georgette Heyer recordings and this is the only one I have found really disappointing. Of course, this is only personal taste: I see that some of the other reviewers have really enjoyed it.


Could you see The Corinthian being made into a movie or a TV series? Who would the stars be?

Lots of Georgette Heyer films would make great films! I think Penn would probably be played by a young Meg Ryan (can't think of a contemporary young actress with the same warm qualities) and Sir Richard perhaps by Jim Sturgess.


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- Veracal

Finally! My favourite Heyer

What did you like most about The Corinthian?

I just love this one, word for word, all of it. Hard to pick just parts. I like heroine who is young, innocent and sweet and as Heyer might say „full of pluck“ and hero who compliments her personality with his sense of humour. I loved to yet again get some peddler's French (thiefs' cant for Heyer readers) included.


What other book might you compare The Corinthian to, and why?

There is a bit of other Heyer books in this one. Outside Heyer, I did come across several books partly inspired by the story, although none were of course comparable in quality of prose. This is HEYER after all!


Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Smile all the way through.


Any additional comments?

The summary of this book is rather imperfect, I hope that somebody will fix that. It is incorrect in parts. Reminds me of my school days when we copied book summary for our prescribed reading from previous year students, changing just some words, thinking the teacher cannot tell we did not even look at the cover.

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- Eva

Book Details

  • Release Date: 08-08-2014
  • Publisher: Naxos AudioBooks