The Quiet Gentleman

  • by Georgette Heyer
  • Narrated by Cornelius Garrett
  • 10 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

When Gervase Frant, 7th Earl of St Erth, returns at last from Waterloo to his family seat at Stanyon, he enjoys a less than welcome homecoming.

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Ruined by narrator

What did you like best about The Quiet Gentleman? What did you like least?

The story is good with a wide range of (potentially) interesting characters but the irritating and 'over the top' reading and unnecessarily loud narration makes them almost indistinguishable. Do all the characters (except Miss Morville & the Earl) really need to shout at each other all the time? Equally irritating is the mis-pronounciation of words such as 'valet' 'phaeton' and the names of houses, estates and families. This is a historical novel - written with humour - but not treated seriously or researched properly.


What was one of the most memorable moments of The Quiet Gentleman?

When I decided to return it to Audible. The first time I have done so. I know I will never listen to this recording again.


Who might you have cast as narrator instead of Cornelius Garrett?

Phillida Nash? Eve Matheson? Almost anyone could do it better with more understanding.


Do you think The Quiet Gentleman needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

Yes. please re-record. Heyer fans tend to collect the books (myself included) and this is a very good story. A shame not to be able to keep it.


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- Caroline

A delight to return to

It's a long time since I read this book before, in fact I didn't recall it was set in Lincolnshire, where I now live, so I was able to recognise place names (and occasionally wince at the narrator's mispronunciations).
The romance itself is delightfully quiet and Georgette Heyer initially attempts to mislead the reader about the heroine. I don't think that's a spoiler as other reviews give her away, but it does show the author's skilful craft.
The book starts quite gently, but by mid-point the drama intensifies and we can swoon over the thought of a handsome wounded hero.
There is great comedy as well, particularly with the dowager's complete self-centredness. The one point where the narration was not completely up to scratch was her voice. It was too much like a man who has dressed as a woman for a play - think of the headmistress in the St Trinian's films. As her son is in his early twenties it seems unlikely she would yet be fifty, but she sounded much older. On the other hand Heyer herself seems to think of her as elderly so might have approved of this characterisation.
This has certainly made me look out the other Heyers which I have put aside for a few years.
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- Catriona

Book Details

  • Release Date: 15-11-2008
  • Publisher: Audible Studios