• The Grand Sophy

  • By: Georgette Heyer
  • Narrated by: Clare Wille
  • Length: 4 hrs and 44 mins
  • Abridged Audiobook
  • Release date: 03-10-11
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Naxos AudioBooks
  • 3.5 out of 5 stars 3.7 (44 ratings)


Resourceful, adventurous and utterly indefatigable, Sophy is hardly the mild-mannered girl that the Rivenhalls expect when they agree to take her in. Kind-hearted Aunt Lizzy is shocked; stern Cousin Charles and his humourless fiancée Eugenia are disapproving. With her inimitable mixture of exuberance and grace Sophy soon sets about endearing herself to her family, but finds herself increasingly drawn to her cousin. Can she really be falling in love with him, and he with her? And what of his betrothal to Eugenia?
PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying reference material will be available in your My Library section along with the audio.
©1950 © Georgette Heyer (P)2011 Naxos AudioBooks
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3 out of 5 stars
By Maureen on 16-11-11

Abridged versions simply don't work

At least not if they are Georgette Heyer books. The Grand Sophy simply works at more levels than this abridged version gives it credit for. I so wanted an audible version of this book that I was willing to buy an abridged version. Never again! You turned a book brimming full of fun and cunning plot into a trite farce. Just listen to the unabridged version of Fridays Child and compare to this offering and wonder whether you are listening to the the same author. Unabridged versions of The Grand Sophy, Faro's Daughter and False Colours are definitely required! Read by whoever you choose, although I like Claire Wille and Phillida Nash.

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8 of 8 people found this review helpful

3 out of 5 stars
By Erica on 05-11-11

The Grand Sophie

This is one of my favourite Georgette Heyer books and I have been waiting ages for it to come out in audio. I am disappointed that it is abridged, but downloaded it anyway. The reader is ok, but I think that Clifford Norgate, Phyllida Nash, Sian Phillips, Barbara Leigh-Hunt and Cornelius Garrett portray the characters best and show an understanding of the author's humour. I hope they will consider recording an unabridged version of the book read by one of the above.

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4 out of 5 stars
By Carol on 29-10-11

Can we get it unabridged?

I'll make it unanimous. This is a great production, terrific reader, nice music, and a decent abridgement. But We Want the Whole Thing!

"The Grand Sophy," "Venetia," and "Frederica" are considered by many to be the "big three" of Georgette Heyer's Regency Romances. I'd add "Cotilliion" and "Bath Tangle" to those, and for those who like a touch of mystery, "The Quiet Gentleman" and "Regency Buck." Only some of these are available here, and I hope Audible gets unabridged versions of all of them (and of any other Heyers that aren't already here).

This version is beautifully done, and I love Clare Wille's narration, but the abridgement will disappoint those who will miss many of their favorite scenes and confuse those who haven't read the book. If Naxos was going to put this much effort into the book, why not do the whole thing? This novel certainly warrants it.

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2 out of 5 stars
By connie on 05-10-11

abridged becomes a cartoon

I was happy to see this released yesterday so that I could download it to soothe a head cold, but even with Naxos Audiobooks sound quality and a good narrator, a Heyer novel just becomes silly with only the broad story line exposed in an abridgement. It might be good nostalgia for those who loved the novel in print. What a waste - Heyer can be such good diversion, unabridged.

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